Friday, September 14, 2012

America 'was warned of embassy attack but did nothing'

Oil contracts 'gone missing' from consulate in Benghazi --America 'was warned of embassy attack but did nothing' 14 Sep 2012 The killings of the US ambassador to Libya and three of his staff were likely to have been the result of a serious and continuing security breach, The Independent can reveal. American officials believe the attack was planned, but Chris Stevens had been back in the country only a short while and the details of his visit to Benghazi, where he and his staff died, were meant to be confidential. Sensitive documents have gone missing from the consulate in Benghazi and the supposedly secret location of the "safe house" in the city, where the staff had retreated, came under sustained mortar attack... Some of the missing papers from the consulate are said to list names of Libyans who are working with Americans, putting them potentially at risk from extremist groups, while some of the other documents are said to relate to oil contracts. [Try as I might, I can no longer remain silent on this one -- so Facebook, do your thing. 'Protesters' did not assassinate Ambassador Stevens and 3 Navy Seals (working for mercenaries at the time). 

US embassy attack in Libya: security lapses disclosed 13 Sep 2012 A senior US administration official said it was protected by was a "robust presence" of Libyan and US State Department security officers but conceded it was breached within minutes of the attack on Tuesday night... Special forces Capt Fathi al-Obeidi said the combined US and Libyan force had been stunned by the scale of the attack on the consulate.

American Killed in Libya Was on Intel Mission to Track Weapons 13 Sep 2012 One of the Americans killed alongside Ambassador Christopher Stevens in an attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya Tuesday told ABC News before his death that he was working with the State Department on an intelligence mission to round up dangerous weapons in the war-torn nation. In an interview with ABC News last month, Glen Doherty, a 42-year-old former Navy SEAL who worked as a contractor with the State Department, said he personally went into the field to track down so-called MANPADS, shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles, and destroy them.

U.S. Sending Drones to Hunt Libyan Attackers --U.S. has previously flown surveillance missions over Benghazi area in 'search for terrorist camps' 12 Sep 2012 CNN reports that the United States will send unmanned drones to Libya to look for jihadist camps, as the White House now accepts the belief that the Benghazi attack was the premeditated work of terrorists. U.S. officials say the attack was not a direct assassination attempt on Ambassador Christopher Stevens, but that used the otherwise peaceful protest of an anti-Muslim film as a diversion to infiltrate the area and then strike the compound.

US dispatches destroyers, marine unit to Libya 13 Sep 2012 The US navy has dispatched two guided missile destroyers and a 50-member marine unit to the Libyan coast. A senior US official, whose name was not mentioned in the report, said on Wednesday that the USS Laboon and the USS McFaul "are going to be in the vicinity of Libya but only as a precautionary measure." Pentagon spokesman George Little said precautionary steps taken by the US military were "not only logical in certain circumstances" but also the "prudent thing to do."

Anti-terror Marine team heading to Libya to respond to terrorism threats, reinforce security 12 Sep 2012 Some 50 U.S. Marines headed to Libya on Wednesday to reinforce security at U.S. diplomatic facilities in the aftermath of an attack in the eastern city of Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, officials said. The Marines are members of an elite group known as a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team, or FAST, whose role is to respond on short notice to terrorism threats and to reinforce security at U.S. embassies. They operate worldwide. The Marines were headed initially to the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, not to Benghazi.

US Marine anti-terrorism team heads to Libya: official 12 Sep 2012 The United States is deploying a US Marine anti-terrorism team [roughly 50-member unit] to Libya to bolster security after a deadly attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, a US defense official said Wednesday. "The Marines are sending a FAST (Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team) team to Libya," the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.

Obama: Romney shoots first, aims later 12 Sep 2012 In response to Mitt Romney's criticism of the Obama administration for its handling of recent violence in Egypt and Libya, President Obama told CBS News on Wednesday that Romney "seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later." "There's a broader lesson to be learned here," Mr. Obama told "60 Minutes" at the White House. "And I -- you know, Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later. And as president, one of the things I've learned is you can't do that." [Yeah, you've learned to aim before you shoot. That's why you've killed so many innocent civilians with your drone bombing. -- MDR]

4 Americans, Including US Ambassador, Killed in Libya Attack 12 Sep 2012 President Barack Obama is condemning in the "strongest possible terms" an attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed four Americans, including the American ambassador. Obama on Wednesday said the U.S. will work with the Libyan government to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice. He says "no acts of terror" will shake America's resolve [to instigate same].

Protesters forced back after rushing walls of U.S. Embassy in Yemen 13 Sep 2012 There were clashes Thursday between anti-U.S. protesters and Yemeni police at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa. CBS News sources say a large group of protesters reached the walled compound, but failed to breach any of the buildings inside the compound as police fired warning shots to try to disperse the crowd.

Al-Qaeda now a US ally in Syria [LOL! Always has been, and not just Syria, but in every country! Heck, al-CIAduh is on the US payroll!] 11 Sep 2012 While we reflect on the 11th anniversary of the al Qaeda attacks on American soil, there is a blinding light that may obscure our view: this sworn enemy now fights hand in hand with the US against the Syrian regime [sic - government]. The historic State of the Union address by US president [sic] George W. Bush on September 20, 2001 is loaded with morals and principles about good and evil. The president's ultimatum was clear: either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. In Syria, there is mounting evidence that Al Qaeda and its allies are actively deploying terror tactics and suicide bombers to overthrow the Assad regime.

A look at the latest Mideast protests and calls for action by opponents of an anti-Islam film 13 Sep 2012 YEMEN: Hundreds of protesters storm the U.S. Embassy compound in the capital Sanaa, chanting "death to America"...EGYPT: Protesters clash with police near the U.S. Embassy in Cairo for the third day in a row...IRAQ: Hundreds of followers of the anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr demanded the closure of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad - the largest American diplomatic mission in the world - because of the film...AFGHANISTAN: The government in Kabul is seeking to avert any protests as past anger over perceived insults to Islam has triggered violence in Afghanistan...IRAN: About 50 protesters gathered in Tehran outside the Swiss Embassy, which looks after U.S. diplomatic interests in Iran, shouting "Death to America" and condemning the film.

Afghan president condemns American anti-Islam movie 12 Sep 2012 Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has condemned a US-made anti-Islam film insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Protests have erupted in several countries including Libya and Egypt in response to the sacrilegious film. Earlier, the US ambassador to Libya along with three other consulate staff members were killed in Benghazi after a group of angry demonstrators reportedly attacked the consulate building over the insulting film.

NATO Copter Destroyed by Taliban at Base 12 Sep 2012 A coalition heavy-transport helicopter [allegedly] parked inside the sprawling Bagram Air Base was hit and destroyed by insurgent fire late Monday, killing three Afghan service members who were on board, NATO said Tuesday. NATO service members also on the helicopter, a Chinook CH-47, at the time of the attack were wounded, said Lt. Col. Hagen Messer, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan... Roshna Khalid, the spokeswoman for the governor of Parwan Province, which includes Bagram, said the helicopter had been hit by rocket attack as it came in to land.

US-led airstrikes kill 7 in Afghanistan 09 Sep 2012 At least seven people have been killed in airstrikes carried out by US-led foreign forces in southern Afghanistan, Press TV reports. The aerial attacks took place in Kandahar province on Sunday.

5 more charged in Ga. military militia case 11 Sep 2012 Four former Army soldiers and a civilian have been charged in new indictments for connections to an anti-government militia that authorities say was led by Fort Stewart troops who stockpiled weapons and talked of ultimately overthrowing the U.S. government. A Liberty County grand jury indicted the five on charges of illegal gang activity and various counts involving theft, burglary and auto break-ins. Those crimes were committed to help fund the militia group, which called itself F.E.A.R., short for Forever Enduring Always Ready, District Attorney Tom Durden said Tuesday.

Second Belgian nuclear reactor has indications of cracks on core tank 13 Sep 2012 A second nuclear reactor in Belgium has indications of cracks in its core tank, the nuclear regulator said on Thursday. Preliminary results of tests being carried out at Tihange 2, a reactor operated by GDF Suez unit Electrabel, showed that there were indications of cracks on the core tank, Belgium's nuclear regulator FANC said in a statement. The 1,008 megawatt reactor in the south of the country was to reopen from a scheduled shutdown in October, but that will be delayed while experts analyse the results.

Entergy sued over lax security at NY nuclear plant 13 Sep 2012 A security guard at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York state sued the facility's owner, Entergy Corp, for more than $1.5 billion for emotional distress, claiming lax security at the plant. Clifton Travis, who has been employed at the plant since 2008 and was still on the Entergy payroll, claimed in his lawsuit that Entergy encouraged security personnel to play video games and watch movies to keep them occupied during their shifts... Travis also said the

company was improperly storing nuclear waste materials at the plant
, and said the plant failed a force-on-force drill, during which mock adversaries tested the plant's security defenses.

Two Mutations Can Transform A Swine Flu Virus 11 Sep 2012 Scientists [authors of a report published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences] detail how a swine flu virus currently circulating in Korea - without apparently making the pigs sick - quickly changed into a deadly flu virus when it was put into ferrets. Once in ferrets, the virus acquired two new mutations that somehow conferred unusual virulence. Infected ferrets died within 10 days and transmitted the virus easily to other animals in respiratory droplets. The mutations occurred in all three ferrets infected with the Korean pig virus. [Yes, and I'm sure they're busy little bees *making it happen* so the pharma-terrorists can make a killing on the vaccines.]

Mega barf alert! 'Pink slime' maker plans defamation suit 12 Sep 2012 Beef Products Inc. plans to file a defamation lawsuit in the wake of a publicity storm over a meat product that critics have dubbed "pink slime." The Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based company said Wednesday that it will announce a lawsuit Thursday. A company executive and lawyer refused to name the defendant. Company officials have long insisted that the [disgusting] product is safe and healthy, and blamed the closure of three plants and roughly 700 layoffs on what they viewed as a smear campaign.

3 GOP Electoral College members say they may not vote for Republican ticket of Romney/Ryan 13 Sep 2012 At least three Republican electors say they may not support their party's presidential ticket when the Electoral College meets in December to formally elect the next president, escalating tensions within the GOP and adding a fresh layer of intrigue to the final weeks of the White House race. The electors - all supporters of former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul - told The Associated Press they are exploring options should Mitt Romney win their states. They expressed frustration at how Republican leaders have worked to suppress Paul's conservative movement and his legion of loyal supporters. 

Rich-Poor Gap Widens to Most Since 1967 as Income Falls 12 Sep 2012 A census report showing median household income fell last year puts a new focus on the biggest issue of the U.S. presidential election. And it's likely to be deployed by both candidates to reinforce their campaign themes. The U.S. Census Bureau figures released yesterday underscored the struggles of American families in a sputtering economic recovery. The report also showed the income gap between rich and poor people grew to the widest in more than 40 years in 2011 as the poverty rate remained at almost a two-decade high.

Record U.S. Poverty Rate Holds As Inequality Grows 12 Sep 2012 Today the Census Bureau released its analysis of U.S. poverty in 2011, and the official poverty rate essentially held at 15 percent, meaning that 46.2 million people live below the poverty line. ...Although poverty levels held, there's still bad news. Median real household income fell 1.7 percent, to $62,273, and income inequality rose in 2011. The Gini index, a common measure of inequality, rose 1.6 percent from 2010 to 2011. "This represents the first time the Gini index has shown an annual increase since 1993, the earliest year available for comparable measures of income inequality," the Census said. [Boy, that's change you can believe in -- MDR.]

US Census report: Record numbers in poverty and widening inequality 13 Sep 2012 The United States Census Bureau released its latest survey of poverty in America on Wednesday, revealing that the ranks of those classified by the government as poor remained at record highs in 2011, while the gap between the rich and everyone else widened further...The annual Census report recorded a decline in median income for the second year in a row, a fall in workers' wages, and a sharp increase in the number of workers holding down full-time jobs at near-poverty wages...It presented a nightmarish picture of social conditions in the US as of the end of last year, more than three years after the Wall Street crash and three full years after the coming to power of the Obama administration.

Mayor Emanuel plans to close one-fifth of Chicago public schools 13 Sep 2012 A central issue in the struggle of Chicago teachers is the plan by the city, backed by the Obama administration, to dismantle large sections of the school district, closing dozens of public schools and opening new privately-operated charter schools...On Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reported on the plans of Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel to close between 80 and 120 public schools, mainly in the most impoverished working class parts of the city, including Bronzeville, North Lawndale, Garfield Park and Englewood. This would involve laying off thousands of teachers.

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