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  • Admiral Enters Guilty Plea in Navy Bribery Scheme

    06/09/2016 5:58:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 6/9 | R. Stickney
    This case is unusual as it is rare for an Admiral to even face criminal proceedings Source: Follow us: @nbcsandiego on Twitter | NBCSanDiego on Facebook A rear admiral in the U.S. Navy plead guilty to one felony charge in connection with a multi-million dollar bribery scheme that has led to the arrest or imprisonment of more than a dozen U.S. Navy officers and Pentagon employees. Rear Admiral Robert J. Gilbeau appeared in court Thursday in the downtown San Diego federal courthouse. Gilbeau entered a change of plea to one count of providing false statements to federal investigators and...
  • Boston Marathon..Some Interesting Tidbits

    04/14/2016 9:19:58 AM PDT · by Gay State Conservative · 13 replies
    The Boston Marathon is coming up this Monday.I've lived a 2 minutes walk from the route for years.It's always been a tradition for neighbors to go out at least for a while and watch (and cheer).Just went out today to pick up some milk and saw four copters flying low over the route over a period of about 20 minutes. Two of them had State Police markings and two had markings that I couldn't make out.I also saw a couple of National Guard Humvees as well as those bright orange markings you see on manhole covers when police have sealed...
  • N.S.A. Breached Chinese Servers Seen as Security Threat

    03/22/2014 7:48:35 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Saturday, March 22, 2014 | David E. Sanger & Nicole Perlroth
    WASHINGTON — American officials have long considered Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant, a security threat, blocking it from business deals in the United States for fear that the company would create “back doors” in its equipment that could allow the Chinese military or Beijing-backed hackers to steal corporate and government secrets. But even as the United States made a public case about the dangers of buying from Huawei, classified documents show that the National Security Agency was creating its own back doors — directly into Huawei’s networks. The agency pried its way into the servers in Huawei’s sealed headquarters in...
  • Targeting Huawei: NSA Spied on Chinese Government and Networking Firm

    03/22/2014 8:12:08 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 13 replies
    Spiegel Online International ^ | Sunday, March 23, 2014 | Spiegel Staff
    A special unit with the US intelligence agency succeeded in infiltrating Huwaei's network and copied a list of 1,400 customers as well as internal documents providing training to engineers on the use of Huwaei products, among other things. Source Code Breached According to a top secret NSA presentation, NSA workers not only succeeded in accessing the email archive, but also the secret source code of individual Huwaei products. Software source code is the holy grail of computer companies. Because Huawei directed all mail traffic from its employees through a central office in Shenzhen, where the NSA had infiltrated the network,...
  • Government Agency Warns If 9 Substations Are Destroyed, The Power Grid Could Be Down For 18 Months

    03/19/2014 6:11:36 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 109 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 03/19/2014 20:49 -0400 | Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog
    What would you do if the Internet or the power grid went down for over a year? Our key infrastructure, including the Internet and the power grid, is far more vulnerable than most people would dare to imagine. These days, most people simply take for granted that the lights will always be on and that the Internet will always function properly. But what if all that changed someday in the blink of an eye? According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's latest report, all it would take to plunge the entire nation into darkness for more than a year would...
  • Report: Administration weighing military strike against Libya attackers (Oct surprise?)

    10/15/2012 5:01:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/15/2012
    The White House is considering a strike against militants responsible for the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others — if and when it can track down the perpetrators, The Associated Press reported. The AP, citing current and former administration officials, reports that the Obama administration is weighing whether the short-term payoff of retribution against al Qaeda for the Sept. 11 attack in Libya is worth the trade-off of potentially elevating the group's stature. There is also concern about alienating governments that could help fight terror in the region, according to the AP. The United States has put...
  • Mystery Robot Space Plane Still Flying, 7 Months Later

    11/30/2011 2:52:25 PM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 49 replies
    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. –  The secretive X-37B robotic space plane is about to set its own space-endurance record on a hush-hush project operated by the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office. The craft, also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle-2, was boosted into Earth orbit atop an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on March 5. Tomorrow (Nov. 30), the X-37B spacecraft will mark its 270th day of flight — a lifetime in space that was heralded in the past as the vehicle's upper limit for spaceflight by project officials. "It's still up there," U.S. Air...
  • Bin Laden raid intel yields leads on al Qaeda No. 2 al Zawahiri

    05/06/2011 12:38:33 PM PDT · by UniqueViews · 56 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 6, 2011 | Pat Milton
    The intelligence community has obtained "positive intelligence" from the materials taken from Osama bin Laden's compound which is helping narrow down the locations of core al Qaeda leadership including the whereabouts of Ayman al Zawahiri, al Qaeda's former No. 2 man and a candidate to succeed bin Laden.
  • (Interview)Rep. Mike Rogers Says He’d Support Treason Charges For Soldier Involved In Wikileaks

    08/03/2010 1:14:57 PM PDT · by · 6 replies · 4+ views
    Rep. Mike Rogers, appearing on a radio show, said he would support the soldier involved in leaking classified documents on the war in Afghanistan being tried for treason, saying “people will likely be killed for this information being disclosed” and said if they won’t charge him with treason, they ought to charge him with murder.
  • Washington Post Article Saved the Life of Terrorist Anwar Al Awlaki

    05/24/2010 5:46:49 PM PDT · by jveritas · 85 replies · 2,681+ views
    May 24 2010 | jveritas
    In his most recent interview with an Al Qaeda media outlet terrorist “Anwar Al Awlaki” the US born Al Qaeda terrorist said that he stopped his communications when he read in the Washington Post that he is being tracked by US intelligence. He said that once he stopped his communications he left the area in Yemen where he was hiding and then this area was bombed by US airstrikes. He also said that both terrorists “Nidal Hassan” who killed 13 of our troops at Fort Hood and “Omar Farouk Abd Al Moutaleb” who had the failed terrorist attack on the...
  • Predator drones flown from base in Pakistan, U.S. lawmaker says [Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)]

    02/13/2009 5:05:23 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 65 replies · 2,410+ views
    Predator drones flown from base in Pakistan, U.S. lawmaker says Sen. Feinstein's surprise disclosure likely to complicate joint campaign against Taliban militants Greg Miller | Washington Bureau 7:06 PM CST, February 12, 2009 WASHINGTON, D.C. - A senior U.S. lawmaker said Thursday that unmanned CIA Predator aircraft operating in Pakistan are flown from an airbase inside that country, a revelation likely to embarrass the Pakistani government and complicate its counterterrorism collaboration with the United States. The disclosure by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, marked the first time a U.S. official had publicly commented on...
  • Newsweek Reporter Admits Bias on Presidential Campaign

    10/23/2008 8:58:03 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 28 replies · 1,469+ views
    Federal Review ^ | Thursday, October 23, 2008
    A reporter hired by Newsweek to cover the presidential primary has written an article admitting that he was biased.Writing in the latest issue of GQ magazine, Michael Hastings describes his personal feelings about various candidates, including Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Hillary Clinton, and admits that he could not be objective about the people he covered: If that sounds like I had some trouble being “objective,” I did. Objectivity is a fallacy. In campaign reporting more than any other kind of press coverage, reporters aren’t just covering a story, they’re a part of it—influencing outcomes, setting expectations, framing candidates—and despite...
  • Leak severs link to al-Qaeda’s secrets

    10/09/2007 5:58:10 AM PDT · by FreedomOfExpression · 202 replies · 8,006+ views via ^ | Oct 8, 2007 | Joby Warrick
    A small private intelligence company that monitors Islamic terrorist groups obtained a new Osama bin Laden video ahead of its official release last month, and around 10 a.m. on Sept. 7, it notified the Bush administration of its secret acquisition. It gave two senior officials access on the condition that the officials not reveal they had it until the al-Qaeda release. Within 20 minutes, a range of intelligence agencies had begun downloading it from the company's Web site. By midafternoon that day, the video and a transcript of its audio track had been leaked from within the Bush administration to...
  • Harry Potter and the Deadly Intelligence Leakers

    08/06/2007 6:15:49 AM PDT · by SueRae · 26 replies · 1,077+ views
    National Review ^ | 8/6/2007 | Pete Hoekstra
    August 6, 2007 6:30 AM Harry Potter and the Deathly Intelligence Leakers can only Scholastic keep a secret? By Peter Hoekstra The fate of Harry Potter in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows was a closely guarded secret that was not supposed to be revealed before the book’s official release on July 21. The U.S. Postal Service tried to protect the secret when a mailman asked a Chicago-area woman to give back two copies of the book he had accidentally delivered before the release date. The mailman feared that he would lose his job for delivering the...
  • Serious Security Questions at Sky Harbor Airport(Phoenix)

    07/22/2007 7:09:20 PM PDT · by RDTF · 32 replies · 1,411+ views
    ABC15 via Drudge Report ^ | July 22, 2007 | Lisa Fletcher
    It's what you have to do when you fly - use X-ray machines, metal detectors, and deal with liquid restrictions in your carry-on luggage. You know the drill. Security checkpoints are just part of travel these days. They're supposed to keep us safe, so we use them - but not all of us and not all the time. We've discovered a 4.5 hour time frame each night when virtually anything can be brought into the secure side of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. There's no metal detector, no X-ray machine, and it's apparently not a problem. Afraid to show her face,...
  • Secret Document: U.S. Fears Terror 'Spectacular' Planned

    07/01/2007 5:28:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 104 replies · 5,331+ views ^ | July 1, 2007 | BRIAN ROSS, RHONDA SCHWARTZ and RICHARD ESPOSITO
    A secret U.S. law enforcement report, prepared for the Department of Homeland Security, warns that al Qaeda is planning a terror "spectacular" this summer, according to a senior official with access to the document. U.S. officials have kept the information secret, and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said today on ABC News' "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" that the United States did not have "have any specific credible evidence that there's an attack focused on the United States at this point." As reported, U.S. law enforcement officials received intelligence reports two weeks ago warning of terror attacks in Glasgow...
  • NRO Spacecraft In Wrong Orbit

    06/16/2007 1:38:50 AM PDT · by anymouse · 35 replies · 1,459+ views
    Aviation Week & Space Technology ^ | Jun 15, 2007 | Craig Covault
    Two top secret National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) ocean surveillance spacecraft were fired into the wrong orbit June 15 when the 200-foot-tall Atlas V rocket they were riding on stopped firing too early in space following launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The top secret satellites separated safely from the malfunctioning booster, however, and have enough rocket propellant to continue their mission, an official said on background. The U.S. Air Force, which managed the Atlas V launch, and the NRO have begun an official investigation into the launch and malfunction. The $83 million Atlas V used in the launch is a model...
  • Google As Terror Tool?

    06/04/2007 6:39:07 PM PDT · by gpapa · 2 replies · 278+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | June 4, 2007 | Unattributed
    JUNE 4--One of the plotters behind the alleged scheme to explode gas pipelines at John F. Kennedy airport directed his co-conspirators to use Google Earth to obtain detailed aerial photos of the targeted facility. In a federal criminal complaint, an excerpt from which you'll find below, one of the accused, Abdul Kadir, reportedly told cohorts to use the popular satellite software after he determined that surveillance video shot by the men was "not sufficiently detailed for operational purposes." Kadir, a Guyanese citizen and former member of that country's parliament, made the Google suggestion during a February meeting with an alleged...
  • Baghdad embassy plans turn up online

    05/31/2007 4:13:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 980+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/31/07 | Matthew Lee - ap
    WASHINGTON - Detailed plans for the new U.S. Embassy under construction in Baghdad appeared online Thursday in a breach of the tight security surrounding the sensitive project. Computer-generated projections of the soon-to-be completed, heavily fortified compound were posted on the Web site of the Kansas City, Mo.-based architectural firm that was contracted to design the massive facility in the Iraqi capital. The images were removed by Berger Devine Yaeger Inc. shortly after the company was contacted by the State Department. "We work very hard to ensure the safety and security of our employees overseas," said Gonzalo Gallegos, a department spokesman....
  • Bush Sanctions "Black Operations" Against Iran

    05/30/2007 9:50:22 PM PDT · by Fennie · 40 replies · 1,343+ views
    Sunday Telegraph ^ | May 28, 2007 | Tim Shipman
    WASHINGTON - President George W Bush has given the CIA approval to launch covert "black" operations to achieve regime change in Iran, intelligence sources have revealed. Mr Bush has signed an official document endorsing CIA plans for a propaganda and disinformation campaign intended to destabilise, and eventually topple, the theocratic rule of the mullahs. Under the plan, pressure will be brought to bear on the Iranian economy by manipulating the country's currency and international financial transactions. Details have also emerged of a covert scheme to sabotage the Iranian nuclear programme. Security officials in Washington have disclosed that Teheran has been...