Hackers Obtain Mitt Romney's Tax Returns - Report -- Letters stated intention to publish Romney's tax returns on Sept. 28, unless $1 million is deposited in Bitcoin account 05 Sep 2012 Someone claims to have stolen years of Mitt Romney’s tax returns from a Tennessee office of the financial firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Secret Service is investigating what appears to be a ransom scheme. The local Democratic and Republican parties in Williamson County, Tenn., where the PricewaterhouseCoopers office is located, both received packages, each containing a thumb drive and a letter outlining a competitive-bidding ransom scheme that appears designed to pit Republicans and Democrats against each other over the release of Romney's taxes. [It's about time! What on earth were they *waiting for?* Post them NOW!]
(WASHINGTON) -- Someone claims to have stolen years of Mitt Romney’s tax returns from a Tennessee office of the financial firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Secret Service is investigating what appears to be a ransom scheme.The local Democratic and Republican parties in Williamson County, Tenn., where the PricewaterhouseCoopers office is located, both received packages, each containing a thumb drive and a letter outlining a competitive-bidding ransom scheme that appears designed to pit Republicans and Democrats against each other over the release of Romney’s taxes.The letters stated an intention to publish Romney’s tax returns on Sept. 28, unless $1 million is deposited in a Bitcoin (Internet currency) account, according to Williamson County Democratic Party Chairman Peter Burr, who said both he and his Williamson County GOP counterpart received similar packages.The Secret Service took the package from him after the local GOP contacted authorities, Burr said. The Secret Service confirmed to ABC News that it is investigating the ransom scheme.The apparent hackers presented “two options,” Burr said. “If somebody wanted to prevent the publication of these tax records, they needed to put a million dollars into this Bitcoin account…that was to prevent them from going ahead and publishing it on September 28th. Then they went on to say that if you want to ensure that this is published before September 28th, you have the option of contributing a million dollars to this other Bitcoin account … and if you win the race … the other side will not be able to prevent the publication.”PricewaterhouseCoopers acknowledged the scheme, first reported by the tech website Mashable, in a statement to ABC News.“We are aware of the allegations that have been made regarding improper access to our systems. We are working closely with the United States Secret Service, and at this time there is no evidence that our systems have been compromised or that there was any unauthorized access to the data in question,” the firm said.
Breaking: Nuclear accident burns two people --Official: About 50 firefighters have been deployed 06 Sep 2012 A steam leak brought on by an involuntary chemical reaction at France's oldest nuclear plant has led to two people being slightly burnt, officials say. The accident occurred at the Fessenheim nuclear power plant in northeastern France within 1.5 kilometres of the border with Germany and about 40 kilometres from Switzerland. French power supplier EDF said 'two people were slightly burnt through their gloves.'
Pentagon launches website to track radiation exposure after Japan quake 05 Sep 2012 The Pentagon launched a website Wednesday for American troops and family members who were near the Japanese nuclear reactors that were damaged by the earthquake and tsunami in March of 2011. The website will allow Americans to enter a location where they were in Japan and get an estimation of how much radiation they were exposed to while there. The Defense Department says about 70,000 American troops, family members and civilian employees were on or near the Japanese mainland from March 12 to May 11 of 2011 after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, as the disaster is called [instead of the Great HAARP Fukushima Nuclear Meltdowns, as the disaster *should* be called].
Democrats reinstate Jerusalem language in party platform --Democratic official: Language reinstated to reflect personal view of President Obama 06 Sep 2012 Democrats amended the party platform Wednesday afternoon to include language supporting Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The quickly approved changed came in the wake of mounting criticism from Democratic members of Congress incensed that the 2008 platform's declaration backing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel had been removed from the 2012 text. Republicans were quick to jump on the original omission, blasting the Democrats for not supporting Israel and its capital strongly enough. [And, Obusha couldn't surrender to his GOP overlords quick enough!]
Phony populism from a party of corporate America 05 Sep 2012 The opening night of the Democratic National Convention provided a grossly distorted picture of the Obama administration, presenting a right-wing, pro-corporate, anti-working-class government as though it was the second coming of the New Deal...Speaker after speaker bashed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as the candidate of wealth and privilege and portrayed Obama as the advocate of working people and his reelection as the key to social and economic progress...In the assault on public workers, Democratic office-holders at the state and local level have taken just as hard a line as their Republican counterparts on cutting jobs, wages and benefits...Deval Patrick, the Democrat who followed Romney as governor of Massachusetts, boasted that he had succeeded in cutting pensions and benefits for state employees where Romney had "only talked" about it. The difference, he pointed out, was that he imposed the cuts "with labor at the table."...In other words, the Democrats prefer to enlist the unions to help them cut the living standards of the working class, while the Republicans seek to dispense with the union officials and do the job themselves. The end result for the workers is the same.
Bill Clinton officially nominates Obama at Democratic National Convention 05 Sep 2012 Former President Bill Clinton formally nominated President Obama for a second term on Wednesday night, defending his Democratic successor's stewardship of the nation's beleaguered economy. Hours after Obama touched down in Charlotte, Democrats opened the second night of their convention with a rousing set of speeches to culminate with Clinton’s hotly-anticipated speech. The former president was preceded on stage by some of the party's best-known liberal leaders and activists, including Elizabeth Warren, whose Senate campaign in Massachusetts has captivated the party's liberal grassroots.
Transcript: Bill Clinton's Democratic Convention Speech 05 Sep 2012 Former President Bill Clinton's remarks to the Democratic National Convention, as prepared for delivery. Clinton veered from these prepared remarks multiple times throughout his speech. ...We Democrats think the country works better with a strong middle class, real opportunities for poor people to work their way into it and a relentless focus on the future, with business and government working together to promote growth and broadly shared prosperity. We think "we're all in this together" is a better philosophy than "you're on your own." Who's right? Well since 1961, the Republicans have held the White House 28 years, the Democrats 24. In those 52 years, our economy produced 66 million private sector jobs. What's the jobs score? Republicans 24 million, Democrats 42 million!
Transcript: Elizabeth Warren's Democratic Convention Speech 05 Sep 2012 Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's speech at the Democratic National Convention, as prepared for delivery. ...People feel like the system is rigged against them. And here's the painful part: they're right. The system is rigged. Look around. Oil companies guzzle down billions in subsidies. Billionaires pay lower tax rates than their secretaries. Wall Street CEOs—the same ones who wrecked our economy and destroyed millions of jobs—still strut around Congress, no shame, demanding favors, and acting like we should thank them. Anyone here have a problem with that? Well I do.
Poland provides answers for CIA prisons probe 05 Sep 2012 Poland has given information to European judges investigating allegations that the United States held 'al Qaeda' suspects in secret jails on Polish soil, the government said on Wednesday, potentially easing official secrecy surrounding the practice. Rights activists say that after the September 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. cities, the CIA used "black sites" in friendly countries including Poland to interrogate and sometimes torture suspected militants beyond the reach of normal legal protections. But the programme's existence has never been officially acknowledged.
Marines arrested in assault on Calif. gay man 05 Sep 2012 The beating of a gay man outside a bar resulted in the arrest of four Camp Pendleton Marines and was being investigated as a potential hate crime, Marine Corps and police officials said Wednesday. The Marines entered the Silver Fox just before closing time early Monday and seemed visibly uncomfortable, bar manager John Barnes told the Long Beach Press-Telegram. One of the Marines made a demeaning remark - calling the bartender "sweetheart" - before he and the other Marines jumped a young man, Barnes said.