Tuesday, September 11, 2012

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake CRETE, GREECE - 12th September 2012

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake has struck CRETE, GREECE at a depth of 8 km (5 miles), the quake hit at 03:27:44 UTC Wednesday 12th September 2012
The epicenter was 59 km (36.6 miles) Southeast of Palaiokhóra, Crete, Greece
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake COSTA RICA - 12th September 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck COSTA RICA at a depth of 37.3 km (23.2 miles), the quake hit at 02:13:03 UTC Wednesday 12th September 2012
The epicenter was 5 km (3.1 miles) NNE of Nicoya, Costa Rica
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF CENTRAL AMERICA - 12th September 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck OFF THE COAST OF CENTRAL AMERICA at a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles), the quake hit at 01:13:26 UTC Wednesday 12th September 2012
The epicenter was 149 km (92 miles) SSW of Puerto El Triunfo, El Salvador
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Xi Jinping, China's next leader, has now had his name censored on Chinese Interest just like Bo Xilai: Is something happening? Is he still alive?

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN GREECE - 11th September 2012

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck SOUTHERN GREECE at a depth of 1 km (0.6 miles), the quake hit at 22:32:23 UTC Tuesday 11th September 2012
The epicenter was 33 km (20.4 miles) Southwest of Methóni, Greece
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 11th September 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck the KURIL ISLANDS at a depth of 47.9 km (29.8 miles), the quake hit at 22:16:38 UTC Tuesday 11th September 2012
The epicenter was 259 km (160 miles) East of Kuril'sk, Russia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 11th September 2012

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck the KURIL ISLANDS at a depth of 40 km (24.4 miles), the quake hit at 22:13:42 UTC Tuesday 11th September 2012
The epicenter was 259 km (160 miles) East of Kuril'sk, Russia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHEAST OF TAIWAN - 11th September 2012

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck NORTHEAST OF TAIWAN at a depth of 200 km (124 miles), the quake hit at 21:57:34 UTC Tuesday 11th September 2012
The epicenter was 150 km (93 miles) East of Juifang, Taiwan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE MARIANA ISLANDS - 11th September 2012

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck SOUTH OF THE MARIANA ISLANDS at a depth of 20.8 km (12.9 miles), the quake hit at 20:52:06 UTC Tuesday 11th September 2012
The epicenter was 213 km (132 miles) Southwest of Merizo Village, Guam
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Russia activates new missile defense radar system against Europe

US Official Killed In Libya Prophet Protest

An American is reported killed in an attack on a US consulate in Libya over a film that is said to insult the Prophet Mohammed.

A US official has been killed and others wounded in Libya as an armed mob protesting over a film they said offended Islam attacked the US consulate in Benghazi.

Libya's Supreme Security Committee spokesman said: "One American staff member has died and a number have been injured in the clashes."

But Abdel Monem al Hurr said he did not know the exact number of injured.

Armed gunmen attacked the compound on Tuesday evening, clashing with Libyan security forces before the latter withdrew as they came under heavy fire. Read More

Israel to Obama: We will NOT wait to take out Iran's nuclear facilities

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is making it clear that Israel will not wait to take out Iranian nuclear facilities.

In heated comments toward the United States, the Israeli prime minister said that it’s becoming clear that diplomacy will not work with Iran.

“The world tells Israel, `Wait. There’s still time,’” Netanyahu said Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. “And I say: `Wait for what? Wait until when?’ Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don’t have a moral right to place a red light before Israel.”

The Obama administration has consistently stated that they don’t want to go the military route against Iran and give more time for the sanctions to force Tehran to give up its nuclear ambitions.

Netanyahu worries Iran will continue developing nuclear technology without giving the Islamic nation a firm timeline to stop. more

US Egyptian Embassy Overrun, US Flag Torn Down and Replaced with Black Flag that Decrees: "There is no God but God, and Mohammed is His Messenger"

Egyptian protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. embassy on Tuesday, tore down the American flag and burned it during a protest over what they said was a film being produced in the United States that insulted Prophet Mohammad.

In place of the U.S. flag, the protesters tried to raise a black flag with the words "There is no God but God, and Mohammad is his messenger", a Reuters witness said.

Once the U.S. flag was hauled down, some protesters tore it up and showed off pieces to television cameras. Others burned the remains outside the fortress-like embassy building in central Cairo. But some protesters objected to the flag burning. more

US Consulate set on fire in Libya

An armed mob has attacked the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi and set fire to the building, witnesses reported, in what they said was a protest at a film they said offended Islam.

A little earlier, Libya's deputy interior minister Wanis al-Shari, told AFP the crowd had attacked the building and that information was confirmed by the US embassy in the capital Tripoli. source

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF PANAMA - 11th September 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck SOUTH OF PANAMA at a depth of 16.8 km (10.4 miles), the quake hit at 19:24:59 UTC Tuesday 11th September 2012
The epicenter was 226 km (140 miles) South of Punta de Burica, Panama
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Pain of Austerity: Debt-choked Greece braces for more cuts

To serve & set up: Undercover cops infiltrated Occupy Austin

'Greece will capitulate to Troika demands'

Death at Guantanamo: A place for 'human beings with no rights'

US homelessness & poverty at an alarming high

Radioactive fallout detected 200 KM from Fukushima

A significant quantity of radioactive cesium, likely from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, has turned up in subsea mud about 200 kilometers away, near the mouth of the Shinanogawa River on Japan's northwestern coast.

Scientists said samples taken in 2011 at Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, contained concentrations of up to 460 becquerels per kilogram of dry mud, a level comparable to that detected at a river mouth in Tokyo Bay last year.

Some isotopes of cesium are heavily radioactive. They are produced in uranium fission and deposits are often closely associated with nuclear accidents and atomic weapons tests.

A team sampled coastal seabed mud last August around the mouth of the river's Okozu diversion canal, which discharges into the Sea of Japan. The team was led by Hideo Yamazaki, a professor of environmental analysis at Kinki University.

The sample sites lay beneath 15, 20 and 30 meters of water. Scientists took mud from those depths, and analyzed cesium concentrations at intervals of 1 centimeter.

The highest concentration was 2-3 cm below the mud surface at a water depth of 30 m. That reading of 460 becquerels per kg compares to samples of over 400 becquerels around the mouth of the Arakawa river in Tokyo Bay in August 2011.

Both readings are dozens of times higher than contamination detected after past atmospheric nuclear tests. Read More

Plague leaves 1 dead in SW China

BEIJING - One person in Southwest China's Sichuan province died of plague on Sept 7, the Ministry of Health said Monday.

The case was reported in Cunge township, Litang county, Garze Tibetan autonomous prefecture, the ministry said on its website, quoting a report from Sichuan's provincial health department.

A herder surnamed Da found a dead marmot on Sept 2 when he was herding and shared the animal with other villagers after he returned to his tent, according to the report.

Da developed symptoms of fever, quivering, body aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and swelling and aches in the right armpit on Sept 4. Da went to the hospital on Sept 7 and died on the same day after emergency rescue efforts failed, the report said. Read More

China: Superbug found in pneumonia victim

A rare superbug first linked to travel to India has been found in a 78-year-old Burmese man who died of pneumonia, the Centre for Health Protection revealed yesterday.

The man, a Hong Kong resident who lived in Eastern District, died on Friday 10 days after being admitted to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Chai Wan, with fever, shortness of breath and a cough.

His urine specimen tested positive for NDM-1, in reference to New Delhi.

The man visited Burma from March 21 to June 24 and was treated there for an infection.

A center spokesman said NDM is an enzyme, which can inactivate antibiotics carbapenems and other beta-lactams such as penicillin.

The case was the 11th detected here since a worldwide health alert was sounded in 2008. The first fatality was recorded two years later.

The spokesman said proper use of antibiotics and personal hygiene, especially hand cleansing, are required to prevent contagion.

Meanwhile, the center has warned travelers to Sichuan province of a bubonic plague outbreak.

It received notification from the Ministry of Health yesterday that three villagers in Ganzizhou ate a dead marmot on September 2. Read More

Shells of Hanford tank leaking radioactive liquid, Washington

RICHLAND, Wash. -- The Department of Energy has found evidence that a tank at themaybe leaking radioactive material.


The Tri-City Herald reports that more unknown material has been found in a third place between the two shells of Tank AY-102, which went into use in 1971. A photo taken of the same spot in 2006 shows that the area was clean then.

The finding this week of a third spot increases concerns that the tank, one of Hanford's 28 double shell tanks, has a leak from its inner shell.

The tanks are needed to hold high level radioactive waste for up to 40 more years until the last of the waste can be treated for disposal.

Tank AY-102 has a capacity of about 1 million gallons but currently stores about 707,000 gallons of liquid waste and 151,00 gallons of waste sludge. Read More

Catalans mass for independence, warn of 'freedom' bid

BARCELONA, Spain — More than a million people swamped Barcelona on Tuesday demanding independence for Catalonia from the rest of crisis-struck Spain, police said.

A human sea flooded the city, as Catalans waved red-and-yellow striped Catalan flags and marched for the region's national day, the Diada, many accusing Spain of dragging them into economic trouble.

"There are 1.5 million people and everything has gone peacefully," said a police spokesman.

Closely watched by other independent-minded regions in Europe such as Scotland and Flanders, the Catalans rallied under the slogan: "Catalonia, a new European state."

"What do the crowds want? A new European state. What do the people want? An independent Catalonia," they chanted, packing the northeastern region's capital in the warm evening.

"We are being pillaged and the money from our taxes is being lost to Madrid," said 21-year-old history student Eva Garcia.

"It's now or never," agreed retired teacher Maria Antonietta Vila, a Catalan who lives in southwestern France but returned to join the march.

About 1,000 buses ferried protesters from across the northeastern Spanish region. Read More

39 dead in Pakistan factory blazes

Factory blazes in two of Pakistan's major cities have killed 39 people and injured dozens more, including some who leapt from the burning buildings to escape the flames.

First a fire swept through a shoe factory in the eastern city of Lahore, killing 25 people, said senior police officer Multan Khan.

Three people were also injured in the blaze, Khan said. Some of the people died from suffocation while others burned alive when the flames ripped through chemicals used to make the shoes and which were stored in the building, he said.

The fire erupted when people in the building were trying to start their generator after the electricity went out. Sparks from the generator made contact with the chemicals, igniting the blaze.

Pakistan faces widespread blackouts, and many people use generators to provide electricity for their houses or to run businesses. The fire is likely to add to public outrage over the government's failure to provide sufficient power. Read More

White House denies Obama refused to meet Netanyahu

JERUSALEM — President Barack Obama will not receive Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to the US later this month, both sides said on Tuesday, amid growing tensions between the allies over Iran's nuclear programme.

Netanyahu, who will be attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York, had asked for a meeting with Obama, proposing to travel to Washington for it, an Israeli official told AFP.

"So far the response has been that Obama's very tight schedule does not allow such a meeting," the official said.

The White House too insisted that it was a matter of scheduling.

The announcement, coming shortly after Netanyahu rebuked the US for refusing to set a clear "red line" for Iran to avoid military action, represents a new low in the uneasy relationship between the two leaders.

Both Israel and the US suspect Iran is seeking at least the capability to build an atomic bomb but they are at odds over how best to stop that.

Over the past week, Netanyahu has repeatedly driven home the need to lay down a "clear red line" for Iran in order to avoid military action.

But Obama's administration, which is suggesting there is still time to allow sanctions to take effect, is flatly refusing to do so. Read More

Holland Elections May Be a Referendum on the Euro

Kay van de Linde, one of Holland’s most seasoned political strategists, did not see it coming: The few seconds on Dutch television late last month which turned the country’s election campaign upside down. Deep into the four major candidates’ opening debate Aug. 27, the incumbent Prime Minister Mark Rutte ripped into his Labor Party rival, and in the process mischaracterized his job-creation program. The challenger, Diederik Samsom, shot back with five words, “nu doet u heet weer”—“you’re doing it again,” a reference to Rutte’s reputation for blurring the facts. Glued to the television, van de Linde—who had spent decades in New York running U.S. political campaigns—gasped. Samsom, he was sure, had stolen the line from Ronald Reagan, who eviscerated President Jimmy Carter in a 1980 debate, by saying, “There you go again.” And just like then, the line was a game-changer. “It set the stage. It was a key moment,” van de Linde told TIME. “Samsom became a trustworthy alternative.”

When millions of Dutch voters go to the polls on Wednesday to choose their new government, it will be a measure in part of the candidates’ performances on air. From being a distant third just three weeks ago, Samsom edged into a narrow lead in polls taken before Tuesday night’s final, seventh debate. That is a stunning rise for a long-time environmental activist for Greenpeace, whom most believed was a long shot. And while victory is far from certain—the government is run by complex coalitions—Samsom’s emergence as a leader might be a gauge too of changing campaign tactics, in a country where elections have long been fought on ideas, not personalities. “This has been a totally unexpected development,” says van de Linde. “Here was a wild man, who morphed into a quiet, thoughtful, self-confident, Prime Minister-type candidate. It has been incredible to watch.”

To be sure, Dutch voters face critical policy choices too, principally how to handle Europe’s deep economic crisis. Read More

Senkaku islands dispute escalates as China sends out patrol ships

China promises to 'safeguard territorial integrity' after Japan buys disputed islands in East China Sea

A territorial dispute between China and Japan over a group of islands in the East China Sea has intensified after Beijing sent out two patrol ships in a show of anger after Tokyo bought the largely barren outcrops from their private owners.

The paramilitary China Marine Surveillance has drawn up plans to safeguard China's sovereignty of the islands and the ships were sent to assert those claims, said China's official news agency, Xinhua. The marine agency's ships are often lightly armed. The islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, are also claimed by Taiwan.

Tokyo announced a deal this week with the Japanese family it recognises as the owners. The chief cabinet secretary, Osamu Fujimura, told reporters the government had budgeted 2.05bn yen (£1.6m) for the purchase "to maintain the Senkakus peacefully and stably". The public broadcaster NHK said the government and the family had signed a deal on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the Chinese defence ministry, Geng Yansheng, said in a statement: "The determination and the will of the Chinese government and military to safeguard their territorial integrity are firm. We are closely monitoring the situation and reserve the right to take necessary measures." Read More

White House declines Netanyahu request to meet with Obama, will try to catch him at Hole Eight instead

The White House declined Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's request on Tuesday to meet U.S. President Barack Obama during a UN conference in New York at the end of the month.

An official in Jerusalem said that the prime minister's office sent the White House a message stating that although Netanyahu will spend only two and a half days on U.S. soil, he is interested in meeting Obama and is willing to travel to the U.S. capital specifically for that purpose. The official added that the White House rejected the request and said that at this time Obama's schedule does not allow for a meeting.

The White House's response marks a new low in relations between Netanyahu and Obama, underscored by the fact that this is the first time Netanyahu will visit the U.S. as prime minister without meeting the president.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak tried to ease the tension on Tuesday, saying that the differences between the U.S. and Israel should be ironed out "but behind closed doors."

"We must not forget that the U.S. is Israel's most important source of support in terms of security," he said in a statement. more

Man's Body Found At Mine In South Africa

A man's body has been found at the Marikana mine, which is at the centre of a mining pay dispute in South Africa.

The discovery was made by journalists at the site. The body had two deep cuts to the back of the head.

"A body of a man was found dead," confirmed police spokesman Thulani Ngubane.

"He seems to have been hit with a sharp object."

It is not known how long the body has been at the platinum mine.

Miners at the site - which is owned by Lonmin PLC - walked out on August 10 calling for higher wages.

Their protest turned violent on August 16 when 34 miners were gunned down during a confrontation with police.

Another 78 people were injured in the violence.

The striking miners want a wage increase from 4,000 rand a month (£300) to 12,500 rand (£937). Read More

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION - 11th September 2012

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has struck the PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION at a depth of 43.5 km (27 miles), the quake hit at 18:10:11 UTC Tuesday 11th September 2012
The epicenter was 101 km (62 miles) ESE of Sulangan, Philippines
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE MARIANA ISLANDS - 11th September 2012

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake has struck SOUTH OF THE MARIANA ISLANDS at a depth of 3.4 km (2.1 miles), the quake hit at 16:36:49 UTC Tuesday 11th September 2012
The epicenter was 226 km (140 miles) Southwest of Merizo Village, Guam
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA - 11th September 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck the FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA at a depth of 39.5 km (24.5 miles), the quake hit at 14:57:53 UTC Tuesday 11th September 2012
The epicenter was 65 km (40 miles) South of Amukta Island, Alaska
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Cairo protesters scale U.S. Embassy wall, remove flag

Egyptian demonstrators climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo today and pulled down the American flag to protest a film they say is insulting to the prophet Mohammad.

Update at 2:07 p.m. ET: CNN reports that U.S. security guards fired a volley of warning shots as the crowd gathered outside the embassy walls.

CNN adds that the embassy had been expecting a demonstration and cleared all diplomatic personnel earlier from the facility.

Original post: The Associated Press reports that embassy officials say there was no staff inside at the time.

Reuters reports that protesters tried to raise a black flag carrying the slogan: "There is no god but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger."

The news agency says about 2,000 protesters have gathered outside the embassy and about 20 have scaled the walls.

The AP says the protesters were largely ultra-conservative Islamists.

Iran's FARS news agency says the film is the work of a group of "extremist" members of the Egyptian Coptic Church in the United States. more

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA - 11th September 2012

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA at a depth of 8.9 km (5.5 miles), the quake hit at 14:21:35 UTC Tuesday 11th September 2012
The epicenter was 280 km (74 miles) Southwest from Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA - 11th September 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA at a depth of 19 km (11.8 miles), the quake hit at 14:08:30 UTC Tuesday 11th September 2012
The epicenter was 236 km (146 miles) South of Sidorukun, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Foul smell reported across Southern California

A strong rotten egg smell had Southern Californians plugging their noses and crying foul Monday as air quality investigators scrambled to determine if the sulfurous scent was coming from the Salton Sea.

Investigators from the South Coast Air Quality Management District spread investigators all over the region in an attempt to track the stench after being flooded with 200 complaints since midnight from across much of the district's 10,000 square miles, said Barry Wallerstein, executive for the agency.

Wallerstein said "several factors" indicate the odor could be coming from the Salton Sea, a 376-square-mile saltwater lake about 150 miles southeast of Los Angeles, but there is no definitive evidence yet of this or any other cause.

"The odor was extremely intense," said Janis Dawson of the Salton Sea Authority. "We actually thought that somebody had an accident, a broken sewage main, that's how strong it was."

The dying sea, a major resting stop for migrating birds on the Pacific Flyway, has been plagued by increasing salinity. Created in 1905 when floodwaters broke through a Colorado River irrigation canal, it's expected to shrink significantly by 2018 and become even saltier.

The sea had a fish die-off within the past week and that, combined with strong storms in the area late Sunday, could have churned up the water and unleashed bacteria from the sea floor that caused the stench, said Dawson.

The massive thunderstorm complex moved from Mexico over the area Sunday night, with wind gusts up to 60 mph and widespread dust storms.

"We were watching it from the office on our satellite radar and it was huge, one of the largest that any of us have ever seen in probably 10 years," said Mark Moede, a National Weather Service meteorologist in San Diego. more

Corsica: Three People Found Shot Dead On French Island

Three people have been found shot dead in a car on the Mediterranean island of Corsica.

The bodies were discovered in a village near the town of Corte in the north of the island, which has suffered three decades of low-level violence by separatists opposed to French rule.

A dozen men have been shot dead in Corsica since the start of the year. Police say some of them were victims of score-settling in ongoing feuds.

The deaths come less than a week after a family from Britain was gunned down in the French Alps.

Saad al Hilli, his wife Iqbal and her mother were found dead in their car in a forest car park near the village of Chevaline on Wednesday. A French cyclist was also killed. Read More

Obama spent just 412 hours in economic meetings, but 600 hours on the golf course throughout presidency

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney calls a new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report finding that President Obama has missed over half of his daily intelligence briefings “hilarious.”

“It’s revealing that Mr. Carney did not dispute the Government Accountability Institute’s actual numbers,” said Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer in an interview with Breitbart News. “That’s probably because our findings are drawn directly from the White House’s own calendar.”

The study found the following:

The Government Accountability Institute, a new conservative investigative research organization, examined President Obama’s schedule from the day he took office until mid-June 2012, to see how often he attended his Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) — the meeting at which he is briefed on the most critical intelligence threats to the country. During his first 1,225 days in office, Obama attended his PDB just 536 times — or 43.8 percent of the time. During 2011 and the first half of 2012, his attendance became even less frequent — falling to just over 38 percent. more


Under Occupation: 9/11 Reality - FULL MOVIE

ZERO: An Investigation Into 9/11 (FULL documentary)



One of our die-hard readers, MrPops, wanted to extend the following comment and invitation:

This is a great one! If you are on the fence, or sure 9/11 was not an inside job, just give this a watch. Feel free to email me at shnike456@gmail.com to debate anything. Building 7 is the smoking gun, and no, I don't know why it was done. The official 9/11 commission report didn't even mention building 7.

Only 3 steel framed buildings have ever collapsed due to fire in the history of steel framed buildings. All 3 on 9/11! Don't forget, Building 7 was not hit by a plane, and collapsed in its foot print in 7 seconds (basically free fall speed). Not to mention the pentagon, the most secure building in the world, which had anti-aircraft missiles and tons of other defense mechanisms, was hit by a plane that left a hole not even comparable to its size that passed through 4 reinforced concrete walls, and left no wing marks or other damage on the building.

Couldn't agree more, sir.

Justin Hallman, 16-Year-Old, Questioned by FBI Over You Tube Video About Ron Paul



In another shocking example of how the federal government is repositioning itself as a secret police force to target political dissidents, a 16-year-old boy was questioned by FBI agents over a You Tube video he created for a school project which highlighted how America was slipping into a police state.

The video clip above, which promotes the presidential campaign of Congressman Ron Paul, was put together by Justin Hallman as part of a project for his American Government class. The video helped earn Hallman an A+ pass and his teacher enthused about how impressed he was with Hallman’s efforts.

The video touches on a number of issues, including the National Defense Authorization Act, evidence suggesting the Republican caucus in Maine was fixed to disenfranchise Ron Paul, the hacktivist group Anonymous, military drills taking place in American cities, as well as eviscerations of the right to free speech.

About a month later, Hallman was shocked to receive a knock on the door of his family’s home from two FBI agents, including Special Agent Matthew Bowman. Hallman provided us with images of Bowman’s FBI card which he left at the property when Hallman decided not to answer the door.

When Hallman’s mother called the number on the card she was told by Bowman, “We need to talk to your son.”

The two FBI agents returned to the house and began to talk to Hallman about his interests and hobbies, a tactic Hallman saw as the FBI agents attempting to gain his trust.

The FBI agents then attempted to recruit Hallman to spy on Anonymous. “They wanted me to be an informant, to possibly put my life in danger, to help them arrest and gain intel on occupy protesters and hackers,” he writes.

The agents then began to question Hallman about his support for Ron Paul’s presidential campaign as well as a conversation he had conducted with his teacher about the Illuminati secret society.

“They also asked me why I had talked to my teacher about the Illuminati,” writes Hallman. “I told them it was just harmless talk about the 1776 Illuminati that formed from the enlightenment era. I said my teacher said they are/were terrorists and not to talk about them (this caused the FBI agents to look puzzled and they changed the subject very fast to Anonymous). In the end they finally left for an “important meeting.”

The fact that the FBI men knew about Hallman’s conversation with his teacher clearly suggests that it was the teacher or another official at the school who reported Hallman to the FBI in the first place. more

Yemen defense minister escapes assassination attempt: sources

(Reuters) - Yemen's defense minister escaped an assassination attempt on Tuesday but the car bomb that targeted his motorcade killed at least five bodyguards, government sources said.

Witnesses said the explosion took place as Major General Muhammad Nasir Ahamd's motorcade left the prime minister's office in the capital Sanaa after a cabinet meeting.

One vehicle carrying security personnel was blown up by the explosion but the minister, who was travelling in a different armored car, survived. Aides said he was unhurt and had told Prime Minister Mohammed Basindwa he was safe.

"A booby trapped car waited for the motorcade of the minister near the government offices and as soon as it moved, it exploded," a security source told Reuters.

"A security car was totally destroyed and all its occupants were killed, but the minister survived because his car is armored." Read More

Rockets hit U.S. airbase north of Kabul, killing three Afghan staff

The attack, which took place at around 10 pm local time on Monday, came on the eve of the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Security across the capital, Kabul, was intensified.

Two personnel belonging to NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), who were also in the helicopter, were wounded, the spokesman said.

The Taliban, in a text message to Reuters, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they had fired rockets at the helicopter, which was on a ramp in the airfield.

The attack came a day after the United States handed control of the controversial giant Bagram prison and its 3,000 suspected Taliban inmates to Afghan authorities. Read More

Germany says U.S. debt levels "much too high"

(Reuters) - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble questioned on Tuesday how the United States could deal with its high levels of government debt after November's presidential election.

In a speech to the Bundestag lower house of parliament to open a debate on the 2013 German budget, Schaeuble said worries about U.S. debt were a burden for the global economy, hitting back at Washington which has criticized Europe for failing to get a grip on its own debt crisis.

In private, German officials often express concern about U.S. debt levels and the inability of politicians there to reach a consensus on how to reduce it, but Schaeuble's public remarks underscore the extent of the worries in Germany.

"Ahead of the election in the United States there is great uncertainty about the course American politics will take in dealing the U.S. government's debts, which are much too high," Schaeuble said.

"We need to remind ourselves of that sometimes and the global economy knows that and is burdened by it." Read More

Chicago teachers strike drags into second day

(Reuters) - Parents and thousands of Chicago children faced a second day of closed public schools on Tuesday as striking teachers and the nation's third-largest school district argued over details of education reforms sought by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Many parents stayed home from work with their children on the first day of a strike by 29,000 Chicago teachers and support staff Monday. But patience was likely to be tested on Tuesday as the largest U.S. teachers strike since 2006 dragged on.

The face-off in President Barack Obama's home city is the biggest private or public sector labor dispute in the United States in a year. The stakes are high for both supporters and foes of a national movement for radical reform of urban schools.

The Chicago dispute immediately became an issue in the U.S. presidential campaign with Republican candidate Mitt Romney criticizing Obama for his support of unions.

"I choose to side with the parents and students depending on public schools," Romney said in a statement on the same day he visited Chicago for campaign fundraising events. Read More

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 11th September 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN at a depth of 42.3 km (26.3 miles), the quake hit at 11:12:14 UTC Tuesday 11th September 2012
The epicenter was 82 km (50 miles) East of Namie, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake MYANMAR - 11th September 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck MYANMAR at a depth of 42.2 km (26.2 miles), the quake hit at 11:09:46 UTC Tuesday 11th September 2012
The epicenter was 23 km (14 miles) North of Mawlaik, Myanmar
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake GREENLAND SEA - 11th September 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck the GREENLAND SEA at a depth of 10.3 km (6.4 miles), the quake hit at 10:15:56 UTC Tuesday 11th September 2012
The epicenter was 1017 km (632 miles) Northwest from Murmansk, Russia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake ROTA REGION, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS - 11th September 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck the ROTA REGION, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS at a depth of 34.9 km (21.7 miles), the quake hit at 08:28:06 UTC Tuesday 11th September 2012
The epicenter was 151 km (93.6 miles) ESE of JP Tinian Town pre-WW2, Northern Mariana Islands
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA - 11th September 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA at a depth of 15.2 km (9.4 miles), the quake hit at 07:48:46 UTC Tuesday 11th September 2012
The epicenter was 246 km (152 miles) South of Sidorukun, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake SERAM, INDONESIA - 11th September 2012

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck SERAM, INDONESIA at a depth of 47.2 km (29.3 miles), the quake hit at 07:44:57 UTC Tuesday 11th September 2012
The epicenter was 144 km (89 miles) ENE of Amahai, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake BIO-BIO, CHILE - 11th September 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck BIO-BIO, CHILE at a depth of 19.4 km (12.1 miles), the quake hit at 07:24:39 UTC Tuesday 11th September 2012
The epicenter was 15 km (9.3 miles) SSW of Canete, Chile
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Surrey A3 Coach Crash leaves 3 Dead and 50 Injured

A tour coach returning from the Bestival festival has crashed in Surrey, leaving three people dead and all 50 survivors injured.

A spokesman for the South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust said: "A total of 50 patients, some of whom have serious injuries, have been taken to hospitals across the region."

The vehicle veered off the road and hit a tree on an embankment of the northbound side of the A3 near Hindhead.

The accident happened at 11.50pm last night between the northern end of the Hindhead tunnel and the exit for Thursley.

No other vehicles are believed to have been involved and the northbound carriageway is expected to remain closed until around 4pm.

Inspector Richard Mallett, speaking at the scene to Sky News, said the coach had been full. Read More

Gary Giordano sued by insurance company to void policy he took out on missing and presumed dead travel partner

'Cashing in': Gary Giordano (left), the sole suspect in the disappearance of Robyn Gardner in Aruba, has filed a lawsuit to claim $3.5 million in a life insurance policy he took out on her before the trip

American Express is suing Aruba murder suspect Gary Giordano who was detained for months at the resort after his traveling partner disappeared.

The federal lawsuit seeks to void a travel insurance policy that Giordano, of Gaithersburg, took out in Robyn Gardner's name before their trip.

The suit says the policy is void because Giordano and Gardner aren't married, aren't related and weren't business partners.

Giordano was taken into custody after Gardner went missing in Aruba last year. He has said she was swept out to sea while the pair was snorkeling.

A judge ordered him released in November because of a lack of evidence. He is being represented by Jose Baez - who became famous after representing Casey Anthony in the murder trial of her daughter Caylee.

Giordano has already sued an American Express subsidiary to collect on the policy.
The very existence of the accidental death insurance policy made police suspicious of Giordano, who was named as the beneficiary. It was also deemed unusual to take out a policy for a week-long trip. Read More

Mayor Tony Mack ARRESTED in massive corruption probe

A mayor in New Jersey's capital city is in some legal hot water after he was taken away in handcuffs by the FBI following a massive corruption probe focused on his office.

Tony Mack, the mayor of Trenton, was arrested on Monday - along with seven others - the latest step in the continued corruption investigation.

Court papers showed Mack was caught taking bribes as part of an FBI sting.

Mack's brother, Ralphiel, and convicted sex offender and campaign contributor Joseph Giorgianni, are accused of conspiring to obstruct, delay and affect interstate commerce by extortion.

The criminal complaint against them shows they were approached by a cooperating witness who was working with authorities to get a better deal for criminal charges he was facing.

Federal prosecutors allege Mack agreed to use his influence in connection with a proposed parking garage project.

The court papers show he and a second witness, who was paid, provided the Mack brothers and Giorgianni $54,000 and promised another $65,000. Read More

Ahmadinejad accuses the West of 'stealing Iran's rain' AGAIN

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused the West of deliberately destroying rain clouds headed for Iran as part of efforts to plunge the country into drought.

The Iranian president's latest outburst came as he made a speech addressing the problems caused by low rainfall trends, which experts say are threatening Iran's agriculture.

'Today our country is moving towards drought, which is partly unintentional due to industry and partly intentional, as a result of the enemy destroying the clouds moving towards our country and this is a war that Iran is going to overcome,' said Mr Ahmadinejad in a speech in the Caspian Sea city of Gonbad-e Kavus to mark its registration as a Unesco World Heritage site.

Although Iran is recognized as having one of the world's driest climates, the comments were the latest in a series of bizarre allegations of a Western conspiracy to turn the shortage into a major crisis. Read More

Ricky Coley guns down Police officer and then 'kills himself' during dramatic siege in affluent suburb of Detroit

A businessman suspected of gunning down an officer who visited his home trying to help him was found dead on Monday evening after a day-long standoff with police.

A search team entered Ricky Coley's home in an affluent Detroit suburb around 6pm and found his body inside, according to a police spokesman.

Officers had been surrounding the house of the 50-year-old former auto executive since Sunday night, when officer Patrick O'Rourke was shot to death while responding to a report of a possible suicide attempt.

Coley was having legal and financial problems in his business and was recently divorced. Read More