DHS Announces Expansion of 'If You See Something, Say Something' Campaign to Walmart

DHS Announces Expansion of 'If You See Something, Say Something' Campaign to Walmart --Partners include the Mall of America, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, Amtrak, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, sports and general aviation industries, and state and local fusion centers across the country. (dhs.gov) 06 Dec 2010 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced the expansion of the Department's national "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign to hundreds of Walmart stores across the country... Over the past five months, DHS has worked with its federal, state, local and private sector partners, as well as the Department of Justice, to expand the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign and Nationwide SAR Initiative to communities throughout the country--including the recent state-wide expansions of the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign across Minnesota and New Jersey.

Deal Would Reportedly Drop a Tax Credit

Deal Would Reportedly Drop a Tax Credit 06 Dec 2010 As the White House and Congressional Republicans near a deal on sweeping tax legislation, including an extension of the Bush-era tax rates for all income levels, President Obama (R-Closeted) has agreed to give up the "Making Work Pay" tax credit that was the central tax break for middle and low-income Americans in last year’s economic stimulus bill. Mr. Obama had been pressing for a one-year extension of the Making Work Pay credit, which provided a tax break of up to $400 for individuals and $800 for couples. But Republicans opposed the idea. [And, needless to say, Obusha surrendered.]

Feds charge hundreds in fraudulent investment schemes

Feds charge hundreds in fraudulent investment schemes 06 Dec 2010 In an effort to bring attention to the problem of investment fraud, federal authorities on Monday highlighted hundreds of cases where defendants accused of financial wrongdoing had been arrested, charged criminally or sentenced to lengthy prison terms. A press conference headlined by Attorney General Eric H. Holder, authorities unveiled "Operation Broken Trust," a collection of largely unrelated criminal and civil cases involving Ponzi schemes, foreign currency frauds, investment scams and other market cons.

Obusha Pwned by His Corpora-terrorist Paymasters and GOP Overlords

Obusha Pwned by His Corpora-terrorist Paymasters and GOP Overlords --Obama announces compromise on extending tax cuts 06 Dec 2010 President Obama proposed a compromise on the thorny political issue of tax cuts on Monday, describing a tentative agreement that would extend all of the George W. Bush-era reductions set to expire the end of this year and continue unemployment benefits for 13 months. In a televised statement, Obama announced what he called "a framework for a bipartisan agreement" that would temporarily extend the tax cuts for the middle class and for the rich alike. The tentative agreement reached Monday likely means that taxes will not increase on Jan. 1 as originally scheduled. [Join us! Primary Obusha in 2012 --LRP]

Wikileaks cables: US looks to prosecute Julian Assange

Wikileaks cables: US looks to prosecute Julian Assange --Attorney general signs off raft of steps to help stem flow of leaked embassy cables as pressure mounts on site founder 06 Dec 2010 International pressure on Julian Assange intensified tonight, as the US attorney general disclosed that he had authorised "significant" actions aimed at prosecuting the WikiLeaks founder over the release of thousands of diplomatic cables. Eric Holder, who did not specify what these actions might be, also said his justice department was examining ways to stem the flow of leaked cables.

Julian Assange to be questioned by British police

Julian Assange to be questioned by British police --New extradition warrant issued over alleged sexual assaults --Assange appeals for supporters to put up surety and bail 06 Dec 2010 Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is expected to appear in a UK court tomorrow after his lawyers said he would meet police to discuss a European extradition warrant from Sweden relating to alleged sexual assaults... Jennifer Robinson, a solicitor with Finers Stephens Innocent which represents the Australian freedom of information campaigner, told the Guardian: "We have a received an arrest warrant [related to claims in Sweden]. We are negotiating a meeting with police."

Raytheon forbids employees to access WikiLeaks website

Raytheon forbids employees to access WikiLeaks website 03 Dec 2010 Military contractor Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems has informed employees in El Segundo that they are forbidden to access the controversial whistle-blower website WikiLeaks either on company or personal computers. Raytheon's directive, issued Tuesday, comes in the wake of WikiLeaks' latest disclosure of classified U.S. diplomatic cables that have caused embarrassment and possibly complicated relations with foreign governments.

Lebanese Newspaper Publishes U.S. Cables Not Found on WikiLeaks

Lebanese Newspaper Publishes U.S. Cables Not Found on WikiLeaks 03 Dec 2010 Nearly 200 previously unreported U.S. diplomatic cables were posted on Thursday to the website of Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar. The cables, from eight U.S. embassies across the Middle East and North Africa, have not appeared on Wikileaks' official website or in the Western media outlets working with Wikileaks... A series from Beirut in 2008 shows Lebanese Defense Minister Elias al-Murr telling U.S. diplomats, in a message he implied they should pass on to Israeli officials, that the Lebanese military would not resist an Israeli invasion so long as the Israeli forces abided by certain conditions. Murr, apparently hoping that an Israeli invasion would destroy much of the Hezbollah insurgency and the communities in Lebanon's south that support it, promised an Israeli invasion would go unchallenged as long as it did not pass certain physical boundaries and did not bomb Christian communities.

Taliban Sleeper Agent Kills Coalition Troops

Taliban Sleeper Agent Kills Coalition Troops 06 Dec 2010 A Taliban sleeper agent blew himself up at an Afghan army corps headquarters on Sunday, killing two soldiers from the U.S.-led coalition and at least two Afghan civilians in an attack that showcased the insurgents' ability to infiltrate supposedly secure military installations. The bomber struck in the city of Gardez, capital of eastern Paktia province, just days after an insurgent sympathizer who had joined the Afghan Border Police shot dead six U.S. soldiers in neighboring Nangarhar province.

Officials report blast near military base in eastern Afghanistan

Officials report blast near military base in eastern Afghanistan 05 Dec 2010 A suicide bomb blast in eastern Afghanistan killed two NATO troops and injured 18 others, NATO and Afghan officials said Sunday. Rohulla Samon, spokesman for the governor of Paktia province, said the blast occurred around 1:30 p.m. Three foreigners and 13 Afghan civilians were among those injured, he said.

Two NATO, two Afghan soldiers killed in market blast

Two NATO, two Afghan soldiers killed in market blast 05 Dec 2010 Two NATO and two Afghan soldiers were killed in a suicide attack at a market close to a joint military base in the east of the country on Sunday, coalition and local officials said. An unknown number of Afghan soldiers and troops with NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were also injured in the blast that tore through the bazaar in Gardez, the provincial capital of Paktia.

Five killed in latest Iraq violence

Five killed in latest Iraq violence 06 Dec 2010 Five people have been killed and five more injured in Iraq in the latest spate of terrorist attacks to strike the country. Armed men attacked a Christian couple on Sunday in the al-Baladiyat area of eastern Baghdad, killing the victims instantly, Aswat al-Iraq news agency quoted a security source as saying. The gunmen managed to escape to an unknown place after the attack, he added.

Hundreds of WikiLeaks Mirror Sites Appear

Hundreds of WikiLeaks Mirror Sites Appear --By late Sunday, there were at least 208 WikiLeaks mirror sites up and running. 06 Dec 2010 The battle lines between supporters of the whistle-blowing Web site WikiLeaks and its detractors began to form on Sunday, as supporters erected numerous copies of the site on the Internet and the United States put pressure on Switzerland not to offer a haven to the site’s founder, Julian Assange. Since several major Internet companies cut off services to WikiLeaks in recent days, activists have created hundreds of mirror sites, Web sites that host exact copies of another site’s content, making censorship difficult.

Asheville Mission Hospital's ultimatum to employees: Flu vaccine or your job

Flu fascism: Asheville Mission Hospital's ultimatum to employees: Flu vaccine or your job --Mission Hospital started requiring flu shots for all employees, students, vendors, medical staff and volunteers this year. 06 Dec 2010 (NC) More than a dozen Mission Hospital employees will have to choose between a flu shot and their jobs. Out of 4,200 employees at the hospital, 14 did not get a mandatory flu vaccine by the Dec. 1 deadline. Two employees resigned because they did not want to get the vaccine. The 14 employees have been suspended without pay. They have two weeks to get the flu shot or they will have to find another job.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange 'will release poison pill of damaging secrets if killed or arrested'

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange 'will release poison pill of damaging secrets if killed or arrested' --Damaging documents thought to include details on BP, Guantanamo Bay 06 Dec 2010 The founder of WikiLeaks has warned that his supporters are primed to publish a 'deluge' of leaked government documents should his activities be curtailed by any country. Julian Assange has distributed to fellow hackers an encrypted 'poison pill' of damaging secrets, thought to include details on BP and Guantanamo Bay. He believes the file is his 'insurance' in case he is killed, arrested or the whistleblowing website is removed permanently from the internet. [Why wait until you're 'killed or arrested?' Release them *now.*]

Assange to fight extradition moves

Assange to fight extradition moves 06 Dec 2010 The lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has vowed to fight moves to extradite his client from the UK to Sweden. Swedish authorities are seeking to question Mr Assange regarding sex allegations, which his lawyer Mark Stephens has denounced as a "political stunt". Mr Stephens said Mr Assange would "certainly" fight deportation on the grounds that it could lead to him being handed over to the US, where senior politicians have called for him to be executed.

All airline passengers are now checked against watch lists, Homeland Security says

All airline passengers are now checked against watch lists, Homeland Security says 06 Dec 2010 The Homeland Security Department announced last week that 100% of passengers flying within or bound for the U.S. are now checked against government watch lists that are updated regularly based on the latest intelligence. Under the Secure Flight initiative, all airlines flying in the U.S. must collect the full name, date of birth and gender of every passenger so the government can check them against watch lists before the passengers can board a plane.

List of facilities 'vital to US security' leaked

List of facilities 'vital to US security' leaked 05 Dec 2010 A long list of key facilities around the world that the US describes as vital to its national security has been released by Wikileaks. The US State Department in February 2009 asked all US missions abroad to list all installations whose loss could critically affect US national security. The list includes pipelines, communication and transport hubs. Several UK sites are listed, including cable locations, satellite sites and BAE Systems plants.

Wikileaks: US identifies key sites around world for security

Wikileaks: US identifies key sites around world for security 06 Dec 2010 The United States has identified hundreds of sites around the world that it fears could be targeted in terrorist attacks. The list, released by WikiLeaks, includes a dozen sites in Britain, including two telecommunications centres, several undersea communications cables, a military manufacturing plant and a vaccine production centre. A February 2009 State Department cable asked embassies around the world to update a 2008 list of vital interests. Unlike most of the documents made available by WikiLeaks so far, it was marked "secret". [The vaccine production centre *is* the terror attack.]

McConnell: WikiLeaks Head a High-Tech Terrorist

McConnell: WikiLeaks Head a High-Tech Terrorist --Republican Senate Leader Urges Prosecution of WikiLeaks' Founder Julian Assange 05 Dec 2010 Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is calling the founder of the online site WikiLeaks a "high-tech terrorist" for releasing classified material from the U.S. government. McConnell told NBC's "Meet the Press" that he hopes WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be prosecuted for the disclosures. Of Assange, McConnell says, "I think the man is a high-tech terrorist." [And McConnell's a low-tech sociopath.]

Assange Accuser Worked with US-Funded, CIA-Tied Anti-Castro Group

Ah, then came the dawn. Assange Accuser Worked with US-Funded, CIA-Tied Anti-Castro Group By Kirk James Murphy, M.D. 04 Dec 2010 [As reported by Israel Shamir and Paul Bennett in Counterpunch in September], Julian Assange’s chief accuser in Sweden has a significant history of work with anti-Castro groups, at least one of which is US funded and openly supported by a former CIA agent convicted in the mass murder of seventy three Cubans on an airliner he [Luis Posada Carilles] was involved in blowing up... Who is Julian Assange’s chief accuser in Sweden? She’s a gender equity officer at Uppsula University -- who chose to associate with a US funded group openly supported by a convicted terrorist and mass murderer.  She just happens to have her work published by a very well funded group connected with Union Liberal Cubana -- whose leader, Carlos Alberto Montaner, in turn just happened to pop up on right wing Colombian TV a few hours after the right-wing coup in Honduras.

Iran accuses UN nuclear agency of sending spies

Iran accuses UN nuclear agency of sending spies --Intelligence minister says British, US, Israeli intelligence services behind murder of nuclear scientist 05 Dec 2010 Iran accused the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Saturday of sending spies from foreign intelligence services to the Islamic state. Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi made the allegation two days before Iran is due to resume talks with world powers seeking to resolve a long-running row over Tehran’s atomic work. "The IAEA has been sending spies working for foreign intelligence organisations among its inspectors, and it should be held responsible," Moslehi was quoted as saying by state broadcaster IRIB.

'In US, 80 agencies eye coup in Iran'

'In US, 80 agencies eye coup in Iran' 03 Dec 2010 Iran's intelligence minister says as many as 80 organizations have been established in the United States for the sole purpose of attempting to overthrow the Islamic Republic government. "These 80 organizations are actively operating in the United States with an estimated annual budget of 2 billion dollars," said the Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi, adding that "there are numerous like-minded institutions and agencies inside and outside of Iran, whose missions are mainly focused on toppling the Islamic establishment in the country," IRNA quoted the intelligence minister as saying on Thursday.

Government Workers Ordered Not to Read Cables

Dumbf*ck City: Government Workers Ordered Not to Read Cables --Govt workers told to notify their 'Information Security Offices' if WikiLeaks cables were downloaded 05 Dec 2010 Obama administration and the Department of Defense have ordered the hundreds of thousands of federal employees and contractors not to read the secret cables and other classified documents published by Wikileaks and news organizations around the world unless the workers have the required security clearance or authorization. The directive applies to both government computers and private devices that employees or contractors might carry in their briefcases and pockets or have in their homes.

National monument status urged for Arctic refuge

National monument status urged for Arctic refuge 04 Dec 2010 President Obama is being urged to bestow national monument status on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for its 50th anniversary in what supporters say would finally put the refuge's coastal plain beyond the reach of oil companies. They want the country's largest and most untamed refuge to join the likes of the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Giant Sequoia groves of California, the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and George Washington's birthplace in Virginia.

Powder found in Texas fed. building investigated

Powder found in Texas fed. building investigated 03 Dec 2010 Authorities say a suspicious white powder found in a balloon that prompted the evacuation of a federal office building in suburban San Antonio has tested inconclusive for hazardous materials. Windcrest Fire Chief Dan Reese says investigators still were trying to determine what the powder was Friday, but it didn't harm anyone inside the building that houses U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and other agencies.

250 people evacuate ICE building after hazmat scare

250 people evacuate ICE building after hazmat scare 03 Dec 2010 (San Antonio, TX) As many as 250 people were quarantined inside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices on the city's Northeast side this morning. Employees were stuck inside for nearly 4 hours while Hazmat crews tried to identify a suspicious, white powder.

US-led soldier dies in Afghanistan

US-led soldier dies in Afghanistan 04 Dec 2010 Another US-led soldier has lost his life due to non-combat injuries in the eastern part of Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) says. "An ISAF service member died as a result of a non-battle related injury in eastern Afghanistan today," ISAF said in a press release on Saturday.

LHC refuses to block WikiLeaks in Pakistan

LHC refuses to block WikiLeaks in Pakistan 04 Dec 2010 Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday dismissed a petition seeking ban on access to website WikiLeaks. The judge declared the petition non-maintainable as access to information was the fundamental right of every citizen. The judge held that the people in over 170 countries were accessing the secret cables and it should not be blocked in Pakistan.

The battle to save the burning North

The battle to save the burning North 05 Dev 2010 After more than three days, Israel’s worst-ever fire still raging; Five million trees destroyed across 50,000 dunams of land; World’s biggest fire-fighting plane joining the battle. The inferno that has been raging in northern Israel since Thursday, the worst in the country’s history, will hopefully be brought under control if not completely doused by the end of Sunday, the Israel Police and IDF predicted on Saturday night.

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