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  • Officials: FBI probes possible ISIS-inspired threat (California .. Heads up!!)

    04/25/2015 2:53:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/25/15 | Evan Perez and Shimon Prokupecz, CNN
    (CNN)The FBI is investigating a possible ISIS-inspired terrorist threat in the United States, law enforcement officials said Saturday. The investigation originated from intercepted chatter and other intelligence information that led officials to believe a possible plot could be in the works, the officials said. No arrests have been made. It's not clear whether the threat is real or aspirational. The exact nature of the threat couldn't be learned. One official said it focused on parts of California where officials stepped up security, a U.S. official said.
  • Jay Carney: Obama administration made ´extraordinary efforts´ to aid Benghazi probes

    10/28/2013 2:00:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/28/13 | Meghashyam Mali
    White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday said the Obama administration had made “extraordinary efforts” to work with congressional committees probing the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. “When it comes to oversight and Benghazi, as you know, the administration has made extraordinary efforts to work with seven -- seven, rather, different congressional committees investigating what happened before, during and after the Benghazi attacks,” Carney told reporters. “That includes testifying at 13 congressional hearings, participating in 40 staff briefings and providing over 25,000 pages of documents.” His comments came in response to a question about
  • Are terrorists doing 9/11-style dry runs on U.S. flights?

    10/12/2013 11:05:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 22 replies
    Yahoo/The Week ^ | Oct 11, 2013 | Frances Weaver
    "If a dry run is occurring, the attack will shortly follow." That's according to Wolf Koch, a Boeing 767 pilot for Delta Airlines and an official at the Air Line Pilots Association International, who was discussing common terrorist tactics in the run-up to devastating attacks like those on 9/11. That is an extremely worrying thought given a memo leaked this week from the U.S. Airline Pilots Association, which warns of "several cases recently…of what appear to be probes, or dry runs" of such attacks.
  • CBS News: State Department covered up misconduct, interfered with IG probes

    06/10/2013 7:31:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6/10/13 | d Morrissey
    With apologies to Sheriff John* and “The Birthday Party Polka,” it’s time to sing the Scandal Song: Put another candle on the scandal cake … another week starts today. CBS News reports that the State Department has interfered in internal investigations into criminal conduct and wrongdoing by high-ranking officials, including one ambassador who prowled public parks for prostitutes. A very familiar name appears in this exposé, too:
  • In defense of Michele Bachmann, Muslim Brotherhood probes

    07/30/2012 10:31:03 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/30/2012 | Newt Gingrich
    The recent assault on the National Security Five is only the most recent example of the fear our elites have about discussing and understanding radical Islamists. When an orchestrated assault is launched on the right to ask questions in an effort to stop members of Congress from even inquiring about a topic — you know the fix is in. The intensity of the attack on Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) as well as Republican Reps. Trent Franks of Arizona, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Tom Rooney of Florida and Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia is a reminder of how desperate our elites are...
  • '60 Minutes' probes Pelosi's investments

    11/11/2011 6:35:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 1+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 11/11/11 | Carolyn Lochhead
    Washington -- House minority leader Nancy Pelosi is bracing for a report on the stock investments of members of Congress that is to air Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes." The San Francisco Democrat and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, were questioned separately at their weekly news conferences Nov. 3 by reporter Steve Croft. Neither had granted Croft's previous requests for interviews. Croft asked both leaders about stock transactions they made while Congress was considering legislation that could affect the financial and insurance industries. Pelosi and Boehner vigorously denied any connection. Laws against insider trading - making stock bets based on...
  • House GOP Probes HHS’ Sebelius On ‘End-Of-Life’ Rule

    03/14/2011 5:15:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 3/14/11 | David Hogberg
    IBD has received a letter from Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting information on “the improper inclusion of a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning in a Medicare regulation in the fall of 2010.” Late last year, a controversy erupted when in November a set of final regulations for Medicare contained a provision enabling Medicare to pay for “end-of-life” counseling.
  • NY Times probes reporter's lifting from other news sources

    02/15/2010 3:14:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 484+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/15/10 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The New York Times is conducting an investigation after a Wall Street and finance reporter was found to have improperly used wording and passages from other news organizations. Zachery Kouwe, who joined the Times in 2008 from the New York Post, "reused language from The Wall Street Journal, Reuters and other sources without attribution or acknowledgement," the Times said in an editors' note. The Times said Kouwe appeared to have "improperly appropriated wording and passages published by other news organizations" in a number of business articles over the past year and in posts on NYTimes.com's DealBook blog....
  • Terror probes - what you’re not being told

    01/01/2010 2:46:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies · 1,407+ views
    canada free pres ^ | 1/1/10 | Doug Hagmann
    On August 1, 2001, Hollywood actor James Woods witnessed four men of Middle Eastern appearance engaged in suspicious behavior on a transcontinental flight from Boston to Los Angeles. Mr. Woods’ first public recounting of his observations was five months after 9/11 on The O’Reilly Factor. During that February 15, 2002 broadcast, Mr. Woods stated that the suspicious behavior of the four men “would have been blatantly obvious to the most casual observer.” Investigation ultimately confirmed that the actor witnessed a “practice run” for the 9/11 hijackings. He ultimately learned that all four men he observed aboard his flight were terrorists...
  • U.N. probes use of its vehicles in Somalia bombing

    09/19/2009 11:03:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 449+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/19/09 | Frank Nyakairu
    NAIROBI (Reuters) – The United Nations is investigating the use of its vehicles by suicide bombers who killed 17 African Union peacekeepers at their main base in Somalia, a senior official said on Saturday. The Somali government warned on Friday that Islamist rebels from the al Shabaab group had six more stolen U.N. cars primed with explosives ready for suicide attacks. "There are very large numbers of U.N. vehicles in Somalia that have been used for a variety of projects," Mark Bowden, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, told Reuters. He said the United Nations had been given the chassis...
  • SEC fumbled 5 Madoff probes, report finds

    09/02/2009 11:25:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 2,283+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/2/09 | Ross Kerber, Jonathan Stempel and Rachelle Younglai
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. securities regulators fumbled five probes of Bernard Madoff's operations and missed opportunities to uncover the financier's $65 billion investment fraud, a report by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's inspector general said on Wednesday. The SEC received more than ample information over the years to warrant a thorough and comprehensive examination or investigation of Madoff and his firm, the report said.
  • Senate probes Goldman, Deutsche: report (looking for evidence of fraud in the 2008 meltdown)

    07/30/2009 3:57:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 316+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/30/09 | Ajay Kamalakaran
    (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) and Deutsche Bank AG (DBKGn.DE) were issued subpoenas by a U.S. Senate panel looking for evidence of fraud in the 2008 mortgage-market meltdown, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter. The paper said the focus of the investigation is on whether internal communications show executives at the banks had private doubts on the soundness of the mortgage-related securities they were putting together. The people told the paper Washington Mutual Inc, which is now mostly owned by JP Morgan Chase & Co (JPM.N), was also issued a subpoena by the...
  • Live Thread - Atlas V/Centaur Launch of Moon Probes

    06/18/2009 2:30:26 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 8 replies · 576+ views
    NASA ^ | 6/18/2009 | n/a
    NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite are ready for launch aboard an Atlas V rocket from at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station today. The spacecraft are scheduled to lift off together with three attempts possible at 5:12 p.m., 5:22 p.m. and 5:32 p.m. EDT. If launch slips to Friday, June 19, the launch opportunities would be 6:41 p.m., 6:51 p.m. and 7:01 p.m.
  • New ethics panel starts 10 lawmaker probes

    04/15/2009 7:06:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 386+ views
    The Hill ^ | 4/15/09 | Mike Soraghan
    The new independent ethics panel created to help the House police itself has started 10 reviews of lawmaker misconduct, but hasn't gotten to the point of deciding whether to refer any matters to the House ethics committee. The information was contained in the first quarterly report of the Office of Congressional Ethics, issued Wednesday. The report says that 37 people have contacted the office, but doesn't make clear how many were filing complaints versus simply seeking information. So it's not clear if the board has declined to review any complaints. The OCE, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, is looking at...
  • Australia probes report military spied on minister (had ties to China-born businesswoman)

    03/26/2009 9:16:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 292+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/26/09 | AFP
    MELBOURNE (AFP) – Australia's military launched an investigation Thursday into allegations that officers spied on the defence minister and leaked details of his ties to a China-born businesswoman. Defence chiefs ordered the probe after Fairfax newspapers reported the military's intelligence arm accessed Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon's office computer system as part of a covert sweep into his private life. Defence officials, whom Fitzgibbon recently accused of being incompetent, then leaked information about his friendship with Beijing-born businesswoman Helen Liu to suggest the minister may be a security risk, the reports said. After initially denying accepting any gifts other than small...
  • Kepler, SETI and Ancient Probes

    03/05/2009 6:03:25 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 35 replies · 895+ views
    « We’ve already speculated here that if the Kepler mission finds few Earth-like planets in the course of its investigations, the belief that life is rare will grow. But let’s be optimists and speculate on the reverse: What if Kepler pulls in dozens, even hundreds, of Earth-sized planets in the habitable zones of their respective stars? In that case, the effort to push on to study the atmospheres of such planets would receive a major boost, aiding the drive to launch a terrestrial planet hunter with serious spectroscopic capabilities some time in the next decade.Budget problems? Let’s fold Darwin...
  • FBI resources limited for economic probes: report

    10/18/2008 7:42:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 549+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/18/08 | Chris Michaud
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The FBI, after years spent focusing on national security, is struggling to find agents and resources to investigate wrongdoing tied to the country's economic crisis, The New York Times reported in Sunday editions. Citing current and former FBI officials, the Times said cutbacks in its criminal investigative workforce following the September 11 attacks left the FBI weaker in areas like white collar crime. The cutbacks were the result of a shift in focus to terrorism and intelligence matters. More than 1,800 agents, or nearly one-third of all those in criminal programs, moved into those areas, the...
  • CA: Compton probes sale of land to group tied to embattled SEIU local

    09/06/2008 10:01:24 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 116+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/6/08 | Paul Pringle
    The Compton city attorney's office is investigating a $1-per-lot sale of government land to a housing corporation that failed to receive the tax-exempt status it sought and is associated with a Los Angeles labor union mired in a spending scandal. The housing group was established as a nonprofit in 2004, but never received an Internal Revenue Service exemption and had lost its right to do business in California for not filing its tax returns, The Times disclosed last month. It was founded under the direction of Tyrone Freeman, president of the Service Employees International Union local, whose financial practices are...
  • White House raps Hill probes

    07/06/2007 10:32:04 AM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 16 replies · 745+ views
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070705/ap_on_go_pr_wh/bush_subpoenas_6 ^ | July 5, 2007 | DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WriterThu
    "They've launched over 300 investigations, had over 350 requests for documents and interviews and they have had over 600 oversight hearings in just about 100 days," Stanzel said. The White House on Thursday pushed back against congressional investigations of the Bush administration and said lawmakers should spend more time passing bills to solve domestic problems
  • FBI probes fatal Ariz. border shooting

    01/15/2007 7:39:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 750+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/15/07 | AP
    PHOENIX - The FBI said Monday it was investigating the shooting death of a Mexican immigrant by a U.S. Border Patrol agent that had been criticized by Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Francisco Javier Dominguez-Rivera, 22, of Puebla, Mexico, was killed Friday in a confrontation with the unidentified agent north of the U.S.-Mexico border between Bisbee and Douglas. On Sunday, Calderon expressed his "most energetic protest" against the shooting. A group of seven people were crossing the desert and the agent took six of them into custody without incident, authorities said. But the agent and Dominguez-Rivera began fighting, authorities said. The...