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DOJ: We don't need warrants for e-mail, Facebook chats

DOJ: We don't need warrants for e-mail, Facebook chats --An FBI investigation manual updated last year, obtained by the ACLU, says it's possible to warrantlessly obtain Americans' e-mail 'without running afoul' of the Fourth Amendment. 08 May 2013 The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI believe they don't need a search warrant to review Americans' e-mails, Facebook chats, Twitter direct messages, and other private files, internal documents reveal. Government documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union and provided to CNET show a split over electronic privacy rights within the Obama administration, with Justice Department prosecutors and investigators privately insisting they're not legally required to obtain search warrants for e-mail.

Navy Ship Can't Meet Mission, Internal U.S. Report Finds

Navy Ship Can't Meet Mission, Internal U.S. Report Finds 07 May 2013 U.S. Navy leaders were warned last year that a $37 billion program to build Littoral Combat Ships can't meet its promised mission because the vessels are too lightly manned and armed, according to a confidential report. "This review highlights the gap between ship capabilities and the missions the Navy will need LCS to execute," said the report prepared last year for the Navy by Rear Admiral Samuel Perez. "Failure to adequately address LCS requirements and capabilities will result in a large number of ships that are ill-suited to execute" regional commanders' warfighting needs. The 36-page report obtained by Bloomberg News is at odds with assurances from Navy leaders that their project is on course to deliver a small, speedy and adaptable ship intended to patrol waters close to shore.

Air Force sidelines 17 nuclear officers, Minot unit suffering 'rot' from within

Air Force sidelines 17 nuclear officers, Minot unit suffering 'rot' from within 08 May 2013 The Air Force stripped an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to control - and, if necessary, launch - nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failings, including a remarkably dim review of their unit's launch skills. The group's deputy commander said it is suffering "rot" within its ranks. "We are, in fact, in a crisis right now," the commander, Lt. Col. Jay Folds, wrote in an internal email obtained by The Associated Press and confirmed by the Air Force. The tip-off to trouble was a March inspection of the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., which earned the equivalent of a "D" grade when tested on its mastery of Minuteman III missile launch operations. [See also:  Minot AFB Clandestine Nukes 'Oddities' by Lori Price (2007 - 2013 archives).]

Pentagon report shows big jump in sex crimes in military

Pentagon report shows big jump in sex crimes in military 07 May 2013 The Obama administration expressed outrage about a recent high-profile Air Force groping scandal on Tuesday as the Pentagon released a study estimating that the number of sex crimes involving military personnel soared 37 percent last year. The annual Pentagon report, which estimated there were 26,000 sex crimes ranging rape to abusive sexual contact in 2012, came a day after the Air Force removed the officer in charge of its anti-sexual assault office for allegedly groping a civilian in a suburban parking lot near the Pentagon. The Pentagon study found there were 3,374 reported cases of sexual assault in 2012, up nearly 200 from the 3,192 reported in 2011.

Disgraced South Carolina ex-governor Sanford wins House seat

Disgraced South Carolina ex-governor Sanford wins House seat 07 May 2013 Former Republican Governor Mark Sanford made a stunning political comeback on Tuesday, rebounding from a sex scandal to beat Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch in a personality-driven election for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives that put a national spotlight on South Carolina. Sanford regained the First Congressional District seat he held from 1995 to 2001 before serving two terms as governor, the second of which was marred when he tried to hide an affair by falsely saying that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. He earned 54 percent of the vote to 45 percent for Colbert Busch, a businesswoman and first-time candidate whose brother is television satirist Stephen Colbert.

U.S. Weighs Wider Wiretap Laws to Cover Online Activity

U.S. Weighs Wider Wiretap Laws to Cover Online Activity 08 May 2013 he Obama administration, resolving years of internal debate, is on the verge of backing a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan for a sweeping overhaul of surveillance laws that would make it easier to wiretap people who communicate using the Internet rather than by traditional phone services, according to officials familiar with the deliberations. The F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, since 2010 has pushed for a legal mandate requiring companies like Facebook and Google to build into their instant-messaging and other such systems a capacity to comply with wiretap orders. While the F.B.I.'s original proposal would have required Internet communications services to each build in a wiretapping capacity, the revised one, which must now be reviewed by the White House, focuses on fining companies that do not comply with wiretap orders.

Radioactive water released into Lake Michigan before Palisades nuclear plant shutdown Sunday

Radioactive water released into Lake Michigan before Palisades nuclear plant shutdown Sunday 06 May 2013 Before Sunday's shutdown of Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, about 79 gallons of diluted [?!?] radioactive water were released into Lake Michigan, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday, May 6. The cause of the increase in volume of leaking water is unknown, according to an event report Palisades filed with the NRC. "The licensee has been operating with SIRW leakage at a rate of less than 34 gallons per day. The leakage has increased for unknown reasons to a calculated value of approximately 90 gallons per day," the report stated. The plant began the shutdown at 1:12 a.m. Sunday after the tank was declared inoperable.

Anti-US Drone Candidate Imran Khan injured in Pakistan poll rally fall

Blackwater mercenaries already busy little assassination bees: Anti-US Drone Candidate Imran Khan injured in Pakistan poll rally fall 07 May 2013 Leading Pakistani politician Imran Khan has been injured after falling off a lift that was taking him on stage for an election rally. Officials told the AFP news agency that the former cricketer suffered head injuries after the fall in Lahore. TV footage showed supporters carrying a bloodied and dazed Mr Khan away from the rally. Mr Khan has recently emerged as a serious contender in May's elections, with thousands attending his rallies. "He has received injuries to his head and he has been taken to hospital," Malik Ishtiaq, a local spokesman for Mr Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) told the AFP news agency. [Right, the hospital - where CIAciopaths will 'finish the job.']

Pakistan Election 2013: Imran Khan Vows to Shoot Down US Drones If Elected

Pakistan Election 2013: Imran Khan Vows to Shoot Down US Drones If Elected [It's about time!] 04 May 2013 In the lead up to Pakistan's general election, which will take place on May 11, the former cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan has again vowed to shoot down American drones if elected. Speaking at a rally in Swabi in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Khan, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman said that if U.S. drones entered Pakistani airspace, he would order the Pakistani Air Force (PAF) to shoot them down. And given that most recent polls show Khan ahead of Nawaz Sharif, president of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) (previously thought to be the favorite) there is a very real chance that Khan will become Prime Minister.

Nun, other activists face trial for breaching U.S. nuclear security

Nun, other activists face trial for breaching U.S. nuclear security 06 May 2013 An elderly nun and two other environmental activists who broke into a supposedly secure facility that stores enriched uranium for nuclear bombs go on trial on Tuesday over the incident that embarrassed the U.S. government. Lawyers will present opening arguments in the case of the three activists charged with sabotage and destruction of government property after they cut through several fences in July to reach the heavily guarded Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

UnitedHealth Group CEO's Pay Down 28 Percent Last Year to $34.7 Million

UnitedHealth Group CEO's Pay Down 28 Percent Last Year to $34.7 Million 26 Apr 2013 UnitedHealth Group CEO Stephen J. Hemsley had a 28 percent decline in compensation last year compared with 2011, according to documents filed Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Hemsley's pay package was $34.7 million last year, not including $7 million in stock awards that will provide value in the future.

Head of Air Force's anti-sexual assault unit arrested for sexual battery

Head of Air Force's anti-sexual assault unit arrested for sexual battery 06 May 2013 The officer in charge of the Air Force effort to curb sexual assault in the military was arrested over the weekend for allegedly grabbing a woman by the breasts and buttocks in a parking lot not far from the Pentagon, officials said on Monday. Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Krusinski, 41, was arrested on Sunday and charged with sexual battery after the alleged incident in the Crystal City area of suburban Arlington, Virginia, officials said. An Arlington County Police spokesman said the woman fended off Krusinski, who was under the influence of alcohol, and when he attempted to grab her a second time she was able to call the police, who arrived a short time later and detained him.

False Flag Stew

False Flag Stew by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 07 May 2103 "A 'false flag' operation is a covert attack on foreign or domestic soil carried out by governments or organizations under a false identity, aimed at placing blame on the enemy." (Haaretz) Examples of false flags abound. Recent, notable false flags include: Israel's bombing of the USS Cole; the 9/11 terrorist attacks ('Mom? This is Mark Bingham...You believe me, don't you?'); 7/7 in the UK (all of the seven million security cameras 'failed' at once (exaggerating, but, London really is a little surveillance happy), Rudy Giuliani there to oversee operations; Madrid bombings (explosives with US markings); Bali bombing (explosives with US markings); Virginia Tech's Seung-Hui Cho the psy-ops Marine who stopped shooting at Virginia Tech to go and mail a package to NBC News and then return to kill more people, no questions asked); the Christmas Day 'Underwear Bomber' Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab ('Underwear bomber' was working for the CIA --Bomber involved in plot to attack US-bound jet was working as an informer with Saudi intelligence and the CIA, it has emerged'); Aurora, CO; Newtown, CT (creepy DHS drill dirt-bag Gene Rosen finally got his dream of corralling a bunch of ten-year-olds into his basement even though the Sandy Hook Fire Department was closer in proximity to Sandy Hook Elementary School than Rosen's driveway; Boston, MA (Craft International's martial law drill-gone-live) -- to name a few.

Former Bush administration official: Israel may be behind use of chemical arms in Syria

Former Bush administration official: Israel may be behind use of chemical arms in Syria 04 May 2013 Retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who once served as Secretary of State Colin Powell's Chief of Staff, believes that the chemical weapons used in Syria may have been an Israeli "false flag" operation aimed at implicating Bashar Assad's regime. Wilkerson made his astounding assertion in an interview on Current TV. Wilkerson said that the evidence that it was Assad’s regime that had used the chemical weapons was "flaky" and that it could very well have been the rebels or Israel who were the perpetrators. Asked why Israel would do such a thing, Wilkerson said: "I think we've got a basically geostrategically, geopolitical inept regime in Tel Aviv right now." A "false flag" operation is a covert attack on foreign or domestic soil carried out by governments or organizations under a false identity, aimed at placing blame on the enemy. [See: False Flag Stew by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 07 May 2103.]

Obama to Grads: Reject Voices That Warn About Government Tyranny

Obama to Grads: Reject Voices That Warn About Government Tyranny [...And the horse you rode in on.] 06 May 2013 U.S. President Barack Obama gives the commencement address to the graduating class of The Ohio State University at Ohio Stadium on May 5, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Unfortunately, you've grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They'll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can't be trusted.

UN's Del Ponte says evidence Syria rebels used sarin

UN's Del Ponte says evidence Syria rebels used sarin 06 May 2013 Testimony from victims of the conflict in Syria suggests [US-backed] rebels have used the nerve agent, sarin, a leading member of a UN commission of inquiry has said. Carla Del Ponte told Swiss TV that there were "strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof". Ms Del Ponte did not rule out the possibility that government forces might also have used chemical weapons... "I was a little bit stupefied by the first indications we got... they were about the use of nerve gas by the opposition," she said. [She's 'stupefied' that the rebels used chemical weapons. LOL. I'd have made bank on it.]

Water cannons on standby for summer riots

Water cannons on standby for summer riots --German-made water cannons are to be approved for use in mainland Britain within weeks, the Sunday Express understands. 05 May 2013 Home Secretary Theresa May is said to be in favour of their deployment by police for the first time outside of Northern Ireland amid fears of summer riots. Both the Metropolitan Police and the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) have requested them to tackle any civil unrest caused by welfare cuts and June's G8 meeting of world leaders. The cannons, which would revolutionise riot control tactics and mark a move towards tougher European-style policing, would be available to other forces as a "national asset", Scotland Yard said yesterday. Talks are at such an advanced stage that the type of cannon they want to use has even been identified.

Police face discipline in deadly Ohio police chase

Police face discipline in deadly Ohio police chase 30 Apr 2013 A dozen Cleveland police supervisors face internal discipline charges stemming from a chase that saw officers fire 137 shots and kill a fleeing driver and his passenger, the city's police chief said Tuesday. The supervisors failed to take control of the 19-mile chase that began outside police headquarters and wound through neighborhoods before ending in a barrage of gunfire, Chief Michael McGrath said. An internal police review showed that both officers and supervisors broke department policies.

Palisades nuclear power plant shuts after water leak

Palisades nuclear power plant shuts after water leak --Nuclear plant, about 80 miles east-northeast of Chicago, also leaked in 2012 05 May 2013 Operators of the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in southwestern Michigan removed it from service Sunday morning because of a water leak from a tank, which last year caused seepage into the control room. Operators said they took the plant offline for repairs to the safety injection/refueling water tank. "This tank has leaked before. It leaked in 2012. The plant had to shut down to repair the leak to the tank," federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokeswoman Viktoria Mitlyng said. "It's a repeat occurrence."

O'Connor: Maybe SCOTUS should have declined cert in Bush v. Gore

O'Connor: Maybe SCOTUS should have declined cert in Bush v. Gore 29 Apr 2013 Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is having some second thoughts about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to grant cert in Bush v. Gore. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune editorial board, O'Connor said the court may have been wrong to accept the case involving the disputed vote count in Florida in the 2000 presidential election coup d'etat. The court's decision effectively paved the way for George W. Bush to become president. "Maybe the court should have said, 'We're not going to take it, goodbye,'" O'Connor said. [The people should have said, 'we're not going to take it,' embraced the Second Amendment, and overturned the coup.]

BART will ban 'unruly' riders starting Monday

BART will ban 'unruly' riders starting Monday 05 May 2013 (San Francisco) A new rule starting Monday will allow Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to ban violent or unruly passengers. Under the new policy, BART will be allowed to keep people away for up to a month or even a year. The offenses that could get people banned include: Hindering the operation of a train, assaulting workers or customers, lewd or lascivious behavior, selling drugs, graffiti or repeatedly bothering others.

8 American-led Soldiers Die in Attacks in Afghanistan

8 American-led Soldiers Die in Attacks in Afghanistan 05 May 2013 Eight soldiers with the American-led military coalition were killed Saturday, making it the bloodiest day this year for Western troops fighting here. Two were shot in an insider attack, one died in a small-arms attack and five Americans were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb, according to statements from the International Security Assistance Force and Afghan officials. The explosion that killed the five American soldiers took place in the Maiwand district in western Kandahar Province, said Jawed Faisal, a spokesman for the governor of Kandahar. Capt. Dan Einert, a spokesman for the international coalition here, confirmed that the five soldiers were Americans.

Regional countries slam Israeli attack on Syria

Regional countries slam Israeli attack on Syria 06 May 2013 A number of countries in the Middle East are pointing their fingers at Israel on Sunday after the latter attacked Syrian military facilities near Damascus earlier in the day. The Syrian state TV said Israel launched an airstrike on a military research center in a suburb of Damascus before dawn of Sunday. Syria's Foreign Ministry said in a letter to the UN that "the flagrant Israeli aggression against positions of the Syrian army underlines the coordination between Israel and the terrorist groups affiliated with the al-Nusra Front. The blatant Israeli aggression aims to render a direct military support to the terrorist groups after their faltered attempts to make gains on ground," the letter read.

U.S.-backed rebels used sarin gas, not Syrian government - U.N. investigator

U.S.-backed rebels used sarin gas, not Syrian government - U.N. investigator 05 May 2013 U.N. human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria's civil war and medical staff indicating that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin, one of the lead investigators said on Sunday. The United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria has not yet seen evidence of government forces having used chemical weapons, which are banned under international law, said commission member Carla Del Ponte. "Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals and, according to their report of last week which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated," Del Ponte said in an interview with Swiss-Italian television. "This was use on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities," she added, speaking in Italian. [Well, knock me over with a medium-sized feather!]

U.N. voices 'grave concern' at reports of Israel strikes in Syria

U.N. voices 'grave concern' at reports of Israel strikes in Syria 05 May 2013 U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday voiced alarm at reports Israel has struck targets inside Syria, but said the United Nations was unable to confirm whether any such attacks had taken place. "The Secretary-General expresses grave concern over reports of air strikes in Syria by the Israeli Air Force," Ban's press office said in a statement.

Seven U.S. troops killed in Afghan bomb, insider attack

Seven U.S. troops killed in Afghan bomb, insider attack 05 May 2013 Seven U.S. soldiers were killed in two separate attacks in Afghanistan on Saturday, NATO and Western officials in Kabul said, capping off one of the bloodiest weeks for international forces this year. Five U.S. soldiers were killed in the southern battleground province of Kandahar when they were struck by an improvised bomb on Saturday, a spokesman for the U.S. forces and provincial authorities said, adding that it took place in Maiwand district. Including Saturday's attacks and three air crashes, 21 U.S. military personnel have been killed in the last week.

Man accused of lying to investigation after Boston Marathon bombings seeks release

Man accused of lying to investigation after Boston Marathon bombings seeks release 05 May 2013 Lawyers for a man charged with lying to investigators after the Boston Marathon bombings are asking a federal judge to release him from jail, saying he had nothing to do with the deadly bombings and isn't a flight risk. Robel Phillipos, 19, of Cambridge, faces a detention hearing Monday in U.S. District Court. Defense attorneys said in court documents filed Saturday that authorities' claim that Phillipos gave them conflicting accounts is "refutable."

Karzai Says He Was Assured CIA Would Continue Delivering Bags of Cash

Karzai Says He Was Assured CIA Would Continue Delivering Bags of Cash 05 May 2013 The C.I.A.'s station chief here met with President Hamid Karzai on Saturday, and the Afghan leader said he had been assured that the agency would continue dropping off stacks of cash at his office despite a storm of criticism that has erupted since the payments were disclosed. On Saturday, Mr. Karzai sought to dampen the furor over the payments, describing them as one facet of the billions of dollars in aid Afghanistan receives each year. "This is nothing unusual," he said. Mr. Karzai declined to specify how much cash his office received each month, or how much it had been given by the C.I.A. so far. At his meeting with the station chief, it was made clear to him that "we are not allowed to disclose" the amount, he said. [Right, it's 'nothing unusual' because CIAciopaths delivered millions in cash to the US-installed puppet regime in Iraq, too.]

Second Israeli strike on Syria reported

Second Israeli strike on Syria reported 05 May 2013 Israel has carried out a rocket attack on the Jamraya scientific research centre in Damascus, the official Syrian news agency SANA says. The agency did not say whether there were any wounded or dead. A newsflash on Syria's state satellite channel said: "The latest Israeli attack is an attempt to raise the morale of the terrorist groups, which are tottering before the blows of our heroic army on Syrian territory." Al-Jazeera reported that the explosion in the suburb of Jimrayya hit camps of the elite Fourth Division and Republican Guard as well as the research institute.

Two NATO soldiers killed in Afghan insider attack by US-funded police force

Two NATO soldiers killed in Afghan insider attack by US-funded police force 04 May 2013 An Afghan soldier shot dead two soldiers serving with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force on Saturday, officials said, in the latest "insider attack" to target the coalition. "Two International Security Assistance Force service members were killed when an Afghan National Army soldier turned his weapon against ISAF service members in western Afghanistan today," ISAF said in a statement. Also on Saturday, a roadside bomb killed five US troops in southern Afghanistan. [See: US appropriated over $54 billion for Afghan National Security Forces as of 31 March.]

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