Sexual assault within the ranks of the military is not a new problem. It is a systemic problem that has necessitated that the military conduct its own annual reporting on the crisis. A 2003 Air Force Academy sexual assault scandal prompted the department of defense to include a provision in the 2004 National Defense Authorization Act that required investigations and reports of sexual harassment and assaults within US military academies to be filed. The personal toll is, nevertheless, devastating.
Propelled by wealthy donors and business interests, a new sit-lie ordinance in San Francisco gives police the power to fine and arrest people for resting on the sidewalk.
Central heating thermostat Gas consumption hit an all-time high of 465.8m cubic metres today. Britain's gas system is under unprecedented pressure after cold weather pushed demand to a new record today. Gas consumption hit an all-time high of 465.8m cubic metres today as people opted to work from home instead of braving the icy roads to the office, and turned the heating up a notch or two, according to initial estimates by National Grid, the network operator.
The Obama administration has placed the cyberwar threat high on its national security agenda. But this emerging threat is an amorphous one, making it difficult for the new US Cyber Command to both define and address it - leaving many questions unanswered.
by Ralph Nader. Thomas Blanton, the esteemed director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University described Washington's hyper-reaction to Wikileaks' transmission of information to some major media in various countries as "Wikimania."
The Environmental Working Group analyzed the drinking water in 35 cities across the United States, including Bethesda and Washington, found that most contained hexavalent chromium, a probable carcinogen that was made famous by the film "Erin Brockovich." The study, which will be released Monday by the Environmental Working Group, is the first nationwide analysis of hexavalent chromium in drinking water to be made public.
Overdrawn American cities could face financial collapse in 2011, defaulting on hundreds of billions of dollars of borrowings and derailing the US economic recovery. Nor are European cities safe – Florence, Barcelona, Madrid, Venice: all are in trouble. More than 100 American cities could go bust next year as the debt crisis that has taken down banks and countries threatens next to spark a municipal meltdown, a leading analyst has warned.
His dead, soulless eyes gaze out from the red borders of the magazine with a thousand mile stare; the photograph looks like an android failing the Voight-Kampff test, or the mug-shot of a frat boy baked on XTC; but this is not just another arrogant whelp of privilege and nepotism, this glassy-eyed perp is Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire monomaniac behind Facebook and its 550 million willing victims.
The compromise tax-cut deal that President Obama signed into law on Friday has angered many of his supporters. In his new book, Death of the Liberal Class, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Chris Hedges argues that the failure of President Obama to represent the interests of his supporters is just another example of a quickly dying liberal class. In the book, Hedges explains how the five pillars of the liberal class—the press, universities, unions, liberal churches and the Democratic Party—have become corrupt.
This is Insane. Don’t ever get scanned by TSA. While the application of scientific knowledge creates technology, sometimes the technology is later redefined by science. Such is the case with terahertz (THz) radiation, the energy waves that drive the technology of the TSA: back scatter airport scanners. Emerging THz technological applications THz waves are found between microwaves and infrared on the electromagnetic spectrum. This type of radiation was chosen for security devices because it can penetrate matter such as clothing, wood, paper and other porous material that’s non-conducting.
Fourteen anti-war activists in Chicago recently felt the cold fingers of government control on Sept. 24 when they were subpoenaed and their homes invaded and property seized by the FBI. These “peace and justice activists, mothers and grandmothers” are under grand jury investigation for allegedly giving “material support” to a foreign terrorist organization.
Edgar Steele, US attorney exposing human trafficking, held in solitary confinement since June. Make no mistake, each person who reads this incredible story will know that the end times are nigh, even at their doors.... Hopefully, the public will rally to the defense of Edgar J. Steele, a First Amendment Constitutional lawyer, who has defended many, pro bono, to protect their rights when falsely charged by a government bent on imprisoning as many people as possible under the globalist New World Order scam. ~ Attorney Wesley Hoyt, representing Cyndi Steele, Dec 20, 2010 The Bonner County Daily Bee has been challenged Monday to publish a letter to its editor, countering the newspaper's December 17 article about First Amendment lawyer Edgar Steele, held in solitary confinement since June as an alleged framed and Falsely Imprisoned Person (FIP). Mr. Steele's wife, Cyndi Steele wrote the letter, now released on the internet, to counter what appears another modern-day Cointelpro action, what Mrs. Steele calls a propaganda campaign against her husband. Murder-for-hire Cointelpro dirty lies and tricks. Allegedly, a Government informant attached a pipe-bomb under Mrs. Steele's car, then blamed it on Mr. Steele, and is now using media to further discredit the framed Mr. Steele in what is becoming one of the nation's highest profile murder-for-hire cases. (FBI, pipe-bomber, human trafficking: TO couple's case (video), Dupré, D, Examiner, October 20, 2010) In the case, there are accusations of fabricating an audio recording and tampering with evidence, easily done with today's technology. Mr. Steele is now in solitary confinement before a trial, guilty until proven innocent in our world turned upside down since 911 lies.
As American commanders meet this week for the Afghanistan review, Obama is hiring military contractors at a rate that would make Bush blush. Both wars have been fought with the help of private military and intelligence contractors. But despite the troubles of Blackwater in particular - charges of corruption and killing of civilians-and continuing controversy over military outsourcing in general, private sector armies are as involved as ever.
WASHINGTON - The US Justice Department is exploring a legal pursuit of Julian Assange, said Vice President Joe Biden, who described the WikiLeaks founder as a dangerous "hi-tech terrorist."
Inside the bizarre cabal of secretive donors, demagogic bloggers, European Neo-Fascists, violent Israeli settlers, and Republican politicians behind the anti-Muslim crusade. Moments of imperial and economic decline -- according to a recent poll, 65% of Americans now believe this country to be “in a state of decline” -- can also be periods of cultishness, even of madness incarnate. Such a mood now seems to be spreading through the United States. It’s not so surprising, really. Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, fear has been injected into this “homeland” like a drug and a penumbra of official secrecy has settled over the land in a way that makes the secrecy of the Cold War years (when this country faced a superpower, not a ragtag set of jihadis, guerrillas, and terrorists) seem like an era of sunshine.
On Friday President Obama signed into law a package of tax cuts that will funnel hundreds of billions of dollars to the richest Americans, after the Democratic Party-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday passed without changes the bill worked out between the White House and Congressional Republicans.
The claim by President Obama and Congressional Democrats that the new tax law is an economic stimulus that will benefit working class people is a lie. It is a law tailored to benefit the extremely wealthy. At a cost of $150 billion over the next two years, it maintains George W. Bush’s reduction in the high-end income tax rate―for those taking home over $250,000 for married couples and $200,000 for individuals―at 35 percent.
A series of CIA drone missile attacks Friday killed at least 54 people in Pakistan’s Khyber tribal region near the Afghanistan border. The attacks came just one day after Washington issued its formal review of US strategy one year after President Barack Obama ordered 30,000 more US troops into the Afghanistan war. In presenting its findings, Obama warned Thursday that “progress has not come fast enough” in terms of the Pakistani government attacking “safe havens” for Taliban insurgents in the border area.
Venezuela's parliament has granted Hugo Chavez, the president, the power to rule by decree for the next 18 months in response to a flooding crisis, which has driven nearly 140,000 people from their homes.
US military rejects claims that Bradley Manning, suspected of leaking secret documents to website, is being mistreated. Bradley Manning is being held in solitary confinement at a US Marine prison. The United States military has denied mistreating an army private suspected of passing hundreds of thousands of classified US documents to the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.
US empire could collapse at any time, Pulitzer winner tells Raw Story America's military and economic empire could collapse at any time, but predicting the precise day, week or month of its potential demise is unattainable, according to a former New York Times war correspondent who spoke with Raw Story. "The when and how is very dangerous to predict because there's always some factor that blindsides you that you didn't expect," Pulitzer-winning journalist Chris Hedges said in an exclusive interview. "It doesn't look good. But exactly how it plays out and when it plays out, having covered disintegrating societies, it's impossible to tell."
Once dominant, now America is just average when it comes to education. Its public solution, recently communicated by Microsoft mogul Bill Gates? Increased class sizes, decreased teacher counts, fewer advanced degrees, and probably more mediocrity.
The US president, Barack Obama, will today sign into law measures approved by Congress extending tax cuts introduced by George Bush amid Democratic complaints that the breaks favour the rich.
"The Dream Act Amnesty is a Nightmare already and would displace several million innocent American students, workers, and voters," said William Gheen, President of ALIPAC. "But now we find a waiver on page 5, line 21 of HR 5281 that allows Obama to grant Amnesty for most of the 12-20 million illegal aliens in America!"
After the latest failed missile defence tests, critics wonder why the US has spent $100bn on the system. Russia expressed concern over the US missile defence programme, stoking fears of a new arms race. The cold war ended two decades ago, but dreams of an impenetrable missile shield from Ronald Reagan - who once called the Soviet Union an "evil empire" - are firmly back on the US national security agenda. Late on Wednesday, the US tested its newest round of interceptors, spending $100m to blast a missile from the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean towards California.
The United States is engaged in the longest war in its 234-year history in Afghanistan, one that will begin its eleventh calendar year in two weeks. Like the war that had been America’s longest before now, that in Indochina, the current one is in the Asian continent.
At least 51 people were killed in three drone strikes in the Khyber Agency on Friday. According to Express 24/7 correspondent Iftikhar Firdous, the first strike targeted the headquarters of banned outfit Lashkar-e-Islam called ‘Khushal Markaz’ near the area of Speen Drang. US drone attacks in the tribal areas of the country have increased in the recent past. On Thursday, a US missile strike killed seven suspected militants in Khyber Agency. Local security officials said the attack was an apparent expansion of America’s drone campaign in the country.
WikiLeaks founder says he believes a secret grand jury is investigating him a day after being released on bail. Julian Assange is under 'manor arrest' in southeast England as part of his bail conditions set by the High Court. Julian Assange, founder of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, says he fears the United States is preparing to indict him on espionage charges. Speaking outside a mansion in southeastern England where he staying as part of his bail conditions, the 39-year-old Australian said he was being subjected to "what appears to be a secret grand jury against me or our organisation". "Something is very wrong in the US for there to be an investigation against me and my organisation," he told reporters on Friday, without elaborating.
The Barack Obama administration's claim of "progress" in its war strategy is based on the military seizure of three rural districts outside Kandahar City in October.
"Fascism is when you go to the airport." Gerald Celente This holiday season, few American air travelers are opting to be sexually assaulted and instead, are choosing to be radiated in cancer causing scanners, the NWO process of thinning the herd and subjugating survivors. Both passenger options violate human rights and laws and both are security illusions.
UK judge confirms bail conditions ahead of extradition hearing over alleged sex crimes in Sweden. Julian Assange said he hopes to continue his work and will fight the sex-crime allegations. Julian Assange, the founder of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, has arrived in rural England after spending nine days in solitary confinement in a London jail over a request from Sweden for his extradition. Assange was released late on Thursday after a senior British judge ruled that he can be released on conditional bail following a week of legal drama.
Diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer hired investigators to find evidence of corruption against the Nigerian attorney general to pressure him to drop a $6 billion lawsuit over fraudulent drug tests on Nigerian children.
IN MY mind, when the Fox News star Bill O'Reilly decides to make you a target, it's a badge of honor. This is a man who politically is a proud Islamaphobe, declaring, "We have a Muslim problem, not a Muslim extremist problem." And personally? Anyone who likes to tell people how his "happy ending" masseuse thinks he's well endowed clearly has trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality. That's why his latest attacks on University of Washington Assistant Professor Amy Hagopian tells far more about the twisted mind of O'Reilly than the serious study the professor authored.
Can anything be more dismal than prospects for any decent resolution of the Israel/Palestine issue? Seemingly not. Across the past two months Obama inscribed one solid achievement in history’s ledger, where all said the feat would be impossible. He actually raised the bar for Presidential acts of craven ass-kissing towards Israel.
10,000 Child Porn Images Found On Ex-TSA Worker’s Computer. Yet another TSA worker has been exposed as a pedophile to add the the epidemic of cases that prove those who are inclined to work in jobs that allow them to sexually molest children via invasive groping measures at airports are the most unprofessional, perverted and criminally-minded individuals imaginable. This is another alarming reminder of the fact that a statistically inflated number of people who are attracted to become TSA workers are criminally perverted.
The Barack Obama administration's claim of "progress" in its war strategy is based on the military seizure of three rural districts outside Kandahar City in October. But those tactical gains have come at the price of further exacerbating the basic U.S. strategic weakness in Afghanistan - the antagonism toward the foreign presence shared throughout the Pashtun south.
The Obama admin's reported plan to indict Julian Assange strikes at the heart of investigative journalism on national security scandals. Whatever the unusual aspects of the case, the Obama administration’s reported plan to indict WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for conspiring with Army Pvt. Bradley Manning to obtain U.S. secrets strikes at the heart of investigative journalism on national security scandals.
The financial collapse that so many of us have been anticipating is seemingly closer then ever. Over the past several weeks, there have been a host of ominous signs for the U.S. economy. Yields on U.S. Treasuries have moved up rapidly and Moody's is publicly warning that it may have to cut the rating on U.S. government debt soon. Mortgage rates are also moving up aggressively. The euro and the U.S. dollar both look incredibly shaky. Jobs continue to be shipped out of the United States at a blistering pace as our politicians stand by and do nothing. Confidence in U.S. government debt around the globe continues to decline. State and local governments that are drowning in debt across the United States are savagely cutting back on even essential social services and are coming up with increasingly "creative" ways of getting more money out of all of us. Meanwhile, tremor after tremor continues to strike the world financial system. So does this mean that we have almost reached a tipping point? Is the world on the verge of a major financial collapse?
Two major features of WikiLeaks are that (1) the leaked cables simply provide documentary confirmation what sensible people had surmised already about the war criminal, genocidal US Alliance and US state terrorism; and (2) the real scandal that neither WikiLeaks nor Mainstream media (MSM) will report the horrendous carnage of 8 million dead so far in the US War on Terror.
Authorities feared footage of gleaming hospital in Michael Moore's Oscar-nominated film would provoke a popular backlash. The revelation, contained in a confidential US embassy cable released by WikiLeaks, is surprising, given that the film attempted to discredit the US healthcare system by highlighting what it claimed was the excellence of the Cuban system. But the memo reveals that when the film was shown to a group of Cuban doctors, some became so "disturbed at the blatant misrepresentation of healthcare in Cuba that they left the room".
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