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  • Watchdog: Firm nearly detonated nuke bomb (1.2 megaton bomb near Amarillo)

    12/16/2006 7:11:23 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 111 replies · 6,283+ views
    Arizona Daily Star | Cox News Service ^ | 12/15/06 | Jeff Nesmith
    WASHINGTON — An accident that occurred as a decades-old nuclear warhead was being dismantled at the government's Pantex facility near Amarillo, Texas, could have caused the device to detonate, a nonprofit organization charged Thursday. The Project on Government Oversight said the "near miss" event, which led the Energy Department to fine the plant's operator $110,000, was due partly to requirements that technicians at the plant work up to 72 hours per week. The Pantex plant, 17 miles northeast of Amarillo, is the country's only factory for assembly and disassembly of nuclear weapons. The organization said it was told by unidentified...
  • Satellite images confirm completion of IRANIAN heavy water plant.

    03/10/2005 8:35:57 AM PST · by FreedomNeocon · 10 replies · 666+ views
    Geostrategy-Direct ^ | 3-10-05 | Geostrategy-Direct
    Satellite images confirm completion of heavy water plant BEFORE (2001) AFTER (2004) WASHINGTON — Iran has virtually completed a heavy water plant designed to produce plutonium, a key element in nuclear weapons. A U.S. institute has released satellite images that point to the near completion of the Iranian heavy water plant at Arak. The Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security said the plant would contain a nuclear reactor that could eventually produce plutonium for one atomic bomb per year. "Adjacent to the reactor construction site [in Arak] is the heavy water production plant, which is almost completed and is...
  • Former CIA exec gets more than 3 years in prison (Kyle "Dusty" Foggo)

    02/26/2009 9:29:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 543+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/26/09 | Matthew Barakat - ap
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The highest-ranking CIA officer ever convicted of a federal felony was sentenced to more than three years in prison Thursday as part of a bribery and fraud investigation that previously resulted in the conviction of a California congressman. Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, who as executive director held the CIA's No. 3 rank from 2004 to 2006, had asked the judge to spare him jail time, citing his covert work on behalf of the country over two decades at the CIA, including a supervisory stint in Iraq after the Sept. 11 attacks. But U.S. District Judge James Cacheris sentenced...
  • U.S. Ambassador Cancels Meeting with MDP Chairman (re: Hillary Clinton trip to North Korea)

    03/07/2005 12:18:38 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 9 replies · 553+ views
    U.S. Ambassador Cancels Meeting with MDP Chairman SEOUL, March 7 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Christopher Hill called off a meeting with the chairman of the country's minor opposition Millennium Democratic Party (MDP) Monday, saying it was not the right time, party officials said. The cancellation came just one hour before the U.S. diplomat was to meet Hahn Hwa-kap at 2 p.m. at the MDP's headquarters in downtown Seoul, according to the party officials.
  • Hillary Clinton and Senators Plan Own Trip to Pyongyang, North Korea: Sources

    03/06/2005 5:24:41 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 34 replies · 2,144+ views
    Yonhap News (South Korea) ^ | March 7, 2005 | Byun Duk-kun
    Hillary Clinton and Senators Plan Own Trip to Pyongyang: Sources SEOUL, March 7 (Yonhap) -- Hillary Clinton and four other U.S. senators are working to arrange their own trip to Pyongyang to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, sources here said Monday. "U.S. senators such as Hillary Clinton and Chuck Hagel have always been interested in North Korean issues," said Lee Young-tak, a secretary to the chairman of the minor opposition Millennium Democratic Party (MDP), Han Hwa-kap. The MDP chairman also heads the Asian side of the Asia-U.S. Network, a forum of lawmakers from both continents, and has...
  • Decision on expanded US access to Incirlik soon [Turkey coming around?]

    03/25/2005 8:18:53 AM PST · by aculeus · 8 replies · 487+ views
    Turkish Daily News ^ | March 25, 2005 | Unidentified
    Ankara The government is close to making its decision on a Washington proposal to use the southern air base of Incirlik as a cargo hub for U.S. forces operating in the region, said a deputy from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). A decision on the issue will be made very soon. I cannot tell you when exactly since I am not in the government but it will be very soon, Murat Mercan, AKP's deputy chairman told a meeting in Washington, called, "Can the U.S.-Turkish Relationship be Repaired" Other attendees of the event, hosted by the American Enterprise Institute,...
  • (2005) Soros Shadow Party Stalks DeLay

    04/12/2005 1:48:32 AM PDT · by rdb3 · 162 replies · 5,681+ views
    FPM ^ | 12 APRIL 2005 | Richard Poe
    Soros Shadow Party Stalks DeLayBy Richard PoeFrontPageMagazine.com | April 12, 2005 On the day that Terri Schiavo died — victim of a court order condemning the brain-damaged woman to death by thirst and starvation — Representative Tom DeLay of Texas did what few politicians have the courage to do these days. He spoke his mind."This loss happened because our legal system did not protect the people who need protection most," DeLay told Fox News on March 31. "The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior." DeLay’s strong language worried some Republicans. They pointed...
  • Egypt Found to Have Developed Chemical Weapons For Iraq

    03/15/2005 7:27:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies · 685+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Mar 15, '05 | staff
    As Israel considers allowing Egypt to control the critical Philadelphi corridor along Israel’s border, startling revelations about Egyptian chemical weapons proliferation are coming to light. Egypt secretly helped former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in his chemical weapons program, according to a CIA report. The report, authored by the CIA’s Iraq Survey Group, says that Egypt sent specialists to Iraq in the 1980s to help him manufacture poison gas. Iraq later used the gas against Iranian citizens as well as Iraqi Kurds. The report says that the Iraqi government paid Egypt $12 million, "in return for assistance with production and storage...
  • Hunter S. Thompson Found Seated in Front of Typewriter; Word 'counselor' on Page

    03/02/2005 3:22:23 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 44 replies · 1,670+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Mar 2, 2005 | The Associated Press
    ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Hunter S. Thompson's body was found in a chair in the kitchen in front of his typewriter with the word "counselor" typed in the center of the page, according to sheriff's reports. The word was typed on stationery from the Fourth Amendment Foundation, which was started to defend victims of unwarranted search and seizure, according to reports released Tuesday. It was not immediately known what, if any, significance the word had to the founder of "gonzo" journalism or to his family. Juan Thompson found his father dead Feb. 20 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the...
  • The Mother of All Connections (New evidence of collaboration between Saddam's Iraq and al Qaeda)

    07/09/2005 10:39:42 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 151 replies · 15,521+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 18, 2005 | Stephen F. Hayes & Thomas Joscelyn
    "In August 1998, the detainee traveled to Pakistan with a member of Iraqi Intelligence for the purpose of blowing up the Pakistan, United States and British embassies with chemical mortars."  U.S. government "Summary of Evidence" for an Iraqi member of al Qaeda detained at Guantanamo Bay, CubaFOR MANY, the debate over the former Iraqi regime's ties to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network ended a year ago with the release of the 9/11 Commission report. Media outlets seized on a carefully worded summary that the commission had found no evidence "indicating that Iraq cooperated with al Qaeda in developing or...
  • Sailor shot at Submarine Facility

    03/24/2005 5:51:27 AM PST · by esryle · 47 replies · 2,148+ views
    (Groton-WTNH, Mar. 24, 2005 7:42 AM ) _ Groton police responded to a medical emergency call around 5:00 a.m. this morning for a gunshot wound at the Electric Boat facility in Groton. Police say that a 22-year-old sailor on duty aboard a submarine at Electric Boat has died from an apparent gunshot wound. Due to federal jurisdiction, the investigation has been taken over by the local office of the Naval Criminal Investigation Service. The name of the victim nor the circumstances of the shooting have not been released.
  • Report: Feds Cut Secret Plea Deal-- Protects Prince Andrew, Other Powerful Politicans From Charges

    01/05/2015 6:27:09 PM PST · by drewh · 45 replies
    A secret plea deal for Britain’s Prince Andrew’s pal Jeffrey Epstein protected the prince and any other high-powered friends who may have used his alleged sex slaves, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned. Federal prosecutors promised they “will not institute any criminal charges against any potential co-conspirators of Epstein” if the Wall Street money manager pled guilty to two relatively minor state underage sex charges that put him in a local jail for 13 months, the confidential plea agreement obtained by Radar says. A lawsuit filed by four women, who say federal prosecutors illegally ignored them and kept them in the dark...
  • The enemy within (Sidney Blumenthal alert)

    03/09/2005 7:44:34 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 46 replies · 1,317+ views
    The Guardian ^ | March 10, 2005 | Sidney Blumenthal
    How an Americanist devoted to destroying international alliances became the US envoy to the UNIn the heat of the battle over the Florida vote after the 2000 US presidential election, a burly, mustachioed man burst into the room where the ballots for Miami-Dade County were being tabulated, like John Wayne barging into a saloon for a shoot-out. "I'm with the Bush-Cheney team, and I'm here to stop the count," drawled John Bolton. And those ballots from Miami-Dade were not counted.Now that same John Bolton has been named by President Bush as the US ambassador to the UN. "If I were...
  • FBI Press Conference: 17 of 18 suspects arrested in Sting Operation for Illegal Weapons

    03/15/2005 8:46:10 AM PST · by CitizenM · 58 replies · 3,052+ views
    FOX news | March 15, 2005 | Jamie Fox
    Sting operation by FBI- Press Conference just on FOX: 17 of 18 defendents arrested for attempting to purchase weapons from an undercover FBI agent. One wanted to buy uranium to make a nuclear device in a subway system. FBI spokesperson emphatically stated that did not come to fruition, but the suspect did ask the question. FBI was not involving itself in the end user, the sting operation was focusing on the people who were attempting to purchase the weapons for further sale/distribution. FBI taped over 15,000 phone calls made by the men trying to purchase. Very Dangerous weaponry including: grenade...
  • ANOTHER ANNAN IN U.N. OIL SCANDAL

    08/14/2005 5:05:36 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 33 replies · 1,752+ views
    NY Post ^ | Aug 14, 2005 | Anon
    August 14, 2005 -- LONDON — The $21.3 billion United Nations oil-for-food scandal has now widened to include the brother of U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Kobina Annan, the Ghanaian ambassador to Morocco, is said by investigators to be "connected" to an African businessman at the center of the scandal. The probe into Kobina's dealings are at an early stage and he has not been interviewed. However, investigators are understood to suspect that Michael Wilson, an African businessman, and Kobina had a business relationship at the time of the scandal. A source close to the investigation said: "We believe Kobina Annan...
  • Teachers and Classmates Express Outrage at Arrest of Girl, 16, as a Terrorist Threat

    04/09/2005 4:32:16 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 92 replies · 2,607+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 9, 2005 | NINA BERNSTEIN
    Joyce Dopkeen/The New York Times Kimberly Lane, a teacher at Heritage High School, expressed dismay after the arrest. At Heritage High School in East Harlem, where the student idiom is hip-hop and salsa, the 16-year-old Guinean girl stood out, but not just because she wore Islamic dress. She was so well liked that when she ran for student body president, she came in second to one of her best friends - the Christian daughter of the president of the parent-teacher association, Deleen P. Carr. Now Ms. Carr, a speech pathologist who calls herself "a typical American citizen," is as outraged...
  • Indiana man convicted of spying for Saddam

    05/28/2006 1:05:53 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 21 replies · 746+ views
    INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana truck driver was sentenced Friday to more than 13 years in prison for what prosecutors said was a plot to sell U.S. intelligence secrets to Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime. "I am not a bad man," Shaaban Hafiz Ahmad Ali Shaaban told U.S. District Court Judge John D. Tinder during his sentencing hearing. "I help this country a lot. ... I came to live in peace." Assistant U.S. Attorney Sharon Jackson said Shaaban was putting up a front in maintaining his innocence. "This defendant is a man without a conscience. Mr. Shaaban has no allegiance to this...
  • U.S. citizen facing execution in Iraq

    10/17/2006 6:24:26 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 10 replies · 845+ views
    Lawyers for an American citizen facing execution in Iraq appealed Friday in U.S. federal court to keep the man in American custody — preventing his death — while another case is being appealed. The citizen, Mohammad Munaf, was convicted and sentenced to death by an Iraqi judge earlier this week on charges he helped in the 2005 kidnapping of three Romanian journalists in Baghdad, court papers show. Iraqi-born Munaf, a naturalized U.S. citizen since 2000, was working as their translator and guide. He maintains his innocence. In an emergency request filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Washington, Munaf's attorneys...
  • Internet Attack Called Broad and Long Lasting by Investigators

    05/10/2005 12:36:20 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 11 replies · 1,068+ views
    NYT ^ | May 10, 2005 | JOHN MARKOFF and LOWELL BERGMAN
    SAN FRANCISCO, May 9 - The incident seemed alarming enough: a breach of a Cisco Systems network in which an intruder seized programming instructions for many of the computers that control the flow of the Internet. Now federal officials and computer security investigators have acknowledged that the Cisco break-in last year was only part of a more extensive operation - involving a single intruder or a small band, apparently based in Europe - in which thousands of computer systems were similarly penetrated. Investigators in the United States and Europe say they have spent almost a year pursuing the case involving...