Web Is 'Fertile Breeding Ground For Terror' 06 Feb 2012 The internet has become the most significant vehicle in promoting extremism, according to a report released by the Home Affairs Committee. The report says the internet has become a "fertile breeding ground" for terror and is more involved in radicalisation than prisons, universities or places of worship. A Home Office spokesman said: "Prevent [the counter-radicalisation strategy] is an integral part of our counter-terrorism strategy and aims to stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism... Above all, it tackles the threat from home-grown terrorism on and off line. We are working closely with the police and internet service providers to take internet hate off the web." [Start with the governments of the US, UK, and Israel - and 99 percent of your work will be done.]
Government in talks with ISPs about introducing data caps during London Olympics 06 Feb 2012 The British government is warning people to prepare for communications breakdowns during the upcoming Olympic Games in London. The advice is in a PDF that has appeared on the official London 2012 web site and is called "Preparing Your Business For The Games". The Government is in talks with ISPs about introducing data caps during the games, which seems unfair for those people that don't care about the Olympics, as well as some other measures that apparently are not finished yet.
Temperature Soars Mysteriously Inside Fukushima Nuclear Reactor 06 Feb 2012 The temperature of a reactor at Japan's stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has soared and remained mysteriously high Monday, despite more water being pumped through it. The facility's No.2 reactor had reached 164 degrees Fahrenheit (73.3 degrees Celsius) by Monday morning, after sitting at 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius) on Jan. 27, broadcaster NHK reported. That was despite Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) officials pumping 9.6 tonnes (10.6 tons) of water through the reactor each hour -- about 10 percent more than before.
Worker at Calif. nuclear plant fell into reactor pool last week 03 Feb 2012 A worker at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station fell inside the plant's Unit 2 reactor pool last week, but officials determined he did not suffer significant [?!?] radiation exposure. Southern California Edison spokesman Gil Alexander said Thursday that the worker, who is employed by a private contractor assigned to replace the reactor's vessel head, "momentarily lost his balance" and fell into the pool Jan. 27 while leaning over to retrieve a flashlight. The pool is more than 20 feet deep and holds water that continually circulates through the reactor core.
Plan developed to clean up highly radioactive Hanford spill 06 Feb 2012 Hanford officials have settled on a plan to clean up what may be the most highly radioactive spill at the nuclear reservation. It depends on calling back into service the 47-year-old, oversized hot cell where the spill occurred to protect workers from the radioactive cesium and strontium that leaked through the hot cell to the soil below. Radioactivity in the contaminated soil, which is about 1,000 feet from the Columbia River, has been measured at 8,900 rad per hour. Direct exposure for a few minutes would be fatal, according to Washington Closure.
Terrorists 'R Us: US-made bomb killed Iran expert: Report 06 Feb 2012 The United States provided an anti-Iran terrorist group with the bomb used to assassinate Iranian scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan last month, a report has revealed. Two bombs were handed over to the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) in the Iraqi city of Arbil by the Americans, the Resalat daily reported on Monday. The first bomb killed Ahmadi Roshan, but the second one was discovered by intelligence and security personnel around Resalat Square in the capital Tehran, the report said. On January 11, Ahmadi Roshan was killed after a motorcyclist attached a magnetic bomb to his car in Tehran.
Obama orders freezing of Iran's property under U.S. jurisdiction 07 Feb 2012 The White House said on Monday that President Barack Obama has ordered the freezing of Iran's property under U.S. jurisdiction, including that of the country's central bank, as the U.S. and its allies are pressing hard over the Islamic republic's [alleged] controversial nuclear program. The property of persons determined to have links to those already under U.S. sanctions is ordered to be frozen as well.
Netanyahu to travel to US in March --Two weeks after Mossad chief meets CIA director in Washington, Prime Minister Netanyahu set to visit US early march 05 Feb 2012 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit the United States early next month to address the annual convention of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC in Washington, his bureau announced on Sunday. The Prime Minister's bureau did not give further detail on whether Netanyahu will meet American officials during his visit. Two weeks ago, Mossad Chief Tamir Pardo met in secret with CIA Director David Petraeus in Washington.
Netanyahu: Only Strength Guarantees Security 05 Feb 2012 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who yesterday announced plans to visit the U.S. in March, said turmoil in neighboring Arab states and threats from Iran show that Israel must build up its military. "In such a region, the only thing that ensures our existence, security and prosperity is our strength," Netanyahu told his Cabinet in Jerusalem in remarks broadcast on Israel Radio. "We are obligated to continue to develop the military, economic and social strength of the state of Israel." [Develop it without US tax dollars, dirt-bag.]
US closes embassy in Syria, UK recalls ambassador 06 Feb 2012 The United States has shut its embassy in Syria. The announcement comes amid mounting reports of lethal government attacks. The UK has followed the suit, summoning their ambassador from Damascus. UK Foreign Secretary William Hague says the British ambassador has been recalled from Syria for consultations. The UK Foreign Secretary pledged to increase pressure on the Syrian government through the UN and other bodies.
US scenario in Syria: Turkish incursion, Israeli invasion 06 Feb 2012 Informed sources have uncovered a US plot entailing a Turkish incursion and a full-scale Israeli strike to overthrow the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The sources said aspects of the plan such as rejecting calls by Damascus for an Arab League meeting over the crisis in the country, recognizing of the Syrian opposition as the "legitimate" government of the country and granting them offices in Turkey to work against the Syrian government, have already been carried out. As part of the plan, Syrian embassies and consulates would be attacked in several countries and the diplomatic offices would be used as bases to inflict heavy blows on the Syrian government.
Thousands of US Special Operations forces to remain in Afghanistan; their number may grow --No schedule set for withdrawal pace for 68,000 American troops who will remain 05 Feb 2012 The United States' plan to wind down its combat role in Afghanistan a year earlier than expected relies on shifting responsibility to Special Operations forces that hunt insurgent leaders and train local troops, according to senior Pentagon officials and military officers. These forces could remain in the country well after the NATO mission ends in late 2014. Under the emerging plan, American conventional forces, focused on policing large parts of Afghanistan, will be the first to leave, while thousands of American Special Operations forces remain, making up an increasing percentage of the troops on the ground; their number may even grow.
'US to boost elite forces in Afghanistan' 05 Feb 2012 The United States is planning to increase the number of its Army Special Forces in Afghanistan, despite an earlier announcement by Washington and NATO that they would hand over security to Afghan forces in 2014, a report says. The report published in the New York Times cited Pentagon officials, whose names it did not reveal, as saying that the elite commando teams within the US Special Operations Forces will remain in the Asian country. The plan may even demand the deployment of more elite forces to Afghanistan.
Record cargo delivered to Afghanistan in 2011 05 Feb 2012 Mobility airmen dropped a record amount of cargo last year in Afghanistan, delivering about 80 million pounds of supplies across the west Asian country. The annual record marks an increase of about 33 percent over 2010, when mobility airmen dropped about 60 million pounds of cargo to Afghanistan. "To put that in some historical perspective, in the Korean War we only dropped a little over 30 million pounds total," said Maj. Tom Lankford, Air Mobility Command Combat Tactics Branch chief and director of operations. "We nearly doubled that in 2010, and [this year] we dropped nearly 80 million pounds."
NATO copter crashes in Afghanistan [What a shame!] 06 Feb 2012 Another helicopter operated by the US-led NATO military alliance has crashed in eastern Afghanistan, with no immediate reports of casualties. Although no deaths or injuries have been reported, NATO says it has transferred the troopers to a nearby military base. It remains unclear whether the copter was attacked by militants or crashed as a result of technical problems. The Taliban say they have shot down several aircraft and NATO choppers in different parts of Afghanistan over the past few months.
Truth, lies and Afghanistan --How military leaders have let us down --'From time to time, I observed Afghan Security forces collude with the insurgency.' By Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis 06 Feb 2012 I spent last year in Afghanistan, visiting and talking with U.S. troops and their Afghan partners. My duties with the Army's Rapid Equipping Force took me into every significant area where our soldiers engage the enemy. Over the course of 12 months, I covered more than 9,000 miles and talked, traveled and patrolled with troops in Kandahar, Kunar, Ghazni, Khost, Paktika, Kunduz, Balkh, Nangarhar and other provinces. What I saw bore no resemblance to rosy official statements by U.S. military leaders about conditions on the ground. ...I witnessed the absence of success on virtually every level.
Anonymous hacks lawyers for Marine accused of Iraq massacre [Awesome!] 03 Feb 2012 In a string of attacks today, members of the digital activist group Anonymous apparently hacked into the Web site of defense lawyers for a U.S. Marine accused of leading a civilian massacre in Iraq, and have reportedly acquired e-mails exchanged by attorneys in the case. The Web site of the law firm Puckett & Faraj, which represented Marine Sgt. Frank Wuterich in his recent court martial, was inaccessible this morning. Wuterich allegedly led a group of Marines in shooting 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2005. The original murder charges were reduced and ultimately dropped entirely as part of an agreement last week in which Wuterich pled guilty to one count of negligent dereliction of duty.
Muslim businessman becomes 'terror suspect' after he texts staff he's going to 'blow away' the competition --Mr Allami alleges that he was arrested with no prior warning and detained for more than a day while Quebec authorities searched his house. 04 Feb 2012 A Moroccan-born Canadian businessman says he became a terror suspect because of a text message he sent to sales staffers saying he was going to 'blow away' the competition. According to a religious association, Saad Allami, who is Muslim, sent the message last month and was detained for more than a day while police searched his Quebec home. He filed a lawsuit against the Quebec provincial police force and seeks $100,000 in damages.
Senior Indiana official convicted of perjury, fraud 04 Feb 2012 A jury early on Saturday convicted Indiana's Republican Secretary of State Charlie White on six felony counts including perjury, theft and voter fraud but cleared him on a seventh charge. Under Indiana law, any public officer convicted of a felony must be removed from office. White's conviction was expected to spur efforts by Democrats to have him replaced as secretary of state by the man he defeated in 2010, Vop Osili.
Loughner's stay at Missouri facility extended --Loughner undergoing forced medication 06 Feb 2012 The man suspected in the massacre outside of Tucson last year will likely remain held in a federal hospital in Missouri for at least four more months, a judge has ruled. Judge Larry Burns ordered that a hearing take place Monday in San Diego, where the judge is based, for defense attorneys and federal prosecutors to discuss the case. The order followed a doctor's finding that Loughner, who is undergoing forced medication, is still not mentally competent to stand trial. Loughner will not attend the hearing.