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TSA Cannot Guarantee Accuracy of 900,000 Airport Security Badges

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Airport security screening
More than 10 percent of the TSA's identification badges have errors that could compromise airport security, a new audit has found.

Omissions and inaccuracies ranging from birthdates and birthplaces to incorrect assessments of security threats abound in identification badges assigned to the approximately 900,000 people who have unescorted access to secure areas of airports, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security inspector general.

"The safety of airport workers, passengers, and aircraft is at risk due to the vulnerabilities in the airport operator badging process," the report said.

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Swelling List of Demands Fuels Israel Protests

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Israel's social protest movement started with a tent on Tel Aviv's Rothschild Boulevard and a few voices demanding affordable housing. In less than a month it has grown into a national phenomenon - and perhaps the most serious challenge yet to the government of Benjamin Netanyahu.

Last Saturday, more than 250,000 Israelis took to the street to call for social reform. Tent cities have sprung up across the country, drawing in an ever-expanding cast of protesters - from students to pensioners, and Holocaust survivors to taxi drivers.

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Martial Law In London? Growing Calls For Army To Crush "Thugs"

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Gerard Batten, a British Member of the European Parliament, has called for an army of troops to crush the thugs on the streets of London.

Completely ignoring the fact that police stood by and let the situation get out of control, coupled with that fact agent provocateurs may have been used to turn a non violent protest into pure mayhem, Batten is calling for a full fledged police state and martial law.

As more and more politicians and media pundits call for martial law and blame anti police state laws for these riots, it becomes clear that even if these riots weren't manufactured, they are sure being used to the advantage of the elite.

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What the USDA Doesn't Want You to Know About Antibiotics and Factory Farms

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Reservoir hogs: According to peer-reviewed research, factory farms may be a "significant reservoir of resistant bacteria."
Here is a document the USDA doesn't want you to see. It's what the agency calls a "technical review" - nothing more than a USDA-contracted researcher's simple, blunt summary of recent academic findings on the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant infections and their link with factory animal farms. The topic is a serious one. A single antibiotic-resistant pathogen, MRSA - just one of many now circulating among Americans - now claims more lives each year than AIDS.

Back in June, the USDA put the review up on its National Agricultural Library website. Soon after, a Dow Jones story quoted a USDA official who declared it to be based on "reputed, scientific, peer-reviewed, and scholarly journals." She added that the report should not be seen as a "representation of the official position of USDA." That's fair enough - the review was designed to sum up the state of science on antibiotic resistance and factory farms, not the USDA's position on the matter.

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US: Don't hold your breath, Rumsfeld to be sued for Iraq torture

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A federal appeals court ruled on Monday that former defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld could be sued for the torture of two US citizens.

The ruling from the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals follows a similar decision by a federal judge to allow an army veteran who also alleges being tortured in Iraq to sue Mr Rumsfeld for damages.

Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel were working for Iraqi-owned security firm Shield Group Security in 2006 when they tried to alert the FBI to alleged illegal activities by the company.

After this they were detained by the army and claim that they were tortured over several weeks in military camps by sleep deprivation, being exposed to extremes of light and sound and by a process known as "walling," where subjects are blindfolded and slammed into walls on their way to interrogation sessions.

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Libya: Nato Air Strike Kills Dozens of Civilians

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A bombed house in Zlitan
The Libyan government has accused Nato of killing dozens of civilians in an attack on a village in western Libya.

Col Muammar Gaddafi's administration said Nato bombed Majar, south of the city of Zlitan, on Monday to allow rebel fighters to enter the area.

Officials say 85 civilians were killed, but Nato says the target was a military one, with civilian deaths unlikely.

A BBC correspondent says he saw about 30 body bags at a local hospital, but it was unclear how the people died.

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Syria: Troops Renew Attacks on Pro-Democracy Demonstrators

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Activists in Damascus say the escalation of pro-democracy protests is piling pressure on President Bashar al-Assad.
Crackdown comes as President Bashar al-Assad rejects Turkish appeals to change tack or face fate of Muammar Gaddafi

Syrian security forces were reported to have launched another wave of violence against pro-democracy protesters on Tuesday as President Bashar al-Assad rejected a Turkish appeal to change tack or meet the fate of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi.

Human rights groups recorded at least 40 civilians dead on the day that Ahmed Davutoglu, Turkey's foreign minister, met the Syrian leader to issue what was billed as a "final warning" to end the five-month crackdown, estimated by the US as having claimed 2,000 victims.

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London riots: police 'prepare to use plastic bullets' if violence continues

London police said on Tuesday they will consider using baton rounds as calls mounted for them to use stronger measures in riots that have been sweeping the capital for the last three nights.

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"That's a tactic that will be used by the Metropolitan police if deemed necessary," Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Kavanagh told reporters.

Officers said they hoped they were wrong as they said they were "preparing for mass disorder again" tonight.

Senior Scotland Yard officers, led by Acting Commissioner Tim Godwin, met a number of departments last night to discuss the use of various tactics.

Asked about other tactics, such as plastic bullets or baton rounds, Mr Kavanagh said: "Through the night the Commissioner did absolutely consider that as one of the tactics available to use, a tactic used if deemed necessary.

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Resources Wars: Another fabricated conflict is in the works? Israel sends drones over Mediterranean gas fields

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In this Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010 file photo, an Israeli soldier carries a drone during a large military exercise at the Shizafon Armored Corps Training Base in the Arava desert, in southern Israel. Israel has deployed reconnaissance drones on surveillance missions over its gas fields in the Mediterranean Sea due to security concerns, a defense official said Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011
Israeli air force drones are patrolling the skies over the country's gas fields in the Mediterranean Sea due to security concerns, a defense official said Tuesday.

The deployment comes in the wake of new threats from Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group.

Israel and Lebanon have not agreed on a maritime border, and Israel's recent gas discoveries in the Mediterranean have created a new source of friction between the two countries, which have fought repeatedly.

The Israeli official would not specify the nature of the concerns or disclose when the unmanned aircraft began operating or how many were in the air. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the operation of the drones.

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New Zealand: Would John Key expose Israeli spies?

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Prime Minister John Key has left questions dangling after the incident involving Israelis caught in the February earthquake
It always happens. I leave the country for two weeks and miss something important.

The Southland Times' discovery that a group of Israeli backpackers were spirited out of Christchurch after one of them was killed in the February earthquake was a subject I thought would be still alive when I got back.

Instead, I was dismayed that after a few days the discussion turned to how the Prime Minister could have been so clumsy as to encourage suspicion by clamming up "in the national interest" when the story was first put to him.

His subsequent assurance that a security investigation had turned up nothing to suggest the four young fellows were nothing other than backpackers seemed to have settled all concerns.