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  • Europe’s Richer Regions Want Out

    10/06/2012 1:51:04 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 86 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 6, 2012 | STEVEN ERLANGER
    CATALONIA may be the catalyst for a renewed wave of separatism in the European Union, with Scotland and Flanders not far behind. The great paradox of the European Union, which is built on the concept of shared sovereignty, is that it lowers the stakes for regions to push for independence. While a post-national European Union may be emerging out of the euro zone crisis, with a drive for more fiscal union and more centralized control over national budgets and banks, the crisis has accelerated calls for independence from member countries’ richer regions, angry at having to finance poorer neighbors. Artur...
  • Mid-air terror with death threat on Tiger flight between Coolangatta and Sydney

    10/06/2012 12:57:50 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 7th October 2012 | Jonathan Marshall
    TERRIFIED passengers thought they were going to die in a mid-air nightmare after a passenger aboard a Sydney-bound flight threatened: "I hope you have life insurance". Fearing he would storm the cockpit, a group of passengers aboard told how they kept a constant watch as the man attempted on four separate occasions to enter the toilet at the front of the plane. "It was the scariest thing ever," said traveller Daniel Schwerdtfeger. "He eye-balled me from behind the curtain and ran his finger across his neck suggesting he was going to kill me." A stewardess, taunted and abused during the...
  • US winks again at Pakistani terror tactics

    10/06/2012 11:39:10 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 5 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Oct 6, 2012 | The Times of India
    WASHINGTON: As it has happened in the past, Pakistan has been spared the rod by the United States for its international transgressions, this time for its continued patronage of terrorism in the region, in the interest of what Washington believes is American national security. The US state department last month waived legal requirements that made its nearly $ 2 billion annual aid to Pakistan contingent on its cooperation in counter-terrorism, ending nuclear proliferation and building democratic institutions, a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report released recently has revealed. Secretary of state Hillary Clinton is said to have informed Congress, which has...
  • Rice on Benghazi: Blame the intelligence community

    10/06/2012 10:54:25 AM PDT · by yoe · 21 replies
    Foreigh Policy ^ | October 5, 2012 | Josh Rogin
    U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice told Republican senators that her televised statements last month on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi were based entirely on information she was given by the intelligence community. "In my Sept. 16 Sunday show appearances, I was asked to provide the administration's latest understanding of what happened in Benghazi," Rice wrote in a Thursday letter to Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). "In answering, I relied solely and squarely on the information the intelligence community provided to me and other senior U.S. officials, including through...
  • Israeli jets down small Hamas/Hizballah unmanned aircraft from Gaza

    10/06/2012 10:26:50 AM PDT · by Snuph · 10 replies
    Debkafile ^ | October 6, 2012,
    DEBKAfile’s military sources reports that the unmanned plane was sent over Israeli airspace at the start of a military mobilization exercise conducted by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. It is coordinated with Hizballah and sponsored by Iran. The Lebanese terrorist group may have helped Hamas launch the aerial vehicle, which came in from the west. It as shot down almost half an hour after the intrusion. The IDF spokesman denied it caught Israel intelligence unawares. He said the UAV was tracked from the start and the operation for downing it was delayed to avoid harm to civilian locations in its...
  • EU preparing to ban gas imports from Iran

    10/06/2012 9:56:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 05 October 2012 | (EurActiv.com with Reuters)
    The European Union is poised to ban imports of Iranian gas into Europe as part of its efforts to ratchet up pressure on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program. … The moves come as European governments and the United States are searching for new ways to pressure Tehran into scaling back its nuclear work after diplomacy foundered earlier this year. Tehran denies its work has any military intentions. …
  • Ban on gay rights march could hurt Serbia’s EU candidacy

    10/06/2012 9:43:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 05 October 2012 | Marc Hall
    Serbia’s decision to ban this weekend’s gay pride march because of security concerns has prompted criticism from EU officials who warn the the move undermines Serbia’s potential accession to the European Union. Štefan Füle, the enlargement commissioner, said on Thursday (4 October) he was concerned by the Serbian government’s action, which comes ahead of the EU’s progress report on the country due next Wednesday. “I have taken note with regret of the Serbian authorities’ decision,” he said in a statement, noting that Belgrade also called off the annual pride march last year. Past pride marches in Belgrade have been tumultuous...
  • Navy Bets On Arleigh Burkes To Sail Until 2072; 40 Years Afloat For Some

    10/06/2012 9:41:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    AOL Defense ^ | October 5, 2012 | Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.
    Navy Bets On Arleigh Burkes To Sail Until 2072; 40 Years Afloat For Some Tomorrow morning, at Manhattan's Pier 88, the Navy will commission its newest destroyer, DDG-112. The USS Michael Murphy's namesake was uncompromisingly heroic, a Navy SEAL who died earning the Medal of Honor in Afghanistan. The ship itself, however, embodies a series of cost-conscious compromises that will keep the Navy sailing a 1980s design -- albeit much upgraded --until at least 2072. These destroyers are and will long remain the Navy's mainstay. The Arleigh Burke class to which the Murphy belongs is built to carry the Aegis...
  • North Korea’s Dominant Power: Section 87 of the National Defence Commission

    10/06/2012 9:21:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    New Focus International ^ | September 28, 2012
    North Korea’s Dominant Power: Section 87 of the National Defence Commission September 28, 2012 By New Focus INTL The effective role of North Korea’s National Defence Commision has been increasing since the beginning of the Kim Jong-un regime. With the establishment and rise to prominence of the NDC’s Section 87, the center of power in North Korea has firmly shifted away from the Party and towards the NDC. Personnel management and administrative rights still belong to the organisational department of the Party. Nevertheless, the current setup is no longer like it was during the time of Kim Jong-il’s rule, where...
  • Israeli air force shoots down drone aircraft

    10/06/2012 6:49:55 AM PDT · by cyberaxe · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Oct 6, 2012 9:31am EDT | Ari Rabinovitch
    The Israeli air force shot down a drone after it crossed into southern Israel on Saturday, the military said, but it remained unclear where the aircraft came from.
  • Dutch government plans to regulate ritual slaughter

    10/06/2012 6:38:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 10/6/2012 | Cnaan Liphshiz
    The Dutch government is drafting a decree that would give the government veto power over anyone who wants to practice ritual slaughter, or shechita, in the Netherlands. The draft decree, which was signed by Dutch Agriculture Minister Henk Bleker, was drawn up by the government to end two years of uncertainty about the future of the practice in the Netherlands. The Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad published the contents of the draft decree on Friday. “If veterinarians are put in charge of shechita, then before long it would basically stop shechita in the Netherlands,” Amsterdam Chief Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag told JTA....
  • “Don’t Shoot!—I’m Che!” (A Glorious Anniversary)

    10/06/2012 5:52:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2012 | Humberto Fontova
    Forty five years ago this week, Ernesto "Che" Guevara got a major dose of his own medicine. Without trial he was declared a murderer, stood against a wall and shot. If the saying "What goes around comes around" ever fit, it's here. "When you saw the beaming look on Che's face as his victims were tied to the stake and blasted apart by the firing squad," said a former Cuban political prisoner to this writer, "you saw there was something seriously, seriously wrong with Che Guevara." As commander of the La Cabana execution yard, Che often shattered the skull of...
  • Christians 'emptied from Middle East'

    10/06/2012 5:38:46 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 15 replies
    The Australian ^ | October 06, 2012 | Rowan Callick
    The mother superior of a 1500-year-old monastery in Syria warned yesterday during a visit to Australia that the uprising against Bashar al-Assad has been hijacked by foreign Islamist mercenaries, with strong support from Western countries. Mother Agnes-Mariam de la Croix was forced to flee to neighbouring Lebanon in June when she was warned of a plot to abduct her, after she revealed that about 80,000 Christians had been "cleared" by rebel forces from their homes in Homs province. She described on the website of the Greek-Melkite Catholic monastery of St James, the church she rebuilt 18 years ago after discovering...
  • Ukraine’s Progress Toward Democracy

    10/06/2012 5:28:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2012 | Debora Kay Coury
    On October 28, 2012 Ukraine will hold their first democratic parliamentary elections since agreeing to new rules in November 2011, a significant achievement in reforming the electoral process. The current government has made headlines during the past year, including in the U.S., because it is going through a complicated reform process. Ukraine is a place where economic freedom and embrace of democracy are still the exceptions and not the rule, and the current government needs the support of the West. However, recent events could make it easy for the U.S. to take the wrong angle and accidentally push the country...
  • Private Army Formed to Fight Somali Pirates Leaves Troubled Legacy

    10/06/2012 3:54:12 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 4, 2012 | MARK MAZZETTI and ERIC SCHMITT
    It seemed like a simple idea: In the chaos that is Somalia, create a sophisticated, highly trained fighting force that could finally defeat the pirates terrorizing the shipping lanes off the Somali coast. But the creation of the Puntland Maritime Police Force was anything but simple. It involved dozens of South African mercenaries and the shadowy security firm that employed them, millions of dollars in secret payments by the United Arab Emirates, a former clandestine officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, and Erik Prince, the billionaire former head of Blackwater Worldwide who was residing at the time in the emirates....
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-nam Disappears from Radar(dead or alive?)

    10/06/2012 3:08:06 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 10/05/12
    Kim Jong-nam Disappears from Radar The eldest son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has not been seen in his second home in Macau since his half brother Kim Jong-un became the new leader of the North. The head of an association for Korean residents in Macau, Lee Dong-sup, said Kim Jong-nam disappeared from Macau since his brother came to power late last year. Lee, who has lived in Macau since 1982, told the Chosun Ilbo, "I got to know Kim Jong-nam around 2000 due to a chance encounter and kept in touch with him, but I haven't seen...
  • (LEAD) N. Korean soldier defects to S. Korea via heavily armed border(going postal & killing CO)

    10/06/2012 3:03:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 10/06/12
    (LEAD) N. Korean soldier defects to S. Korea via heavily armed border SEOUL, Oct. 6 (Yonhap) -- A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea on Saturday via the heavily armed land border between the two sides, claiming he crossed the border after shooting two superiors while on guard duty, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. The solider crossed the western section of the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas at 12:06 p.m. before arriving at a South Korean guard post four minutes later, the JCS said in a statement. South Korean border guards heard gunshots along the border at...
  • Lockheed Martin hopes to cash in by upgrading F-16s

    10/06/2012 2:32:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Star Telegram ^ | Saturday, Oct. 06, 2012 | Bob Cox
    Lockheed Martin hopes to cash in by upgrading F-16s By Bob Cox rcox@star-telegram.com For nearly four decades, the F-16 has ruled the skies in the international market for fighter jet sales, a money-making flying machine for Lockheed Martin and its predecessor, General Dynamics. Now a number of nations are planning to spend billions to upgrade their fleets of older F-16s with modern "avionics," digital electronic controls, communications and combat systems. Lockheed has the inside track to cash in on that business, but faces potentially strong competition. The announcement last week that the U.S. government had awarded Lockheed a $1.85 billion...
  • DCNS to unveil new FREMM Frigate variant, updated BRAVE supply ship design at Euronaval 2012

    10/06/2012 2:26:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 04 October 2012
    DCNS to unveil new FREMM Frigate variant, updated BRAVE supply ship design at Euronaval 2012 At the 23rd EURONAVAL show to be held from 22 to 26 October 2012 at the Paris-le Bourget exhibition center, DCNS will unveil several new designs of submarines and surface vessels. Among them are the new FREMM-ER (for Extend Range) Frigate dedicated to Air Defense missions and an updated design for the BRAVE replenishment ship which was first unveiled two years ago at Euronaval 2010. The new FREMM ER (Extended Range) Frigate dedicated to Air Defense missions (Picture: DCNS) The FREMM-ER was designed with a...
  • A tale of two Harriers: How Italy held on to carrier strike

    10/06/2012 2:22:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Defence Management ^ | 18 September 2012 | Gabriele Molinelli
    A tale of two Harriers: How Italy held on to carrier strike 18 September 2012 Defence blogger Gabriele Molinelli explores the different approaches to defence that left financially troubled Italy with carrier strike capability while the UK faces nearly a decade without On 26 October 2011, the Italian Navy's 'Embarked Aircraft Group', GRUPAER, celebrated its first 20 years. The pilots of the squadron could proudly celebrate in front of their Harriers, having operated to great effect over Libya from the aircraft carrier Garibaldi. They flew 33 per cent of Italy's war sorties, and 53 per cent of the land attack...
  • Mass rally in Venice to call for independence from Italy

    10/06/2012 12:29:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1:38PM BST 05 Oct 2012 | Nick Squires
    Two centuries after Napoleonic forces snuffed out the 1,000-year Venetian Republic, Venetians are once again aspiring to become an independent state. Inspired by the nationalist aspirations of Scotland and Catalonia, pro-independence campaigners will hold a mass rally in the heart of the lagoon city on Saturday, calling for an urgent referendum to be held on the issue. Indipendenza Veneta, a newly-founded pro-independence movement, says it expects several thousand people to turn up for the rally. …
  • Mau Mau rebels win the right to sue Britain

    10/06/2012 12:22:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:20PM BST 05 Oct 2012 | Mike Pflanz
    Three elderly Kenyans were granted the right on friday to sue the British government for compensation over allegations of torture during the Mau Mau uprising that started 60 years ago. The judgment at the High Court in London, described as "historic" by the Kenyans' lawyer, potentially opens the door to other claims of mistreatment by colonial officers across the British Empire stretching back decades. The Foreign Office said it did not dispute that Kenya's colonial administration tortured the three Kenyans, all in their 70s and 80s, but added that it would still appeal against the ruling. It claims that most...
  • RARE LIGHT SHED ON US DRONE PROGRAM IN PAKISTAN

    10/06/2012 12:12:41 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    AFPC South Asia Security Monitor ^ | 10/2/2012 | Jeff Smith, ed.
    The Wall Street Journal has shed light on the obscure operations of the CIA’s drone program in Pakistan; operations generally condemned by Pakistani leaders but thought to be conducted with tacit assistance from the Pakistani military. According to the report, “About once a month, the [CIA] sends a fax to a general at Pakistan’s intelligence service outlining broad areas where the U.S. intends to conduct strikes...The Pakistanis, who in public oppose the program, don’t respond. On this basis, plus the fact that Pakistan continues to clear airspace in the targeted areas, the U.S. government concludes it has tacit consent to...
  • Millions of British households face blackout, energy watchdog has said

    10/06/2012 12:01:20 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | October 5, 2012 | Rowena Mason,
    In its strongest ever warning, Ofgem said there may have to be “controlled disconnections” of homes and businesses in the middle of this decade because Britain has not done enough to make sure it has enough electricity. The regulator's new analysis reveals the risk of power-cuts is almost 50 per cent in 2015 if a very cold winter causes high demand for electricity. It predicts Britain will face power shortages because old coal and oil plants are being forced to shut down under the European Union’s environmental regulations. This will partly be replaced by wind farms, but they are less...
  • Nervous Venezuelans stock up on supplies before election

    10/05/2012 10:06:52 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 31 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 10/5/12 | Helen Murphy and Andrew Cawthorne
    enezuelans packed supermarkets on Friday to stock up on food and other essentials in case of trouble around Sunday's presidential vote, which was shaping up as the biggest electoral challenge of Hugo Chavez's 14-year rule. Energetic young state governor Henrique Capriles has gained momentum in the closing days of the campaign and he seemed to have the opposition's best chance of unseating Chavez since the socialist president came to power in 1999. Many among the South American oil exporting nation's 29 million people are fretting that tight results could bring accusations of fraud and protests in an already highly polarized...
  • Will Egypt seize Libya for its oil?

    10/05/2012 10:02:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Financial Post ^ | Lawrence Solomon
    Will Egypt seize Libya for its oil? Given Egypt’s political ideology, its history with its neighbors, and its material needs, this must be a live issue. … The Muslim Brotherhood government desperately needs a $4.8-billion IMF bailout to stop the bleeding but it refuses to curtail its subsidies, as the IMF demands, for fear of triggering a popular revolt. It is instead hoping for aid from oil states and the U.S. government, but even if this materializes, it will be at best a stopgap. With tourists, the country’s chief source of foreign exchange, steering clear of Egypt because of its...
  • American Women Marching into Tribal Pakistan: Obama 'Worse Than Bush'(Code Pink loons)

    10/05/2012 9:55:15 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 38 replies
    U.S.News & World Report ^ | 10-5-2012 | Steve Nelson
    American Women Marching into Tribal Pakistan: Obama 'Worse Than Bush' Anti-war activists head to Waziristan to protest drone strikes By STEVEN NELSON October 5, 2012 Thirty-two Americans associated with the feminist anti-war activist group Code Pink are in Pakistan for a march from Islamabad to that country's tumultuous tribal belt to protest American drone strikes that reportedly kill civilians along with their terrorist targets. ...snip... Alli McCracken, who said she was one of the 24 American women in the contingent, said via an E-mail that Obama is "worse than Bush in some respects; he uses drones significantly more than Bush...
  • Silver Bullion Coins from Around the World

    10/05/2012 8:43:38 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    Coin Update ^ | October 5, 2012 | By Dennis Hengeveld
    Some of the most popular modern collectible coins are the one ounce silver coins struck by various countries around the world. Generally struck in either circulation strike format or in a special format (such as proof or specimen strikings) more targeted towards collectors, these coins often feature distinctive and unique designs containing elements of the country from the country of issue. There are a number of countries which have produced these one ounce silver bullion coins since the early 1980s, while other countries have only recently added these types of coins to their numismatic releases, generally selling them for a...
  • UN Ambassador Rice denies misleading Congress

    10/05/2012 8:09:19 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 5, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT | LARRY MARGASAK
    The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has denied she tried to mislead Congress when she initially called the Sept. 11 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya a spontaneous protest. Susan Rice, in a letter released Friday, wrote three Republican senators that her comments on television news shows after the attack were based on the best information available at the time from intelligence officials. *** Rice wrote Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin that she "consistently qualified, in some instances twice, the information I provided as preliminary." *** The...
  • Worried about China gaining a competitive edge in the green-energy market? Don’t be.

    10/05/2012 8:02:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/05/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    News flash: Compared to free enterprise, central planning is a reliably inefficient, costly, and ill-fated way to allocate resources.Just kidding, totally not a news flash. It's just good ol' fashioned common sense --- leastaways, you'd think it would be common sense, given that historical examples abound, except that President Obama doesn’t quite seem to get it. Whenever he goes into touting-his-green-energy-"investments" mode, he is constantly suggesting that not only is China gaining an advantage over us in the clean-energy market of the future (how he presumes to know that "wind and solar are the future" is still a mystery to...
  • Career intel officers: Obama’s not telling you how far Al Qaeda has penetrated into Libya and Egypt

    10/05/2012 5:59:35 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 7:21 pm on October 5, 2012 | Allahpundit
    I don’t get it. Why would the Foreign Policy President, who supported the revolutions in Libya and Egypt, not want to talk about that? I thought he likes talking about foreign policy. Weeks before the presidential election, President Barack Obama’s administration faces mounting opposition from within the ranks of U.S. intelligence agencies over what career officers say is a “cover up” of intelligence information about terrorism in North Africa.Intelligence held back from senior officials and the public includes numerous classified reports revealing clear Iranian support for jihadists throughout the tumultuous North Africa and Middle East region, as well as notably...
  • Abu Hamza leaves Britain after final appeal fails

    10/05/2012 5:55:19 PM PDT · by 1066AD · 17 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10/06/2012 | Martin Beckford
    Speaking after the US-bound flights had taken off from RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, Mrs May said: "I can confirm that tonight two planes have left RAF Mildenhall to transport Abu Hamza, Babar Ahmad, Adel Abdul Bary, Syed Ahsan and Khalid al-Fawwaz to the US to face trial. "I am pleased the decision of the court today meant that these men, who used every available opportunity to frustrate and delay the extradition process over many years, could finally be removed. "This government has co-operated fully with the courts and pressed at every stage to ensure this happened. "We have worked tirelessly,...
  • FBI: Border shooting was likely an accident [Nicholas Ivie -- "friendly fire"]

    10/05/2012 5:25:40 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 8:04 PM EDT, Fri October 5, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    This week's fatal shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent and the wounding of another in Arizona was likely the result of friendly fire, the FBI said late Friday. "While it is important to emphasize that the FBI's investigation is actively continuing, there are strong preliminary indications that the death of United States Border Patrol Agent Nicholas J. Ivie, 30, and the injury to a second agent was the result of an accidental shooting incident involving only the agents," James Turgal, special agent in charge of the FBI's Phoenix division, said in a statement. "At the appropriate time further information...
  • U.S. probing whether border agent death was friendly fire: sources

    10/05/2012 3:23:28 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 5, 2012 | (Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing By Cynthia Johnston and Jim Loney)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Authorities are investigating whether a Border Patrol agent shot dead in Arizona near the Mexican border may have been killed by friendly fire, two U.S. government sources said on Friday. The sources, government officials familiar with the matter, declined to elaborate. A Department of Homeland Security spokesman declined to comment.
  • US Attack On Iran Could Cause Tens-Of-Thousands Of Civilian Casualties

    10/05/2012 1:15:36 PM PDT · by drewh · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | ober | Robert Johnson
    The Ayatollah’s Nuclear Gamble written by Khosrow B. Semnani, and published by the Hinckley Institute of Politics, University of Utah has concluded a strike would include four sites and irradiate up to 100,000 Iranian citizens and soldiers. The four locations include: Isfahan: The Nuclear Technology/Research Center in Esfahan (ENTC) is supposed to be the main location of the Iranian nuclear weapons program. Semnani predicts 1,000 workers here will be killed, and up to 70,000 casualties in the surrounding areas from toxic plumes: 71,000 Natanz: One-hundred miles north of Isfhahan, this location has been in use for about 12 years and...
  • Email Shows State Department Rejecting Request of Security Team at US Embassy in Libya

    10/05/2012 1:00:11 PM PDT · by drewh · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct 5, 2012 7:00 | Jake Tapper
    ABC News has obtained an internal State Department email from May 3, 2012, indicating that the State Department denied a request from the security team at the Embassy of Libya to retain a DC-3 airplane in the country to better conduct their duties. Copied on the email was U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in a terrorist attack on the diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, Sept. 11, 2012, along with three other Americans. That attack has prompted questions about whether the diplomatic personnel in that country were provided with adequate security support. But the question – both for the...
  • In And Out: FBI Spends Less Than 24 Hrs in Benghazi (nothing to see here, move along now)

    10/05/2012 12:34:11 PM PDT · by drewh · 19 replies
    FBI came to Benghazi and left in past 24 hours By EILEEN SULLIVAN and LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press WASHINGTON A team of FBI agents arrived in Benghazi, Libya, to investigate the assault against the U.S. Consulate and left after about 12 hours on the ground as the hunt for those possibly connected to the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans narrowed to one or two people in an extremist group, U.S. officials said Thursday. Agents arrived in Benghazi before dawn on Thursday and departed after sunset, after weeks of waiting for access to the crime...
  • Friendly fire a possibility in border agent's death Ballistics investigators to shed light

    10/05/2012 12:17:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Tim Steller and Brady McCombs
    Investigators are looking into whether friendly fire caused the death of Border Patrol agent Nick Ivie or the wounding of his colleague early Tuesday morning. Acting Cochise County Sheriff Rod Rothrock said it remains possible that either one was shot by another agent, though the investigation is still in its early stages. "Gunfight situations are highly fluid and dramatic, and this was out there in the middle of the night," Rothrock said. "People are moving and running, and I can't say it didn't happen." If it was friendly fire, that conclusion will be reached later in the investigation, he said....
  • NRA endorses Romney as ‘only hope’ for firearms freedom

    10/05/2012 12:13:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 4, 2012 | Jonathan Easley
    The National Rifle Association (NRA) endorsed Mitt Romney for president late Thursday. NRA Executive vice president Wayne LaPierre and NRA Political Victory Fund chairman Chris Cox will formally announce the endorsement at a Romney rally in Virginia later Thursday evening. Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will also be on hand. “In this election, there is no debate,” LaPierre said in a statement. “There is only one choice – only one hope – to save our firearms freedom and our way of life.” The endorsement is not surprising — the NRA has a history of supporting conservative candidates, who traditionally support...
  • Defecting Iranian Cameraman Brings CIA Priceless Film of Nuclear Sites

    10/05/2012 11:17:38 AM PDT · by RobertClark · 31 replies
    DebkaFile ^ | 10/05/12 | DebkaFile
    Debkafile reveals one of the CIA's most dramatic scoops in many years, and epic disaster for Iran. Our most exclusive Iranian and intelligence sources disclose that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's personal cameraman, Hassan Golkhanban, who defected from his UN entourage in New York on Oct. 1, brought with him an intelligence treasure trove of up-to-date photographs and videos of top Iranian leaders visiting their most sensitive and secret nuclear and missile sites. The cameraman, who is in his 40s, is staying at an undisclosed address, presumably a CIA safe house under close guard. He stayed behind when Ahmadinejad, after his UN...
  • The Benghazi Consulate: Has the Crime Scene Been Contaminated?

    10/05/2012 11:06:52 AM PDT · by yoe · 21 replies
    Time- World ^ | October 5, 2012 | Steven Sotloff
    [snip] For each day of the past two weeks, TIME has visited the American consulate in Benghazi where the ambassador and three others were killed on Sept. 11th. And with the passing of every day, people cart off more and more evidence and sensitive information that couldendanger the lives of Americans still in Libya, and impair the FBI investigation into the attack just now getting underway.(More)After 23 days, Libyan authorities finally cordoned off the consulate Thursday and prohibited people from entering it as American investigators made their first brief visit to the site. For weeks, Washington has said it was...
  • NRA's Keene: Americans Approve of Guns More Than Ever

    10/05/2012 10:42:29 AM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 04 Oct 2012 | Henry J. Reske and John Bachman
    The greatest accomplishment of supporters of the Second Amendment is the belief that “guns are cool,” National Rifle Association President David Keene tells Newsmax.TV. Keene, speaking to Newsmax at CPAC Colorado, said that Americans oppose gun laws and it’s not just the work of the NRA or of the Supreme Court ruling that the Second Amendment right to bear arms extends to individual Americans. “The greatest accomplishment of the believers of the Second Amendment today over a decade ago or more is that guns are cool,” he said. “That wasn’t the case before.” He noted that after a recent breakfast...
  • Revolt of the Spooks

    10/05/2012 9:46:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 40 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | 10-5-12 | Bill Gertz
    Weeks before the presidential election, President Barack Obama’s administration faces mounting opposition from within the ranks of U.S. intelligence agencies over what career officers say is a “cover up” of intelligence information about terrorism in North Africa. Intelligence held back from senior officials and the public includes numerous classified reports revealing clear Iranian support for jihadists throughout the tumultuous North Africa and Middle East region, as well as notably widespread al Qaeda penetration into Egypt and Libya in the months before the deadly Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. “The Iranian strategy is two-fold: upping the...
  • Mexican Officials: 3 Weapons Used in 2010 Massacre Are Connected to Fast and Furious

    10/05/2012 9:23:50 AM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 8 replies
    ABC/Univision ^ | October 4, 2012 | SANTIAGO WILLS
    The Mexican Attorney General's Office (PGR) has confirmed that three guns linked to Operation Fast and Furious were used in the massacre of 15 teenagers in Villas de Salvarcar, Ciudad Juarez, on January 30, 2010, according to the Mexican newspaper Reforma. Citing unnamed officials, Reforma, one of Mexico's most influential newspapers, reports that several government agencies are currently investigating the massacre and other violent crimes connected to Operation Fast and Furious. Univision News Univision News obtained the list of Fast and... Univision News Univision News obtained the list of Fast and Furious weapons and a list containing almost 60,000 recovered...
  • Abu Hamza to be extradited to US

    10/05/2012 9:23:29 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 15 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5th October 2012 | BBC News
    'Five suspected terrorists including Abu Hamza al-Masri can be extradited to the US, ending a long legal battle, UK High Court judges have ruled. The radical cleric, Babar Ahmad, Syed Talha Ahsan, Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled al-Fawwaz failed to show "new and compelling" reasons not to send them. Their appeal came after the European Court of Human Rights backed successive UK courts in ruling for extradition. Judges said their extradition "may proceed immediately". A Home Office spokesman, meanwhile, welcomed the decision and said it was "working to extradite these men as quickly as possible". The BBC understands two US...
  • October Surprise? Obama secret Iran deal cut

    10/05/2012 9:20:05 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 70 replies
    WND ^ | 10/4/12 | Reza Kahlili
    Iran could announce a temporary halt to uranium enrichment before next month’s U.S. election in a move to save Barack Obama’s presidency, a source affiliated with high Iranian officials said today. The source, who remains anonymous for security reasons, said a three-person delegation of the Obama administration led by a woman engaged in secret negotiations yesterday with a representative of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The delegation urged the Iranian leader to announce a halt to enrichment, even if temporary, before the Nov. 6 election, promising removal of some sanctions. The source said the delegation warned that a Mitt...
  • Mexico finds second oil deposit in deep Gulf water

    10/05/2012 9:16:59 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Oct. 5, 2012, 11:28 a.m. EDT | Laurence Iliff
    <p>MEXICO CITY--Mexico's state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, has found a second significant crude-oil deposit in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, President Felipe Calderon said Friday.</p> <p>With the new "Supremo" deposit, Pemex expects to book new oil reserves of up to 125 million barrels, using the broadest measurement of proven, probable and possible, or 3P, reserves, Mr. Calderon said at a press conference.</p>
  • Legal group comes to aid of Army instructor ousted over Muslim groups' complaints

    10/05/2012 9:11:52 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 5, 2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    An Army lieutenant colonel who was on the fast track until Muslim groups complained about a course he taught on radical Islam has a legal foundation in his foxhole. Attorneys for Lt. Col Matthew Dooley, a West Point graduate and highly-decorated combat veteran, was an instructor at the Joint Forces Staff College at the National Defense University, where by most accounts he won praise from students and faculty alike. But when Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey excoriated Dooley during a Pentagon press conference in May, characterizing his course, “Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism” as objectionable,...
  • Hyperinflation Hits Iran; Monthly 70% Inflation Rate; Reflections on Economic Warfare

    10/05/2012 8:04:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 5, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    The oil embargo against Iran has worked, assuming one defines "work" as a destruction of the Iranian riall which has fallen 33% in a week, 57% in three months and 75% in a year vs. the US dollar. On Wednesday, the Tehran bazaar closed in turmoil and police used teargas and batons on demonstrators protesting the currency crisis. Please consider Iran currency crisis sparks Tehran street clashes Hundreds of demonstrators in the Iranian capital clashed with riot police on Wednesday, during protests against the crisis over the country's currency. Police used batons and teargas to try to disperse the crowds....
  • Email shows State Department rejecting Libyan embassy security assistance

    10/05/2012 7:06:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/05/2012 | Rick Moran
    Recall that the State Department has denied that there were any requests for additional security.ABC News: ABC News has obtained an internal State Department email from May 3, 2012, indicating that the State Department denied a request from the security team at the Embassy of Libya to retain a DC-3 airplane in the country to better conduct their duties. Copied on the email was U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in a terrorist attack on the diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya,  Sept. 11, 2012, along with three other Americans. That attack has prompted questions about whether the diplomatic...