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Nun, two others in federal court for nuclear breach

When an elderly nun and two fellow peace activists walked undetected onto one of the nation’s most secure nuclear facilities last year, they wanted to call attention to the dangers of nuclear weapons. Yet their actions in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, triggered a very different concern: If three older peaceniks can easily trespass onto the Y-12… Read More »

WSJ: Initial Reports of Additional Bombs in Boston Wrong

Corrections & Amplifications Counterterrorism officials found five additional suspect devices around the Boston area on Monday, but a law-enforcement official later said closer examinations led them to doubt that they were bombs. An earlier version of this article cited people briefed on the investigation saying officials believed they were undetonated explosive devices. http://m.us.wsj.com/articles/a/SB10001424127887323346304578424950102614148?mg=reno64-wsj What did… Read More »

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Boston Marathon bomb blasts rock US stocks

ALMOST $9 billion has been stripped from the Australian sharemarket this morning as losses continued after US markets were rattled by the Boston blast and news of a China slowdown. Yesterday almost $15 billion was lost from Australian companies in the worst one day fall in a month on the release of figures showing the… Read More »

British businessman guilty of selling fake bomb detectors

… A British businessman was convicted Tuesday of selling gussied-up golf ball detectors as devices that could detect bombs, drugs and even diamonds. Jim McCormick, 57, faces a substantial prison term for fraud, the Evening Standard reported. Investigators said he made millions of dollars selling useless detectors for as much as 27,000 pounds ($40,000) each,… Read More »

FBI and RCMP Bust al-Qaeda “Major Terror Plot” in Canada

One week after the Boston bombing, Canada has arrested two men it claims planned to attack a passenger train running between New York and Toronto. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the terrorist plot involved derailing the train, but gave no further details. Canadian authorities said they believe al-Qaeda was behind the attack. Chiheb Esseghaier,… Read More »

Mother of Suspected Bombers: They were set up, FBI followed them for years, and called Eldest Son AFTER Bombing, Before Fatal Shootout

The report states that “The FBI in Boston told Channel 4 News they currently won’t confirm or deny any claims about their involvement.” However, a further AP report states that “The FBI is strongly refuting a report by Britain’s Channel 4 News that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was contacted by federal agents last week.” “Story is false,”… Read More »

Obama on Senate gun vote: ‘A shameful day’

An angry President Obama criticized a minority of the Senate on Wednesday for helping defeat a proposal to expand background checks on gun purchases.”It came down to politics — the worry that that vocal minority of gun owners would come after them in future elections,” Obama said in the Rose Garden. “All in all, this… Read More »

Gitmo prisoner describes pain of forced feedings

Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel in The New York Times on his detention at Guantánamo Bay “I’ve been detained at Guantánamo for 11 years and three months. I have never been charged with any crime. I have never received a trial,” expalins Yemeni detainee Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel, who was captured in Pakistan under… Read More »

N. Korea approves nuclear strike on United States

North Korea dramatically escalated its warlike rhetoric on Thursday, warning that it had authorised plans for nuclear strikes on targets in the United States. “The moment of explosion is approaching fast,” the North Korean military said, warning that war could break out “today or tomorrow”. Pyongyang’s latest pronouncement came as Washington scrambled to reinforce its… Read More »

Monopoly’s Hidden Maps Help World War II POWs Escape

It’s a story that will forever change the way you think of the phrase, “Get Out of Jail Free.”   During World War II, as the number of British airmen held hostage behind enemy lines escalated, the country’s secret service enlisted an unlikely partner in the ongoing war effort: The board game Monopoly. It was… Read More »

U.S. deploys stealth fighter jets to South Korea

The United States deployed stealth fighter jets to South Korea on Sunday as part of ongoing joint military exercises between the two countries, a senior U.S. defense official said. The F-22 Raptors were sent to the main U.S. Air Force Base in South Korea amid spiking tensions on the Korean peninsula. The U.S. military command… Read More »

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Don’t Freak Out If You See A B-52 Bomber Targeting Your Home

The following short video shows a B-52 Stratofortress during a standard training mission of the War Week, an exercise which incorporates Aerial Refueling, Weapons Tactics and High Altitude Maneuvering. The iconic bomber can be seen taking off, cruising, releasing simulated bombs, taking fuel midair from a KC-135 Stratotanker refueler and landing at Barksdale Air Force… Read More »

FAA Predicts 10,000 Drones Could Be In the Skies By 2020

  Image of a low tech drone control solution via http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002674703 The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) predicts 10,000 commercial drones could be in the skies by 2020 after guidelines are approved. For now, Congress has asked the FAA to write regulations on civil operation of small unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace and submit them… Read More »

US diplomatic presence in Iraq shrinking fast

A decade after the start of the war in Iraq, the American diplomatic footprint here is shrinking fast. As recently as a year ago, the immense U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and other sites around the country were staffed by more than 16,000 personnel. Today, that number has fallen to about 10,500, U.S. Ambassador Robert Stephen… Read More »

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Update: Eignt U.S. Marines killed in training by explosion

At least seven U.S. Marines were killed and seven others were injured during a mortar firing exercise in Nevada, the Pentagon said today. The Marines were all from the 2nd Marine Division based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and were training at the Hawthorne Army Depot 140 miles southeast of Reno, Nev., when a mortar exploded… Read More »

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Iraq war killed 120,000, cost U.S. $800 billion

At least 116,000 Iraqi civilians and more than 4,800 coalition troops died in Iraq between the outbreak of war in 2003 and the U.S. withdrawal in 2011, researchers estimated Friday. Its involvement in Iraq has so far cost the United States $810 billion and could eventually reach $3 trillion, they added. The estimates come from… Read More »

The U.S. Says It Could Stop A North Korean Missile. How?

THAAD interceptor missile U.S. Missile Defense Agency North Korea has basically zero chance of hitting anyone but themselves with a nuke. But if they did manage to launch a missile, what technology do we have to stop it?In response to questions about North Korea’s latest threats to nuke the U.S., White House Press Secretary Jay… Read More »

Air Force Erases Drone Strike Data

As scrutiny and debate over the use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) by the American military increased last month, the Air Force reversed a policy of sharing the number of airstrikes launched from RPAs in Afghanistan and quietly scrubbed those statistics from previous releases kept on their website. Last October, Air Force Central Command started… Read More »

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Collateral Murder

Update: On July 6, 2010, Private Bradley Manning, a 22 year old intelligence analyst with the United States Army in Baghdad, was charged with disclosing this video (after allegedly speaking to an unfaithful journalist). The whistleblower behind the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg, has called Mr. Manning a ‘hero’. He is currently imprisoned in Kuwait. The… Read More »

US senator says drones death toll is 4,700

It was the first time a politician or any government representative had referred to a total number of fatalities in the drone strikes, which have been condemned by rights groups as extrajudicial assassinations. The toll from hundreds of drone-launched missile strikes against suspected Al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere has remained a mystery, as… Read More »

Crops, Not Cops, Biggest U.S. Drone Market

Interesting that I dreamed my house was buzzed by drones last night and today’s headlines in my local university newspaper says they are now in use, for agricultural purposes. Great for spraying food crops with chemicals that might harm a human pilot. This is why I’m building a drone to purchase, prepare and eat non… Read More »

Obama Moves To Authorize Domestic Drone Strikes

The Department of Homeland Security recently advanced a plan to deploy “public safety” drones in the skies over America, an action Congress authorized last year and called for the deployment of 30,000 drone surveillance vehicles by 2020. While DHS head Janet Napolitano says the primary mission for domestic drones is for situational awareness in “large… Read More »

Sheriff: “Second American Revolution” if Gun Grabbers Grab Guns

A Milwaukee County Sheriff has warned that a second American Revolution may be sparked if unconstitutional gun laws are enforced by police and sheriff’s department officials. Sheriff David Clarke recently urged the citizens he serves to consider learning firearm safety because of “a duty to protect yourself and your family.” In a message posted on… Read More »

UK sends hand-held helicopter drones to war zone

British soldiers in Afghanistan have been issued with surveillance drones so small they can fit in the palm of a man’s hand. The Scandinavian-designed Black Hornet Nano weighs as little as 16 grams (roughly half an ounce) — the same as a finch. The 4-inch (10-centimeter) -long helicopter is fitted with a tiny camera which… Read More »

U.S. launched drone from secret Saudi base – reports

U.S. launched drone from secret Saudi base – reports WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is operating a secret base out of Saudi Arabia and used it to launch a CIA drone strike in 2011 that killed U.S.-born al Qaeda leader Anwar Al Awlaki, according to a media report. The Washington Post, in a report… Read More »

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Bush denounces and admits torture

Bush admits Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 Bush admits that there were no WMDs in Iraq and that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Bush states that prisoners will be treated humanely and “if not those who mistreat prisoners will be treated as war criminals.” Bush admits to authorizing waterboarding. [Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FX3zolMnNA] Bush… Read More »

US Army Invades Galveston, Texas

On Wednesday the residents of Galveston, Texas, endured what folks in Houston and Miami did earlier this week – an “urban warfare” exercise conducted by the U.S. military. “If you hear a lot of loud noises in Galveston tonight, it’s probably part of a military training exercise,” KTRK-TV in Houston reported. “According to the Galveston… Read More »

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Black Hawks Used In Military Training Exercise In Miami

Some members of the U.S. military were busy in Miami Thursday night as they conducted exercises in Downtown Miami. CBS4 captured video of Black Hawk helicopters flying over the city as part of a joint military training exercise. Thursday night’s training took place near the Stephen P. Clark Center in Miami and a nearby Metrorail… Read More »

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