Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Video shows what appear to be U.S. Marines urinating on dead bodies



A number of websites including TMZ and YouTube posted a video Wednesday showing four men dressed in U.S. Marine Corps combat gear urinating on the apparently dead bodies of three men sprawled on the ground in front of them.

One of the men says, "Have a great day, buddy." A voice asks, "You got it on the video?" to which another voice responds, "Yeah." Another jokes, "Golden, like a shower."

It was not clear who shot or posted the 39-second video, who the people pictured in it were, or where it was shot.

A senior Marine Corps official who has examined the video said the Marines are carrying 30-caliber sniper rifles and wearing helmets issued to members of Marine Corps sniper teams. The helmets are designed with a shorter front and sides so that snipers can place rifles and scopes near their faces.

The official, who said an investigating officer was expected to be named shortly, added that the desecration of a body by U.S. troops could be considered a potential war crime. more

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 12th Jan 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan at a depth of 51.5 km (32 miles), the quake hit at 01:40:05 UTC Thursday 12th January 2012
The epicenter was 67 km (41 miles) East of Mito, Honshu, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time.

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake WESTERN TURKEY - 12th Jan 2012

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck Western Turkey at a depth of 5 km (3.1 miles), the quake hit at 01:08:30 UTC Thursday 12th January 2012
The epicenter was 5 km ( 3.1 miles) East of Akkoy, Turkey
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 12th Jan 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck the New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea at a depth of 41.6 km (25.9 miles), the quake hit at 00:57:17 UTC Thursday 12th January 2012
The epicenter was 105 km (65 miles) SSW of Raboul, New Britain, Papua New Guinea
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time.

Who's killing Iranian nuclear scientists?

It's a question many people inside Iran -- and those who watch the country closely around the world -- were asking Wednesday: Who is killing nuclear scientists in Iran?

An explosion on Wednesday killed Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a top official at the Natanz uranium enrichment plant, Iranian officials said.

He is the third man identified as a nuclear scientist to be killed in Iran in a mysterious explosion in the past two years. A fourth survived an assassination attempt.

In each case, someone placed a bomb under the scientist's car.

Iranian officials, on state-run media, blame Israel and the United States.

"I want to categorically deny any United States involvement in any kind of act of violence inside Iran," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday. more

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake WESTERN TURKEY - 12th Jan 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck Western Turkey at a depth of 66.3 km (41.2 miles), the quake hit at 00:26:33 UTC Thursday 12th January 2012
The epicenter was 94 km (58 miles) Southwest of Alanya, Turkey
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time.

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - 12th Jan 2012

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck Mindanao, Philippines at a depth of 16.7 km (10.4 miles), the quake hit at 00:19:03 UTC Thursday 12th January 2012
The epicenter was 47 km (29 miles) WNW of Hinatuan, Mindanao, Philippines
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time.

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN ALGERIA - 11th Jan 2012

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck Northern Algeria at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 23:40:12 UTC Wednesday 11th January 2012
The epicenter was 27 km (16.7 miles) Northeast of Bani H'awa, Algeria
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time.

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE OAXACA, MEXICO - 11th Jan 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck offshore Oaxaca, Mexico at a depth of 34.5 km (21.4 miles), the quake hit at 22:27:55 UTC Wednesday 11th January 2012
The epicenter was 26 km (16 miles) SSW of Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, Mexico
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time.