Thursday, September 13, 2012

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA - 14th September 2012

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck NORTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA at a depth of 10.3 km (6.4 miles), the quake hit at 03:21:45 UTC Friday 14th September 2012
The epicenter was 95 km (59 miles) ESE of Yining Xian, China
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

N.Korea 'Developing Kamikaze Drones'

The North Korean military is developing unmanned "suicide" attack aircraft to target South Korean troops on the northwesternmost islands, a South Korean Army source claimed Sunday. The South Korean military in turn plans to procure all-weather unmanned tactical dirigibles capable of carrying out reconnaissance missions even in bad weather to deploy on the islands.

The source claimed the North is developing unmanned attack aircraft "using high-speed U.S. target drones imported from a Middle Eastern country." This is presumed to be Syria.

A high-speed target drone is used as a target for testing surface-to-air missiles. The target drones the North imported are believed to be MQM-107D Streakers. more

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA - 13th September 2012

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake has struck SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA at a depth of 9.8 km (6.1 miles), the quake hit at 23:40:02 UTC Thursday 13th September 2012
The epicenter was 249 km (154 miles) South of Sidorukun, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOLOMON ISLANDS - 13th September 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck the SOLOMON ISLANDS at a depth of 35.3 km (21.9 miles), the quake hit at 22:41:14 UTC Thursday 13th September 2012
The epicenter was 119 km (74 miles) Southeast from Kira Kira, Solomon Islands
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 13th September 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck TONGA at a depth of 328.3 km (204 miles), the quake hit at 21:16:43 UTC Thursday 13th September 2012
The epicenter was 203 km (106 miles) WNW of Hihifo, Tonga
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

S.Korea Develops Suicide Combat Drone

South Korea has developed a prototype self-destructing drone capable of precision attacks on North Korean coastal artillery batteries or rocket launchers. Military authorities expect to deploy it warfare-ready in 2016 once it has been honed and tested.

Korea Aerospace and Industries unveiled the drone, dubbed "Devil Killer," in Seoul on Thursday. Developed jointly by KAI, Hanyang University and Konkuk University, it has a 1.5 m fuselage and a 1.3 m wingspan and weighs 25 kg. Foldable wings make it easy to support. more

Ron Paul: "Country Should Panic Over Fed's Decision"



What took Ben Bernanke sixty minutes of mumbling about tools, word-twisting, and data-manipulating to kinda-sorta admit - that in fact he is lost; Ron Paul eloquently expresses in 25 seconds in this Bloomberg TV clip. Noting that "we are creating money out of thin air," Paul sums up Bernanke's position perfectly "We've Lost Control!" more



Anti-Islam Film: Million-Man Protest planned across the Muslim world.

More protests are expected across the Middle East over an anti-Islam film that has sparked attacks on US embassies in the region.

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has called for a million-man march in the capital, Cairo, where police have again clashed overnight with protesters near the city's American embassy.

Demonstrations are also due to take place in Sudan, after state-backed Islamic scholars urged people to "defend Prophet Mohammad".

Salah el Din Awad, general secretary of the scholars' group in Khartoum state, said: "We have 5,000 mosques in Khartoum with two million people attending Friday prayers.

"We will all go out to defend Prophet Mohammad. We will do this peacefully but with strength." Read More

Guatemalan Volcano Erupts 30.000 ordered to Evacute

More than 30,000 people have been ordered out of their homes as an erupting volcano threatens an area of Guatemala.

More than 33,000 people are fleeing a sudden volcano eruption in Guatemala City.

Guatemalan emergency officials say the evacuees are leaving 17 villages around the Volcano of Fire, which sits 10 miles (16 km) from the city of Antigua.

The volcano is almost always active at a low level and smoke can often be seen billowing from its crater. But larger eruptions are generally rare.

Seismologists say a series of explosions have also been seen coming from the 12,346-ft-high (3,763-metre-high) volcano and lava has spewed 2,000ft (600 metres) down its slopes.

Thick clouds of ash can be seen billowing nearly 2 miles (3km) into the sky and rumblings were heard for several miles around.

Gustavo Chicna, a volcanologist with the National Institute of Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology, said: "A paroxysm of an eruption is taking place, a great volcanic eruption, with strong explosions and columns of ash". Read More

9/11 and America's Downfall: Where Do You Stand? An article by one of our subscribers, Jack N.

If 9-11 was a staged false flag event, and I think it was, then that changes everything. If you haven't already, you need to see Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. It is an American non-profit organization of architects, engineers, and demolition experts who dispute the results of official investigations into the September 11 attacks, including the 9/11 Commission Report. It advocates that the World Trade Center was destroyed by explosive demolition. Founded in 2006, the group demands that the United States Congress pursue "a truly independent investigation" into the September 11 attacks as they believe government agency investigations into the collapse of the World Trade Center have not addressed what it calls "massive evidence for explosive demolition." As of March 2012, the group's petition to Congress was signed by over 1,600 architectural and engineering professionals.

If the false flag theory is true, and I believe it is, it means that the US government is a fascist oligarchy dictatorship similar but worse than the third Reich. It means that everything that we hear from the main stream media and pro-government and military sources is rubbish propaganda that is un-reliable and can't be trusted. It means that our vote, the democratic/republican paradigm, and the wars, the entire government is all a lie, and should be rejected. I am sorry but I no longer buy into this entire pro military, killing innocent people for profit scenario. This is absolutely against our constitution, the ideals of the founding fathers, and the Christian way of life our country was founded upon. It means that we are now living in a totalitarianism police state, and our vote and opinion are meaningless. It means that the entire Bin Laden "bogyman" theory is/was rubbish.

Sadly, I believe that our free representative republic form of government has been usurped by a consortium of bankers and the military industrial complex that Eisenhower warned us against in his 1958 farewell address. Our only hope at this point is a total collapse of the financial/banking system or a military coup d’├ętat or both, so a grass roots group of patriots and or military leaders can re-establish the constitution, probably through armed revolution. Remember George Washington himself was a decorated officer in King George's Army in the American colonies, and later by defection to the continental congress a committed traitor to King George and England, like most of the founding fathers (Hence Thomas Paine's famous statement, “If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.”)

If I am correct and my extensive research indicates that I am, then our young soldiers lives and blood are being sacrificed for the profit and benefit of a very very few elites, under the guise of "be an army of one" and the romance and adventure of military service. What they are getting is repeated tours of duty in war zones where they are ordered to commit atrocities not seen since the hordes of Visigoths when they besieged ancient Rome. These brave young Americans, having been trained and ordered to commit unforgivable acts, have found among themselves an elevated suicide rate not seen in American military history. They are still fighting to the death but certainly not for our/their freedom.

"As they sow, so shall they reap." Guess what? The world now hates our guts with a passion and that ancient craving of “revenge" fermenting in the hearts of our so-called enemy will cause more of the same. In other words, we are attacking and killing innocent people in sovereign countries, and securitizing their resources for profit on Wall Street. A War/Drug/Banking Industry has created the seed of revenge to inspire more war, and more profit. Remember, America's only current exports are War, Drugs, and Garbage. We are living dead center in a world of Death, Enslavement, and Despair, not the Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness the framers proclaimed was the American dream.

On top of this, America has been declared a combat zone. The President or his appointees can arrest you for an undetermined time without trial by simply naming you as an enemy combatant. They can legally order you killed, without trial. We no longer have the Posse Comitatus act of 1878, which states, "It shall not be lawful to employ any part of the Army of the United States, as a posse comitatus, or otherwise, for the purpose of executing the laws." We no longer have Habeas Corpus, which requires a person under arrest to be brought before a judge or into court. Or the right to petition government for redresses of grievances (the right to make a complaint to, or seek the assistance of, one's government, without fear of punishment or reprisals). It was all signed away by executive order. Read executive orders 12333 | 13311 | 13353 | 13354 | 13388 | 13470 | 13526 | 13549 | 13556 | 13587.

We have effectively lost all our treasured freedoms. Soon you will witness with your own eyes a "cross road" in our history. The American military/Local Police will be asked to fire upon American citizens in America. When this happens, and it will be soon, then the military leaders will be forced to decide if they will submit to their solemn oath to the constitution and the people, or to the political oligarchs they currently serve. When George Washington and the founding fathers were faced with this exact same milestone decision they chose the people. Our energy should be spent, not on the political shenanigans of a false political paradigm, but on convincing our military leaders that "We the People" are the ones they should be fighting for, not for the profit of select elitist pigs. We then must support them with our lives to regain our freedom and our once great country.

Jesus warned us of the consequences of a divided nation. He told us in Matthew 12:25, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” (Jesus Christ, outside Jerusalem 27 AD, and also, Abraham Lincoln - Springfield, Illinois, June 16, 1858). "The Eternal God bestowed material blessings on both Great Britain and the United States as He has never done before or since. Due to our subsequent march toward liberal decadence and debauchery, our stiff-necked disobedience of God is rapidly catching up with us. Both the British and American peoples are risking national disasters the likes of which we’ve never seen. Many prophecies describe what we face", similarly warned Michael Burkert.

The line has been drawn in the sand, the monumental decision that “We The People” face is daunting, the future we will live in will be determined by the decisions that “we” make in the very near future. On what side of the line will you stand?

-- Jack N.

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Richard Ciminio: Naked, Bloody Man Gnawed On Woman’s Head During Wild Neighborhood Rampage in Yet Another Bizarre Cannibal Attack

A Doylestown man, who was naked and bleeding profusely, gnawed on woman’s head all while “screaming like an animal” during a wild neighborhood rampage, state police said.

The bizarre incident played out in the early morning hours of September 7th in Hawley Boro, which is in Wayne County, Pennsylvania.

According to investigators, the incident began when 20-year-old suspect Richard Ciminio Jr. parked his car behind a home on Hudson Street, got out and stripped down to his underwear.

State Police say Ciminio then tried to break into a home, but was unsuccessful. Police say Ciminio then took off his underwear and continued down Hudson Street and broke into an unoccupied home.

While inside that home, police say Ciminio walked up to the home’s second floor and jumped out a window, causing severe injuries to his arms and legs when he hit the ground.

Bleeding profusely at this point, Ciminio then encountered two females who were walking down the street.

State Police say Ciminio tackled one of the females, causing injury to her and covered her in his blood. Investigators say Ciminio then “began to gnaw” at the victim’s head while “screaming like an animal.” more

Construction elevator free falls 30 floors, killing 19 workers in southern China

BEIJING — A platform elevator at a construction site in southern China has dropped 30 floors in a free fall, killing 19 workers.

The official Xinhua News Agency says the accident happened Thursday in Wuhan city in Hubei province.

A government notice posted by local Wuhan newspapers on their official microblogging sites says the elevator fell 100 meters (328 feet).

It says the municipal government is halting all construction in Wuhan for security checks.

Work safety is a big problem in China, where regulations are routinely ignored. Although the government says it is taking measures to reduce fatalities, more than 75,500 people died in work-related accidents last year, according to the State Administration of Work Safety. Read More

Mystery fever scrub typhus surfaces in Hyderabad, India

HYDERABAD: Here's another reason to conserve the environment. A mystery fever has surfaced in the city which has symptoms somewhat similar to malaria or dengue, but is more complicated than both. An estimated 100 cases of this fever have been reported in the last one month.

Doctors, initially unsure of the diagnosis, treated patients with regular antibiotics but have now realised that the cases are of Scrub Typhus, a mite-borne fever, commonly reported in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and parts of Maharashtra. This is the first time the fever is being reported in such large numbers in Andhra Pradesh and doctors attribute it to deforestation.

The fever managed to flummox doctors who put their patients on the best of antibiotics and tests for weeks together but in vain. They later identified this fever through the skin lesions on the patient's bodies. Experts note that scrub typhus patients are bitten by mites carrying a bacteria found in rodents and develop a eschar (a black wound) on the body. Read More

Nine injured after Bees attack in Bawku, Ghana

About nine residents of Bawku including two females have been injured as a result of a bee invasion in the town.

Residents of the Central Business District of Bawku on Tuesday were sent running for cover when the bees emerged to sting them.

Speaking to on an Accra based radio station, the Bawku Municipal Chief Executive, Musa Abdulai said the Assembly will meet immediately to undertake a spraying exercise that will drive the insects away.

“What we intend to do as a short term measure is to quickly spray around all those areas with very strong insecticide so that it will drive them into the bush rather than making them go in the town,” he said.

Hon. Abdulai further mentioned that those who had sustained injuries as a result of the attack had been sent to the Presbyterian Hospital for treatment. Source

4 killed as Yemeni police, demonstrators clash at U.S. Embassy

Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) -- Violent clashes outside the U.S. Embassy in Yemen's capital left four protesters dead, Yemeni security officials said Thursday. Twenty-four security force members were reported injured, as were 11 protesters, according to Yemen's Defense Ministry, security officials and eyewitnesses. Protesters and witnesses said one protester was critically injured when police fired on them as they tried to disperse the angry crowd. The protests in Sanaa are the latest to roil the Middle East over the online release of a film produced in the United States that denigrates the Prophet Mohammed. Read More

Fed to Spend $40B a Month on Bond Purchases.....Wouldn't know they were 16 trillion in Debt they way they keep Spending

U.S. embassies lock down after attacks

Sept. 13 - Security is tight at U.S. embassies across the world after a deadly assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya and several attacks elsewhere. Sarah Sheffer reports

Libyan Protest that isn't Making Headline News


Israeli Arab Official Warns Of ‘Armageddon’ Over Anti-Islam Film

Israeli Arabs protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv Thursday following the attacks on U.S. compounds in Libya, Egypt and Yemen.

The Times of Israel reports about 100 peaceful demonstrators marched outside the embassy to protest the anti-Islam movie which mocks the prophet Muhammad.

A radical group called the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement led the demonstration, according to the Times of Israel.

A top Israeli Arab Knesset official warned of “Armageddon” if the United Nations does not intervene.

“If the U.N. does not mobilize to stop this erosion, it will be Armageddon,” MK Talab el-Sana told the Israeli paper. more

Unrest Spreads in Egypt, Iran, Tunisia, Morocco: Protests Reach Day 3 In Cairo, Anti-American Sentiment Spreading With Domino Effect

Protests over the anti-Islam film thicken in Egypt as demonstrations press into a third day near the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

They threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at the embassy and at police officers trying to disperse the raucous crowd. Police retaliated by firing tear gas canisters into the air like missiles, landing them in the middle of the defiant protesters in Tahrir Square.

Tuesday’s attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya that left American ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead seems now to have just been the beginning. The uprising has spread throughout the Middle East, with protesters now in Egypt, Iran, Tunisia, Morocco and Afghanistan. Protests were finally quelled in Yemen, where demonstrators breached the perimeter of the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa.

But the situation is most untenable in Cairo where at least 13 protesters and six police officers were injured, according to government officials. more

Arrests After Deadly Libyan Embassy Attack.....War Ships was a good Incentive for Finding Culprits

Libyan authorities investigating an attack on the US embassy, which killed ambassador Chris Stevens, have made several arrests.

Three other American officials also died as gunmen protesting over a film they say insults the Prophet Mohammed fired rocket-propelled grenades and set fire to the US compound.

Libyan prime minister Mustafa Abu Shagur said a "big advance" had been made in the hunt for the killers.

He told the AFP news agency: "We have some names and some photographs. Arrests have been made and more are under way as we speak."

Anger over the film spread to other Middle East countries. Read More

3.3 Magnitude Earthquake WASHINGTON - 13th September 2012

A magnitude 3.3 earthquake has struck WASHINGTON at a depth of 12.7 km (7.9 miles), the quake hit at 17:33:45 UTC Thursday 13th September 2012
The epicenter was 10 km (6.2 miles) ESE from Rock Island, Washington
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake NORTH OF SEVERNAYA ZEMLYA - 13th September 2012

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has struck NORTH OF SEVERNAYA ZEMLYA at a depth of 9.8 km (6.1 miles), the quake hit at 17:23:47 UTC Thursday 13th September 2012
The epicenter was 994 km (617 miles) North of Nordvik, Serbia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 13th September 2012

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has struck NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN at a depth of 38.3 km (23.8 miles), the quake hit at 17:22:08 UTC Thursday 13th September 2012
The epicenter was 11 km (6.8 miles) Northwest of Yokaichiba, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Protester Killed At US Embassy in Yemen

A protester has been shot dead by police outside the US embassy in Yemen, the Reuters news service has reported.

Up to 5,000 protesters stormed the US compound in Sanaa as anger about an anti-Muslim film spreads in the Middle East.

Hundreds got past two police barricades and managed to get through the main gate into the compound. They were then driven back by security forces firing weapons into the air.

It comes as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sharpened her criticism of the anti-Islam video that provoked the protests, calling it "disgusting and reprehensible".

She said that it is a cynical attempt to offend people for their religious beliefs, but added that it does not justify violence.

TV pictures showed the gate at the embassy in Yemen being pulled down and smoke rising from inside the complex. Read More

U.S. consulate in Berlin partially evacuated after suspicious delivery

(Reuters) - German emergency services evacuated the visa section of the United States consulate in Berlin on Thursday after an employee fell ill after opening a suspicious envelope that was handed to her by a visitor, a police spokesman said.

Television footage showed investigators in special protection suits at the building and staff waiting outside.

"The lady felt unwell and reported a metallic taste in her mouth," the police spokesman said.

A spokesman for the fire services, who were also at the scene, said three people had reported breathing difficulties.

The U.S. embassy could not immediately be reached for comment. Source

Syria: Al Qaeda fire Rockets at Homes in Aleppo



Members of Jabhat Al Nusra, Al Qaeda's major affiliate in Syria, are seen firing what appear to be fairly large rockets at residential areas of Aleppo under government control.

The use of such weapons, the accuracy of which is very low underlines the insurgents willingness to bomb built up civilian areas from the air. An allegation they often make against the Syrian government. The increasing use of rockets and missiles on the part of the insurgents underlines the growing sophistication of the armaments Jihadist groups have acquired since the conflict began. Read More

Syria: Mass Execution of Prisoners by Rebels in Aleppo

20 Captured Soldiers Massacred by Rebels in Aleppo

US Embassy in Yemen stormed as Muslim insult fury spreads

Greeks protest against wage cuts

"THE TERRORIST WON! WE'RE NOT FREE ANYMORE!" Jesse Ventura

US Sending Warships to Libya

Cindy Lee Garcia Wants Name Cleared after Appearing in Anti-Islam Movie

Anti-U.S. protesters and police clash

Chinese protest Japan disputed island purchase

Dozens of Chinese protest outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing after Japan buys islands disputed by the two countries.

Yemen: US Embassy Stormed By Protesters

Up to 5,000 protesters are trying to storm the US embassy in Yemen as anger about an anti-Muslim film spreads in the Middle East.

Hundreds got past two police barricades and managed to get through the main gate into the US compound in Sanaa.

They were then driven back by security forces firing weapons into the air. TV pictures showed Yemenis trying to scale walls to get back into the compound.

Young demonstrators shouting "we redeem, Messenger of God" smashed windows of security offices outside the embassy and set fire to cars and tyres. Others held banners declaring "Allah is Greatest". Read More

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake PAKISTAN - 13th September 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck PAKISTAN at a depth of 24.5 km (15.2 miles), the quake hit at 08:17:55 UTC Thursday 13th September 2012
The epicenter was 44 km (27 miles) West of Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 13th September 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck SOUTHERN IRAN at a depth of 18 km (11.2 miles), the quake hit at 08:01:43 UTC Thursday 13th September 2012
The epicenter was 34 km (21 miles) NNW of Kish, Iran
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Democrats forced to apologize for using picture of SOVIET warships in tribute to American troops....Ooops!

Organisers of the Democratic National Convention have said sorry for using an image of Soviet-era Russian warships as a backdrop for a tribute to veterans at last week's party gathering in Charlotte, North Carolina, during retired Admiral John Nathman's speech. The ships were actually part of Russian Black Sea fleet, pictured above left. Source

Millions of dead fish washed up in salt lake confirmed as the source of rotten egg stench in Los Angeles

Scientists have confirmed that the hideous stench engulfing Southern California on Monday came from dead fish that washed up in the Salton Sea, as rotting carcases continued to fill the salt lake.

Investigators collected air samples in 10 locations in the Inland Empire, Coachella Valley and Salton Sea and the tests confirmed the 376-square mile lake, about 150 miles southeast of Los Angeles, was the source of the foul odour.

At the start of the week, the South Coast Air Quality Management District received a barrage of complaints all the way to LA about the overwhelming rotten egg smell but the number of people calling up had dropped significantly by Tuesday lunchtime.

'We now have solid evidence that clearly points to the Salton Sea as the source of a very large and unusual odor event,' South Coast Air Quality Management District executive officer Barry Wallerstein told the Los Angeles Times.

AQMD investigators sent officials all over the region in an attempt to track the stench after being flooded with 200 complaints spread over an area of 10,000 square miles. The air samples that they recovered were found to contain hydrogen sulfide.

But experts were amazed the stench was able to travel all the way to LA. They believe a powerful storm over the weekend helped blow the fumes from the southeast to the city. Read More

Rabid beaver lunges after girl, 4, in ANOTHER vicious attack this summer by disease ridden animals

An unidentified four-year-old girl in Virginia was the fourth victim in a string of rabid beaver attacks across the country.

Officials said the girl was attending a fishing competition at Hidden Pond Nature Center in Springfield when the beaver leaped out of the pond and lunged toward the girl, who narrowly escaped.

News of the incident brings the number of high-profile attacks to four, following previously reported maulings in Lake Barcroft in Fairfax County, Virginia, Lake Anna in Virginia's Spotsylvania County and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Pennsylvania. Read More

We freed them. Now they want to destroy us: Killing of American ambassador cannot be written of as an isolated incident

The murder of Christopher Stevens is as shocking as it is unprecedented in recent times.
The last assassination of an American ambassador was in Afghanistan, more than three decades ago.

However, the killing of Mr Stevens, who died alongside three other US embassy officials, cannot be written off as an isolated incident.

Rather, it marks an opening salvo by radical groups in Libya who are now poised, with deadly determination, to launch a post-Arab Spring wave of revolution in the name of Islamic fundamentalism. Similar groups across the Middle East will follow their lead.

It is no coincidence the attack took place on the anniversary of September 11, for these groups are fiercely hostile to America and the West.

From Tunisia to Yemen, Egypt to Syria, the emergent extremists have one clear goal: the toppling of the nascent regimes that came to power after last year’s uprisings. Their wish is to impose the strictest form of Islam on society, and espouse hostile views against what they see as the decadent West.

Such groups believe the new regimes are led by pro-Western stooges or secular elites.

And it is not just America these extremists loathe. While the relatively moderate Muslim Brotherhood which swept to power in Egypt wishes to maintain a long-standing peace treaty with Israel, these Al Qaeda-inspired terror groups dream of wiping the Jewish state off the map. Read More

MSNBC host: ‘Who’s More Dangerous, the Supreme Leader in Tehran or Netanyahu?’

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Warren Weinstein: Al Qaeda Releases New Video of American Hostage



KABUL – Al Qaeda has released a new video of American hostage Warren Weinstein delivering a personal message to Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.

In the video, Weinstein, 71, believed to be held in the tribal regions along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, appears healthy and calm, speaking in a soft, controlled manner.

"Unfortunately President Obama and the American government have shown no interest in my case," Weinstein says in the video, seated on a chair with his back slightly slouched, wearing a thin white t-shirt.

"Therefore, as a Jew, I'm appealing to you, Prime Minister Netanyahu, the head of the Jewish state of Israel, one Jew to another, to please intervene on my behalf."

Weinstein, a former Peace Corps and USAID official, was kidnapped from his home in an upscale neighborhood in Lahore in August 2011 after gunmen tricked his security guard into letting them enter the premises. Read More

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Christopher Stevens Death: Pentagon sending warships to Libya following death of ambassador killed in 'co-ordinated al Qaeda revenge attack by terrorists who used Libyan Mohammed movie protest as cover'

U.S. officials say the Pentagon is positioning two warships near the Libyan coast following a bloody attack on the U.S. consulate there that left American ambassador Christopher Stevens, two marines and a communications officer dead.

Officials say one destroyer, the USS Laboon, moved to a position off the coast Wednesday, and the USS McFaul is en route and should be stationed off the coast within days.

The officials say the ships, which carry Tomahawk missiles, do not have a specific mission. But they give commanders flexibility to respond to any mission ordered by the president.
The destroyers have crews totaling about 300.

There have been four destroyers in the Mediterranean for some time.

These moves will increase that to five.

Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss troop movements.

It is believed that the attack, which occurred on the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, was a planned ambush carried out by terrorists using a pro-Islam protest as cover.

The victims died during a rocket attack when an armed mob set fire to the consulate in Benghazi after joining a protest over a 'blasphemous' film about the Prophet Mohammed.

It is believed a 'small, vicious group' of attackers used the protest as a diversion, although questions remain over whether the killers drummed up support for the march or simply took advantage of it, an official told CNN.

While it is not known exactly who was responsible for the rampage, a London think tank with strong ties to Libya said Stevens, who is not believed to have been targeted, could have been the victim of a revenge attack by al Qaeda.

The assault 'came to avenge the death of Abu Yaya al-Libi, al Qaeda's second in command killed a few months ago' in Pakistan, think tank Quilliam told CNN, noting the rocket-propelled grenade launchers used in the attack do not normally appear at peaceful protests. Read More

Libya, deadly fury took U.S. envoys by surprise

(Reuters) - Diplomats had long been on their guard in Benghazi, a city that was the cradle of Libya's Western-backed revolution but also home to Islamists who have attacked foreign envoys.

Yet a long night of mayhem in which the U.S. consulate was overrun and torched, the ambassador lost and dying alone in the smoke while rescuers ran into a deadly ambush as they sought to save survivors, seemed to overwhelm U.S. security procedures.

Accounts from Libyan and U.S. officials, and from locals who watched what began as a protest on Tuesday against a crudely made American film that insults the Prophet Mohammad spiral into violence and a military-style assault on U.S. troops, point to a series of unfortunate choices amid the confusion and fear.

The actions of Libyan former rebel fighters assigned to help guard the lightly fortified compound may also face scrutiny. Libyan officers suggested that sympathy for the popular anger at the slight to their religion, as well as simple fear under heavy fire, meant the guards may have done little to defend the walls. Read More

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN ALASKA - 13th September 2012

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck SOUTHERN ALASKA at a depth of 102.5 km (63.7 miles), the quake hit at 05:58:04 UTC Thursday 13th September 2012
The epicenter was 59 km (37 miles) ESE from Pedro Bay, Alaska
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION - 13th September 2012

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake has struck the PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 05:54:47 UTC Thursday 13th September 2012
The epicenter was 104 km (64 miles) ENE of San Isidro, Philippines
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Drought leaves US crops in a poor state

Iraq execution spree under the spotlight

As Iraq's political tension ratchets up following the death sentence imposed on its fugitive vice president, human rights groups have expressed fears the Shia-led government may be using state-sanctioned executions to eliminate opponents held in prison.

Stories of torture are also coming from released prisoners and human rights investigators, which directly contradict the claims of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government.

A spate of executions were carried out last month. Three women were among 21 prisoners executed on August 27 alone. Two days later, five more detainees were put to death. For its part, the government continues the ongoing trend of providing few details about the identity of executed prisoners, or the charges against them.

Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi - now in exile in Turkey - sent a letter to Iraqi President Jalal Talabani requesting his intervention "to stop the arbitrary and ever-increasing rate of executions in Iraq".

Days after al-Hashemi sent the letter, the al-Maliki government sentenced him to death in absentia for allegedly killing a Shia security official and a lawyer.

The al-Hashemi death sentence underscores the precarious political divide between Shia and Sunni leaders in Iraq, and raises questions about exactly who is being executed - and why. more

Protesters burn US flags outside embassy in Tunisia to protest Prophet Muhammad film as rage spreads

About 50 protesters burned American flags outside the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia's capital as part of widespread anger across the Muslim world about a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

An Associated Press photographer present Wednesday witnessed demonstrators burning and trampling a number of American flags. Protesters were kept back from the embassy by reinforced security.

A small number of women wearing the Islamic niqab, or full-face veil, were among the crowd Wednesday.

In Libya, the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed when a mob of protesters and gunmen overwhelmed the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. source

Is the Arab Spring turning into an Arab Autumn? Protests erupt across Muslim world outside U.S. embassies as Pentagon sends two warships to Libya

Violent protests are sweeping across the Muslim world following a bloody attack on the U.S. 

consulate in Libya that led to the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, as U.S. officials say they are sending warships to the coast of the volatile country.

Two marines and a communications officer were also killed dead in the strike in the city of Benghazi.

Also on Wednesday, U.S. officials said one destroyer, the USS Laboon, moved to a position off the coast of Libya, and the USS McFaul is en route and should be stationed off the coast within days.

The officials say the ships, which carry Tomahawk missiles, do not have a specific mission. But they give commanders flexibility to respond to any mission ordered by the president. Read more

U.S. leaders from JFK to Roosevelt and George W Bush share character traits with psychopaths

A character trait in psychopaths has been identified by scientists as a common thread in successful US presidents.

Fearless dominance, which is linked to less social and physical apprehensiveness, boosts leadership, persuasiveness, crisis management and congressional relations, according to new research.

Theodore Roosevelt, regarded as one of the most influential US leaders even though he was in office more than a hundred years ago, ranked highest for this type of personality followed by John F Kennedy, Franklin D Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.

Then came Rutherford Hayes, Zachary Taylor, Bill Clinton, Martin Van Buren, Andrew Jackson and George W Bush.

Fearless and dominant people are often a paradoxical mix of charm and nastiness. Cool and calm under pressure, they not easily rattled.

They lack the same kind of anticipatory anxiety that most people have so are not put off from taking dangerous actions.

They are usually intelligent and wealthy, relishing directing other people’s activities and basking in their admiration.

Psychologist Professor Scott Lilienfeld, of Emory University, Atlanta, said: 'Certain psychopathic traits may be like a double edged sword.

'Fearless dominance, for example, may contribute to reckless criminality and violence, or to skillful leadership in the face of a crisis.' Read More

French and Germans launch £31bn swoop for British defence giant BAE Systems......Takeover or merger?

British defence giant BAE Systems is poised to fall into French and German hands in a £31billion deal.

In a late announcement yesterday, it was disclosed that talks between BAE and European Aeronautic, Defence & Space (EADS) are at an advanced stage.

BAE claimed the proposed deal would be a merger, but it would see its shareholders own 40 per cent of the combined group and EADS 60 per cent.

A consortium of aerospace and defence manufacturers from France, Germany and Spain, EADS is headquartered in Paris and Berlin. Read More

Hillsborough Victims: The police lied and 41 of the 96 victims could have been saved. Now will they get justice?

Up to 41 of the 96 people who died at Hillsborough could potentially have been saved, the panel’s report revealed yesterday.

The staggering disclosure proved deeply distressing to relatives and will increase demands for new inquests into their deaths.

Their persistent argument that some of their loved ones could have been resuscitated had they been properly treated is shockingly vindicated.

Failures in leadership, communication problems and shortages of basic life-saving equipment, combined with the absence of an organised triage to assess injuries, mean – to families’ horror – dozens of fans might have lived with proper treatment.

That figure was based on post-mortem examinations which showed they may have had heart, lung or blood circulation function for some time after being pulled from the crush.

Chillingly, the report states that placing any fans who were merely unconscious on their backs would have obstructed their airways, resulting in their deaths.

Infamously, only one ambulance made it on to the pitch in the immediate aftermath of the crush, but not even the victims’ families had realised the scale of the betrayal. Read More

HOW NEGATIVE STATEMENTS FROM POLICE OFFICERS WERE DOCTORED

One of the most shocking aspects of today's report is the extent to which police statements were altered by South Yorkshire Police before they were submitted to the official inquiry.

The panel found that 164 police statements were altered, 116 of them to remove or alter 'unfavourable' comments about the policing of the match and the unfolding disaster.

This process was conducted by a small team of police officers on the authority of the Chief Constable.

The following comments by police officers were among some of those deleted:

  • 'I at no time heard any directions being given in terms of leadership'
  • 'I have to state that even at this stage and this location and with a number of higher ranks in the area nobody seemed to be organising the injured.'
  • 'Sergeants and Inspectors appeared to be aimlessly milling about and direct radio control appeared to be lost. There did not appear to be any leadership.'
  • ‘The Control Room seemed to have been hit by some sort of paralysis’
  • 'Compared to other semi-finals held at Hillsborough, the organisation of this event was poor, as has been the case for most of the season.'
  • 'There was no leadership at the Leppings Lane end following the disaster either in person or on the radio'

Vile Rat: Libya attack victim was a key player in online game

(Reuters) - Online gamers around the world took to the web on Wednesday to mourn the death of Sean Smith, an avid gamer who was one of four Americans killed in a U.S. consulate attack in Libya.

Known by the online moniker "Vile Rat," Smith was a major participant in the multi-player role-playing game Eve Online, which has a single online universe where hundreds of thousands of players interact together.

In real life, Smith served as an information technology specialist at the consulate and worked with U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who also was killed in the attack.

Stevens, Smith and two other Americans were killed late Tuesday at the U.S. consulate and a safe house in the southern city of Benghazi, stormed by gunmen who blame America for a film they say insulted the Prophet Mohammad.

Married and a father of two, Smith joined the State Department 10 years ago. He previously held posts in Baghdad, Pretoria, Montreal and The Hague, the agency said.

But Smith, highly regarded in the online gaming world, was best known online for his skill making deals and brokering treaties in "Vile Rat." Read More

U.S. embassy Clashes in Egypt

Sept. 12 - Security forces fired teargas to disperse stone-throwing demonstrators near the U.S. embassy in Cairo.

US-trained engineer is new Libyan PM........And Will be responsible for the day-to-day running of Libya's oil-based economy

Libya's national congress has chosen American-trained optical engineer Mustafa Abu Shagour as its new prime minister, a day after Islamist gunmen killed the United States ambassador to the country.

Mr Shagour edged out wartime rebel premier Mahmoud Jibril 96-94 in a second-round vote that was shown live on national television.

As government chief Mr Shagour will be responsible for the day-to-day running of Libya's oil-based economy while the national congress elected in July passes laws and helps draft a new constitution for the north African state.

It will be put to a national referendum next year.

"There is so much to do," Mr Shagour said after his win, citing improving security and providing services as his priorities.

The vote was overshadowed by the killing of the US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans in an attack on the US consulate and a safe house refuge in Benghazi. Source