Pentagon calls mystery missile 'unexplained,' cannot rule out threat 10 Nov 2010 The Pentagon said a missile launch off the southern coast of California remained "unexplained" and that its mysterious origins meant that it was not possible to rule out any threat to the homeland. Earlier yesterday, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) and NORTHCOM (United States Northern Command) officials told Fox there was no threat. However, Pentagon Spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan would not confirm that because the military does not know what the missile was or where it came from.
US test fires secret missile off CA 09 Nov 2010 The US has launched a missile off Southern California amid concerns that the country has been secretly developing advanced weapons to increase its military dominance. A dramatic image of the launch was captured on video on Monday evening by a KCBS news helicopter flying over Los Angeles. Local news stations said the missile appeared to have been launched by a US Navy vessel. However, the US Navy and the Air Force have not offered an explanation about the launch.
CIA's Panetta warns against leaks 09 Nov 2010 Asserting that lives have been endangered and sources compromised by "a damaging spate of media leaks on a wide range of national security issues" in recent months, CIA Director Leon Panetta reminded the spy agency's employees Monday that unauthorized disclosures of classified information "cannot be tolerated." Panetta said the administration has been "taking a hard line" on leaks, "as demonstrated by the prosecutions of a former National Security Agency official, a Federal Bureau of Investigation linguist and a State Department contractor."
Waterboarding is torture, Downing Street confirms --No 10 dismisses George Bush's claim in his memoirs that interrogation technique is legal and helped foil attacks on Heathrow and Canary Wharf 09 Nov 2010 Downing Street today dismissed George Bush's claim that waterboarding is not torture after the former president used his memoirs to play down the brutality of the interrogation technique and claimed that it saved British lives. Waterboarding helped foil attacks on Heathrow airport, Canary Wharf and a number of US targets around the world, according to Bush. In "Decision Points," published today, Bush insists the practice -- which simulates drowning -- is not torture, describing it instead as one of a number of "enhanced interrogation techniques".
Six Israeli warplanes fly over Lebanon 10 Nov 2010 As many as six Israeli military aircraft have violated the Lebanese airspace, the country's Army has said in a statement. The fighter planes breached the Lebanese airspace at 09:35 a.m. (local time), entering from the south on Tuesday, a Press TV correspondent reported, citing the statement. They overflew different areas throughout the country before leaving at 11:10 a.m also from the south.
'US world's biggest arms seller' 10 Nov 2010 The United States has topped the list of global arms sellers, with Israel, UAE and India purchasing the bulk of arms including fighter jets, says a think tank. According to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the US sold 341 combat planes between 2005 and 2009, up from 286 jets sold during the previous five-year period, while Russia sold 219 planes followed by France, China and Sweden, AFP reported on Wednesday.
Tanzanian rats trained to sniff out landmines 08 Nov 2010 Giant African pouch rats are performing a serious task: sniffing out deadly landmines. Trained by a pioneering Belgian non-governmental organization called APOPO (Anti-Personnel Landmines Detection Product Development), the rats weigh between 0.7 and 1.5 kilograms and measure 30 to 40 centimetres in length, excluding the tail. According to AFP, it takes two human "deminers" a full day to clear a 200-square-metre minefield. With the help of a couple of pouch rats, they can finish the job in 90 minutes.
7/7 families to see secret MI5 documents 04 Nov 2010 MI5 faces having to disclose secret documents to the families of those killed in the 7/7 bombings after a coroner ruled she could not hear confidential evidence in closed sessions. Lady Justice Hallett rejected calls for the bereaved relatives to be excluded from hearings so she could examine intelligence material so sensitive it would threaten national security if made public... The bereaved families want to ask intelligence officials why they did not follow up plot ringleader Mohammed Sidique Khan and his right-hand man, Shehzad Tanweer, after surveillance officers watched them meeting known terror suspects 17 months before the bombings.
Homeland Security tightens rules for air cargo 09 Nov 2010 The U.S. tightened security on cargo shipments flown from abroad Monday, banning "high-risk" cargo from flying on passenger planes after last month's discovery of a plot that originated in Yemen to send bombs in shipped packages. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also extended last week's ban on all air cargo from Yemen to include Somalia as well.
Obama administration bans ink cartridges on planes 09 Nov 2010 All cargo shipments to the United States from Somalia have been banned. The new restriction extends the ban imposed initially on shipments from Yemen due to a recent foiled bomb plot. An 'al-Qaeda affiliate based in Yemen' claimed responsibility for the plot. Two weeks ago, toner cartridges carrying explosives destined for the United States were discovered in FedEx and UPS flights from Yemen.
Pilots boycott full-body scanners over health fears 08 Nov 2010 The world's largest pilot's association has boycotted full-body scanners over health risks but passengers wishing to avoid the devices may instead be faced with "invasive" pat-down searches. The Allied Pilots Association (APA) made the recommendation in a recent letter to its members, advising pilots to submit to the searches instead of facing the extra radiation from the scanners... If they opt not to go through the scanners, they are instead subjected to a new pat-down technique -- which has been likened to "foreplay".
El Al apologizes for strip-searching U.S. professor 08 Nov 2010 Israel's national airline El Al on Monday apologized to a visiting professor strip-searched on her way to conference in Jerusalem. Heather Bradshaw, a neuroscientist, was travelling from the United Kingdom to Israel at the invitation of the Hebrew University when she was subjected a physical examination in which she was asked to remove her bra. ...Following the incident, Hebrew University officials wrote to El Al to warn that "the world's top scientists will now refrain from visiting Israel due to interrogations and insensitive searches at Israel's airports".
Big Brother monitored tweets, too 04 Nov 2010 Tracking the Twitter activity of law-abiding citizens was part of the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security's intelligence surveillance program. According to internal Homeland Security e-mails produced through a Right-To-Know request, one of the targets of such surveillance was the Berks Peace Community, a 50-year-old group of Quaker-affiliated senior citizens... The e-mails also indicate that monitoring the tweets of law-abiding citizens was "part of the intelligence effort that is conducted daily... on behalf of the PA Office of Homeland Security."
Nuclear bomb material found for sale on Georgia black market --Georgia trial reveals how sting netted highly enriched uranium that had been smuggled via train inside lead-lined cigarette box 07 Nov 2010 Highly enriched uranium that could be used to make a nuclear bomb is on sale on the black market along the fringes of the former Soviet Union, according to evidence emerging from a secret trial in Georgia. Two Armenians, a businessman and a physicist, have pleaded guilty to smuggling highly enriched uranium (HEU) into Georgia in March, stashing it in a lead-lined package on a train from Yerevan to Tbilisi.
Explosion closes Indian Point nuclear power plant near New York City 08 Nov 2010 A transformer explosion prompted the automatic shutdown of one of the two units at the Indian Point nuclear power plant on Sunday night. Officials at the Buchanan plant immediately declared an alert after the 6:39 p.m. emergency but said the warning was only precautionary. It was not immediately clear what caused the transformer explosion.
Transformer explosion at NY nuclear power plant 07 Nov 2010 A transformer exploded at a nuclear power plant north of New York City, leading to an emergency shut down of one of its reactors. An official with the Indian Point plant in Buchanan says no one was injured in Sunday's explosion. The plant is owned by Entergy Corp.
Volcano forces Obama to cut short Indonesia trip 09 Nov 2010 President Barack Obama will make a major speech addressed to the Islamic world on Wednesday, before an erupting volcano forces him to make an early departure from the world's largest Muslim-majority nation. The U.S. leader cut short his long-delayed visit to Indonesia, where he lived for four years as a child, by concern that an ash cloud from the deadly Mount Merapi volcano would prevent his taking off in time to attend a G20 summit in South Korea.
Top secret Obama-Singh talking points revealed 08 Nov 2010 A prominent Indian website has revealed the 10 major secret issues discussed between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Barack Obama in their one-on-one meeting on Sunday night. These included the Indian demand that US must engage India more deeply in the deliberations on any future strategy for the solution of the Afghan issue and that the US aid to Pakistan must be strictly monitored against misuse.
Obama visit: Left parties hold protests 08 Nov 2010 On the second day of US President Barack Obama's Delhi visit, around 700 protesters, including members of Left parties, Monday held a demonstration here against America's 'imperialistic' foreign policy. At least 30 similar rallies were also organised in Left-ruled Tripura... 'There have been no changes in American policies, only the leadership has changed from Bush to Obama. But their (America's) imperialistic attitude has not changed,' Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury told reporters here. [*Exactly!*]
Darrell Issa plans hundreds of hearings 08 Nov 2010 California Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Nutjob) is already eyeing a massive expansion of oversight for next year, including hundreds of hearings; creating new subcommittees; and launching fresh investigations into the bank bailout, the stimulus and, potentially, health care 'reform.' Issa told POLITICO in an interview that he wants each of his seven subcommittees to hold "one or two hearings each week." "I want seven hearings a week, times 40 weeks," Issa said.
Calgary anti-racism activist says violent S.E. home invasion work of white supremacists --'If it was a robbery, why did they put holes in the walls?' 08 Nov 2010 A Calgary anti-racism activist said he believes white supremacists were trying to kill him when they burst into his home and beat him early this morning. Many home invasions are targeted attacks by thieves seeking drugs or money, but Jason Devine said the five men who attacked him inside his Penbrooke Meadows home didn't steal a thing. "My wife's purse was right there," said Devine, pointing to a handbag on the kitchen table at his home on 8th Avenue S.E.
Whales found dead on Donegal beach 07 Nov 2010 Scientists have taken skin and tissue samples from the 33 pilot whales which died off the coast of County Donegal. Environmentalists are trying to establish how the whales beached on Rutland Island near Burtonport... Dr Simon Berrow of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group said it was one of the biggest mass deaths of whales in Irish history.
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US senator calls for major Iran attack 07 Nov 2010 A veteran senator says the US should not be satisfied with stopping Iran's nuclear program but should also destroy its military capabilities and deliver a major blow to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps. Influential Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, known for his radical militaristic views and support for the Israeli regime said, "My view of military force would be not to just neutralize their nuclear program, which are probably dispersed and hardened, but to sink their navy, destroy their air force and deliver a decisive blow to the Revolutionary Guard." Graham also sits in two major Senate committees of Armed Services and Homeland Security.
Bush: Olmert asked me to bomb suspected Syria nuclear plant --'George, I'm asking you to bomb the compound,' Olmert told Bush according to former U.S. president's memoirs; Israel eventually reportedly destroyed the facility. 05 Nov 2010 Former United States President [sic] George W. Bush wrote in his recently published memoirs that he considered ordering a U.S. military strike against a suspected Syrian nuclear facility at Israel's request in 2007, but ultimately opted against it, Reuters revealed on Friday. In his memoir, "Decision Points," Bush says that shortly after he received an intelligence report about a "suspicious, well-hidden facility in the eastern desert of Syria," he spoke by phone with former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. "George, I'm asking you to bomb the compound," Olmert told Bush, according to the book, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters.
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