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  • EDITORIAL: Obama to shoot down armed pilots

    06/26/2012 6:02:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 26, 2012 | Editorial
    Removing ‘last line of defense’ would be risky moveThe Obama administration’s hatred for the Second Amendment has reached new heights. After nearly a decade of safe operation, the White House is looking to reduce the number of pilots who provide an extra layer of security against airborne terror by packing a pistol in the cockpit. This plan shouldn’t fly. The federal flight-deck officer program was put in place as a direct response to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists barged into the cockpits and seized control of airliners. The initiative provides $25.5 million for weapons training for pilots,...
  • 'Operation High Roller' bank hack nets cybercriminals £48 million

    06/26/2012 4:19:22 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 7 replies
    Tech World ^ | 6/26/12 | Ellen Messmer
    A global fraud ring has been targeting high net-worth businesses and individuals has netted the criminals an estimated €60 million (£48 million). According to McAfee and Guardian Analytics which today issued a report on the fraud, "Dissecting Operation High Roller," the attacks, first identified this winter, have hit 60 or more institutions and the total amount stolen may in fact be may be much higher. The two security firms say they have tracked "at least a dozen groups" that are relying on "server-side components and heavy automation" with about 60 servers processing thousands of attempted thefts from commercial accounts and...
  • Turkey warns Syria away from its border

    06/26/2012 3:15:11 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/6/12 | Elizabeth A. Kennedy
    BEIRUT (AP) - Turkey warned Syria on Tuesday to keep its forces away from the countries' troubled border or risk an armed response - a furious reply to the downing of a Turkish military plane last week by the Damascus regime. NATO backed up Turkey and condemned Syria for shooting down the plane but stopped short of threatening military action, reflecting its reluctance to get involved in a conflict that could ignite a broader war. Near the capital of Damascus, meanwhile, Syria's elite Republican Guard forces battled rebels in some of the most intense fighting involving the special forces since...
  • Iranian VP Blames 'Zionists,' Talmud for Inciting Drug Trade

    06/26/2012 3:04:46 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/6/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi condemned the 'Zionists' for inciting global drug trade and addiction in a bid to annihilate non-Jewish communities in accordance with Talmudic teachings, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported. Addressing a ceremony for the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking held in Tehran on Tuesday, Rahimi alleged that the prevalence of narcotics and drug-addiction throughout the world is rooted in the Talmud. “The book teaches them how to destroy non-Jews so as to protect an embryo in the womb of a Jewish mother,” Rahimi stated. The Iranian vice-president said that the Zionists' direct involvement...
  • The War Zone Cargo Copter That Lifts 6,000 Pounds Without a Pilot

    06/26/2012 2:57:12 PM PDT · by q_an_a · 26 replies
    gizmodo ^ | 6.26.2012 | Andrew Tarantola
    But for work in a war zone, Lockheed modified the K-1200 to operate via remote control—because, with a couple of tons worth of cargo swaying beneath it, the K-1200 isn't particularly quick or nimble. By removing the pilot, and necessary interfaces and life support systems, the autonomous K-1200 can fly higher and with more and heavier loads than any other helicopter in service.
  • Syria in a Real Situation of War, Says Assad

    06/26/2012 2:51:15 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 42 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/6/12 | Elad Benari
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday that his country, in the grips of an anti-regime uprising now in its 16th month, is in a “real situation of war.” “We are witnessing a real situation of war,” the state news agency SANA quoted Assad as telling a meeting of the new Syrian cabinet. However, he insisted that “when one is in a state of war, all our policies and capabilities must be used to secure victory.” Meanwhile, AFP reported, the United States on Tuesday said that a “desperate” Assad was slowly losing his grip on power, citing recent defections of...
  • Egan-Jones Downgrades Germany to A+ from AA-

    06/26/2012 2:35:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 26, 2012 | By Stephen L. Bernard
    Egan-Jones Ratings Co. downgraded Germany's rating one notch Tuesday to single-A-plus. Regardless of whether Greece or other members of the 17-nation common currency bloc leave the euro zone, Germany will be left with "massive, additional, uncollectible receivables," Egan-Jones said in downgrading the country. The ratings company estimates that Germany is owed EUR700 billion, of which only about 50% is collectable. That figure doesn't include the exposure of Germany's banks to troubled countries in the euro zone. Egan-Jones's rating of Germany is four notches lower than the big three ratings firms', Standard & Poor's, Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings, view...
  • U.S. will have to heed Russia's, China's stance on Syria - expert

    06/26/2012 1:33:36 PM PDT · by robowombat · 8 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | Jun 26, 2012 16:36 Moscow Time | Yekaterina Kudashkina
    U.S. will have to heed Russia's, China's stance on Syria - expert Yekaterina Kudashkina Jun 26, 2012 16:36 Moscow Time The United States is not the only super power any more. I believe Washington will have to take into consideration what the Russians and the Chinese would say about the Syrian crisis. Interview with Dr. Camille Habib – Dean of the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Business Administration at the Lebanese State University in Beirut. From the Syrian viewpoint, Syria was protecting its own sovereignty. And in what happened was by international standards and international law Syria was correct and...
  • No plans to evacuate Russians from Syria

    06/26/2012 1:27:43 PM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | Jun 22, 2012 17:25 Moscow Time | Denisova Olga
    No plans to evacuate Russians from Syria Denisova Olga Jun 22, 2012 17:25 Moscow Time Media reports about the possible evacuation of Russian citizens from Syria - in particular, of the military-technical personnel of the Russian naval base of Tartus (Syria) - have nothing to do with reality, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Media reports about the possible evacuation of Russian citizens from Syria - in particular, of the military-technical personnel of the Russian naval base of Tartus (Syria) - have nothing to do with reality, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. No evacuation is planned, and...
  • [German Chancellor] Angela Merkel rules out eurobonds for 'as long as I live'

    06/26/2012 1:27:10 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/26/2012 | Szu Ping Chan
    Angela Merkel has firmly rejected the use of eurobonds ahead of a crucial summit in Brussels this week, ruling out jointly guaranteed eurozone debt for "as long as I live". The German Chancellor's comments were met with applause as she briefed MPs from the Free Democrats party, her junior coalition partner, at an assembly meeting on Tuesday. One official told AP that the crowd "reacted with applause to hearing that the Chancellor does not want a joint debt liability," while one participant reportedly shouted: "We wish you a long life!" Several eurozone leaders, including French President Francois Hollande and Italian...
  • Russia to send marines to Syria

    06/26/2012 1:21:55 PM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2012 | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    MOSCOW (AP) — Two Russian navy ships are completing preparations to sail to Syria with a unit of marines on a mission to protect Russian citizens and the nation's base there, a news report said Monday. The deployment appears to reflect Moscow's growing concern about Syrian President Bashar Assad's future. The Interfax news agency quoted an unidentified Russian navy official as saying that the two amphibious landing vessels, Nikolai Filchenkov and Caesar Kunikov, will be heading shortly to the Syrian port of Tartus, but didn't give a precise date. The official said the ships will carry an unspecified number of...
  • Louisiana Continues To Lead In Fight Against Sharia

    06/26/2012 12:50:19 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 16 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 26 June 12 | Christopher Holton
    Over the past two years no state in America has done more to prevent the infiltration of Shariah law into our legal system, culture and financial system than Louisiana. During this time period, Governor Bobby Jindal has signed into law no fewer than 6 pieces of legislation that can be classified as attempting to guard against the Islamization of America. The flagship legislation in this regard was American Laws for American Courts legislation signed into law by Governor Jindal in 2010. Louisiana’s leadership to guard against the infiltration of Shariah continued in the 2012 legislative session with three more pieces...
  • Israel Police deploys large forces in central Tel Aviv as protesters gather for mass rally

    06/26/2012 11:15:12 AM PDT · by EBH
    Haartz ^ | 6/23/12
    A large number of police officers were stationed on Saturday in central Tel Aviv as social activists prepared to march in protest of Friday' arrests. 12 people were taken into custody as police used what the protesters called excessive force. Under the banner "Emergency protest! Returning the power to the people," activists plan to march on Rotchild Blvd, the site of last year's most prominent "tent city," and hold a rally at Habima Theater Square. They plan to join forces with another demonstration in support of Israel's gay community, which has been attacked by several Israeli politicians in recent days....
  • CBS News Launches 'Fast and Furious' Web Site

    06/26/2012 10:46:08 AM PDT · by kristinn · 36 replies
    CBS News ^ | Tuesday, June 26, 2012
    What is "Fast and Furious?" In late 2009, ATF agents noticed a surge in gun purchases in the U.S. by suspected Mexican drug cartels and were tasked with following the guns. Sharyl Attkisson reports on the infamous program now known as "Fast and Furious." (Click and bookmark source link for Fast and Furious reporting by Sharyl Atkisson and CBS News.)
  • Russian Nuclear Bombers Test U.S. Air Defenses in Arctic War Games During Chilly Obama-Putin Summit

    06/26/2012 9:53:55 AM PDT · by kristinn · 18 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Tuesday, June 26, 2012 | Bill Gertz
    Russian strategic nuclear bombers threatened U.S. airspace near Alaska earlier this month and F-15 jets responded by intercepting the aircraft taking part in large-scale arctic war games, according to defense officials. The Russian war games began the same day President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a frosty summit meeting in Mexico June 18. U.S. officials said the arctic exercises over the Russian Far East and Pacific appeared to be a further sign of Russia’s hardening posture toward the United States. The Obama administration made no protest of the bomber intrusions, according to the officials, in line with its...
  • FBI investigating over 100 suspected Islamic jihadists in U.S. military

    06/26/2012 9:53:37 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 9 replies ^ | 25JUN12 | Robert Specer
    But doing anything other than assuming the loyalty of Muslims in the military would be "Islamophobic." It would be better for hundreds or thousands die in a jihad attack by one of these Muslims in the military than for military officials to commit an act of "Islamophobia." Death (other peoples') before political incorrectness! "FBI Tracking 100 Suspected Extremists In Military," by Dina Temple-Raston for NPR, June 25 (thanks to Holly): The FBI has conducted more than 100 investigations into suspected Islamic extremists within the military, NPR has learned. About a dozen of those cases are considered serious. That probably means...
  • Does Your Financial Institution Participate in Shariah Compliant Finance?

    06/26/2012 9:20:16 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 3 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 26 June 12 | Unattributed
    The most common requests we receive at Shariah Finance Watch are questions as to whether banks or brokerage houses “are Shariah-compliant?” As a result of these numerous inquiries, for the past several weeks, we have carefully compiled a list of financial institutions active in the USA that have some form of tie to Shariah Compliant Finance. In some cases, the entire institution is Shariah-compliant. In other cases, the overall institution is not Shariah-compliant but it has a division or subsidiary that is, or it offers a product that is Shariah-compliant. In still more cases, some of the entities listed below...
  • A new world order is coming and we are sleepwalking into it

    06/26/2012 9:10:52 AM PDT · by RetiredArmy · 16 replies
    The Economic Voice - UK ^ | June 19, 2012 | Richard Henley Davis
    A new world order is coming and we are sleepwalking into it Posted By Richard Henley Davis On June 19, 2012 @ 8:00 pm For the past six years or so our leaders and economists have told us that no one could have seen this financial crisis coming, they were lying. There comes a point where you have to stick your neck out and say it as it is, regardless of what your peers and the media think about your conclusions and that is exactly what I am going to do today so here goes my reputation. Let’s start not...
  • Turkey dubs Syria 'a clear threat', vows to retaliate

    06/26/2012 8:32:58 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 66 replies
    Turkey dubs Syria 'a clear threat', vows to retaliate AFPAFP – 3 hrs ago Turkey branded its former ally Syria "a clear and imminent threat," on Tuesday as its Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vented his fury over the downing of a Turkish fighter jet. In his most outspoken criticism of the Damascus regime, Erdogan vowed to retaliate against the "heinous act" and promised a change of military attitude to any Syrian officer approaching the common border. "The rules of engagement of the Turkish Armed Forces have changed given this new development," Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told parliament following...
  • Turkey Sends Military Convoy To Syrian Border

    06/26/2012 8:29:17 AM PDT · by Fennie · 32 replies
    Timeturk ^ | June 26, 2012
    Turkey has deployed a large number of military vehicles to the Syrian border.