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Panetta Spells Out DOD Roles in Cyberdefense

October 12, 2012 by legitgov

Panetta Spells Out DOD Roles in Cyberdefense 11 Oct 2012 Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta spelled out in detail the Defense Department's responsibility in cybersecurity during a speech to the Business Executives for National Security meeting in New York, today. Panetta has stressed the importance of cybersecurity since taking office last year. In addition, the secretary has warned about a "cyber Pearl Harbor" many times, including during testimony before Congress. "A cyber attack perpetrated by nation states or violent extremist groups could be as destructive as the terrorist attack of 9/11," he said in prepared remarks. "Such a destructive cyber terrorist attack could paralyze the nation."

Panetta's Cyber Warning: 'This Is a Pre-9/11 Moment'

October 12, 2012 by legitgov

Heads up! Big cyber false flag on the way: Panetta's Cyber Warning: 'This Is a Pre-9/11 Moment' --Panetta directing Pentagon to begin ramping up network-security efforts 11 Oct 2012 The Pentagon is mobilizing its cyberwarfare arsenal in preparation for a massive assault on U.S. networks that could "paralyze the nation," said Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta. "A cyber attack perpetrated by nation states or violent extremist groups could be as destructive as the terrorist attack of 9/11," Panetta said Oct. 11 in a speech to corporate leaders of Business Executives for National Security, a nonpartisan group. The nation today faces the cyber equivalent of a "pre-9/11 moment," he said somberly.

Exercise Prepares D.C. Troops for Inauguration

October 12, 2012 by legitgov

Exercise Prepares D.C. Troops for Inauguration 11 Oct 2012 The District of Columbia National Guard participated in the 2012 Capital Shield Exercise, a training event which emphasizes unity of effort for district and federal agencies operating in the District of Columbia in preparation for events such as the upcoming inauguration. The D.C. Army National Guard's 33rd CST, together with the Massachusetts National Guard's 1st CST, set up their equipment for a section of the training conducted in Southeast Washington. The western campus of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, which opened in 1855 as the "Government Hospital for the Insane," is situated in southeast D.C., south and across the Anacostia River from the D.C. National Guard Armory. The rich and storied history of the institution is palpable as the National Guard members conducted a training scenario based on a possible chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear threat.

U.S. has sent troops to Jordan-Syria border, Panetta says

October 12, 2012 by legitgov

U.S. has sent troops to Jordan-Syria border, Panetta says 10 Oct 2012 The United States has sent troops to Jordan to help improve its military capabilities in case the fighting in Syria spills onto its soil, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters Wednesday in Brussels. Panetta made the remarks at a NATO meeting of defense ministers. The allies are also eyeing the security of [alleged] chemical and biological weapons stockpiled by Syria, a threat that President Obama has warned could change the tack toward the continuing conflict. If the Syrian government unleashes those weapons, Obama said, that would be a "red line" triggering U.S. military intervention.

Gunmen kill Yemeni who worked at U.S. embassy in Yemen

October 12, 2012 by legitgov

Gunmen kill Yemeni who worked at U.S. embassy in Yemen 11 Oct 2012 Masked gunmen shot dead a Yemeni man who worked in the security office of the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa on Thursday, in an attack a Yemeni security source said appeared to be the work of al Qaeda [al-CIAduh]. The incident was the latest of a wave of attacks on officials in the impoverished Arab state, which is battling Islamist militants with Washington's help. The attackers, on a motorcycle, opened fire on Qassem Aqlan - who headed an embassy security investigation team - near his house in the center of Yemen's capital, the source told Reuters.

Gunmen kill Yemeni who worked at U.S. embassy in Yemen

October 12, 2012 by legitgov

Gunmen kill Yemeni who worked at U.S. embassy in Yemen 11 Oct 2012 Masked gunmen shot dead a Yemeni man who worked in the security office of the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa on Thursday, in an attack a Yemeni security source said appeared to be the work of al Qaeda [al-CIAduh]. The incident was the latest of a wave of attacks on officials in the impoverished Arab state, which is battling Islamist militants with Washington's help. The attackers, on a motorcycle, opened fire on Qassem Aqlan - who headed an embassy security investigation team - near his house in the center of Yemen's capital, the source told Reuters.

South Carolina voter ID law blocked until 2013

October 12, 2012 by legitgov

South Carolina voter ID law blocked until 2013 10 Oct 2012 A federal court ruled on Wednesday that South Carolina may not implement a photo ID law for voters until 2013, in the latest setback for a mainly Republican effort to establish identification rules in several states before the November 6 elections. South Carolina joined Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin as states with voter ID laws that have been blocked or deferred by state or federal judges.

Romney's emotional story remembered very differently by friend of fallen SEAL

October 12, 2012 by legitgov

Romney's emotional story remembered very differently by friend of fallen SEAL 10 Oct 2012 On the stump in Iowa Tuesday, Mitt Romney revealed that he met former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty at a holiday party some years ago. Doherty is one of four Americans killed during the September 11th attack on the American consulate in Benghazi. ...But one of Glen Doherty's best friends remembered Doherty's impression of this meeting much differently. Elf Ellefsen met Glen Doherty skiing in Utah when he was 19, and the two men remained friends for more than 20 years. According to Ellefsen, Romney introduced himself to Doherty four separate times during the gathering.

Walmart Workers Threaten Black Friday Action

October 12, 2012 by legitgov

Walmart Workers Threaten Black Friday Action 10 Oct 2012 The latest news in the Walmart labor protests -- which have included walkouts and marches in Dallas, San Diego, Chicago and Los Angeles -- is the threat of a strike on Black Friday. That's the day after Thanksgiving, widely considered the busiest, and most lucrative, retail day of the year. Some 200 angry protesters showed up at a meeting of investors and analysts earlier Wednesday at Walmart's headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. Walmart... has long been a target of workers' rights groups, who advocate higher wages, more flexibility in hours and an end to the punishments (reduced shifts, for instance) they claim are meted out to workers seeking to unionize.

NATO must have U.N. mandate for post-2014 Afghan mission: Russia

October 11, 2012 by legitgov

NATO must have U.N. mandate for post-2014 Afghan mission: Russia 10 Oct 2012 Russia will stop cooperating with NATO over Afghanistan after 2014 unless the alliance gets U.N. Security Council authorization for its new training mission in Afghanistan, a senior Russian diplomat said on Wednesday. A NATO official said only that it would be "helpful" to have a U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing the post-2014 training mission, but stopped short of saying it was essential.

GOP hearing reveals details of 'semi-secret' U.S. facility in Benghazi

October 11, 2012 by legitgov

GOP hearing reveals details of 'semi-secret' U.S. facility in Benghazi 10 Oct 2012 A public clash in Congress on Wednesday over photographs depicting the location of a second, semi-secret [?] U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya put the spotlight on a compound said to be more secure than the public American 'mission' where U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens died last month. Reuters has learned some new details about it from U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the issue's sensitivity and the ongoing official probes. They described the second facility as a significant and largely secret complex, housing diplomatic and intelligence personnel. Among their assignments was a high-priority inter-agency program to locate shoulder-fired missiles and other weapons loosed by Libya's 2011 revolution... The compound also housed a seven-man U.S. "quick-reaction security team" that went to the temporary consulate after Stevens and others came under attack there, according to testimony on Wednesday.

Jason Chaffetz Admits House GOP Cut Funding For Embassy Security: 'You Have to Prioritize Things'

October 11, 2012 by legitgov

Jason Chaffetz Admits House GOP Cut Funding For Embassy Security: 'You Have to Prioritize Things' 11 Oct 2012 Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) acknowledged on Wednesday that House Republicans had consciously voted to reduce the funds allocated to the State Department for embassy security since winning the majority in 2010. On Wednesday morning, CNN asked the Utah Republican if he had "voted to cut the funding for embassy security." "Absolutely," Chaffetz said. "Look we have to make priorities and choices in this country. We have...15,000 contractors in Iraq. We have more than 6,000 contractors, a private army there, for President Obama, in Baghdad. And we're talking about can we get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces. When you're in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize things." [Yes, you have to prioritize your imperialist adventures for oil, gas and opium routes.]

House GOP Outs Secret CIA Base in Libya

October 11, 2012 by legitgov

LOL! House GOP Outs Secret CIA Base in Libya --Letting us in on a secret By Dana Milbank 10 Oct 2012 When House Republicans called a hearing in the middle of their long recess, you knew it would be something big, and indeed it was: They accidentally blew the CIA's cover. The purpose of Wednesday's hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee was to examine security lapses that led to the killing in Benghazi last month of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others boost RMoney in the polls. But in doing so, the lawmakers reminded us why "congressional intelligence" is an oxymoron. Through their outbursts, cryptic language and boneheaded questioning of State Department officials, the committee members left little doubt that one of the two compounds at which the Americans were killed, described by the administration as a "consulate" and a nearby "annex," was a CIA base. They did this, helpfully, in a televised public hearing.

Afghans Sold U.S. Troops Bogus Bomb Protection

October 11, 2012 by legitgov

Afghans Sold U.S. Troops Bogus Bomb Protection --'Large number' of so-called 'culvert denial systems' were 'not installed or were installed in a defective manner' 11 Oct 2012 Contract fraud in Afghanistan has yielded a major unexpected threat to U.S. troops from homemade bombs, according to the U.S. contracting watchdog in the country. And the watchdog agency considers the threat so dire that it took the rare step of tipping its hand on an active criminal investigation to warn the military command in Afghanistan. John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, is warning that "potentially significant contract fraud" from a $361,680 deal with an Afghan company may have led troops to falsely believe that metal bars placed over water drainage systems and roadside holes are effective against implanted insurgent bombs.

BBC film crew held at gunpoint after trying to sneak into Nevada's Area 51 military base

October 11, 2012 by legitgov

BBC film crew held at gunpoint after trying to sneak into Nevada's Area 51 military base with UFO conspiracy theorists --Same BBC team 'caused outrage' by suggesting London bombings were a government conspiracy --Agents held the 12-man team at gunpoint for three hours while checking their credentials --'Apache helicopters were called in and Washington phoned London after trespass' --Team say they were followed in the days following attempt 11 Oct 2012 This is the moment a BBC film crew were held by security teams at the notoriously secretive Area 51 - where conspiracy theorists believe the American government is hiding a flying saucer. Irish comedian Andrew Maxwell and UFO expert Darren Perks sneaked past the border at the site - and were forced to lie on the ground at gunpoint for three hours while the FBI checked their credentials. It is the same documentary team that caused outrage in Britain last week when they suggested that the 7/7 London bombings were part of a government conspiracy to boost support for the Iraq war. [They were.] The 'UFO: Conspiracy Road Trip' documentary, airing next Monday, will show how the BBC film crew were arrested at gunpoint. They were forced to lie on the ground for three hours as guards surrounded them armed with M16 assault rifles.

A Hall of Shame for Venezuelan Elections Coverage

October 11, 2012 by legitgov

A Hall of Shame for Venezuelan Elections Coverage By Keane Bhatt 08 Oct 2012 Hugo Chávez, as a number of us expected, won the Venezuelan presidential election in yet another landslide yesterday: 55.1% to his opponent Henrique Capriles's 44.2%. To understand why Chávez's electoral victory would be apparent beforehand, consider that from 1980 to 1998, Venezuela's per capita GDP declined by 14%, whereas since 2004, after the Chávez administration gained control over the nation’s oil revenues, the country’s GDP growth per person has averaged 2.5% each year. At the same time, income inequality was reduced to the lowest in Latin America, and a combination of widely shared growth and government programs cut poverty in half and reduced absolute poverty by 70%--and that's before accounting for vastly expanded access to health, education, and housing. However, the establishment media broadly anticipated that yesterday's election would be a repudiation of the Chávez administration's policies.

Crack found in Pa. nuclear reactor head

October 11, 2012 by legitgov

Crack found in Pa. nuclear reactor head 10 Oct 2012 (Shippingport, PA) A crack has been discovered in the cap to the reactor in Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station's Unit 2, according to FirstEnergy Corp. officials. Crews found a crack in Unit 2's reactor vessel head during a scheduled refueling process Saturday. The unit has been shut down since Sept. 24 for refueling and maintenance. The crack was found on the welding around one of the unit's 66 openings through which nuclear fuel rods are inserted into the reactor.

Ex-CIA man accused of leaks seeks classified data in his defense, also wants reporters deposed

October 11, 2012 by legitgov

Ex-CIA man accused of leaks seeks classified data in his defense, also wants reporters deposed 10 Oct 2012 Lawyers for a former CIA officer accused of leaking the names of covert operatives have told a judge that they will need to expose a wide array of government secrets to provide an adequate defense for their client at trial. Court records unsealed Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria show that lawyers for former CIA officer John Kiriakou want to reveal details of the CIA's capture of 'al-Qaida' operative Abu Zubaydah, further details about the life of one of the exposed covert operatives, information about alleged CIA discussions on the use of contractors to torture detainees [aka war crimes] and other classified information.

'Homeland' star: Obama prefers drones

October 11, 2012 by legitgov

'Homeland' star: Obama prefers drones 10 Oct 2012 "Homeland" star Damian Lewis says that President Barack Obama isn't exactly 'dovish' compared to his predecessor. Talking to Rolling Stone about Obama — who's a big fan of his show - the British actor remarked, "And by the way, for all the conventional wisdom that Bush was a warmonger and hawkish and that Obama is not, that he's more dovish - you know, he has ordered more drone strikes in his first term than Bush did in his two terms. I think by a ratio of something like every one in four days, he orders a drone strike to Bush's every one in 10 days when he was in office. It's obviously his preferred method of attack, you know," said Lewis, who plays a Marine-turned-terrorist on "Homeland."

Mother of slain Navy SEAL: Romney shouldn't politicize her son's death

October 11, 2012 by legitgov

Mother of slain Navy SEAL: Romney shouldn't politicize her son's death 10 Oct 2012 The mother of Glen Doherty, a Navy SEAL who was one of four Americans killed in the Sept. 11 attack in Libya, told a Boston TV station that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney shouldn't politicize her son's death. Romney told an Iowa campaign audience on Tuesday about a chance encounter with a Navy SEAL during a Christmas party in San Diego, although he did not invoke Doherty by name. Romney owns a home in California and Doherty was stationed there, serving in the military.

Greenpeace activists hide overnight at Swedish nuclear plants

October 11, 2012 by legitgov

Greenpeace activists hide overnight at Swedish nuclear plants 10 Oct 2012 Six environmental activists evaded police and hid overnight at two Swedish nuclear power plants after the sites were invaded on the previous day by Greenpeace campaigners demanding the closure of the stations on grounds of poor security. A spokeswoman for Greenpeace Nordic said on Wednesday the six had remained in restricted areas around the west-coast Ringhals plant and Forsmark on the east coast by hiding on rooftops. On Tuesday, plant owner Vattenfall said police had detained in all 59 people who had climbed over or cut through fences into the grounds of Ringhals and Forsmark.

U.S. Military Is Secretly Sent to Jordan to Help With Crisis in Syria

October 10, 2012 by legitgov

U.S. Military Is Secretly Sent to Jordan to Help With Crisis in Syria --Officials from the Pentagon and Central Command declined to comment on the task force or its 'mission.' 10 Oct 2012 The United States military has secretly sent a task force of more than 150 planners and other specialists to Jordan to help the armed forces there handle a flood of Syrian refugees, prepare for the possibility that Syria will lose control of its [alleged] chemical weapons and be positioned should the turmoil in Syria expand into a wider conflict. The task force, which has been led by a senior American officer, is based at a Jordanian military training center built into an old rock quarry north of Amman. The American mission in Jordan quietly began this summer. In May, the United States organized a major training exercise, which was dubbed Eager Lion.

US troops operating in Jordan near Syria border

October 10, 2012 by legitgov

US troops operating in Jordan near Syria border 10 Oct 2012 US troops are operating in Jordan near the Syrian border in the biggest fixed deployment of American force in the region since the end of operations in Libya last year, officials have confirmed. The 150 troops are intended in the first instance to 'help' Jordan, a key but fragile US ally, deal with the influx of refugees from the fighting across the northern border. They are also preparing for any action that might be needed to secure Syria's [alleged] chemical weapons in the event of the Assad government losing control of them. But officials also told The New York Times that the possibility of a buffer zone in southern Syria, enforced by Jordanian troops with American logistical support, had also been discussed.

US terror drone strike kills 5 in NW Pakistan

October 10, 2012 by legitgov

US terror drone strike kills 5 in NW Pakistan 10 Oct 2012 At least five people have been killed in Pakistan in a US assassination drone attack that targeted a compound in North Waziristan tribal region, security officials say. The attack took place in Hurmuz area, Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan tribal region, in the early hours of Wednesday. "Several US drones flew into the area before dawn and fired four missiles on a compound, killing five militants," a security official told AFP after the strike.

Media seek court-martial files in WikiLeaks case

October 10, 2012 by legitgov

Media seek court-martial files in WikiLeaks case 10 Oct 2012 The U.S. military's highest court is hearing arguments on whether the public should have access to written records in the court-martial of an Army private charged with giving reams of classified information to the secret-sharing website WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange are among those represented by the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights at the hearing Wednesday before the Court of Appeals for Armed Forces in Washington. They are seeking reversal of a lower court order denying them access to written motions, opinions and other records that are generally available in civilian courts.

Expert teams are in Saudi Arabia looking for source of new coronavirus

October 10, 2012 by legitgov

Expert teams are in Saudi Arabia looking for source of new coronavirus [I'd start with Fort Detrick.] 04 Oct 2012 A couple of teams of disease experts have converged on Saudi Arabia, hoping to find the source of a new virus from the SARS family. Experts from the World Health Organization and the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University in New York are in Riyadh on the invitation of the Saudi government, a senior health ministry official confirmed Wednesday. A team from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta is also slated to arrive next week, though Dr. Ziad Memish, Saudi Arabia's deputy minister of health, said those plans may change if no new cases of the disease come to light in coming days.

U.S. government names SARS a select agent, restricting labs that work on virus

October 10, 2012 by legitgov

U.S. government names SARS a select agent, restricting labs that work on virus --Adding the SARS virus to this list means only U.S. laboratories registered with the Federal Select Agent Program can work on the virus. 05 Oct 2012 The Centers for Disease Control has added SARS to the list of select agents in the United States, a move designed to try to ensure the virus stays within the confines of highly regulated laboratories. The addition, which the CDC first proposed over two years ago, was given legal status this week when the revised select agent list was published in the U.S. Federal Registry. A resurgence of SARS talk in the past 10 days or so has been triggered by the World Health Organization's announcement that a newly discovered created coronavirus has killed a Saudi Arabian man and severely sickened a man from Qatar.

Supreme Court lets stand telecom immunity in wiretap case

October 10, 2012 by legitgov

Supreme Court lets stand telecom immunity in wiretap case 09 Oct 2012 The Supreme Court is leaving in place a federal law that gives telecommunications companies legal immunity for helping the government with its [illegal] email and telephone eavesdropping program. The justices said Tuesday they will not review a court ruling that upheld the 2008 law against challenges brought by privacy and civil liberties advocates on behalf of the companies' customers. The companies include AT&T, Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. Lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Electronic Frontier Foundation accused the companies of violating the law and customers' privacy through collaboration with the National Security Agency on intelligence gathering.

Two Terrorism Arrests At Heathrow Airport

October 10, 2012 by legitgov

Two Terrorism Arrests At Heathrow Airport 10 Oct 2012 Two people have been arrested at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of committing terrorism offences. A man and a woman were held at 8.30pm on Tuesday after arriving on a flight into the airport. The pair, both aged 26, were arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. They were taken to a central London police station where they remain in custody.

High court won't hear case against Halliburton

October 10, 2012 by legitgov

High court won't hear case against Halliburton 09 Oct 2012 The Supreme Court has ruled out reviving lawsuits against Halliburton Corp. over insurgent ambushes that killed civilian truck drivers in Iraq. In its order Tuesday, the court said it will not review a federal appeals court ruling that threw out suits filed by truckers and their families claiming that Halliburton and its former KBR Inc. subsidiary knowingly sent military supply convoys into danger on roads in the Baghdad area. The attacks killed seven KBR drivers and injured at least 10 others in April 2004.

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