Envelopes With White Powder Sent to NYC Mayor and 6 Banks --The message led some officials to speculate that the mailings had been orchestrated by [wait for it... it's good...] the Occupy Wall Street movement. 01 May 2012 On the eve of planned May Day protests across the country, envelopes containing white powder were sent to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and six banks in Manhattan, officials said Monday. The envelopes, intended to frighten their recipients but later found to be harmless, caused evacuations and shutdowns of the bank branches and a city building while the Police and Fire Departments investigated. No person or group immediately claimed responsibility for the mailings. [That's because the agencies 'investigating' the envelopes are likely the agencies who sent them.]
White powder envelopes close NYC bank branches 01 May 2012 A rash of incidents involving envelopes containing a suspicious white powder had police scrambling around New York City on Monday and forced the nation's fourth-biggest bank, Wells Fargo & Co, to shut down five branches. In all six cases, the substance turned out to be "non-hazardous," and in one case, the powder was identified as corn starch, a police spokesman said. Four of the mailed envelopes contained an identical note, which included the language "Happy May Day," the spokesman said.
Europe focus of global May Day labour protests 01 May 2012 Labour demonstrations marking May Day are taking place across the world, with the main focus on Europe and its backdrop of unpopular austerity measures and rising social unrest. Greece, Spain and Portugal are set to hold large nationwide demonstrations. At a Paris rally, National Front leader Marine Le Pen is expected to tell her supporters who they should vote for in Sunday's presidential run-off vote. The Occupy protest movement has urged May Day action spanning the globe.
In Suit, Protesters Say City Violated Their Constitutional Rights 30 Apr 2012 The City of New York, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and several large corporations have regularly violated the constitutional rights of Occupy Wall Street protesters who have sought to express their opinions at various demonstrations across the city, according to a wide-ranging federal lawsuit filed on Monday. The lawsuit, which included several City Council members as plaintiffs, said that the city "in concert with various private and public entities" subjected the plaintiffs to "violations of rights to free speech, assembly, freedom of the press, false arrest, excessive force, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution." At times, the Police Department had improperly photographed people who were arrested and may not have destroyed those pictures, when required by law, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in United States District Court in Manhattan.
Homeland Security drones patrol Washington-B.C. border 28 Apr 2012 The federal government's unmanned drones patrolling the U.S.-Canadian border are venturing into Washington state's airspace. In testimony before a U.S. Senate panel this week, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said northern border surveillance using unmanned aerial aircraft now expands from North Dakota to eastern Washington. The two 10,000-pound Predator-B unmanned aircrafts based in Grand Forks, N.D., have a 950-mile coverage range and "they do enter Washington airspace, in the vicinity of Spokane," said Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Gina Gray on Thursday. [Civilians aren't taking them out?]
NORAD flights over DC region to calibrate equipment, refine detection of unknown aircraft 30 Apr 2012 The North American Aerospace Defense Command and Federal Aviation Administration will be conducting flights in the Washington area over the next two weeks. The flights involving small radio controlled models and light sport aircraft start Monday and will continue through next Friday. They are meant to help calibrate systems and equipment and refine NORAD's ability to respond to unknown and potentially threatening aircraft. [Right, except on 9/11, when Dick Cheney ordered NORAD to stand-down so the attacks would proceed, unimpeded.]
Officials Watch for Terrorists With Body Bombs on US-Bound Planes 30 Apr 2012 With the anniversary of 'Osama bin Laden's' death looming, American and European authorities told ABC News today that they fear al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] may soon try to explode U.S.-bound aircraft with explosives hidden inside the bodies of terrorists. As a result, security at several airports in the U.K. and elsewhere in Europe and the Middle East has been substantially stepped up, with a focus on U.S. carriers. Additional federal air marshals have also been shifted overseas in advance of the anniversary.
US deploys F-22 fighter jets to UAE: officials 30 Apr 2012 The United States has deployed sophisticated F-22 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates amid deepening tensions between Iran and its pro-US neighbors, officials said Monday. the US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, would not say how many F-22s would be sent to the Al-Dhafra air base in the United Arab Emirates. An Air Force spokeswoman confirmed that a number of F-22 Raptors, the most advanced fighter in the US fleet, would be deployed to the region without mentioning the base or Iran.
Pakistan lodges formal complaint over N Waziristan drone attack 30 Apr 2012 Pakistan on Monday summoned a senior US diplomat to lodge a formal protest over Sunday's drone attack inside the tribal belt, igniting fresh tensions between the two countries. "US Political Councilor, Jonathan Pratt was summoned at the Foreign office by Director General America over yesterday's drone attack," according to an official statement issued here. A similar protest was also lodged in Washington to convey Islamabad's displeasure over the unilateral strikes.
RFK assassination witness tells CNN: There was second shooter --Witness says FBI altered her account of RFK shooting 30 Apr 2012 As a federal court prepares to rule on a challenge to Sirhan Sirhan's conviction in the Robert F. Kennedy assassination, a long overlooked witness to the murder is telling her story: She heard two guns firing during the 1968 shooting and authorities altered her account of the crime. Nina Rhodes-Hughes wants the world to know that, despite what history says, Sirhan was not the only gunman firing shots when Kennedy was murdered a few feet away from her at a Los Angeles hotel. "What has to come out is that there was another shooter to my right," Rhodes-Hughes said in an exclusive interview with CNN.
Navy Nears Power Deal to Help Avoid Calif. Blackouts 30 Apr 2012 The U.S. Navy is nearing a first-time agreement to curb electricity use at its sprawling San Diego-area bases if power runs short in Southern California this summer, a deal intended to diminish the threat of blackouts while the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant remains offline. The Navy is San Diego Gas & Electric's largest customer, and the utility has been working on an agreement under which the Navy would temporarily reduce its energy consumption if regional supplies get scarce. In exchange, the Navy would receive a break on electricity rates.
Exxon Mobil shuts Louisiana oil pipeline after leak 30 Apr 2012 Exxon Mobil Corp has shut the 160,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) North Line crude oil pipeline in Louisiana after a leak spilled 1,900 barrels of crude oil in a rural area over the weekend, affecting a conduit that supplies the nation's third-largest refinery. The 22-inch line originates in St. James, Louisiana, and provides shippers with access to oil from the giant Louisiana Offshore Oil Port and crude from offshore platforms, according to Exxon's website. It was unclear Monday, the second full day the North Line was shut, how long it might be down.
Stop the Slaughter of U.S. Turtles 30 Apr 2012 Freshwater turtles are facing more and more devastating overharvest in the United States for sale to the pet industry and food and medicinal markets in Asia. Beautiful map turtles are already endangered, and unregulated international trade is rapidly destroying them and other native turtles. Protection under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species would put limits on international trade and monitor their populations. In response to a petition filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that it may propose 17 species of U.S. freshwater turtles for CITES protection at the next meeting in Thailand. Please take action now to tell the Service to protect U.S. freshwater turtles.