US Soldiers on the Ground in Nepal 22 Sep 2012 Early this week, sixty-five American soldiers landed in Kathmandu and moved to Dhikurpokhari of Kaski district of Nepal. They are also travelling in Manang and Mustang districts bordering China's Tibet region. Ostensibly they are on a "humanitarian mission" of assessing the quality of healthcare services available to the local people... In reality, it looks like an advance reconnaissance party to evaluate the nature of local terrain and assess possible local cooperation to overcome logistical bottleneck in the event of Nepal’s occupation.
Security firm to hold 'zombie crisis scenario' to prepare for brain-eating virus pandemic 16 Sep 2012 Forget the H1N1 pandemic. Could a future crisis arise from an outbreak of viruses that destroy brain cells and render people violently catatonic, like zombies? Next month, HALO Corp. will take over the 44-acre Paradise Point resort in the city's popular Mission Bay and create a series of terrorist scenarios, with immersive Hollywood sets including a Middle Eastern village and a pirates' haven... In the CDC's Preparedness 101 program, fictional zombies are used to drive home the message that Americans must be ready for any emergency -- even the kind that, hypothetically, could stem from a brain-eating virus pandemic. Zombies also star in a 40-page comic book the CDC published, a tongue-in-cheek take on the serious scenario of a
HALO Corp. to Train Military, Law Enforcement On Virus Outbreak: Zombie Apocalypse Training 17 Sep 2012 Security firm HALO Corp. announced yesterday that about 1,000 military personnel, police officials, medical experts and federal workers will learn the ins and outs of a zombie apocalypse, as part of an annual counter-terrorism summit, according to the Military Times. Visitors will learn to deal with a worldwide pandemic, where people become crazy, violent and fearful. Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security reported that "the zombies are coming" as part of a hilarious bid to get citizens to prepare for a real disaster. The CDC has released similar statements using zombies as a playful guise to get the public prepared for [US lab-generated] actual disasters.
Police to 'patrol' Facebook, Google and Twitter for terrorists under EU plan --'Providers of chat boxes, email services, messaging
Terror laws: customs officials could take passengers' DNA 13 Sep 2012 Passengers could be forced to provide fingerprints and DNA samples against their will as they pass through airports, under planned changes to anti-terror laws. For the first time, customs officials and immigration officers would have the power to take mouth swabs or hair samples without a passenger's consent, the Home Office confirmed. Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is proposing to reform existing powers that police and immigration officers have to stop and search anyone entering the UK, regardless of whether they are suspected terrorists. The government conceded that there were concerns that the sweeping powers were being "unfairly" applied to Muslims and other minorities.
Israel teams with terror group to kill Iran's nuclear scientists, U.S. officials tell NBC News [LOL, Israel 'teams with' the terror group. That's like saying oxygen 'teams with' hydrogen to make water. *Covalently bonded* is the term. --LRP] 09 Feb 2012 Deadly attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists are being carried out by an Iranian dissident group that is financed, trained and armed by Israel's secret service, U.S. officials tell NBC News, confirming charges leveled by Iran's leaders. The group, the People's Mujahedin of Iran, has long been designated as a terrorist group by the United States,
Terror delisting the MEK is a cynical sham 22 Sep 2012 US officials leaked to several news outlets Friday an impending decision by the Obama administration that it intends to remove the Iranian dissident group Mujahadeen e-Khalq (MEK) from the treasury department's terror list. It is known for assassinating US diplomats, military personnel and others... The Iranian dissidents have plotted for years to be removed from the terror list. They enlisted numerous Republican and Democratic officials to lobby on its behalf. Instead of paying lobbying fees to them, it offered honoraria ranging from *10,000-*50,000 per speech to excoriate the US government for its allegedly shabby treatment of the MEK... The US delisting of the group is a sham. The Obama administration isn't even claiming the MEK has renounced terrorism. If it did, it knows that it's likely such a statement would rebound should the MEK's activities become exposed.
Iran: Siemens placed explosives in equipment to sabotage 23 Sep 2012 Iran has accused German industrial giant Siemens of placing small explosives in equipment that forms the backbone of the country's nuclear program. "The equipment was supposed to explode after being put to work, in order to dismantle all our systems," declared Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of the security committee in Iran's parliament "But the wisdom of our experts thwarted the enemy conspiracy." He said the measures were intended to slow down the country's burgeoning nuclear program.
Iran finds spying device at Fordow: UK daily 23 Sep 2012 A British newspaper says Iran has discovered an electric monitoring device disguised as rock near the country's Fordow nuclear energy facility. The device was found by the members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) who were checking on communications terminals at Fordow last month, Sunday Times reported citing western intelligence sources. The self-destructing device exploded when the IRGC members tried to move what they thought to be a rock.
U.S. stops 20 Iran officials attending U.N. assembly 22 Sep 2012 The United States has denied visas to about 20 Iranian government officials hoping to attend next week's United Nations General Assembly, including two ministers, Iran's Fars news agency reported on Saturday. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a regular at the assembly since he took office in 2005, will give his final speech there on Wednesday and will address a meeting on the "rule of law" on Monday. But of the 160-or-so visas requested by the Iranian delegation two months ago, about 20 were turned down, Fars said.
Iran's president arrives in New York for General Assembly session 23 Sep 2012 Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in the US city of New York at the head of a delegation to participate in the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The Iranian president was welcomed by Iran's Ambassador to the UN Mohammad Khazaei upon his arrival at the John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sunday. Ahmadinejad is scheduled to address the 67th session of the General Assembly due on Wednesday and elaborate on the Islamic Republic’s stance on key international issues.
5 killed, several injured in US terror drone strike in Pakistan 22 Sep 2012 At least five people have been killed and several others wounded in a US assassination drone attack in Pakistan's tribal area of North Waziristan. The attack took place in the Datta Khel area on Saturday when American terror drones targeted a vehicle with two missiles. The strike comes as Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar is in the United States for an official visit.
2 British soldiers die in Afghan war, MOD confirms 21 Sep 2012 The British Ministry of Defense (MOD) has confirmed that two British soldiers have died in separate incidents in southern Afghanistan. Friday's incidents bring the death toll for UK servicemen deployed in Afghanistan to 432, the BBC reported. The MOD said that neither of the deaths is thought to be the result of "hostile action" and investigations are underway.
Ecuador mulls Assange transfer to Sweden 22 Sep 2012 Ecuador is considering asking Britain to authorise the transfer of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to its embassy in Sweden so he can respond to sex crimes allegations there. Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino told reporters on Friday there were several possibilities to resolve the stand-off with Britain over Assange, including "that his statement be taken in our embassy in London or that Ecuador get authorisation to transfer him, if necessary, to our embassy in Sweden so that the case can proceed there with the protection of Ecuador and meeting the needs of Swedish justice".
Facilitate the false flags: Pentagon should take over nuclear plant security: lawmaker 21 Sep 2012 The Defense Department should take over security for U.S. nuclear weapons sites after a nuclear complex was broken into with ease in July by an 82-year-old nun and two other peace activists, a top lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Friday. Mike Turner, the Republican chairman of the House Armed Services panel that oversees the Energy Department's nuclear weapons complex, has drafted legislation to put the U.S. military in charge of protecting facilities like the Y-12 complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. [Hey, Turner and all corporate welfare wh*res on Capitol Hill: Corpora-terrorists should fund their own 'security' at their deadly nuclear power plants - WHY should US taxpayers foot the bill?]
Swine flu vaccine linked to child narcolepsy: EU watchdog 21 Sep 2012 A swine flu vaccine used in 2009-10 is linked to a higher risk of the sleeping disorder narcolepsy in children and teens in Sweden and Finland, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said Friday. The EU agency studied the effects of the Pandemrix vaccine on children in eight European countries after Sweden and Finland reported higher incidences of narcolepsy among children who were inoculated with the vaccine during the swine flu pandemic in 2009 and 2010.
Mitt Romney releases 2011 tax returns, paid *1.9m in taxes on *13.7m in income --Romney's effective tax rate for 2011 was 14.1 percent, slightly higher than his rate in 2010 21 Sep 2012 Mitt Romney filed his 2011 tax returns today -- capping a difficult week by returning to the campaign a topic that has dogged the candidacy of the Republican presidential nominee - and is also releasing a 20-year snapshot of his tax returns. Romney's updated tax returns, which will be posted online in full at 3 p.m. EDT on Friday, show that he paid *1.9 million in taxes on *13.7 million in income, most of which came from his investments.
New England janitors overwhelmingly authorize strike 22 Sep 2012 Janitors in Massachusetts and Rhode Island have voted overwhelmingly to authorize their leadership to call a strike against their employers over unfair labor practices committed by their employers... The janitors in SEIU Local 615 voted to authorize their leadership to call a strike, if necessary, to protest that they were met with threats and intimidation when the workers stood up for good jobs. Contract expiration takes place on September 30 and the janitors are mobilizing for better pay, more hours on the job and healthcare for workers. Show your support for the janitors.
Arctic ice shrinks 18% against record, sounding climate change alarm bells --Scientists and environment groups say the fall is unprecedented and the clearest signal yet of global warming 19 Sep 2012 Sea ice in the Arctic shrank a dramatic 18% this year on the previous record set in 2007 to a record low of 3.41m sq km, according to the official US monitoring organisation the National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Boulder, Colorado. Scientists and environment groups last night said the fall was unprecedented and the clearest signal yet of climate change... This year's sea ice extent was 700,000 sq km below the previous minimum of 4.17m sq km set in 2007.
Newborn giant panda cub dies at National Zoo 23 Sep 2012 The National Zoo's week-old giant panda cub was found dead Sunday morning, the zoo announced. The zoo said keepers heard "distressed vocalizations" from the female giant panda, Mei Xiang, at about 9:17 a.m. Sunday, and realized "this is not right, this is not good," said zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson... Zookeepers had been watching the cub closely since its birth because of the extreme hot weather at the time