Apr 262010
 

Iranian Nuclear Insiders Providing More Information

(Apr. 26) - A technician stands near an International Atomic Energy Agency camera in 2005 at Iran's Isfahan uranium conversion plant. Personnel linked to Iran's nuclear program have provided increasing amounts of information to Western nations, U.S. officials said (Behrouz Mehri/Getty Images).

U.S. and other Western intelligence services have seen an increase in the amount of insider information being made available about Iran’s nuclear activities as the Middle Eastern nation’s political climate has worsened, the Washington Post reported yesterday (see GSN, April 23).

The leaks come from scientists and additional personnel who are frustrated by the Iranian government’s response to dissent that arose in the wake of the controversial presidential election of June 2009. They have provided details about Tehran’s nuclear work that the U.S. intelligence community has had to assess for inclusion in a new National Intelligence Estimate, originally expected last fall (see GSN, Oct. 16, 2009). The slowdown in the report’s preparation “has to do with the information coming in and the pace of developments,” National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair said last week.

The forthcoming report was considered a “memo to holders” of a 2007 intelligence assessment asserting that Iran halted formal nuclear weapons development in 2003, said officials with knowledge of the pending document. The new estimate is expected to assert that Iran has gradually come closer to the ability to build nuclear weapons, but the report would not state that the nation intends to actually do so, said one government source. Tehran has insisted its atomic work has always been strictly peaceful.

“There is a wealth of information-sharing going on, and it reflects enormous discontent among Iranian technocrats,” said one former U.S. official familiar with recent undisclosed reports on intelligence collection in Iran. “Morale is very low” among high-level officials in Iran’s nuclear program and elsewhere, the official added.

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Marines Join Chemical Attack Drill in NYC

Monday, April 26, 2010

The New York Fire Department and the U.S. Marine Corps last week conducted response exercises for a chemical attack and other simulated acts of terrorism in the city (see GSN, April 6).

Firefighters and members of the Marines’ Chemical Biological Incident Response Force unit on Thursday dealt with the mock release of a dangerous chemical in the subway system, a bus explosion, a collapsing building and detonations of two improvised explosive devices, according to a Marine Corps press release.

The Marines aided the firefighters by venturing into a fake subway tunnel that was filled with smoke to identify the chemical deployed in the attack. Marines also decontaminated “victims” by spraying and scrubbing them down before sending them to fire department medical crews.

Marine Sgt. Cody Mcgrew said his reconaissance team could identify in excess of 1 million chemicals and make recommendations to first responders on what type of protective gear they should use. Emergency personnel wearing inadequate protections could be could be overcome during an incident, while their efforts could also be impeded by oversly bulky gear, he said.

Marine CBIRF commanding officer Col. John Pollock said the unit could support federal, state and local authorities in the event of an attack. The Marines attend major public events like sporting competitions and presidential visits so that they are on hand in the event of an emergency (U.S. Marine Corps release, April 23).

Antiterror Security Ring Encircles New York

Monday, April 26, 2010

New York City’s neighboring municipalities have received equipment intended to help safeguard the area against radiological “dirty bomb” attacks, Newsday reported today (see GSN, Jan. 25).

Since 2007, the federal Securing the Cities program has provided 5,000 radiation sensors and other gear to counties around New York City. Other protective measures in the area include Coast Guard countermeasures, port security equipment and monitoring of local transit routes.

“We depend on partners,” said New York City Police Department Capt. Michael Reggio, who heads the chemical, biological and nuclear services unit within the department’s counterterrorism division.

A “dirty bomb” attack would use conventional explosives to disperse radioactive material over a wide area.

“It can range from anywhere to a nuisance bomb spreading weakly radioactive stuff like uranium … at the upper end you can imagine a scenario where you are dispersing things like cesium 137,” said Federation of American Scientists expert Charles Ferguson.

“If we didn’t have radiation detectors, you could drive a dirty bomb right into New York City and you wouldn’t even see it,” said Inspector Stuart Cameron, who heads the office in charge of the Suffolk County Police Department’s radiation detection program. County officers are equipped with 400 sensor devices.

Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.) expressed concern that the Obama administration has not sought federal money in fiscal 2011 for Securing the Cities. “It would have a devastating impact on the program,” he said, calling instead for annual funding for training events and purchases of detectors.

The effectiveness of such radiation detection programs remains uncertain, Ferguson and others have said, given that money for such initiatives could instead aid efforts to safeguard poorly protected nuclear materials.

Council on Foreign Relations nuclear terrorism specialist Michael Levi offered a different argument: “Some people are too quick to dismiss these efforts because they won’t stop everything. … We learn a lot by trying things, that is the value here” (Anthony Destefano, Newsday, April 26).

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Apr 262010
 


Chgo Breaking Sports


Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts and players Randy Wells (rear) and Marlon Byrd talk about the new BP Crosstown Cup. (Michael Tercha/Tribune)

Forget the “Crosstown Classic,” the “City Series” or whatever else Cubs vs. White Sox games have been called in the past.

Early-rising Cubs and White Sox officials and marketing executives got together Monday morning to announce what will be called the BP Crosstown Cup. Henceforth, the team with the most wins in the annual interleague series will be formally awarded the rivalry’s namesake trophy.

But there was no Cup at the announcement news conference — not even a rendering — and there was no Mayor Daley. The three-foot tall Cup supposedly is in production, but will be ready before the Cubs and Sox meet for the first time June 11-13 at Wrigley Field.

By the time the last of the six all-Chicago games are finished June 27 at U.S. Cellular Field, the Cup will be presented to the winner, with the last team to win holding the tiebreaker.

For those keeping score, the Cubs came out the early winners at the news conference held in front of The Bean, which is, after all, on the north side of Madison Street.

The Cubs were represented by new owner Tom Ricketts, president Crane Kenney, manager Lou Piniella and players Marlon Byrd and Randy Wells. The Sox had none of the ownership group, which was represented by marketing director Brooks Boyer. And while manager Ozzie Guillen was a no-show, players A. J. Pierzynski and Gordon Beckham did attend.

“I haven’t seen it, I’ve heard it’s awesome,” Pierzynski said of the new trophy.

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Apr 262010
 



Republican lawmakers stuck together Monday in preventing a massive financial regulatory bill from proceeding in the Senate, despite efforts by Democrats to portray the GOP as supporters of Wall Street — not Main Street.

Republican lawmakers stuck together Monday in preventing a massive financial regulatory bill from proceeding in the Senate, despite efforts by Democrats to portray the GOP as supporters of Wall Street — not Main Street.

In a key test vote Monday evening on the financial regulatory bill, all Republican senators — and one Democrat — voted to block debate on the legislation.

Sen. Oylmpia Snowe, R-Maine, and Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., were among the lawmakers who objected to the bill moving forward. All 41 Republicans voted to prevent the debate from starting in order to give Banking Committee Ranking Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., a chance to continue negotiations on a compromise with committee chairman Chris Dodd, D-CT.

President Obama said shortly after that he was “deeply disappointed” that Senate Republicans voted to block debate on the bill.
(We have a saying down south, “MY heart pumps cow p1$$ for ya)

It’s JUST about time Repubs find their way…

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Apr 262010
 

NOTE: Per FNC there was a communication with anwar al awlaki today

DUBAI, April 26 (Reuters) – A suspected al Qaeda suicide attack against Britain’s ambassador to Yemen shows the militant group’s resolve to carry out high-impact attacks is undented by a recent crackdown and Sanaa needs more help to fight the group. Britain’s ambassador escaped unharmed and only the suicide bomber died, but the strong symbolism of an attack on an international target will grab the world’s attention and cast doubt on Yemen’s recent efforts to quash al Qaeda’s regional wing, which has shown it has global aspirations.

“Al Qaeda’s message is that they’re still here and that they can attack international interests when they want,” said Barak Barfi, visiting fellow at Brookings Institute in Doha.

“This was a very bold and daring attack. They targeted the British ambassador — that’s a big deal.”

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Apr 262010
 

Connecting the Dots A JUST MUST watch !!! Sure, Let’s give him a court appearance, that’s the ticket

Abdulmutallab Firing Weapons in Yemen ~ The Target? British Flag,The Star of David, U.N.

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Apr 262010
 

My Fox Phoenix

PHOENIX – The conflict over a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigration in Arizona intensified Monday as vandals smeared refried beans in the shape of swastikas on the state Capitol’s windows.

More protests were planned Monday after thousands gathered this weekend to demonstrate against a bill that will make it a state crime to be an illegal immigrant in Arizona.

Opponents say the law will lead to rampant racial profiling and turn Arizona into a police state with provisions that require police to question people about their immigrant status if they suspect they are here illegally. Day laborers can be arrested for soliciting work if they are in the U.S. illegally, and police departments can be sued if they don’t carry out the law.

But supporters of the law, set to take effect in late July or August, say it is necessary to protect Arizonans from a litany of crimes committed by illegal immigrants. Arizona is home to an estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants.

Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the bill on Friday, argues Arizona must act because the federal government has failed to stop the steady stream of illegal immigrants and drugs that move through Arizona from Mexico.

The fallout over the dispute spread across the border Monday as Mexican President Felipe Calderon said the law is discriminatory and warned relations with the U.S. border state will suffer. Calderon says trade and political ties with Arizona will be “seriously affected,” although he announced no concrete measures.

The law has revved up the national debate, drawing the attention of the Obama administration and Congress. Obama has called the new law “misguided” and instructed the Justice Department to examine it to see if it’s legal.

JUST imagine if it was the Tea Party…per FNC arrests have been made because violence is escalating

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Apr 262010
 

EU Times



Members from all three branches of the Federal government already know that Barack Hussein Obama is ineligible for the office of President. National leaders, to include members of the US Supreme Court, already know that Barack Hussein Obama is not a “natural born citizen” of the United States of America, and therefore, is ineligible for the office he currently holds. (See JB’s new article on The Bottom Line on Natural Born Citizen)

What they don’t know is how long it will take for most Americans to figure it out, or what to do about it.

The diversionary search for an authentic birth certificate is ongoing and Obama has now spent in excess of $2 million in legal fees to keep that search alive.

Eric Holder’s Department of Justice continues to deploy taxpayer funded attorneys around the country to file dismissals on behalf of Obama, denying all American citizens access to the courts as a peaceful remedy, which only fuels the fire of discontent and the questions about Obama persist.

Michelle Obama states that Kenya is Barack’s “home country.” She knows, after twenty years with Barack. The Ambassador or Kenya has confirmed the same His family friends all know it, and are in fact quite proud of the fact that Americans had no hesitation in electing a “black man from Kenya” as President of the United States.

JUST applauding Europe for publicizing this, while it is ignored in the U.S.

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Apr 262010
 


The father and son-in-law operators of two Bensenville temporary labor firms were charged today with hiring dozens of undocumented workers to form their labor pool to work at suburban warehouses.

Clinton Roy Perkins, 65, of Wayne, and his son-in-law, Christopher Reindl, 40, of St. Charles, were each charged with one count of hiring illegal immigrants. Perkins is the president of Anna II Inc. and Can Do It Inc., while Reindl is their office manager, authorities said.

Authorities alleged both had underlings shuttle undocument immigrants from Chicago to job sites in the suburbs.

They also allegedly provided one company with portions of bogus Social Security numbers so the temps could work. They allegedly paid the workers in cash and failed to deduct payroll taxes.

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Immigration law polarizes Arizonans

NOTE: I heard on CNN headlines today, their own report how some of these protestors have turned violent. The Tea Party would NEVER get away with what they do, but they are portrayed as violent or racist!
Anti Bill protestors covered the capitol in AZ with refired beans etal Is that not cause for arrest for defacing public property?! What would be done to other’s on the right side of this bill? I had one comment here on the LaRaza story I had to unapprove because he was very inflammatory to those on the Conserv side. This is JUST one indicator who is truly vile. ~ JUST my opinion…

CNN

Ald. Rey Solis (25th) speaks out as he joins a group of fellow aldermen, state representatives and community and religious leaders at anews conference on immigration at the Daley Center Plaza. The group reacted to the recent Arizona legislation signed into law, which makes it a crime in that state to be in the country illegally. (Antonio Perez/Tribune)

(CNN) — These days, Jessica Mejia doesn’t leave the house without three pieces of identification to prove her citizenship.

Mejia, a University of Arizona student who was born and raised in Tucson, says the habit formed last week, after a series of raids in Arizona targeting illegal immigrants. And now, a new state law that cracks down on illegal immigration has given her more cause for concern.

“Even if you’re legal, you’re in fear that maybe your driver’s license isn’t going to be enough or if you’re walking down the street and the police stop you,” said Mejia, 21. “It’s a constant fear we’re living in and even legal citizens are afraid to go out.”

Senate Bill 1070 is set to take effect in August or September, if it withstands legal challenges that a number of groups who oppose the legislation are expected to raise.

Mejia’s concerns were echoed by others in Tucson and across the country who oppose the legislation, which requires police to question people if they have reason to suspect they’re in the United States illegally.

Mejia, who helped organize a protest in front of the state capitol Friday, is one of many student activists in Arizona organizing against SB 1070.

~Snippets…

# Supporters say law fills federal government’s role in addressing immigration reform
# Youth activists in Arizona take lead in organizing protests

JUST read if you want to see the other side…

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Apr 262010
 

JUST my opinion ~ THEY Should !

Two lawmakers who believe violence has become so rampant in Chicago that the Illinois National Guard must be called in to help made a public plea to Gov. Pat Quinn to deploy troops.


April 14: Chicago Police and investigators are seen following a shooting that left four people dead, including two children.

CHICAGO — Two lawmakers who believe violence has become so rampant in Chicago that the Illinois National Guard must be called in to help made a public plea to Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday to deploy troops.

A recent surge in violent crime, including a night last week that saw seven people killed and 18 wounded — mostly by gunfire — prompted the request from Chicago Democratic Reps. John Fritchey and LaShawn Ford. They were joined by Willie Williams, whose son was shot and killed in 2006.

Chicago has had 113 homicide victims so far this year, Fritchey said.

“As we speak, National Guard members are working side-by-side with our troops to fight a war halfway around the world,” he said during a news conference in downtown Chicago. “The unfortunate reality is that we have another war that is just as deadly that is taking place right in our backyard.”

Fritchey said later that the proposal wasn’t a “no confidence” vote toward police.

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Apr 262010
 

Chgo Breaking News

Mayor Richard Daley today reacted coolly to the idea that the National Guard be called out to help slow the violence on Chicago’s streets, as two state representatives had suggested a day earlier.

“Everybody knows their frustration, when one crime is one too many in any community — any death or any injury,” Daley said, taking a quick break from an international municipal conference to address the issue. “But like anything else, you have to look at long-term solutions. You can’t just put something temporary in there.”

“People have to get involved in their community, family by family and block by block,” he added. “Like anything else, that is the key. The community must be as upset as anybody else.”

“And so you have to look for long-term solutions. There’s no quick Band-Aid. You just can’t think you’re going to fix it in one weekend and walk away,” Daley said. “And that’s what the problem would be.”

JUST read…I personally know the areas where they want & need the Guard…Daley doesn’t want to admit failure on the homicide rate ~JUST my opinion, they should DO IT !

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