Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Drones Will Soon Be Able to Kill During War Without Human Assistance

Revealed: Army scientists secretly sprayed St Louis with radioactive particles for YEARS to test chemical warfare technology 29 Sep 2012 The United States Military conducted top secret experiments on the citizens of St. Louis, Missouri, for years, exposing them to radioactive compounds, a researcher has claimed. While it was known that the government sprayed 'harmless' zinc cadmium sulfide particles over the general population in St Louis, Professor Lisa Martino-Taylor, a sociologist at St. Louis Community College, claims that a radioactive additive was also mixed with the compound. She has accrued detailed descriptions as well as photographs of the spraying which exposed the unwitting public, predominantly in low-income and minority communities, to radioactive particles.

U.S. Army's secret Cold War experiments on St. Louisans --'This was a violation of all medical ethics, all international codes, and the military's own policy at that time.' 25 Sep 2012 The KSDK I-Team independently verified that the spraying of zinc cadmium sulfide did take place in St. Louis on thousands of unsuspecting citizens. What is unclear is whether the Army added a radioactive material to the compound as sociologist Lisa Martino-Taylor's research implies. Army archive pictures show how the tests were done in Corpus Christi, Texas in the 1960s. In Texas, planes were used to drop the chemical [the precursor to chemtrails]. But in St. Louis, the Army placed chemical sprayers on buildings and station wagons.

U.S. military death toll from war in Afghanistan reaches 2,000 30 Sep 2012 The U.S. military death toll in Afghanistan reached the grim milestone of 2,000 over the weekend with an attack that killed a soldier and a retired NYPD sergeant. Kevin O'Rourke, a former Emergency Service Unit sergeant, was killed Saturday during an intense firefight in eastern Wardak Province. The U.S. soldier killed in the ambush, whose name was not immediately released, was assigned to NATO's International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, officials said.

At least 14 killed in suicide attack on NATO patrol in Afghanistan 02 Oct 2012 A suicide bomber killed 14 people, including three NATO soldiers and four police, and wounded 37 in Afghanistan's eastern Khost province on Monday, a NATO spokeswoman and local officials said. A US official in Washington confirmed the three soldiers killed were Americans serving in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. Six civilians and an Afghan interpreter also died in the attack. A witness told Reuters that a suicide bomber wearing a police uniform struck as US soldiers patrolled Khost.

Rogue Afghan soldier kills US troops, compatriots 30 Sep 2012 An Afghan soldier turned his gun on American troops at a checkpoint in the country's east, killing two Americans and two fellow members of Afghanistan's army in a shooting that marked both the continuance of a disturbing trend of insider attacks and the 2,000th US troop death in the long-running war, officials said on Sunday. Saturday's shooting took place at an Afghan army checkpoint just outside a joint US-Afghan base in Wardak province, said Shahidullah Shahid, a provincial government spokesman. At least two Afghan soldiers died, he said.

Drones Will Soon Be Able to Kill During War Without Human Assistance - Professor 01 Oct 2012 Drones could soon operate without the help of humans. Agence France-Presse is reporting that the Pentagon wants its drones to be more autonomous, so that they can run with little to no assistance from people. "Before they were blind, deaf and dumb," Mark Maybury, chief scientist for the U.S. Air Force, told AFP. "Now we're beginning to make them to see, hear and sense." Ronald Arkin, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, believes that drones will soon be able to kill enemies on their own independently.

US terror drone kills 13 al-Shabab fighters in Somalia 01 Oct 2012 At least 13 people have been killed in an attack by a US assassination drone in southern Somalia, Press TV reports. The incident happened in Kismayo, a strategically important port city on Somalia's Indian Ocean coast on Monday. According to Press TV correspondents, shortly after the strike, al-Shabab fighters carried out a surprise attack on Somali forces in the outskirts of Kismayo. A number of high-ranking military officers were killed and dozens wounded in the attack.

US assassination drone kills 3 in northwestern Pakistan 01 Oct 2012 At least three people have been killed in a US assassination drone strike in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, security officials say. The attack took place in the Khaider Khel area of Mir Ali district, 30 kilometres (18 miles) east of Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan tribal region, on Monday when the US terror drone fired four missiles on a vehicle. According to the security officials, several drones were flying in the area at the time of the strike.

Gaddafi was killed by French secret serviceman on orders of Nicolas Sarkozy, sources claim 30 Sep 2012 A French secret serviceman acting on the express orders of Nicolas Sarkozy is suspected of murdering Colonel Gaddafi, it was sensationally claimed today. He is said to have infiltrated a violent mob mutilating the captured Libyan leader last year and shot him in the head. The motive, according to well-placed sources in the North African country, was to stop Gaddafi being interrogated about his highly suspicious links with Sarkozy, who was President of France at the time. 

Saudi 'take steps to thwart epidemic' at hajj 01 Oct 2012 Saudi Arabia has taken measures to deal with any epidemic that may break out during the annual hajj pilgrimage, a minister said in remarks published Monday, stressing that the spread of a mystery illness from the same family as the deadly SARS virus was "limited." The kingdom has taken "preventive measures towards pilgrims... and has made practical and scientific arrangements to deal with any epidemic that might be discovered," Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabeeah was quoted as saying in Al-Hayat daily.

Time for a ban on the commercial trade in polar bear parts --A breakthrough for polar bears if we can mobilize today 01 Oct 2012 Last Friday the Russian Federation sent a letter to the Obama Administration promising that Russia would support a resolution to ban the international polar bear fur trade if the U.S. government introduces it. Now we must prevail on the Administration to seize this extraordinary opportunity -- and we must do it quickly. The deadline for our government to submit a resolution is this Thursday, October 4. The White House needs to hear from you immediately. [Click here to sign, and please forward this link to your friends and lists.]

Police stakeout bill for Assange tops £1m as it costs £11,000 a DAY to ensure he doesn't flee Ecuadorian Embassy --At least four Met officers stand guard around the clock 01 Oct 2012 The police bill for staking out the embassy where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is evading justice has already reached more than £1million. Scotland Yard confirmed it is costing £11,000 every day to ensure the Australian does not flee his bolthole at the Ecuadorean Embassy. The final bill could be much more as Assange continues to defy extradition to Sweden where he is suspected of sexually assaulting two women.

Nikkei: Clinton personally pressured Japan leader to keep nuclear power as 'President Obama wishes it' --September 25, 2012, Nikkei report translated by EXSKF 02 Oct 2012 It has been revealed that the United States government was strongly urging [the Japanese government] to reconsider its policy of "zero nukes in 2030s" which was part of the energy and environmental strategy of the Noda administration, as "President Obama wishes it". According to the multiple government sources, as the Noda administration was moving in August toward explicitly putting down "zero nuke" in the official document, the US strongly requested that Japan reconsider the "zero nuke" policy, saying the request was "the result of discussion at the highest level of the government", indicating it was the Obama administration's consensus, from the president on down.

Nuclear plant repairs could hit $3.4 billion 01 Oct 2012 Repairs to a crippled nuclear plant that was a key factor in the Duke Energy-Progress Energy merger tempest could cost up to ^3.4 billion, more than double previous estimates, Duke said Monday. The July 2 merger brought Progress's Crystal River plant in Florida into Duke's nuclear fleet. The plant has been shuttered since 2009, when a project to replace parts inside its thick reactor containment structure led to separating concrete.

Quebec government hints at long-term fracking ban 27 Sep 2012 The new Parti Quebecois government hasn’t wasted any time hinting about a long-term ban on the shale gas industry. Quebec's new natural-resources minister, Martine Ouellet, says she doesn't believe the controversial [insane] method of extracting natural gas from shale, known as "fracking," can ever be done safely. She made the remarks Thursday on her way into her first cabinet meeting, less than 24 hours after she was named to cabinet.

The Banker Who'd Cut Social Security and Medicare - and May Become Obama's Next Treasury Secretary 17 Sep 2012 Why is the Administration talking about replacing Treasury Secretary Geithner with a wealthy banker who wants to cut Social Security and Medicare, would lower taxes on his fellow rich people, and is trying to impose European-style job-destroying austerity on this country? There was some consternation when the Administration floated a trial balloon which was prominently picked up by the Washington Post's Ezra Klein, whose headline asked "Will Erskine Bowles be our next Treasury Secretary?" Klein wrote that "as of today, I'm ready to name a frontrunner, at least if Barack Obama is re-elected: Erskine Bowles." He also notes that Paul Ryan called Bowles "my favorite Democrat." ...There are reasonable compromises to be made in the name of governance. And there are those that aren't. [Barack Obama is poised to complete his destruction of the Democratic Party if he is reelected - by moving the Party far to the right; demoralization of the Democratic Party will depress voter turnout for years. Notice that Obama is silent on the imposition of GOP voter-suppression laws across the country? --LRP]

GOP Quietly Hires Firm Tied to Voter Fraud Scandal for Work in Battleground States 26 Sep 2012 The Palm Beach Post reported last night that a Florida Republican Party contractor turned in at least 106 "questionable" registration firms, with "similar signatures" and wrong addresses... The contractor in Florida is called Strategic Allied Consulting, a business entity created a few months ago and registered online by a former Arizona Republican Party director named Nathan Sproul. Sproul, a consultant based in Tempe, is infamous for accusations that his firms have committed fraud by tampering with Democratic voter registration forms and suppressing votes. Sproul was hired by the Romney campaign for a period of five months that began last November and ended in March. But there's evidence that the payments continued, only to a different name.

'Questionable' Palm Beach County voter registration forms forwarded to state attorney for review 25 Sep 2012 The Republican Party of Florida is dumping a firm it paid more than*1.3 million to register new voters, after Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher flagged 106 "questionable" registration applications turned in by the contractor this month. Bucher asked the state attorney's office to review the applications... because she said her staff had questions about similar-looking signatures, missing information and wrong addresses on the forms. The state GOP hired Strategic Allied Consultants of Glen Allen, Va., for "voter registration services" and get-out-the-vote activities [to steal the 2012 election, as they did in 2000 (Florida) and in 2004 (Ohio)]. The firm got identical payments of *667,598 in July and August.

Vote counting company tied to Romney 27 Sep 2012 Bain Capital alumni, now raising big money as Mitt Romney bundlers are also in the electronic voting machine business. This appears to be a repeat of the infamous former CEO of Diebold, Wally O'Dell, who raised money for Bush while his company supplied voting machines and election management software in the 2004 election. In all 234 counties of Texas, the entire states of Hawaii and Oklahoma, half of Washington and Colorado, and certain counties in swing state Ohio, votes will be cast on eSlate and ePollbook machines made by Hart Intercivic. Hart Intercivic machines have famously failed in Tarrant County (Ft. Worth), adding 10,000 non-existent votes.

U.S. Forcibly Drugged All Guantanamo Prisoners With Scopolamine - Documents 30 Sep 2012 New evidence has emerged that all Guantanamo Bay prisoners, including David Hicks, were drugged involuntarily with a substance that has a long history as a truth serum. Recently declassified US documents revealing medical procedures have shown that scopolamine was administered to all detainees taken to the Cuban detention centre. Documents... reveal that the rationale for the drug's use on all detainees was to prevent motion sickness. However, US military experts have said that scopolamine is not recommended for motion sickness because of its severe side effects. The Sun-Herald revealed this month that Mr Hicks and other prisoners were drugged against their will with unknown substances and that detainees' medical records were incomplete, with the names and dosages of drugs removed.

The most dangerous drug in the world: 'Devil's Breath' chemical from Colombia can block free will, wipe memory and even kill --Within minutes, victims are like 'zombies' - coherent, but with no free will 12 May 2012 The drug is called scopolamine, but is colloquially known as 'The Devil's Breath,' and is derived from a particular type of tree common to South America. Demencia Black, a drug dealer in the capital of Bogotá, said the drug is frightening for the simplicity in which it can be administered. Black said that one gram of Scopolamine is similar to a gram of cocaine, but later called it 'worse than anthrax.' In high doses, it is lethal. [Right, in addition to CIAciopaths committing war crimes by forcing Scopolamine on prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Scopolamine was likely administered to James Holmes by his handler. --LRP]

Hicks forced to take high drug doses in Guantanamo 16 Sep 2102 Guantanamo Bay prisoners, including David Hicks, were forced to take high dosages of anti-malaria drug mefloquine despite showing no signs of the disease, a practice likened to "pharmacological waterboarding" by a US military doctor. Questions have been raised about whether the mass administration of the drug to detainees was a secret, illegal experiment after a medical journal article last month by an army doctor, Major Remington Nevin, highlighted the "inappropriate use" of the drug and asked if its use had been motivated by the drug's psychotic side effects... Dr Nevin also warned high doses of the drug could cause brain injuries. Former Guantanamo guard Brandon Neely also supplied an affidavit for the trial saying detainees were beaten for refusing to take the drugs. He also claimed doctors never told detainees what drugs they were given. What drugs were administered in some cases may never be known.

Guantanamo's last Western detainee returned to Canada 29 Sep 2012 The youngest prisoner and last Westerner held in the Guantanamo military base, Omar Khadr, was sent to finish his sentence in his native Canada on Saturday, the Canadian government said. Canadian Public Safety Minister [sociopath] Vic Toews said that Khadr, who was a 15-year-old fighting in Afghanistan when captured in 2002, had been flown from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a military base in Trenton, Ontario and transferred to the province's Millhaven maximum-security prison. Khadr's case has been controversial both in Canada and abroad given his age when he was captured, the nature of his detention and hearing, and the reluctance of Canadian officials to accept his return.

Romney Advisers: Bring Back Torture [They already did. Have you seen the campaign?] 28 Sep 2012 Mitt Romney's advisers have privately urged him to "rescind and replace President Obama's executive order" and permit secret "enhanced interrogation techniques against high-value detainees that are safe, legal and effective in generating intelligence to save American lives," according to an internal Romney campaign memorandum. "We'll use enhanced interrogation techniques which go beyond those that are in the military handbook right now," he said at a news conference in Charleston, S.C., in December. The Romney campaign document, obtained by The New York Times, is a five-page policy paper titled "Interrogation Techniques." Last December, Mr. Romney was asked about waterboarding at a town-hall meeting in Charleston... At the news conference afterward, a reporter pressed him to say whether he thought waterboarding was torture, and Mr. Romney replied, "I don't." [CLG believes that Obusha's killer drone strikes also constitute torture, and torture still exists at US owned and operated prisons around the world, including US soil.]

Warrantless Electronic Surveillance Surges Under Obama Justice Department --Including Internet and email information requests, more than 40,000 people were targeted in 2011. 28 Sep 2012 The Obama administration has overseen a sharp increase in the number of people subjected to warrantless electronic surveillance of their telephone, email and Facebook accounts by federal law enforcement agencies, new documents released by the American Civil Liberties Union on Friday revealed. The documents, released by the ACLU after a months-long legal battle with the Department of Justice, show that in the last two years, more people were spied on by the government than in the preceding decade.

Ecuador will care for Julian Assange in embassy if WikiLeaks founder falls ill 28 Sep 2012 Ecuador is prepared to set up an operating theatre in its London embassy if Julian Assange needs urgent medical attention and the UK is not prepared to guarantee his safe passage to a hospital and back, according to the Ecuadorean foreign minister. As the WikiLeaks founder spent his 100th day in the Ecuadorean embassy, where he has sought refuge from extradition to Sweden to face allegations of sexual crimes, the country's foreign minister met his British counterpart, William Hague, to ask about contingency plans should Assange fall ill. Hague told Ricardo Patino that he would consult officials and lawyers and respond within a few days, but a British official commented: "Maybe the Ecuadoreans should have thought of that before they granted him asylum." The official added that British police were under obligation to arrest Assange as soon as he stepped out of the embassy.

US calls Assange 'enemy of state' 27 Sep 2012 The US military has designated Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as enemies of the United States - the same legal category as the al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] terrorist network and the Taliban insurgency. Declassified US Air Force counter-intelligence documents, released under US freedom-of-information laws, reveal that military personnel who contact WikiLeaks or WikiLeaks supporters may be at risk of being charged with "communicating with the enemy", a military crime that carries a maximum sentence of death. The documents, some originally classified "Secret/NoForn" - not releasable to non-US nationals - record a probe by the air force's Office of Special Investigations into a cyber systems analyst based in Britain who allegedly expressed support for WikiLeaks and attended pro-Assange demonstrations in London.

It's the Friday afternoon Obusha foreign policy bad news dump: US removes MKO from its blacklist of terrorist organizations 28 Sep 2012 The United States has removed Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) [an *actual* terrorist group] from its blacklist of terrorist organizations.

Clinton offers $45 million to Syrian 'rebels,' who want more support --U.S. aid for 'rebels' in Syria will total more than *132 million this year 28 Sep 2012 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday announced *45 million in additional aid for Syrian opposition activists terrorists, the latest U.S. push for influence in a civil war that's raged beyond the international community's control. Of the *45 million pledged Friday, *30 million is earmarked for humanitarian assistance and *15 million for radios, training and other technical support for 'opposition activists.'

US keen to station troops in NZ: Panetta 24 Sep 2012 The United States would consider stationing troops on New Zealand soil if our Government asked for them as part of a burgeoning defence relationship, US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta says. Mr Panetta left New Zealand on Saturday after a whistlestop visit as part of a broader US push to shore up allegiances in the Pacific... His visit marked a watershed in the relationship, after he announced the US would lift a ban on New Zealand naval ships using US ports, and scrap the requirement for a waiver before defence top brass from both countries meet.

US-led airstrike kills 3 in eastern Afghanistan 29 Sep 2012 At least three people have been killed in an airstrike carried out by the US-led forces in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kunar.

Suicide Bomber Kills 2 Nato Soldiers in Logar 26 Sep 2012 A suicide bomber struck a Nato convoy in Logar province Wednesday morning, killing two Nato soldiers and injuring at least one more troop, local officials said. The bomber, who was on foot, targeted the Nato convoy while it was in the Alias village of Logar's Baraki Barack district at around 08:30AM local time, provincial spokesman Din Mohammad Darwish told TOLOnews.

25 Japanese SDF personnel sent to Iraq commit suicide 27 Sep 2012 Twenty-five personnel from the Self-Defense Force of Japan have committed suicide between fiscal 2005 and 2011 after being sent to Iraq, the Defense Ministry said here Thursday. Of the 25, 19 belonged to the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF), while the others were from the Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF).

British Labour leader vows to break up banks 30 Sep 2012 Britain's opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband vowed to break-up the country's biggest banks if his party came to power at the next general election, in an interview with a Sunday newspaper. Miliband, whose party enjoys a 10-point lead in the latest polls, told the Observer newspaper that he would split the banks' "casino" investment operations from their high-street arms. "Either they can do it themselves, which frankly is not what has happened over the past year, or the next Labour government will, by law, break up retail and investment banks," he warned.

Six Florida counties investigating 'hundreds' of cases of suspected voter fraud by GOP consulting firm 27 Sep 2012 Election officials in six Florida counties are investigating what appears to be "hundreds" of cases of suspected voter fraud by a GOP consulting firm that has been paid nearly *3 million by the Republican National Committee to register Republican voters in five key battleground states, state officials tell NBC. The allegations of suspected voter fraud committed by Strategic Allied Consulting of Tempe, Arizona spread Thursday to counties throughout Florida. At the same time, the Republican National Committee said it had severed its ties to the firm. "We have heard from supervisors in six counties that they have irregularities in voter registration," said Chris Cate, spokesman for the Florida Department of State, which oversees the state's division of elections.

Linda McMahon Proposed Social Security 'Sunset' At Tea Party Forum 26 Sep 2012 In little-noticed remarks at a Tea Party town hall meeting earlier this year, Republican Connecticut Senate candidate Linda McMahon proposed introducing a "sunset provision" into the Social Security Act. McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, has consistently dodged questions about cutting government entitlement programs in her two Senate runs. Speaking before a group of Tea Party supporters in Waterford, Conn. on April 20, however, McMahon said she would consider making major changes to Social Security, from raising the retirement age to means-testing benefits.

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