Saturday, May 24, 2014

Fw: Nuclear missile base security failed takeover drill - previously unreported




On Friday, May 23, 2014 3:57:02 AM, CLG_News <clg_news@legitgov.org> wrote:


News Updates from CLG
23 May 2014
 
Previous edition: 57 nuclear waste barrels from Los Alamos pose potential 'imminent' and 'substantial' threat (Google subscribers: Google Filter Instructions for CLG Newsletter.) 
 
Breaking: 'Country X': WikiLeaks reveals NSA recording 'nearly all' phone calls in Afghanistan 23 May 2014 The NSA records all domestic and international phone calls in Afghanistan, similar to what it does in the Bahamas, WikiLeaks' Julian Assange said. Reports in the Washington Post and The Intercept had previously reported that domestic and international phone calls from two or more target states had been recorded and stored in mass as of 2013. Both publications censored the name of one victim country at the request of the US government, which the Intercept referred to as country "X". Assange says he cannot disclose how WikiLeaks confirmed the identity of the victim state for the sake of source protection, though the claim can be "independently verified" via means of "forensic scrutiny of imperfectly applied censorship on related documents released to date and correlations with other NSA programs."
 
Nuclear missile base security failed takeover drill - previously unreported 22 May 2014 Armed security forces at a U.S. nuclear missile base failed a drill last summer that simulated the hostile takeover of a missile launch silo because they were unable to speedily regain control of the captured nuclear weapon, according to an internal Air Force review obtained by The Associated Press. The previously unreported failure, which the Air Force called a "critical deficiency," was the reason the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana flunked its broader safety and security inspection. The security team was required to respond to the simulated capture of a Minuteman 3 nuclear missile silo, termed an "Empty Quiver" scenario in which a nuclear weapon is lost, stolen or seized.
 
Bird flu experiments to create more virulent lines pose risk if deliberately or accidentally released, experts warn --Study in 10 labs over a decade would pose 20 percent risk of infection release 21 May 2014 Avian flu experiments risk unleashing an accidental global pandemic putting the lives of millions across the world at risk, public health experts have today warned. Scientists are taking part in controversial tests to create and manipulate strains of bird flu to try and understand how they evolve into more dangerous forms and pass between different species. But public health experts at Harvard and Yale universities in the U.S. have warned the experiments, which aim to track mutation in a bid to better protect against them, pose a risk to the public, if the strains are released accidentally or deliberately. The report, published on Tuesday, saw experts argue that the dangers of conducting the Potential Pandemic Pathogens tests far outweigh the benefits.
 
Bird flu experiments could trigger global pandemic, researchers warn 20 May 2014 Harvard and Yale researchers called Tuesday for an end to animal research into bird flu, worrying that the virus could escape and trigger a global epidemic. Marc Lipsitch, a professor of epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, said he doesn't think the rewards of creating a novel strain of avian flu in ferrets – as a few labs around the world do – justify the risk that the virus might escape and wreak havoc. Mistakes have happened before, said Lipsitch, who co-wrote an opinion piece in the journal PLOS Medicine with Alison P. Galvani, an epidemiologist at the Yale School of Public Health in Connecticut. There is some evidence that a strain of flu common since the late 1970s was released from a lab in China or Russia [dollars to doughnuts: Fort Detrick], he said.
 
Cruiser Vella Gulf heads to Black Sea amid unrest in Ukraine 22 May 2014 The Navy has dispatched a cruiser to the Black Sea in the latest sign that Washington is ramping up pressure on the Kremlin's CIA's power play in Ukraine ahead of a disputed referendum. The cruiser Vella Gulf is headed to the Black Sea as violence and uncertainty continues in Ukraine, 6th Fleet announced Thursday. The cruiser will enter the area Friday "to promote peace and stability in the region," [!?] according to the news release -- a markedly sharper tone than previous releases.
 
Pentagon deploys another warship to Black Sea 21 May 2014 The United States military confirmed on Tuesday that a guided missile cruiser is en route to the Black Sea as worries persist about the ongoing crisis between Ukraine and Russia. "I can confirm the Vella Gulf, a Navy cruiser, will be going in to the Black Sea probably later this week," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told the press on Tuesday, AFP reported. The Pentagon has confirmed that the Vella Gulf will replace the USS Taylor, a frigate that was stationed in the Black Sea until May 12 and preceded by the presence of the USS Donald Cook.
 
US-backed Right Sector registered as official party 22 May 2014 The [Neo-Nazi] Right Sector organization has officially been registered by the Justice Ministry as a political party, the party's information coordinator, Boryslav Bereza, has said. Right Sector is a political party drawing its members from a number of nationalist organizations. The Right Sector was formed on the basis of the Ukrainian National Assembly (UNA) Party.
 
'Nonsense!' Putin slams Kiev's stance on detained Russian reporters 21 May 2014 Accusations of illegally transporting weapons and "aiding terrorism" against Russian journalists detained in eastern Ukraine are "nonsense and delirium," President Vladimir told reporters, calling the situation "unacceptable." "It's absolutely unacceptable what is happening with the journalists, because the LifeNews journalists are now being accused of all mortal sins, including that they were selling weapons, which is nonsense, utter nonsense," Vladimir Putin told the media in Shanghai, where he was for a two-day visit. Kiev's crackdown on reporters working in Ukraine will affect Moscow's relations with "new Ukrainian authorities," Putin warned.
 
Obama deploys 80 U.S. troops to Chad 21 May 2014 The United States has deployed 80 troops to Chad to augment efforts to 'find Nigerian schoolgirls who were taken hostage by a militant Islamist group,' the White House announced Wednesday, in a significant escalation of Washington's contribution to a crisis that has drawn global consternation. The unit will remain in Chad "until its support resolving the kidnapping is no longer required," the statement said. The Pentagon recently dispatched a team of eight experts to the Nigerian capital...They are working with roughly two dozen other U.S. law enforcement and intelligence personnel advising the Nigerian government on the recovery [of oil] effort.
 
Nearly 6,000 U.S. troops headed to Jordan for 'Eager Lion' military exercise 20 May 2014 Roughly 6,000 U.S. troops will take part in this year's "Eager Lion" exercise in Jordan from May 25 to June 8, a Defense Department spokesman said. Eager Lion involves a total of more than 12,500 troops from more than 20 countries, Cmdr. William Speaks told Military Times on Tuesday. The major U.S. units taking part include the Army's 17th Field Artillery Brigade, 1st Armored Division; the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade; elements of the Navy's Task Force 51/59; and the 407th Air Expeditionary Group.
 
Congress reaffirms indefinite detention of Americans under NDAA 22 May 2014 The US House of Representatives approved an annual defense spending bill early Thursday after rejecting a proposed amendment that would have prevented the United States government from indefinitely detaining American citizens. An amendment introduced in the House on Wednesday this week asked that Congress repeal a controversial provision placed in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 that has ever since provided the executive branch with the power to arrest and detain indefinitely any US citizen thought to be affiliated with Al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] or associated organizations.
 
US Senate clears way for Obama judicial nominee who drafted targeted killing memo [Thanks, Obusha!] 21 May 2014 The man who wrote a White House legal memo endorsing the execution of Americans by drone strike is poised to become a federal judge after Senate DemocRATs used new anti-filibuster rules to quash opposition from civil liberties critics. David Barron, a Harvard law professor who drafted a key memo authorising Barack Obama's controversial targeted killing programme while at the Department of Justice, on Tuesday saw his lifetime appointment to the appeals court in Boston clear the main procedural hurdle in the Senate. The 52-43 vote was split along party lines.
 
Watered-down NSA surveillance 'reform' bill passes House --Privacy advocates believe the USA Freedom Act represents watered-down version of original proposals 22 May 2014 The first legislation aimed specifically at curbing US surveillance abuses revealed by Edward Snowden passed the House of Representatives on Thursday, with a majority of both Republicans and Democrats. But last-minute efforts by intelligence community loyalists to weaken key language in the USA Freedom Act led to a larger-than-expected rebellion by member of congress , with the measure passing by 303 votes to 121. The bill's authors concede it was watered down significantly in recent days but insist it will still outlaw the practice of bulk collection of US telephone metadata by the NSA first revealed by Snowden.
 
Assange targeted by FBI probe, US court documents reveal 20 May 2014 WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange remains the subject of an active criminal investigation by the United States Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, newly published court documents reveal. Papers released in US legal proceedings have revealed that a "criminal/national security investigation" by the US Department of Justice and FBI probe of WikiLeaks is "a multi-subject investigation" that is still "active and ongoing" more than four years after the anti-secrecy website began publishing secret US diplomatic and military documents.
 
Thailand coup: Army seizes control of government to restore 'peace' 22 May 2014 Thailand's military chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha has announced that the armed forces and police have seized power in the country, two days after declaring martial law. General Prayuth made the announcement last night in a television broadcast after he held a meeting with all rival factions aimed at finding a solution to six months of anti-government protests. The commander-in-chief, who invoked martial law on Tuesday, said the coup was needed to prevent the conflict escalating.
 
Slide Fire nearly 5,000 acres, crews stop progress at north end 22 May 2014 A fire burning through Oak Creek Canyon grew a few hundred acres overnight, but officials say they're making good progress. The Slide Fire started Tuesday afternoon and jumped from 450 acres to 4,500 acres on Wednesday. On Thursday morning, officials said the fire had grown to 4,830 acres with zero percent containment.
 
DemocRATs surrender *once again,* and agree to ride in the GOP Benghazi clown car: Democrats join GOP-led Benghazi committee 21 May 2014 After weeks of internal debate, reluctant House DemocRATs chose Wednesday to engage in the GOP-led Benghazi select committee [of trolls] and seat a full roster on the 12-member panel. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said it was the only way to ensure that the latest congressional investigation - the ninth - into the attack in 2012 on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya was not a one-sided review of what transpired.
 
Chris Christie says he won't step down as RGA chair despite problems in NJ 21 May 2014 Gov. Chris Christie today said he has no intention of stepping down as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, despite a host of troubles that have beset him at home. Christie is facing budget woes spurred by a sluggish state economy which on Tuesday prompted him to announce major cutbacks to the state's pension payments over the next two fiscal years, as well as a scandal over lane diversions at the George Washington Bridge that shows no signs of abating. "Yeah, no," the governor said with a smirk when asked if he had plans to step aside.
 
Critics call Obama funding plan for health insurer losses a 'bailout' 21 May 2014 The Obama administration has quietly adjusted key provisions of its signature healthcare law to potentially make billions of additional taxpayer dollars available to the insurance industry if companies providing coverage through the Affordable Care Act lose money. The move was buried in hundreds of pages of new regulations issued late last week. Administration officials for months have denied charges by opponents that they plan a "bailout" for insurance companies providing coverage under the healthcare law.
 
Fox News anchor arrested at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport bar 22 May 2014 Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett was arrested at a bar in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport for refusing to cooperate with airport police who were called about an intoxicated man at the grill, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Patrick Hogan told the newspaper that Jarrett was taken into custody about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Northern Lights Grill. Police said he seemed intoxicated, acted belligerent and refused to follow orders. Jarrett, 59, was booked into Hennepin County Jail on a preliminary charge of obstructing the legal process by interfering with a peace officer, the Associated Press reported.
 
Supreme Court Halts Missouri Execution and Sends Case Back to Appeals Court 21 May 2104 The United States Supreme Court indefinitely halted the execution of a Missouri man on Wednesday and sent his case back to a federal appellate court to hear his appeal. The decision to stay the death sentence of the man, Russell Bucklew, 46, who argued that he would suffer great pain if he were killed by a lethal injection because of his rare vascular disease and objected to the drugs that would be used, could indicate a growing cautiousness among the justices in the wake of recent executions that went awry. It was a departure from the court's usual refusal to stop executions at the last minute in cases where such objections were raised.
 
Police have saved 2,276 sea turtle eggs from poachers on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast 22 May 2014 Every year, from late February through July, leatherback sea turtles haul themselves onto Costa Rica's Caribbean coast to lay their eggs, and every year, egg poachers are there to greet them. Since March, police and the Costa Rican Coast Guard have patrolled beaches with a biologist, collecting nests and reburying them out of the hands of poachers. According to the Public Security Ministry, police and Coast Guard officials have relocated 1,940 eggs since March during 57 patrols. Officials seized another 336 eggs that had already been dug up by poachers and arrested and charged three men with poaching.
 
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