US-backed dictatorship turns to military tribunals for terror suspects, as does the US: Pakistan to establish terror-related military courts: PM 25 Dec 2014 Pakistan says the country will establish military courts to prosecute terrorism-related cases following a recent bloody attack on an army-run school in the country's northwest. Speaking in a nationally televised speech early Thursday after a meeting with political and military leaders, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the courts would function for the next two years to speed up the trial of terrorists. The Pakistani premier gave few details about the [kangaroo] courts but said the country's constitution is in need of certain changes to facilitate the establishment of such courts.
North Korea was NOT behind the Sony hack according to multiple security experts who discredit FBI findings and reveal that the attack was an inside job --Almost every expert stated that they believe the hack had to have been an inside job [Just like 9/11: USociopaths are behind almost *every* act of terrorism or cyberwarfare in modern history.] --Findings of the FBI are being called into question by many of the cybersecurity industry's leading experts 25 Dec 2014 It seems that Kim Jong-un may be right, at least according to numerous cybersecurity experts and hackers who have come forward to not only point out the flaws in the FBI's investigation, but also possibly reveal the identity of the culprit. Kurt Stammberger, a senior vice president with cybersecurity firm Norse...said that given the severity of the hack it had to have been an inside job. Stammberger, whose company decided to carry out their own independent investigation, told CBS News; 'We are very confident that this was not an attack master-minded by North Korea and that insiders were key to the implementation of one of the most devastating attacks in history.' That's not all either, as he says their research seems to be pointing them towards a woman named Lena who even claims be a member of Guardians of Peace.
Up to a dozen U.S. scientists exposed to misplaced Ebola sample at CDC lab in Atlanta 25 Dec 2014 Up to a dozen workers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Atlanta campus may have been exposed to a misplaced sample of the Ebola virus. CDC spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds said on Wednesday that a technician working in the secure laboratory may have come into contact with a small amount of a live virus that was part of an Ebola experiment. Reynolds says the potential exposure is under internal investigation and has been reported to Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell.
CDC worker monitored for possible Ebola exposure in lab error --Error follows two high-profile cases of mishandled samples of anthrax and avian influenza 25 Dec 2014 A laboratory technician for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been placed under observation for possible exposure to the deadly Ebola virus due to an apparent mix-up in lab specimens, the Atlanta-based agency said on Wednesday. The technician, who was working on Monday with Ebola specimens that were supposed to have been inactivated but which may instead have contained live virus, will be monitored for signs of infection for 21 days, the disease's incubation period, CDC officials said.
Australia Charges 2 in Counterterrorism Operation 24 Dec 2014 Australian authorities have arrested and charged two men as part of a wider counter-terrorism investigation, a day after Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned of increased "terrorist chatter." Twenty-year-old Sulayman Khalid was charged Wednesday with "possession of documents designed to facilitate a terrorist attack." A 21-year-old man, whose name was not given, was charged with disobeying a police control order. [!?] The arrests were related to a series of police raids in Sydney and Brisbane in September. A total of 11 people arrested in those raids have now been charged with terrorism-related offenses.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott issues holiday terror high alert after ASIO and AFP briefing 24 Dec 2014Intelligence agencies are fearful of a Christmas holiday terror attack after intercepting increased "chatter" among a group of Sydney-based IS extremists who had been the subject of unprecedented counter-terrorism raids across Sydney in September. At the time of the Sydney raids it was believed members of the network had been planning to abduct a member of the public and behead them. Federal Cabinet's National Security Committee was briefed by ASIO and the Australian Federal Police late yesterday in a meeting that was described as "concerning".
Another Abbott false flag may be on the way: Tony Abbott warns terrorism chatter has increased and attack remains 'likely' 23 Dec 2014 There has been an increased level of "terrorist chatter" in the wake of last week's Sydney cafe siege and a terrorist attack remains likely, Tony Abbott says. "The terror threat remains high," Abbott told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. People "with evil intentions" were willing and able to "do us harm", he said. A high alert level means an attack is considered "likely".
US police shoot dead black teenager near Ferguson 24 Dec 2014 (MO) An 18-year-old black man was shot and killed by police at a petrol station late on Tuesday in a St Louis suburb near where unarmed teen Michael Brown was killed by a white officer in August, police and local media said. A live video feed showed the petrol station cordoned off by yellow tape and lined by police officers, with bystanders shouting at them in a tense standoff. The St Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper reported that some 60 people had gathered at the scene and that at least three people were arrested.
Secret report cited in NSA surveillance lawsuit, govt silent on its existence 23 Dec 2014 Civil rights and federal attorneys sparred at a hearing over a case involving domestic dragnet surveillance by the federal government. The plaintiffs argued the searches are illegal, while the government said opponents don't have enough evidence to know. The hearing, requested by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) for a partial summary judgment, concerns the class action lawsuit, Jewel v. NSA, which was filed six years ago. It claims the National Security Agency (NSA) acquired AT&T customers' email and other data using surveillance devices attached to the company's network.
George H.W. Bush rushed to the hospital 23 Dec 2014 Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized on Tuesday after experiencing what a spokesman called a "shortness of breath." Bush, 90, was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital Tuesday evening as a precaution. The former president will remain there under observation.
CIA in CLG Website Logs, Reading About Their Torture Queen By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 23 Dec 2014 Once again, CLG has noticed that the Central Intelligence Agency has been enjoying CLG's news items. On Sunday, the C.I.A. accessed CLG Exclusive: CIA Torture Queen Bought $825K House While Torturing Her Way to the Top. Below are some of the log entries.
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Dow industrials top 18,000 for first time; S&P 500 at record 23 Dec 2014 U.S. stocks continued their record run on Tuesday, as the Dow industrials shot past the 18,000 level for the first time while the S&P 500 hit an intraday record. The stock market's performance over the past four-plus trading sessions has so far looked like a classic Santa rally -- up more than 5% since last Tuesday's close. And with less than six trading sessions left in 2014, the S&P 500 is on track to finish the year with a double-digit gain.
U.S. State Department's Guantanamo envoy resigns 23 Dec 2014 The State Department envoy responsible for negotiating prisoner transfers from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is resigning, officials said on Monday, even as President Barack Obama is promising a stepped-up push to close the facility. The surprise announcement of Clifford Sloan's departure followed a flurry of detainee repatriations and resettlements...Sloan assumed the post in July 2013 and the State Department said he was stepping down and returning to his Washington law practice after finishing an 18-month commitment.
Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses (The New York Times) 21 Dec 2014 Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects -- an official government program conceived and carried out in the years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001...These are, simply, crimes...No amount of legal pretzel logic can justify the behavior detailed in the report. Indeed, it is impossible to read it and conclude that no one can be held accountable. At the very least, Mr. Obama needs to authorize a full and independent criminal investigation.
NYC Mayor de Blasio Calls for Suspension of Protests 22 Dec 23014 Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday called for protesters to suspend demonstrations in the aftermath of the killing of two New York police officers, who were gunned down in Brooklyn as they sat in their patrol car. "It's time for everyone to put aside political debates, put aside protests, put aside all of the things that we will talk about in due time," Mr. de Blasio said in a speech...The mayor's call came a few hours after the police commissioner, William J. Bratton, said that the killing of the officers on Saturday was a "direct spinoff of this issue" of the protests that have roiled the nation in recent weeks. [See: 2 NYPD officers were working during an anti-terrorism drill when they were shot.]
North Korea threatens US, claiming White House was involved in film plot --Pyongyang warns US 'cesspool' is a target as it alleges Obama administration was behind fictional Kim Jong-un assassination 22 Dec 2014 North Korea is threatening to retaliate against the US over a Hollywood film portraying the assassination of Kim Jong-un, saying it has "clear evidence" that Washington was heavily involved in devising the plot. The stern but vague warnings come after Sony Pictures decided last week to cancel the release of The Interview following cyber-attacks and threats against the company. North Korea also said the US government was wrong to "recklessly" claim Pyongyang was behind the hacking. ['Cesspool.' Sounds like Kim Jong-un has pilfered from the CLG adjective pool! In fact, CLG recently used that exact word regarding the US and its ownership by trans-national corporations.]
Leaked CIA docs teach operatives how to infiltrate EU 21 Dec 2014 Wikileaks has released two classified documents instructing CIA operatives how best to circumvent global security systems in international airports, including those of the EU, while on undercover missions. The first of the documents, dated September 2011, advises undercover operatives how to act during a secondary airport screening. Secondary screenings pose a risk to an agent's cover by focusing "significant scrutiny" on an operative via thorough searches and detailed questioning.
South Korea prosecutors investigate data leak at nuclear power plants 21 Dec 2014 Seoul prosecutors have launched an investigation into a leak of non-critical data at South Korea's nuclear power operator, the prosecutors' office said on Sunday, as worries mount about nuclear safety and potential cyberattacks from North Korea. An official with the prosecutors' office confirmed media reports that they had traced the location of an IP address linked to the leak and had dispatched investigators to the site.
Ah, then came the dawn. 2 NYPD officers were working during an anti-terrorism drill when they were shot 21 Dec 2014 Two uniformed NYPD officers were shot dead Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner -- in what investigators believe was a 'crazed gunman's assassination-style mission to avenge Eric Garner and Michael Brown.' "No warning, no provocation -- they were quite simply assassinated, targeted for their uniform," Police Commissioner William Bratton said. Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were working overtime as part of an anti-terrorism drill in Bedford-Stuyvesant just before 3 p.m. when they were 'shot point-blank in the head by lone gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley,' 28, who had addresses in Georgia, Maryland and Brooklyn.
Raul Castro confirms to participate in Summit of Americas 21 Dec 2014 Cuban leader Raul Castro confirmed here Saturday his participation in the seventh Summit of the Americas, scheduled for April 10-11, 2015, in Panama. "I confirm that I will participate to express our positions with sincerity and respect for the heads of state and government, without exception," said the Cuban leader in his speech closing the fourth Ordinary Session of the eighth Legislature of the National Assembly of People's Power (unicameral parliament).
Boston Police Department on high alert after killing of two NYPD cops 21 Dec 2014 Boston police brass issued a warning to all officers last night to be on high alert after a gunman who posted online that he was planning to shoot "two pigs" in retaliation for the [also brutal] chokehold death of Eric Garner brutally assassinated two New York City police officers as they sat in a patrol car in Brooklyn before turning the gun on himself, authorities said. "Almost ever since Ferguson we stepped up to make sure officers are aware," Boston police Commissioner William B. Evans said hours after the double murder.
Protesters shut down part of Mall of America in Minnesota 20 Dec 2014 More than 1,500 protesters against police violence shut down part of the Mall of America in Minnesota on Saturday, resulting in about 25 arrests during the final weekend before Christmas as shoppers scrambled to buy gifts at one of the nation's largest shopping centers, officials said. The protest and a smaller action at the King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania were the latest in a series of U.S. demonstrations in recent weeks over grand jury decisions not to charge white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. Police at the Mall of America in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington arrested about 25 demonstrators, mostly for trespassing and failure to disperse, said Bloomington police spokesman Commander Mark Stehlik.
US seeks to overthrow Venezuela government: official 20 Dec 2014 Tighter new US sanctions against Venezuela are aimed to foment violent unrest to try to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, his defense minister said Saturday. "This US interference is aimed at promoting violence...against our institutions" to oust staunch US critic Maduro, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino told Telesur television. US President Barack Obama signed a law on Thursday to allow sanctions against senior Venezuelan officials accused of violating the rights of protesters during [CIA-fomented] anti-government demonstrations that rocked the country earlier this year.
Two New York cops shot dead execution style 'in revenge for Eric Garner': Gunman crept up on car an opened fire after boasting 'they take one of ours let's take two of theirs' --Investigators reportedly investigating social media posts explaining death --Man posted that he was going to take 2 NYPD lives in revenge for Garner 20 Dec 2014 This is the man who shot dead two New York police officers in an apparent act of revenge for Eric Garner's death, law enforcement believes. Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, 28, shot his girlfriend in Baltimore on Saturday morning then traveled to Brooklyn, New York City, to kill police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos before turning the gun on himself. According to witnesses, Brinsley walked out of his home with a gun in his hand at 3pm, crept up behind a patrol car, and systematically shot both men in the head - then walked to a subway station and shot himself.
Investigators Said to Seek No Penalty for C.I.A.'s Computer Searches 19 Dec 2014 A panel investigating [sic] the Central Intelligence Agency's search of a computer network used by staff members of the Senate Intelligence Committee who were looking into the C.I.A.'s use of torture will recommend against punishing anyone involved in the episode[s], according to current and former government officials. The panel [appointed by Mr. Brennan] will make that recommendation after the five C.I.A. officials who were singled out by the agency's inspector general this year for improperly ordering and carrying out the computer searches staunchly defended their actions, saying that they were lawful and in some cases done at the behest of John O. Brennan, the C.I.A. director...The panel's decision not to recommend anyone for disciplinary action is likely to anger members of the Intelligence Committee, who have accused the C.I.A. of trampling on the independence of Congress and interfering with its investigation of agency wrongdoing.
North Korea says it's not involved in Sony hack; proposes joint probe with US 20 Dec 2014 North Korea says it can prove it is not behind the massive Sony Pictures cyberattack that has led to several e-mail leaks, threats on movie theaters and the cancellation of the release of the movie "The Interview." The country has also said it proposes a joint investigation with the U.S. on the attack and if the U.S. does not agree, North Korea warns of "grave consequences," state [as opposed to corporate] media says. The announcement comes as a response to the FBI's statement saying it has enough information to "conclude that the North Korean government is responsible" for the actions. [The Sony hack was likely a US false flag, so that Obama and the Congress would pass an Internet speech-suppressing 'cybersecurity' bill.]
CLG Exclusive: CIA Torture Queen Bought $825K House While Torturing Her Way to the Top By CLG staff writer, www.legitgov.org 20 Dec 2014
The redacted (525 of 6,700 pages) C.I.A. torture report has revealed possible war crimes and violations of the Nuremberg ban on human experimentation by C.I.A. agents and U.S. military contractors. On December 19, 2014, journalists Glenn Greenwald and Peter Maass revealed the name of the C.I.A. senior officer at the center of the C.I.A.'s torture scandals: Alfreda Frances Bikowsky.
Now, CLG can report that one Alfreda Bikowsky purchased (and likely still lives in) a well-appointed ranch house in McLean, Virginia. Nestled in a wooded lot at 1437 Brookhaven Drive, the well-concealed house is a short 19-minute, 12-mile commute to the Central Intelligence Agency in Mclean, Virginia. Formerly owned by Michael E. Geltner, the property was sold to Bikowsky for a mere $825,000 by realtor Michael Chang in April of 2012.
Thus, while Bikowsky's victims are probably scarred for life, she apparently lives quite comfortably under White House and intelligence cover in a lovely northern Virginia McMansion.
Reporting for the New Yorker on December 18, investigative reporter Jane Mayer had this to say about Bikowsky's illustrious career at the C.I.A.:
The NBC News investigative reporter Matthew Cole has pieced together a remarkable story revealing that a single senior officer, who is still in a position of high authority over counterterrorism at the C.I.A.--a woman who he does not name--appears to have been a source of years' worth of terrible judgment, with tragic consequences for the United States. Her story runs through the entire report. She dropped the ball when the C.I.A. was given information that might very well have prevented the 9/11 attacks; she gleefully participated in torture sessions afterward; she misinterpreted intelligence in such a way that it sent the C.I.A. on an absurd chase for Al Qaeda sleeper cells in Montana. And then she falsely told congressional overseers that the torture worked.
Apparently, bungling critical national security intelligence information, while torturing and hunting the wrong people, constitute quite the career path at the C.I.A.
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Ah, then came the dawn. The dreaded cybersecurity [aka Internet suppression] bill: Obama condemns Sony's decision to drop film, says US must retaliate and pass cyber bill 19 Dec 2014 Sony Pictures Entertainment should have touched base with the White House before deciding to cancel the release of a controversial movie, United States President Barack Obama said Friday. Weighing in on the major Sony scandal only hours after federal investigators attributed the recent hack to North Korea [when it likely originated in Langley, Virginia], Pres. Obama said the Hollywood studio was wrong to pull "The Interview," a satirical film containing a plot to kill North Korean Pres. Kim Jong Un that was scheduled to be released on Christmas Day. At the same time, though, Obama said the attack should serve as a wake-up call to Congress and prompt lawmakers in Washington, DC to get serious about implementing cybersecurity legislation in the wake of what is only the latest hack to be endured by a major American company.
Obama authorizes 'economic embargo' on Russia's Crimea 19 Dec 2014 US President Barack Obama has authorized sanctions against individuals and entities operating in Russia's Crimean peninsula, according to the White House statement. Obama has issued an executive order that "prohibits the export of goods, technology, or services to Crimea and prohibits the import of goods, technology, or services from Crimea, as well as new investments in Crimea," according to the statement. The executive order also authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to impose sanctions on "individuals and entities operating in Crimea."
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