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  • 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...
  • CDC probes bizarre Morgellons condition

    08/08/2006 9:37:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1,140+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/8/06 | Mike Stobbe - ap
    ATLANTA - Imagine your body pocked by erupting sores. The sensation of little bugs crawling all over you. And worst of all, mysterious red and blue fibers sprouting from your skin. It may sound like a macabre science fiction movie, but a growing legion of Americans say they suffer from this condition. And now the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating. Some doctors dismiss these patients as delusional. But the condition — called Morgellons — has caused a small frenzy on the Internet, with hundreds of people pleading for help. "Sometimes the government doesn't want to panic...
  • CA: Defense in Aryan Brotherhood trial probes secret prison unit - Supermax "H Unit"

    06/07/2006 10:02:37 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 461+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 6/7/06 | Linda Deutsch - ap
    SANTA ANA Within the forbidding walls of the Supermax federal prison, where high-profile inmates live in heavily guarded isolation, a section was created in 1998 called "H Unit," where six special prisoners could mingle, use a computer and share information, a prison official testified Wednesday. The six men, dropouts from the notorious Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, were known as "cooperators" or in slang as "snitches." Danny Shoff, a Bureau of Prisons official now assigned to Washington, D.C., said he was one of the few staff members at the Florence, Colo., facility allowed entry to "H Unit" during the period that...
  • Pace: Ongoing Probes Will Yield Facts About Haditha Incident

    05/29/2006 11:22:01 AM PDT · by SandRat · 46 replies · 1,234+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | John D. Banusiewicz
    WASHINGTON, May 29, 2006 – No good can come of speculation surrounding a Nov. 19 incident in Haditha, Iraq, in which 24 Iraqi civilians, including women and children, were killed in the aftermath of a roadside bomb attack, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today. Marine Gen. Peter Pace also stressed that investigations into alleged misconduct by U.S. Marines in the incident are not yet complete. Appearing on CNN's "American Morning" for what was to have been an interview focusing on the nation's Memorial Day observance today, Pace told Miles O'Brien that two investigations are still in...
  • New Obama Book Probes Political Problems (and a little Murtha snippet too)

    05/20/2006 10:47:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 422+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/20/06 | Dennis Conrad - ap
    WASHINGTON - Americans spend a lot of time in their politics talking about the issues that divide them even though they have many common interests, says Sen. Barack Obama, whose new book explores the problems he sees as inherent to national politics. "My basic premise is, on issues of faith or race or foreign policy or the economy ... if we start with recognizing what we have in common that, in fact, we can arrive at a politics that isn't as partisan and a little more productive," Obama, D-Ill., said in a recent interview. An 18-page excerpt from his fall...
  • Congress Faces Multiple Criminal Probes

    05/20/2006 10:42:08 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 693+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/20/06 | Larry Margasak - ap
    WASHINGTON - For the first time since the Abscam scandal a quarter-century ago, multiple lawmakers face criminal and ethics investigations that are tarnishing Congress, already low on public approval. Three separate bribery investigations by the Justice Department were bad enough news for lawmakers. But the woes only increased last week when the House ethics committee broke a 16-month partisan gridlock and announced investigations into the same matters. "We have an entire generation who imagines their member of Congress in an orange jumpsuit," said Paul Light, a New York University professor of public service, referring to the common prison uniform. "It's...
  • CA: Garamendi asks for federal, state probes of blackmail claim

    05/09/2006 7:24:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 216+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/9/06 | Steve Lawrence - ap
    Accusing the insurance industry of a "serious breach of the law," state Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi asked federal and state officials Tuesday to investigate his claim that a group of insurers tried to blackmail him. Garamendi charged Monday that an insurance industry representative contacted him through an intermediary and offered to drop a pending $2 million ad campaign that attacks proposed auto insurance regulations drafted by Garamendi's office if he would abandon the regulations. "I firmly believe that this amounts to a serious attempt to blackmail me in my role as California's elected insurance commissioner," Garamendi said in a letter...
  • Road to Nowhere - (FBI probes Perata,a $40 million roadway project,kickbacks,PeRataGate)

    03/03/2006 11:09:51 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 447+ views
    East Bay Express ^ | 3/3/06 | Robert Gammon
    Ron Cowan wiped away his tears, but they wouldn't stop flowing. The flashy developer who once crashed his helicopter into San Francisco Bay held his breath and muttered "Goddammit" as he stepped up to the microphone. It was June 11, 2004, and many of his longtime friends were on hand to sing his praises and name a road after him. He had helped put most of them in office. But Cowan knew something many of those in the sizable audience did not: He'd paid a steep price to get his road, the Ron Cowan Parkway. The man had gambled everything...
  • HILL SEEKS PROBE OF 9/11 LOAN OUTRAGES

    12/31/2005 6:53:08 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 60 replies · 1,124+ views
    NY Post ^ | Dec. 31, 2005 | By IAN BISHOP
    December 31, 2005 -- WASHINGTON — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday called on President Bush to launch an investigation into the Small Business Administration's outrageous bungling of a special loan program meant to help businesses hurt by 9/11. Clinton said she was "particularly incensed" that the SBA pushed lenders across the country to peddle 9/11 loans to a tanning salon in Las Vegas and a golf course in Texas "while many New York businesses struggled just to stay afloat." She dispatched letters yesterday to Bush and to Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) — the top two members...
  • Seoul University Probes Stem Cell Research (Hwang Woo Suk)

    12/18/2005 12:48:26 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 379+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/18/05 | Kwang-Tae Kim - ap
    SEOUL, South Korea - A panel questioned stem cell researcher Hwang Woo-suk, sealed off his office and secured materials in his laboratory Sunday as it began a probe of allegations he falsified embryonic stem cells that he said he had created in a scientific breakthrough. Seoul National University began the investigation after Hwang acknowledged there were "fatal errors" in a May article in the journal Science claiming that he and other researchers cloned human embryos and created 11 stem cell lines that genetically matched certain patients. Scientists hope to use such "therapeutic cloning" someday to create tissue for transplant into...
  • Probes may have 'chilling effect' on media (espionage statute used on CIA prisons leak?)

    11/16/2005 1:08:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies · 1,174+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 11/16/05 | Nick Madigan
    Probes may have 'chilling effect' on media By Nick Madigan Sun Reporter Originally published November 16, 2005 The investigations into anonymous leaks in the nation's capital could confound the symbiotic relationship between government officials and reporters, according to observers of the interaction between the press and the politicians they cover. The probes, first in the Valerie Plame case and now in The Washington Post's story about covert CIA prisons, have prompted questions about the benefits and pitfalls of leaking national security secrets, and whether the prospect of investigations into their provenance will mean the leaks could dry up. "What if...
  • Frist, DeLay Fend Off Probes Into Ethics

    09/23/2005 7:01:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 673+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 9/23/05 | donna cassata - ap
    WASHINGTON - Heading into a midterm election year, Republicans find themselves with not one, but two congressional leaders — Bill Frist in the Senate and Tom DeLay in the House — fending off questions of ethical improprieties. The news that federal prosecutors and the Securities and Exchange Commission are looking into Frist's sale of stock in HCA Inc., the hospital operating company founded by his family, comes as a criminal investigation continues of Jack Abramoff, a high-powered Republican lobbyist, and his ties to DeLay of Texas. Less than a week ago, a former White House official was arrested in the...
  • Switzerland probes four in oil-for-food

    09/07/2005 8:44:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 410+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/7/05 | AP - Bern
    BERN, Switzerland (AP) - Four people are being investigated by Switzerland for illegal activity in the former U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq, authorities said Wednesday. The four - all of non-Swiss citizenship - are suspected of money laundering and bribery in connection with the U.N. program and have had their assets in Switzerland frozen, said Andrea Sadecky, a spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor's office. Sadecky declined to reveal the identities of the suspects, but told The Associated Press that more investigations were under way and authorities in Geneva also have started a probe of their own. She declined to say...
  • U.S. probes if Syria spent Iraq oil profit

    07/26/2005 6:09:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 487+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/26/05 | Nick Wadhams - AP
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Syria misspent more than $500 million in Iraqi oil money left over in its central bank after a three-year stretch of doing business with Baghdad in defiance of U.N. sanctions, U.S. investigators claimed in documents obtained Tuesday. A House of Representatives subcommittee is questioning if the money, deposited in two accounts at Syria's Central Bank, was later used to finance attacks in Iraq. The United States has repeatedly claimed that insurgents used the bank to launder cash. The documents were to be the focus of a Wednesday hearing by the subcommittee, on the Middle East and...
  • CA: A tale of two terror probes - Lackawanna and Lodi parallel?

    07/10/2005 8:27:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 399+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 7/10/05 | Dorothy Korber
    The young men were at loose ends in Lackawanna, a blue-collar town in upstate New York. Restless and curious about their Islamic heritage, they started meeting secretly with a charismatic Muslim fundamentalist who persuaded them to trek to Afghanistan to attend a military training camp. It's a long way from Lackawanna to Lodi, but there are parallels between the New York case and the unfolding federal probe in the San Joaquin County town. --snip-- The seven Lackawanna men headed for Afghanistan in the spring of 2001, according to news accounts of their case. They told their families and friends in...
  • GOP Probes Non-Destructive Cell Research

    06/29/2005 5:44:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 180+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/29/05 | Laurie Kellman - AP
    WASHINGTON - Antiabortion Republicans looking for a way to vote for stem cell research are considering putting federal dollars behind unproven technologies for harvesting the all-purpose cells without destroying human embryos. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and other GOP lawmakers are considering legislation drawn from a report in May by President Bush's Council on Bioethics, which studied research that might carry medical promise but is in its infancy. In some cases, the research is ethically objectionable, the panel wrote. Nonetheless, it said four types of studies "deserve the nation's careful and serious consideration." Bush was receptive to funding the theoretical...
  • U.N. Envoy Probes Zimbabwe Crackdown

    06/26/2005 9:14:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 218+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/26/05 | Michael Hartnick - AP
    HARARE, Zimbabwe - An envoy for U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived in Zimbabwe on Sunday to investigate a government-sponsored campaign that has destroyed the homes and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans. Hours before the arrival of Anna Tibaijuka, head of the seven-member delegation, a state-run newspaper reported that the government was finishing the campaign dubbed Operation Murambatsvina, or Drive Out Trash. The Sunday Mail report was dismissed by the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change. Party spokesman Paul Themba Nyathi said the destruction of shanty towns continued unabated over the weekend in the southern border town of Beitbridge....
  • CA: FBI probes bridge welds (Bay Bridge, allegations made by 15 welders alleging bad welds)

    04/06/2005 9:17:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 1,351+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/6/05 | Sean Holstege and Jill Tucker
    The new Bay Bridge is riddled with defective welds, 15 welders told the Oakland Tribune in a nine-month investigation - allegations that could lead to criminal fraud charges. The welders' claims have prompted an FBI investigation. In the worst case, the federal probe could lead to tearing apart the bridge to see if it is structurally sound or needs to be rebuilt. The FBI began investigating allegations in February that welders were "encouraged or instructed to save time by producing substandard welds," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Mark Mershon of the bureau's San Francisco division. The bureau is investigating...
  • CA: Senate probes 'irregularities' in troubled purchasing contract (CGI-AMS)

    03/30/2005 7:27:47 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 353+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/30/05 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - State officials improperly handled bid documents concerning the award of a multimillion dollar purchasing contract that eventually went to a Virginia company with no experience in the field, according to testimony Wednesday before a Senate panel. Officials also said they changed scores from pass to fail for the company's only rival for the work, which caused the competitor's disqualification. That led Sen. Joe Dunn, a Garden Grove Democrat leading the investigation into the state's "strategic sourcing" contract, to say "there's something more than meets the eye with the bidding" and call for more hearings. At issue is...
  • CA: Corruption probes taint LA mayor's re-election bid

    02/26/2005 11:47:04 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 321+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/26/05 | Jeremiah Marquez - AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a city more accustomed to scandals in Hollywood than City Hall, claims of public corruption and fraud are dogging the re-election campaign of decidedly low-profile Mayor James Hahn. County prosecutors have been probing allegations that Hahn supporters shook down firms which wanted to do business with the city by tying public contracts to political contributions. Federal prosecutors have opened their own inquiry. Although Hahn has not been implicated and denies knowledge of any potential wrongdoing, the investigations touch whole segments of city government - from members of Hahn's inner circle to Los Angeles International Airport...
  • CA: Lawmakers stick with SB 25 - Senate bill could weaken campaign-finance probes (PeRATaGate)

    02/16/2005 8:47:39 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 314+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 2/16/05 | Steve Geissinger
    SACRAMENTO -- State Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, already linked to a corruption probe, and Senate Minority Leader Dick Ackerman, R-Tustin, refused on Tuesday to drop a bill that could weaken campaign-finance probes against lawmakers. One probe that could be affected is apparently one involving Sen. Jim Battin, R-Palm Desert, who lashed out Tuesday at a state agency he accused of improperly revealing its inquiry. "It is disturbing the Fair Political Practices Commission has apparently chosen to violate their own rules prohibiting them from discussing an ongoing investigation and make comments to the press," Battin wrote in a...
  • CA: Perata bill seen as foiling donation probes (How convenient... PeRATaGate)

    02/15/2005 8:46:37 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 473+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 2/15/05 | Christian Berthelsen
    Sacramento -- State Senate Democratic leader Don Perata and his Republican counterpart are quietly and urgently pushing a bill that critics say would torpedo a major investigation by election regulators into at least one sitting legislator's campaign finances. The bill, SB25, would make it harder for investigators to prove that a politician may have manipulated contributions to avoid new campaign donation limits. It would lessen the Fair Political Practices Commission's ability to use as evidence letters from political donors to candidates that accompany contribution checks. The so-called "transmittal letters" are said to make up a significant portion of the evidence...
  • Self-assembled nano-sized probes allow Penn researchers to see tumors through flesh and skin

    02/09/2005 7:26:10 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 3 replies · 437+ views
    PHILADELPHIA – Nano-sized particles embedded with bright, light-emitting molecules have enabled researchers to visualize a tumor more than one centimeter below the skin surface using only infrared light. A team of chemists, bioengineers and medical researchers based at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Minnesota has lodged fluorescent materials called porphyrins within the surface of a polymersome, a cell-like vesicle, to image a tumor within a living rodent. Their findings, which represent a proof of principle for the use of emissive polymersomes to target and visualize tumors, appear in the Feb. 7 online early edition of the Proceedings...
  • CA: Corruption probes dim California official's once-ascending star (ShmelleyGate)

    01/09/2005 9:52:26 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 294+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/9/05 | Jim Wasserman - AP
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Five months ago, California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley could have been considered one of the state's rising Democratic stars, the man who coordinated the 2003 recall election that ousted a governor and then earned favorable national attention on electronic voting issues. Now that prominence is being battered by allegations of campaign finance improprieties and of mishandling of millions of federal dollars sent to states to modernize voting. Gone are the flattering media profiles, the suggestions he's a top Democratic contender for the governor's office after Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger departs. Instead, Shelley faces the wrath...
  • MA: FBI probes man on ties to Islamic charity

    01/04/2005 7:26:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 285+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/4/05 | Theo Emory - AP
    BOSTON (AP) - Prosecutors have asked a judge to halt citizenship proceedings for a businessman who headed an Islamic charity so the FBI can continue investigating whether he lied about his ties to organizations that include one linked to Osama bin Laden. U.S. Attorney Michael J. Sullivan asked to postpone Emadeddin Z. Muntasser's naturalization hearing scheduled for Thursday. The judge did not immediately rule on the request and gave Muntasser until Wednesday to respond. Muntasser, whose citizenship application has been in the pipeline more than two years, is "the subject of a pending federal criminal investigation regarding statements he made...
  • ACLU seeking FBI files on activist probes

    12/01/2004 10:27:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 1,923+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 12/1/04 | Curt Andersen - AP
    WASHINGTON - The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking information from the FBI on why bureau task forces set up to combat terrorism also looked into anti-war, animal rights and environmental groups. Dozens of organizations have been subjected to scrutiny, according to the ACLU, which was filing Freedom of Information Act requests with the FBI on Thursday to try to find out why. "We think it's clear that the public is interested in the possible return of FBI spying on political and religious groups," said Ann Beeson, the ACLU's associate legal counsel. The FBI denies singling out individuals or groups...
  • CA: Probe's findings about (D-)Gregory might be hidden (San Jose City Council)

    11/07/2004 10:29:14 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 392+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 11/7/04 | Rodney Foo and Aaron C. Davis
    Almost six months after reports surfaced alleging that San Jose Councilman Terry Gregory solicited lavish meals and gifts in violation of city law, an investigation proposed last week by Mayor Ron Gonzales promises the first answers to questions about whether Gregory has done anything wrong. Who gets to hear those answers, however, is entirely unclear -- and may largely be up to Gonzales and City Attorney Rick Doyle if they determine Gregory acted in ways that expose the city to legal liability. Gonzales' investigation has sparked unfavorable comparisons to the city's early efforts in August to investigate questions about its...
  • Kerry record in Senate put premium on probes

    10/24/2004 5:36:28 AM PDT · by crushelits · 8 replies · 564+ views
    washtimes.com ^ | October 24, 2004 | Jerry Seper
    Sen. John Kerry has been called many things during his high-profile 20-year career in the U.S. Senate, but the lasting legacy of the junior Democrat from Massachusetts may be easy to define: He's more an investigator than a legislator. His defining moments have included a progression of signature investigations that, by design, thrust him into the national spotlight. Some, mostly Democrats, have called his investigative efforts relentless and groundbreaking. Others, mostly Republicans, have labeled them as shameless grandstanding.
  • Boo who? Let's get it straight

    08/13/2004 2:07:09 AM PDT · by kattracks · 29 replies · 1,404+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 8/13/04 | Michael Goodwin
    Don't cry for Jim McGreevey. And spare me the sappy sentiment about a brave man outing himself, then stepping aside for the good of New Jersey. McGreevey confessed yesterday that he has been living a lie. It hasn't stopped. The real shame is that he can't bring himself to tell the whole truth even now. Not by a long shot. The absence of the full story from the lying Lothario won't stop the facts from coming out, however. And from what we know already, it's not a pretty picture that's emerging. The real news here isn't that McGreevey is gay....
  • Grand jury probes L.A. school district's headquarters purchase

    07/23/2004 9:40:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 489+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/23/04 | AP - LA
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal grand jury has opened an investigation into the Los Angeles Unified School District's purchase of its $74.5 million downtown headquarters. LAUSD Inspector General Don Mullinax disclosed the investigation Thursday in a memo to school district officials. "I am writing to inform you that at the request of the U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of California, the Office of the Inspector General is providing assistance in a federal grand jury investigation regarding the purchase of the Beaudry building," Mullinax wrote. Board member David Tokofsky, who cast the only vote against the purchase of the building,...
  • Mars: A Water World? Evidence Mounts, But Scientists Remain Tight-Lipped

    02/29/2004 2:25:17 PM PST · by Brett66 · 85 replies · 579+ views
    Space.com ^ | 2/29/04 | Leonard David
    Mars: A Water World? Evidence Mounts, But Scientists Remain Tight-Lipped By Leonard David Senior Space Writer posted: 01:00 pm ET 29 February 2004There is no doubt that the Opportunity Mars rover is relaying a mother lode of geological data. Using an array of tools carried by the golf cart-sized robot -- from spectrometers, a rock grinder, cameras and powerful microscopic imager -- scientists are carefully piecing together a compelling historical portrait of a wet and wild world. Where Opportunity now roves, some scientists here suggest, could have been underneath a huge ocean or lake. But what has truly been uncovered by the...
  • Robot Balloons Could Explore Mars

    02/12/2004 6:51:36 PM PST · by anymouse · 14 replies · 217+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, 11 February, 2004
    Remote-controlled balloons carrying armies of mini-robots could be filling Mars' skies if a project by Californian scientists takes off. Nasa-funded researchers are developing the StratoSail, a balloon with a wing, that can be accurately steered through Mars' winds for months. Like weather balloons, the StratoSail could carry cameras and gadgets to spot potential areas for human missions. The hi-tech devices could also launch robotic probes to monitor the surface. "The ability of long-duration guided planetary balloons to alter their flight path in the atmosphere, to deploy surface probes, and to carry out detailed reconnaissance make them a very powerful tool...