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Surprised? U.S. dismiss lawsuit over Americans killed by drones

Anwar Al-Awlaki
© unknownMurdered US citizen Anwar Al-Awlaki.
The U.S. Government on Friday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit over the killing of three American citizens in drone strikes in Yemen earlier this year: alleged Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader Anwar Al-Awlaki, his son Abdulrahman, and alleged AQAP magazine editor Samir Khan.

The administration also threatened to invoke the State Secrets Privilege if the suit is not dismissed on other grounds. The privilege, which 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama regularly blasted the Bush administration for invoking, allows the government to seek dismissal of a suit if it could expose national security secrets.

In the motion to dismiss, Justice Department lawyers argue that the necessity for the strikes and the viability of any alternatives is a question beyond the proper purview of the courts.

"Plaintiffs thus invite this Court to determine whether an individual in Yemen whom the Executive Branch had already declared a leader of an organized armed enemy group, and a foreign operative of that group, posed a sufficient threat to the United States and its citizens to warrant the alleged use of missile strikes abroad within the context of an armed conflict and the Executive's national self-defense mission," the motion says. "Moreover, they ask this Court to pass judgment on the Executive's purported battlefield and operational decisions in that conflict - namely, to determine whether lethal force was the most appropriate option available; if so, what sort of lethal force to employ; and whether appropriate measures were taken to minimize collateral damage. Each of these issues is a 'quintessential source' of political questions."

Pirates

Max Keiser: HSBC too big to jail

Money Laundering For Drug Cartels

In this episode, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert look at HSBC being fined rather than criminally charged in order to avoid destabilizing the system, while JP Morgan and others are being sued for about a trillion in bad mortgages investors were duped into buying. They also look at "1001" under which bankers who lied to the federal housing authorities could be criminally tried for lying to a federal official. In the second half, Max Keiser talks to Kyra Maya Phillips of MisfitEconomy.com about democracy aboard pirate ships of the 18th century on which No Plunder, No Pay was the name of the game and innovation happened on the fringe. Max proposes banksters walk the plank in a specially built platform in Trafalgar Square.


Display

Smart TVs can spy on their owners

Smart TV
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Viewers, beware: while you're watching TV, your TV might be watching you back. A security firm discovered that Samsung's Smart TV can give hackers access to the device's built-in camera and microphones, allowing them to watch everything you do.

The Malta-based firm ReVuln posted a video showing its team of researchers hacking into one of the Samsung TVs and accessing its settings, channel lists, widgets, USB drives, and remote control configurations. The security flaw allows hackers to access any and all personal data stored on the TV.

"We can install malicious software to gain complete root access to the TV," the video writes.

With this access, hackers can use the Smart TVs built-in camera and microphones to see and hear everything in front of it. Instead of just watching TV, viewers could themselves be watched without knowing it.

But this flaw isn't present in just one specific model. The vulnerability affects all 11 Samsung televisions of the latest generation. The Smart TVs have many of the same features as a computer, but lack the same kind of protection. The devices do not have security features such as firewalls and antivirus software.

Fortunately for concerned viewers, the problem has a silver lining: hackers must first breach the network that the television is connected to, as well as know the IP address of the device. As a result, security breaches would likely only occur as a targeted attack against an individual, rather than randomly. Unlike an Internet virus, a hacker would have to exploit the network manually.

Red Flag

Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner: School massacre perpetrators used military-style rifles that were rigged to reload quickly; Sandy Hook autopsies "worst I've seen"

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"To protect and to serve"... but what if part of "protecting" in a police state involves engaging in a little domestic counter-terrorism (aka state terrorism) to remind people why they need Big Brother?
The gunman who killed 20 first-graders and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, shooting many multiple times, used a military-style rifle rigged to quickly reload, the state's chief medical examiner said Saturday.

Dr. H. Wayne Carver II, the medical examiner, said the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown died Friday morning from "a very devastating set of injuries."

Carver said of the seven autopsies he personally performed, the victims had "three to 11 wounds apiece" and were shot in the head, extremities and torso -- two of them at close range.

"I believe everybody was hit more than once," he said.

Carver said the shooter was able to reload so quickly because he had taped two magazines together.

Magic Wand

Wall Street Journal casually remarks that no one at Sandy Hook elementary school had ever heard of Nancy Lanza

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Schoolteacher Kaitlin Roig did not believe the police were who they said they were when they arrived on the scene, and requested that they slide their badges under the door... did she do this because the police were indistinguishable from the real attackers?...
Law-enforcement officials identified the suspected shooter as 20-year-old Adam Lanza and said he was found dead inside the school. Officials said the alleged shooter's mother, Nancy Lanza, was believed to be among the victims.

Earlier, a law-enforcement official incorrectly identified the suspect as 24-year-old Ryan Lanza, who is Adam's brother. Ryan was questioned by investigators Friday but isn't believed to have had any role in the shooting.

Two federal law-enforcement officials familiar with the investigation said the firearms recovered at the scene - Glock and Sig Sauer handguns - were registered to the alleged shooter's mother and are legal. A third firearm was registered to Ms. Lanza as well, the officials said.

The registration answers one of the questions about the origin of the firearms believed used in the mass shooting. Under federal law, Adam Lanza would have been prohibited from buying handguns from a licensed dealer because of his age.

According to state court records, the suspected gunman's parents divorced in 2009. Both Nancy and Peter Lanza filed certifications of their completion of a parenting-education program, a Connecticut state requirement in divorce proceedings if the couple has children under the age of 18.

Comment: In light of this failure to connect Nancy Lanza to the Sandy Hook school, the perception managers are now painting her as a gun-toting survivalist who home-schooled her son Adam, "worried about economic collapse" and was "stockpiling".

We've come a long way from the police "confirming" that the gunman's mother was a kindergarten teacher and was among the dead the school...


Red Flag

Anomalies in the Connecticut school massacre: Second man arrested on scene; "hundreds" of shots reported; Official version of events full of contradictions

Newtown Connecticut School Shooting

Witness describes apparent accomplice arrested from woods


Comment: Regarding how the shooter(s) got past security, the story has changed again today, Sunday 16 December, with the Sunday Times claiming that the attacker(s) actually:
"shot [their] way into Sandy Hook Elementary School with a volley of rifle shots to a glass door before making a beeline for the classrooms of the youngest pupils."
This conflicts with yesterday's version where we were told that the attacker(s) went into the principal's office first, she or someone else turned on the intercom and the whole school heard shouting and swearing. Only then did the attacker(s) go to classrooms to execute children.


Red Flag

Connecticut school massacre: .223 caliber shell casings discovered INSIDE school building

Why is this significant?

Because the .233 Bushmaster rifle we are being told 20-year-old Adam Lanza took with him on his shooting spree was found in the trunk of a black Honda car, allegedly his mother's, long after the shooting ended. This leaves the suspect with just two handguns, a Glock and a Sig Sauer, to fire "hundreds of rounds", according to eyewitnesses.


In order to account for the multiple gunshot wounds found on every victim by the coroner, the story has now been completely reversed so that "Only the rifle was used on the victims," which "the shooter was able to reload so quickly because he had taped two magazines together."

Yes, this from his rifle that he left in the trunk of his car!

Gold Seal

Best of the Web: British State Terrorism from Northern Ireland to Syria

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From Northern Ireland to Syria, it's all the same to the British elite...
This story connects far-flung places. Kenya, Malaya, Northern Ireland and now Syria. The one over-arching theme is British counter-insurgency strategy, or more plainly, the use of state terrorism by British forces to achieve political objectives.

The story came alive again this week with two seemingly unrelated news developments. First, we learn of deeper involvement of Britain's military in the violence raging across Syria. British military officers and Special Forces are reportedly training - in Jordanian territory - foreign-backed militants to step up their campaign of terrorism across Syria.

These terror gangs, whom the Western mainstream media call "freedom fighters", have been plunging Syria into bloody chaos for the past 22 months, with car bombs ripping through civilian neighbourhoods and death squads massacring whole villages, the latest being Aqrab in Hama Province where over 125 people where murdered this week. Ample evidence shows that the mercenaries, recruited from various countries including Libya, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, are covertly supplied with weapons and training from the US, Britain and France via the conduits of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey.

Comment: The British regime is conservatively estimated to have directly or indirectly killed between 7.5 and 11.5 million people around the world from WWII to 2004 [Source: Unpeople: Britain's Secret Human Rights Abuses, by Mark Curtis].


MIB

Second man 'in camo pants and dark jacket' arrested at scene of Connecticut school shooting

Before being subject to the usual 'lone(r) gunman' propaganda technique, there were many initial reports of a least two shooters being present at the Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut on that fateful December morning.

It is clear that 20-year-old Adam Lanza could not have done this all by himself (assuming he was actually involved - we have no way of knowing and no way of ever finding out for sure). The shooting dead of 28 people, with at least 100 rounds let off, took place within three minutes... and we're being asked to believe that "autistic, troubled" Lanza pulled it off with two handguns?

Watch and listen as an eyewitness describes a "fully-grown man wearing camo pants and dark jacket" being led out of the nearby woods in handcuffs.


Comment: See also: Connecticut massacre, two shooters? Look to Aurora, Colorado


Stormtrooper

Flashback Wisconsin Sikh Temple mass shooting: FOUR shooters, not one as officially reported

Just as we have seen in the Fort Hood base mass shooting in 2009, the Aurora theater mass shooting in July 2012 and most recently the Connecticut school massacre in December 2012, the gunning down of six people during worship at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, on August 5, 2012 was blamed on a 'lone gunman', later named as Wade Michael Page, a "white supremacist".

Now, let's listen to the testimony of someone who was actually there...