Tag Archives: CIA

Mysterious circumstances surround Navy Yard shooting

Aaron Alexis, 34, is the alleged lone shooter in the Washington navy yard shooting which happened just after 8am on Monday as many of the 3,000 employees were arriving for work on the base.  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/17/washington-naval-yard-shooting-suspect-arrested-guns However, The Washington Post, citing police sources, reported that three shooters, including one in military fatigues, were involved. The attackers […]

UN chemical report inconclusive in assigning blame

A United Nations report’s authors did not assign blame for the attack on the outskirts of Damascus, the details it documented included the large size and particular shape of the munitions and the precise direction from which two of them had been fired. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/17/world/europe/syria-united-nations.html?hpw The main point of the report was to establish whether chemical […]

Saudi Arabia supports Al Qaeda in Syrian destabilization

Saudi Arabia, cooperating with American and British intelligence and other Arab governments, has increased deliveries of weapons to rebels fighting in southern Syria.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/13/world/middleeast/syrian-rebels-say-saudi-arabia-is-stepping-up-weapons-deliveries.html?ref=world   Leaders in Saudi Arabia and allies like Qatar chafed as rebel leaders fumed that their larger need — a way to shift the balance in the two-year-old civil war and […]

Elite use destabilization to create artificial oil shortages

Two years after local militias overthrew the Libyan dictator Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, many of those same fighters have brought Libya’s critical oil industry to a halt. Disturbances at several large export terminals and oil fields have throttled Libya’s daily oil production to one-tenth its capacity in recent days, jeopardizing the national economy and tightening world […]

American undercover operative killed by fellow jihadists

An american jihadist, Omar Hammami, known for his rap-infused propaganda videos for the Shabab, a brutal Islamist group in Somalia, was reported killed in an ambush on Thursday morning. If true, his death would bring to a close one of the more unusual chapters in more than two decades of american involvement in the Horn […]

Erdogan shows true globalist colors as US Syria strike fades

On Thursday, Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a strong advocate for military intervention in the Syrian war, reacted angrily to the United States’ decision to delay a military strike there — a decision analysts said had left Mr. Erdogan more politically vulnerable at home.   http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/13/world/middleeast/for-turkeys-leader-syrias-war-worsens-his-problems-at-home.html?ref=world   In a speech to a trade group, […]

Putin tries to warn americans of war pretext pitfalls

The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/opinion/putin-plea-for-caution-from-russia-on-syria.html?pagewanted=all  A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could […]

NSA and GCHQ conspire in spying against their citizens

The US National Security Agency (NSA) is reported have cracked the security codes which protect data on iPhones, Blackberries and Android devices. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24009342  German news weekly Der Spiegel says documents suggest the NSA and the British GCHQ made joint efforts to gather intelligence. Teams looked at each phone to crack its privacy codes, Der Spiegel […]

Study shows most americans against war with Syria

A broad majority of Americans, exhausted by nearly a dozen years of war and fearful of tripping into another one, are opposed to a military strike on Syria.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/10/world/middleeast/poll-majority-of-americans-oppose-military-strike.html?ref=world   Those findings illustrate the depth of the challenge facing President Obama as he tries to win support for a limited strike from a deeply reluctant […]

Assad warns US aggression will lead to larger conflict

Syrian President Bashar Assad has warned there will be “repercussions” against any U. S. military strike launched in response to a chemical weapons attack in his country. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/09/09/us/politics/ap-us-syria-assad-interview.html?hp&_r=0   “You should expect everything,” Assad said in an interview with CBS taped in Damascus. “Not necessarily from the government. It’s not only the government … in this […]

NSA and Big Oil spy on national oil company of Brazil

The National Security Agency spied on Petrobras, Brazil’s giant national oil company, according to a report here on Sunday night by the Globo television network, in the latest revelation of the agency’s surveillance methods that have raised tension between Brazil and the United States.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/09/world/americas/nsa-spied-on-brazilian-oil-company-report-says.html?ref=world  The company is controlled by Brazil’s government and ranks among […]

US drone strike kills civilians in Afghanistan

Underscoring the continued threat to civilians in Afghanistan, a drone strike in an eastern province killed up to 16 people, Afghan officials said Sunday. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/09/world/asia/two-deadly-attacks-in-afghanistan.html?ref=world&_r=0 The drone strike occurred Saturday afternoon in the Watapur district of Kunar Province. Afghan officials said the drone was targeting four insurgents who were picked up along the road by […]

Within the decade smart cars will fill driverless roads

Germany’s Daimler AG plans to start selling a self-driving car by 2020 as part of its campaign to regain the top spot among premium carmakers.  http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/09/08/business/08reuters-autoshow-frankfurt-daimler.html?hp&_r=0  “We want to be the first to launch autonomous functions in production vehicles. You can be sure: we will accomplish that in this decade,” Daimler head of development Thomas […]

Investigation into royal palace break-in uncovers conspiracy

Security is being reviewed at the palace after Monday’s suspected break-in, in which an intruder was able to scale a fence and get inside the palace.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24005811  Police said a man was arrested inside the palace on suspicion of burglary, trespass and criminal damage at about 22:20 BST. He was found “in an area currently […]

Some in US Congress still fighting against NSA

After disclosures about the National Security Agency’s stealth campaign to counter Internet privacy protections, a congressman has proposed legislation that would prohibit the agency from installing “back doors” into encryption, the electronic scrambling that protects e-mail, online transactions and other communications.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/07/us/politics/legislation-seeks-to-bar-nsa-tactic-in-encryption.html?ref=us Representative Rush D. Holt, a New Jersey Democrat who is also a physicist, […]

US harbors Chilean army torturer from Pinochet era

A former Chilean Army officer charged with murdering Víctor Jara, a popular folk singer, shortly after the 1973 military coup has been sued in a Florida court under federal laws allowing legal action against human rights violators living in the United States.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/06/world/americas/family-of-slain-chilean-folk-singer-files-suit-in-florida.html?ref=world  The lawsuit against the former officer accused of his murder, Pedro Pablo […]

US drone strikes kill six more in Pakistan

At least six people were killed in an American drone strike in Pakistan’s restive northwestern tribal areas early Friday, according to government officials and local news reports. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/07/world/asia/us-drone-strike-kills-6-in-pakistan-fueling-anger.html?hp  The identities of those killed were not immediately clear. American drone strikes are deeply unpopular in the country, and opposition to them has become an essential staple […]

Maker of home surveillance cameras reprimanded over privacy

Trendnet home cameras were hacked, causing privacy intrusions for hundreds of people. The company had weaknesses that meant supposedly private video feeds were in fact viewable by anyone online. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23971118  The company  was barred from referring to their cameras as “secure” in marketing material. The move is the first such crackdown by the Federal Trade […]

Chilean judicial body admits complicity in past atrocities

The body representing judges in Chile has made an unprecedented apology for the actions of its members under military rule in the 1970s and 1980s.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-23967816 It a statement, it said that the judiciary at the time had abandoned its role as protector of basic rights. “The time has come to ask for the forgiveness […]

Nidal Hasan forcibly shaven after being given death sentence

The man sentenced to death last week for the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage has been forcibly shaved, a US Army spokesman has said.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23966193 Maj Nidal Hasan, 42, grew a beard in accordance with his Muslim faith in the years following the attack which killed 13 soldiers and wounded 32 others. The military death […]