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First 100 Pages of Aaron Swartz's Secret Service File Released

First 100 Pages of Aaron Swartz's Secret Service File Released 12 Aug 2013 After half-a-year of delays and roadblocks, the U.S Secret Service today released the first 104 pages of agency documents about the late coder and activist Aaron Swartz, including a brief report on Swartz's suicide less than three months before his scheduled trial. "On 1/11/13, Aaron Swartz was found dead in his apartment in Brooklyn, as a result of an apparent suicide," reads a January 17, 2013 Secret Service memo. "A suppression hearing in this had been scheduled for 1/25/13 with a trial date of 4/1/13, in U.S. District Court of the District of Massachusetts." The heavily redacted documents released today confirm earlier reports that the Secret Service was interested in a "Guerilla Open Access Manifesto" that Swartz and others had penned in 2008.

Sinkhole swallows part of Florida resort

Sinkhole swallows part of Florida resort 12 Aug 2013 A holiday resort near Disney World has been partially swallowed by the ground after a new sinkhole opened beneath the streets of Florida. Two buildings housing holidaymakers at the Summer Bay Resort in Clermont sank into a crater that grew to be 60 feet wide and 15 feet deep. Some 35 guests escaped or were evacuated after hearing windows cracking and feeling their floors give way. Some were forced to flee without their belongings.

10 exposed to radiation at Fukushima nuclear plant

10 exposed to radiation at Fukushima nuclear plant 12 Aug 2013 Ten workers at Japan's crippled nuclear plant were exposed Monday to small amounts of radiation while conducting cleanup activities, the plant's operator said. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it is still investigating how the workers were contaminated at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, but that it may have been from radioactive dust. It said small amounts of radiation were found on the workers' faces and hair. [All radiation is deadly - 'small amounts' is TEPCO propaganda. Either the workers were exposed to radiation--or not. Also, I notice that the global corporate-run media has replaced the word 'radioactive' with 'toxic.' At CLG, we change it back. --LRP]

NYPD's 'stop-and-frisk' practice is unconstitutional, judge rules

NYPD's 'stop-and-frisk' practice is unconstitutional, judge rules 12 Aug 2013 A judge ruled on Monday the New York Police Department's "stop-and-frisk" crime-fighting tactic unconstitutional, dealing a stinging rebuke to Mayor Michael Bloomberg [and Bloomberg clone, Wall Street troll Christine Quinn], who had argued the practice drove down the city's crime rate. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin called it "indirect racial profiling" because it targeted racially defined groups, resulting in the disproportionate and discriminatory stopping of tens of thousands of blacks and Hispanics while the city highest officials "turned a blind eye," she said. "No one should live in fear of being stopped whenever he leaves his home to go about the activities of daily life," Scheindlin wrote in her opinion.

Holder seeks to avert mandatory minimum sentences for some low-level drug offenders

Holder seeks to avert mandatory minimum sentences for some low-level drug offenders 12 Aug 2013 Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is set to announce Monday that low-level, nonviolent drug offenders with no ties to gangs or large-scale drug organizations will no longer be charged with offenses that impose severe mandatory sentences. The new Justice Department policy is part of a comprehensive prison reform package that Holder will reveal in a speech to the American Bar Association in San Francisco, according to senior department officials. He is also expected to introduce a policy to reduce sentences for elderly, nonviolent inmates and find alternatives to prison for nonviolent criminals.

Bovina, New York on 'Complete Lockdown'

Bovina, New York on 'Complete Lockdown' --From ny.gov: '...This is an ACTUAL LAW/SECURITY - NOT OTHERWISE CATEGORIZED ALERT...' [!?] --Lockdown in effect from 2:26 PM EDT Sunday until 2:26 AM EDT Monday --'44 square miles under lockdown' --Everyone urged to 'stay indoors, do not come out of your houses.' 11 Aug 2013 Ny.gov: LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY IN THE BOVINA AREA OF DELAWARE CO. ALL RESIDENTS SHOULD STAY INSIDE AND LOCK YOURS DOORS... According to a video post Sunday by DAHBOO77: 'As of time of posting, still no answers as to what exactly is going on, all residents ordered to stay indoors with doors locked!' [I knew the Boston bombings false flag would set a dangerous precedent of 'acceptability of martial law.']

Powerful roadside explosions kill five civilians in Afghanistan

Powerful roadside explosions kill five civilians in Afghanistan 11 Aug 2013 Two powerful roadside explosions have claimed the lives of at least five people in troubled southern Afghanistan, security sources say. Local security officials said that the civilians were killed in the roadside blasts that struck their cars in Uruzgan Province on Sunday. The victims include both women and children. Two others were also injured in the deadly incidents.

Three US-led soldiers killed in Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province

Three US-led soldiers killed in Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province 11 Aug 2013 At least three US-led soldiers have been killed and several others injured in an attack in troubled eastern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) says. The US-led military coalition said in a statement that the troops were killed in violent clashes with Taliban militants in the province of Paktia.

Global warming victim: Polar bear found starved to death looked 'like a rug'

Global warming victim: Polar bear found starved to death looked 'like a rug' --The male polar bear seemed healthy when he was seen in April on the Arctic island of Svalbard. It starved to death by July. 06 Aug 2013 The polar bear's emaciated body looked more like "a rug" than one of the world's most powerful predators. For all its hunting prowess, the giant animal appears to have starved to death as it made a desperate journey north on the Arctic island of Svalbard in search of seals. Experts fear polar bears will increasingly suffer a similar fate as global warming melts the sea ice that allows them to hunt for their main source of food. Ian Stirling, who has studied polar bears for nearly 40 years, told The Guardian newspaper that he found the animal on Svalbard in July.

Kennedy Airport workers sickened by toxic gas

Kennedy Airport workers sickened by toxic gas 11 Aug 2013 Two Kennedy Airport workers at the facility's postal headquarters were sickened Sunday by what Port Authority police said was a highly toxic cleaning chemical. The two employees were working in the airport post office, Building 250, when they opened a package containing organophosphate shipped from China, said Port Authority officials. The chemical is often found in insecticides and industrial-strength chemical cleaning agents and is similar to deadly nerve gases used in chemical warfare, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Israel approves nearly 1,200 new settlement homes

Israel approves nearly 1,200 new settlement homes 11 Aug 2013 Israel's housing minister on Sunday gave final approval for building nearly 1,200 new settlement apartments on lands the Palestinians want for their state, just three days before U.S.-sponsored talks on the borders of such a state are to begin in Jerusalem. The Palestinians said they would complain to the U.S. and Europe. Negotiator Mohammed Shtayyeh said Israel's latest announcement on promoting settlement plans, the third over the course of a week, "is clear proof that the Israeli government is not serious about the talks."

Snowden's father gets visa, to leave for Russia 'soon'

Snowden's father gets visa, to leave for Russia 'soon' 11 Aug 2013 The father of Edward Snowden, the fugitive whistleblowing former U.S. spy agency contractor, has received a Russian visa and will travel there shortly to see his son, he and his lawyer said on Sunday. Attorney Bruce Fein said in a television appearance that he and Lon Snowden were skeptical about President Barack Obama's pledge to limit government surveillance programs, and they remain doubtful that young Snowden can receive a fair trial in the United States. "We intend to visit with Edward and suggest criminal defense attorneys who have got experience in Espionage Act prosecutions," Fein told ABC News.

Yemenis call U.S. drone strikes an overreaction to al Qaida threat

Yemenis call U.S. drone strikes an overreaction to al Qaida threat 09 Aug 2013 The United States launching of eight drone strikes in Yemen in the span of 13 days has ignited widespread outrage in the country. The anger over the strikes, which came as an al Qaida-related threat shuttered U.S. embassies and consulates in Yemen and 15 other countries, has overwhelmed attention to the threat itself, which many here view skeptically anyway.

Yemeni Al Qaeda expert casts doubt on terror threat claims

Yemeni Al Qaeda expert casts doubt on terror threat claims 11 Aug 2013 Yemen's foremost Al Qaeda researcher says recent U.S. drone strikes have failed to kill senior leaders of the organization, and he dismisses claims that a plot to bomb a Canadian-owned oil facility was foiled by Yemeni authorities. Abdulrazzaq al-Jamal, a journalist and researcher who has been given exclusive access to the terrorist group’s Yemen branch, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), said the series of drone strikes in the past 12 days have killed 32 people, including low-level foot soldiers and civilians. [The goal of US drone stikes is to kill as many civilians as possible and to ensure that al-CIAduh thrives--to 'necessitate' the expensive perpetual war on [of] terror.]

Cops investigating mail at JFK Airport postal facility for possible VX nerve gas

Cops investigating mail at JFK Airport postal facility for possible VX nerve gas --Two customs inspectors overcome by fumes, sources say; FBI to perform follow-up testing 11 Aug 2013 Police are investigating a piece of mail that may contain nerve gas after two customs inspectors were overcome by fumes in a Kennedy Airport postal facility Sunday morning, sources said. The package from China tentatively tested positive for VX nerve gas, which can be used as a weapon of mass destruction, according to a law enforcement source. Port Authority police shut down the facility, where mail is inspected after arriving from overseas, and were continuing to investigate Sunday afternoon.

Pentagon proposes $2.7 billion arms sales to Iraq

Pentagon proposes $2.7 billion arms sales to Iraq 11 Aug 2013 Amid the most deadly month in Iraq in five years, the Pentagon has notified Congress of $2.7 billion in new arms sales to the [US-installed] Iraqi government. The latest contracts, that would provide air defense, communications systems and maintenance, would raise to nearly $5 billion the value of arms sales proposals to Iraq sent to Congress over the past two weeks. Congress has 30 days to act to block the contracts, but otherwise the arms sales would enjoy a tacit approval. The biggest contract, which involves the sale of 681 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and 40 truck-mounted launchers among other advanced equipment, is worth an estimated $2.4 billion.

Serial car bombs kill nearly 70, injure 200 in Iraqi capital

Serial car bombs kill nearly 70, injure 200 in Iraqi capital 10 Aug 2013 Sixty-nine people have been killed and 200 others wounded in a series of car bombs in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, while Iraqis were celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday. Iraqi authorities said some nine blasts rocked mostly Shia neighborhoods on Saturday, when people were marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. One blast hit a park in the town of Zubeidiyah, south Baghdad, while others exploded near cafes and shopping centers during the busy afternoon hours.

Radioactive water overruns Fukushima barrier - TEPCO

Radioactive water overruns Fukushima barrier - TEPCO 10 Aug 2013 Contaminated Radioactive groundwater accumulating under the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant has risen 60cm above the protective barrier, and is now freely leaking into the Pacific Ocean, the plant's operator TEPCO has admitted. The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which is responsible for decommissioning the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, on Saturday said the protective barriers that were installed to prevent the flow of toxic water into the ocean are no longer coping with the groundwater levels, Itar-Tass reports. The contaminated groundwater, which mixes with radioactive leaks seeping out of the plant, has already risen to 60cm above the barriers - the fact which TEPCO calls a major cause of the massive daily leak of toxic substances.

Assange calls Obama reform plans 'victory of sorts' for Snowden

Assange calls Obama reform plans 'victory of sorts' for Snowden 10 Aug 2013 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has called President Barack Obama's announcement of plans to limit sweeping U.S. government surveillance programs a victory of sorts for fugitive former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. "Today, the President of the United States validated Edward Snowden's role as a whistleblower by announcing plans to reform America's global surveillance program," Assange said in a statement referring to Obama's announcement on Friday. "Today was a victory of sorts for Edward Snowden and his many supporters," Assange said in the statement, which was posted on the WikiLeaks website on Saturday.

New case of H7N9 bird flu confirmed in China

New case of H7N9 bird flu confirmed in China 11 Aug 2013 A Chinese poultry worker was confirmed as having contracted the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus, health officials said, the first case in the southern Guangdong province. The 51-year-old woman is in a critical condition after she was admitted to hospital on August 3 following signs of a fever, the Guangdong Provincial Health Department said on Saturday. A total of 134 cases have now been reported on the Chinese mainland, including the Guangdong case.

Email service used by Snowden shuts itself down, warns against using US-based companies

Email service used by Snowden shuts itself down, warns against using US-based companies 09 Aug 2013 A Texas-based encrypted email service recently revealed to be used by Edward Snowden - Lavabit - announced yesterday it was shutting itself down in order to avoid complying with what it perceives as unjust secret US court orders to provide government access to its users' content. "After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations," the company's founder, Ladar Levinson, wrote in a statement to users posted on the front page of its website. He said the US directive forced on his company "a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit." He chose the latter.

U.S. buying even more hardware for Yemen's military

U.S. buying even more hardware for Yemen's military 09 Aug 2013 U.S. drones have been battering Yemen, killing at least 28 people, and American spy planes watch from overhead. And now, Yemen's skies are looking to get even more crowded. The U.S. Navy is helping the Yemeni air force buy 12 light spy planes, adding to the hundreds of millions of dollars worth of military aid the U.S. has given to the Sana'a regime. The Navy's Light Observation Aircraft for Yemen program aims to buy 12 small planes -- or maybe choppers -- equipped with infrared and night vision cameras and the ability to beam the images collected by those cameras back to a ground station.[Gee, looks like arming the murderous regime in Yemen is sequester-proof. Ditto the Syrian rebels aka cannibals. This is *insane.* Start reading.]

Kids who get vaccines to receive free school supplies

Gag me with a chainsaw: Kids who get vaccines to receive free school supplies 08 Aug 2013 (IN) The Allen County Health Department is offering free school supplies to school-aged kids who receive an immunization at the health department for the rest of this week and next week. The program, which is part of National Immunization Awareness Month, will provide supplies such as crayons, pencils, highlighters and jump drives, to each child who receives a [mercury-laden, squalene-filled] vaccination. Indiana requires all children to be current on vaccinations before they enroll in school to protect the health of all students.

Barack Obama pledges greater surveillance transparency

Barack Obama pledges greater surveillance transparency 09 Aug 2013 President Barack Obama has promised "appropriate reforms" to guarantee greater oversight of controversial US surveillance programmes. [Yeah, right!] At a White House news conference, he proposed "safeguards against abuse", including amending legislation on the collection of telephone data. Mr Obama also urged appointing a lawyer to challenge the government at the nation's secretive surveillance court. He has been defending the programmes since they were leaked in June.

German companies to automatically encrypt emails

German companies to automatically encrypt emails 09 Aug 2013 Two of Germany's biggest Internet service providers said Friday they will start encrypting customers' emails by default in response to user concerns about online snooping after reports that the U.S. National Security Agency monitors international electronic communications. The plan by Deutsche Telekom AG and United Internet AG is the digital equivalent of putting an envelope around a postcard. Initially the encryption will only be secure between customers of Deutsche Telekom's T-Online service and United Internet's GMX and WEB.DE services -- which together account for two-thirds of primary email addresses in Germany -- the companies said.

Homeland security exercises taking place in Austin

Heads up! Texas false flag alert: Homeland security exercises taking place in Austin --'Authorities say you shouldn't be alarmed if you see a big increase in law enforcement officials on Austin's streets.' 08 Aug 2013 Multiple law enforcement agencies will be taking part in homeland security exercises in Austin over the next few weeks. The Texas Department of Public Safety said several local and federal agencies will test response plans to possible terroristic threats and other critical incidents. Agencies taking part in the exercise include the Austin Police Department, Travis County Sheriff's Office, the University of Texas Police Department and the FBI.

Scott Brown's Brother Accused of Impersonating Officer, Commandeering Boat

Scott Brown's Brother Accused of Impersonating Officer, Commandeering Boat 09 Aug 2013 The brother of former Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-Wall Street) was arrested Thursday night in Connecticut on a number of charges, including impersonating a police officer. Police responding to reports of a man with a gun found Bruce W. Browne of Wolcott, Connecticut, driving a blue Crown Victoria with what appeared to be a disc and antennas mounted on the trunk along with" hide-away" lights. Browne was wearing military-style pants, according to police. Inside the car in plain view, officers say they found three loaded 9 mm handguns, a black nylon duty belt with two sets of handcuffs, a police baton, 12 fully-loaded magazines with a total of 101 hollow point and 102 ball 9 mm bullets.

Russian foreign minister tells US to behave 'like grown-ups'

Russian foreign minister tells US to behave 'like grown-ups' 09 Aug 2013 The chill in relations between the US and Russia grew still frostier yesterday as President Vladimir Putin's foreign minister told the White House to start behaving like "grown-ups". Sergei Lavrov chided the US administration two days after President Barack Obama scrapped a summit with Mr Putin when Russia granted asylum to Edward Snowden, the fugitive US spy US whistleblower. "We need to work as grown-ups," he told a press conference in Washington alongside John Kerry, the US Secretary of State. "This is what we do. And we hope that this will be reciprocal".

'No Muslim' parking signs spark outrage outside Texas mall

'No Muslim' parking signs spark outrage outside Texas mall --Shopping center's posters lined the street near the El Farouq Mosque 09 Aug 2013 New parking signs posted outside a Houston-area mosque sparked outrage on Thursday. The posters lined the street near the El Farouq Mosque. In black letters, the signs read, "No Muslim parking in the Westview Shopping Center. Your car will be towed." Many Muslims heading to worship services were offended.

NSA loophole allows warrantless search for US citizens' emails and phone calls

NSA loophole allows warrantless search for US citizens' emails and phone calls --Spy agency has secret backdoor permission to search databases for individual Americans' communications 09 Aug 2013 The National Security Agency has a secret backdoor into its vast databases under a legal authority enabling it to search for US citizens' email and phone calls without a warrant, according to a top-secret document passed to the Guardian by Edward Snowden. The previously undisclosed rule change allows NSA operatives to hunt for individual Americans' communications using their name or other identifying information. Senator Ron Wyden told the Guardian that the law provides the NSA with a loophole potentially allowing "warrantless searches for the phone calls or emails of law-abiding Americans". The authority, approved in 2011, appears to contrast with repeated assurances from Barack Obama and senior intelligence officials to both Congress and the American public that the privacy of US citizens is protected from the NSA's dragnet surveillance programs.

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