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US, Israel behind Stuxnet cyber attack

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US, Israel behind Stuxnet cyber attack

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US, Israel behind Stuxnet cyber attack, says Iran 18 Apr 2011 The US and Israel are behind the computer worm Stuxnet that infiltrated Iran's nuclear program, state news agency IRNA reported Saturday, quoting a military officer. "Investigations and studies show that the source of Stuxnet originates from America and Israel," the commander of the Iranian civil defense organization, Gholam Reza Jalali, said. German computer experts and some Western media reports had originally pointed the finger at the US and Israel.

Iranian general accuses Siemens of helping U.S., Israel build Stuxnet --Suggests Iran may file charges in international courts 18 Apr 2011 An Iranian military commander Saturday accused the German electronics giant Siemens with helping U.S. and Israeli teams craft the Stuxnet worm that attacked his country's nuclear facilities. According to the Islamic Republic News Service (IRNA), Iran's state news agency, Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali laid some of the blame for Stuxnet on Siemens. "Siemens should explain why and how it provided the enemies with the information about the codes of the SCADA software and prepared the ground for a cyber attack against us," Jalali told IRNA.

U.S. secretly backed Syrian opposition groups, WikiLeaks reveals --$6million for Syrian exiles to help fund TV channel --Cash from the U.S. for Syrian opposition figures first arrived under George W. Bush after political ties with Damascus were frozen in 2005 18 Apr 2011 The U.S. Government has secretly dished out $6million to help Syrian opposition groups WikiLeaks has revealed. Documents show the State Department has been funnelling cash to London-based satellite TV channel Barada TV, made up of a group of Syrian exiles, since 2006 to cover mass protests in the country and finance activities inside Syria as part of a campaign to overthrow President Bashir Assad.

Mission accomplished! UN: Afghan poppy crop up in north, northeast 18 Apr 2011 The United Nations on Monday predicted a strong increase in poppy cultivation in north and northeastern parts of Afghanistan. Jean-Luc Lemahieu, the top official for the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime in Afghanistan, said soaring opium prices is the driving force behind the planting of poppy this year. According to the report, the price of dry fresh opium increased by 306 percent and 251 percent, respectively, between February 2010 and February of this year.

Three Nato service members killed in Afghanistan 17 Apr 2011 Three more Nato service members were killed in attacks in Afghanistan on Saturday, the international coalition said, making a total of eight killed on one of the deadliest days for Nato troops this year. The three deaths announced today came from two separate bomb attacks in the south on the same day that five Nato service members were killed in a suicide bombing by a Taliban sleeper agent at a US base in the east.

9 killed in Baghdad's Green Zone blasts 18 Apr 2011 At least nine people have lost their lives and 23 others have been wounded after two car bombs exploded in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, security officials say. The attacks took place at around 8:30 a.m. (0530 GMT) on Monday near a security checkpoint at the entrance of the heavily-fortified Green Zone, the officials added. Many foreign embassies and Iraqi government offices are located in the city's strategic area.

150 hurt in north Iraq protest rally 18 Apr 2011 Around 150 people have been injured in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan after security forces opened fire on a group of demonstrators protesting against the two ruling parties. Protesters gathered in Peeramard Street in the center of Sulaymanieh, located 260 kilometers (161 miles) north of Baghdad, on Monday and demanded political reforms, an end to official corruption, resignation of the regional government and an investigation into the fatal shootings of three protesters in February, AFP reported.

Britain rules out ground attack on Libya 18 Apr 2011 British Prime Minister David Cameron has said England will not deploy any ground troops in Libya as tension remains high in the North African country. "What we've said is there is no question of an invasion or an occupation, this is not about Britain putting boots on the ground, this is not what we are about here," Reuters quoted Cameron as saying on Sunday. After UN Security Council resolution 1973, the US, Britain, France -- and later NATO fighter jets -- have launched airstrikes targeting Libya's military bases and equipment but have caused civilian casualties in several cases, thus contradicting the purpose they were tasked with.

Libya denies firing cluster bombs 17 Apr 2011 Libya has denied reports by Human Rights Watch (HRW) that forces loyal to Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi have used internationally banned cluster bombs against revolutionaries in the Libyan city of Misrata. "Absolutely no. We can't do this. Morally, legally we can't do this," AFP quoted Mussa Ibrahim, a spokesman for Gaddafi, as saying on Sunday. Ibrahim called for more evidence, saying, "We never do it. We challenge them to prove it." [Right, cluster bombs/civilian slaughter: That's a US/Israel thing.]

Nato must send in troops to save Misrata, say 'rebels' 16 Apr 2011 The city that has become the epicentre of a desperate battle [for oil] by 'Libyan rebels' against forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi came under renewed pounding today amid 'mounting evidence' of the use of cluster bombs against the besieged civilian population and calls [by Exxon Mobil/BP] for Nato to send in ground troops. More than 100 rockets had been fired on opposition-held areas of Misrata by mid-morning and there were "raging battles" in two strategically key streets, according to 'rebels.'

US tornadoes force shutdown of two nuclear reactors in Virginia --Backup diesel generator kicked in to cool reactor fuel at 2 nuclear plants 18 Apr 2011 A US nuclear power company has disclosed that one of the tornadoes that hit the US at the weekend, killing at least 45 people and causing widespread damage, forced the shutdown of two of its reactors. The US nuclear 'safety' regulator said on Monday it was monitoring the Surry nuclear power plant in Virginia. Dominion Virginia Power said the two reactors shut down automatically when a tornado cut off power to the plant. A backup diesel generator kicked in to cool the fuel.

S.Korea: Distributors Install Radiation Detectors in Stores 18 Apr 2011 Radiation detectors are finding their way into stores as public concern grows over potential radioactive food contamination. Hanaro Club run by Nonghyup or the National Agricultural Cooperative Foundation placed detectors in 32 stores nationwide, following the footsteps of other large discount store chain such as Lotte Mart. Hanaro Club began testing on agricultural, livestock and seafood products last Thursday.

Fight to stop Fukushima radiation leaks 'could take nine months' --Aftershocks and power cuts hamper 'cold shutdown' of stricken nuclear plant 18 Apr 2011 The company at the centre of the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl has announced that it could be nine months before the Fukushima Daiichi plant is under full control, tripling some previous forecasts. Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) said it will take three months to reduce radiation and restore the plant's cooling systems to the overheating uranium fuel.

Radiation levels in seawater at crippled Fukushima plant jump 6,500 times above legal limit ahead of new 5.9 earthquake 17 Apr 2011 Radiation levels have risen dramatically in seawater near the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, sparking fears of a new leak, according to the country's government. On Friday, levels of radioactive iodine-131 were found to have spiked to 6,500 times the legal limit. This was up from 1,100 times the limit in samples taken the day before... Plant workers today began dumping sandbags filled with zeolite, a mineral that absorbs radioactive cesium, into the sea to combat the radiation leaks.

Radioactivity rises in sea off Japan nuclear plant 16 Apr 2011 Levels of radioactivity have risen sharply in seawater near a tsunami-crippled nuclear plant in northern Japan, signaling the possibility of new leaks at the facility, the government said Saturday. The government said Saturday that radioactivity in the seawater has risen again in recent days. The level of radioactive iodine-131 spiked to 6,500 times the legal limit, according to samples taken Friday, up from 1,100 times the limit in samples taken the day before. Levels of cesium-134 and cesium-137 rose nearly fourfold.

Smoke rises from Japan nuclear plant --TEPCO: Cause of incident not clear 16 Apr 2011 Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) says smoke has risen from the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in the coastal Niigata Prefecture. TEPCO reported on Saturday that smoke rose briefly from a control panel at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant during the checking of water purification equipment.

Companies Injected Hundreds of Millions of Gallons of Hazardous Chemicals Into Wells: Report 17 Apr 2011 Oil and gas companies injected hundreds of millions of gallons of hazardous or carcinogenic chemicals into wells in more than 13 states from 2005 to 2009, according to an investigation by Congressional Democrats. The chemicals were used by companies during a drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking. The report, released late Saturday, also faulted companies for at times "injecting fluids containing chemicals that they themselves cannot identify." [Right, yet Obusha and the GOPredators give these corpora-terrorists billion$ more in tax breaks.]

Obama moves forward with Internet ID plan 15 Apr 2011 The Obama administration said today that it's moving ahead with a plan for broad adoption of Internet IDs despite concerns about identity centralization, and hopes to fund pilot projects next year. At an event hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce [*puke*] in Washington, D.C., administration officials downplayed privacy and civil liberties concerns about their proposal, which they said would be led by the private sector and not be required for Americans who use the Internet.

New breed of gagging order could send journalists to jail, MP claims --Birmingham Yardley Lib Dem MP John Hemmings fears reporters could face imprisonment simply for asking questions, creating a 'recipe for hiding miscarriages of justice' 17 Apr 2011 An MP who is launching an inquiry into excessive and possibly unlawful court secrecy says a new type of gagging order is hampering the work of investigative journalists. John Hemming said the new breed of injunction, which was used in relation to a case in the high court in London last week, meant journalists could face jail simply for asking questions. Hemming has labelled the new gagging order the "quaero injunction" after the Latin word "to seek".

Obama Administration Seeks Warrantless GPS Tracking --Gov't asks high court to take GPS tracking case 15 Apr 2011 The Obama administration on Friday asked the Supreme Court to take up an important privacy case for the digital age, whether the police need a warrant before using a global positioning system device to track a suspect's movements. The administration is appealing a lower court ruling that reversed a criminal conviction because the police did not obtain a warrant for the GPS device they secretly installed on a man's car. The federal appeals court in Washington said that officers violated the Fourth Amendment prohibition against unreasonable searches. [Obama wants warrantless GPS tracking. It's a complete abrogation of the 4th Amendment. At least with Sarah Palin, you know what you've got going in: The results would be nearly the same -- sans the pseudo-intellectual sugar-coating of the fascism. --LRP]

California Republican refuses to resign from post after sending picture depicting Obama as ape 18 Apr 2011 Orange County Republican party member Marilyn Davenport is refusing to resign from the party after having sent out a racist email depicting President Obama's head on the body of an ape, according to the Orange County Weekly. Davenport, a Tea Party member and elected official of the County Republican party, sent the email to fellow party members. Davenport later apologized to recipients of the email in the event that she had offended anyone with the image, and denied the implication that the depiction was racist. ..."In no way did I even consider the fact he's half black when I sent out the email," she added. "I received plenty of emails about [former president (sic)] George Bush that I didn't particularly like yet there was no 'cry' in the media about them." [Firstly, George W. Bush was *never* elected president, so the comparison ends there. Secondly: CLG attacked Bush as an 'Idiot Usurping Lying Weasel.' Nicholas Kristof slammed us for that invective in a New York Times editorial, but regardless: We attacked Bush for his *policies,* as we do with Obama. --LRP]

'Now you know why there's no birth certificate' jokes Tea Party member in racist email showing Obama and parents as chimps 17 Apr 2011 A member of the Tea Party has sent a racist email with a picture of Barack Obama and his parents as chimpanzees, it has been revealed. The email sent by Marilyn Davenport, a Southern California Tea Party activist and member of the central committee of the Orange County Republican Party, was titled: 'Now you know why - no birth certificate.' The attached picture showed a mocked-up photo of the President as a baby chimpanzee being held by his so-called parents - also chimps in human clothing.

Brewer vetoes presidential 'birther' bill 18 Apr 2011 Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) on Monday vetoed a bill that would have required President Barack Obama and other presidential candidates to prove their U.S. citizenship before their names could appear on the state's ballot. The bill would have made Arizona the first state to pass such a requirement. Brewer said in her veto letter that she was troubled that the bill empowered Arizona's secretary of state to judge the qualifications of all candidates when they file to run for office.

Joe Arpaio's staff misspent $99.5 million, budget officials say 13 Apr 2011 Maricopa County Sheriff's officials misspent $99.5 million in restricted jail funds over the last eight years, according to a Wednesday morning briefing by county budget officials who spent the past six months researching the issue. Budget officials said $84.7 million was misspent from the detention fund, while another $14.8 million in inmate-services funds were misspent.

U.S. Stocks Tumble After S&P Reduces Country's Long-Term Credit Outlook 18 Apr 2011 U.S. stocks slumped, sending benchmark indexes to their biggest declines in a month, after Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service cut the nation's long-term credit outlook to negative. The S&P 500 declined 1.1 percent to 1,305.14 at 4 p.m. in New York, its biggest retreat since March 16. The Dow average tumbled 140.24 points, or 1.1 percent, to 12,201.59.

Regulators shut 6 banks in Ala., Ga., Minn., Miss.; makes 34 US bank failures in 2011 15 Apr 2011 Regulators on Friday shut down a total of six banks in Alabama, Georgia, Minnesota and Mississippi, boosting the number of U.S. bank failures this year to 34. There were 157 bank closures in 2010 amid the shattered economy and piles of bad loans. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. seized the banks, the largest by far being Superior Bank, based in Birmingham, Ala., with $3 billion in assets and about 70 branches in Alabama and Florida.

Gov't orders 14 lenders to reimburse homeowners 13 Apr 2011 The federal government on Wednesday ordered 16 of the nation's largest mortgage lenders and servicers to reimburse homeowners who were improperly foreclosed upon. Government regulators also directed the financial firms to hire auditors to determine how many homeowners could have avoided foreclosure in 2009 and 2010. Citibank, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, the nation's four largest banks, were among the financial firms cited in the joint report by the Federal Reserve, Office of Thrift Supervision and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Obamas Earned $1.7 Million, Paid $453,770 in Taxes; Bidens Made $379,178 19 Apr 2011 President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, reported $1.7 million in adjusted gross income last year and paid $453,770 in federal income taxes, according to tax returns released yesterday by the White House. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, reported adjusted gross income of $379,178 and paid $86,626 of federal income taxes. They owed $7,180 of that amount with the return.

Severe storms kill at least 45 18 Apr 2011 Tornadoes, high winds and flooding rains ripped across the South for three days, killing at least 45 people in six states Thursday through Saturday in the deadliest storm outbreak to hit the USA in more than three years. The Storm Prediction Center noted 243 initial reports of tornadoes in 13 states -- an "astounding" number, Weather Channel meteorologist Jonathan Erdman said.

Deadly tornado outbreak among largest in U.S. history --The storms launched 241 twisters over 14 states 17 Apr 2011 One of the largest convulsions of tornado activity in U.S. history left a swath of death and debris from Oklahoma to North Carolina and Virginia, killing at least 44 people, disrupting power service for thousands, and leaving many others injured or huddled in shelters. The three-day outbreak included 241 tornadoes reported over 14 states, according to AccuWeather.com, noting that the spate of twisters is likely to rank among the most active ever recorded.

Photos: Violent tornadoes strike U.S. 17 Apr 2011 A furious storm system that kicked up tornadoes, flash floods and hail as big as grapefruits has claimed dozens of lives across the southern U.S.

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