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Anonymous Pledges to "Destroy" Facebook on 5 November

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Certain elements of the Anonymous hacktivist group are to launch an attack on Facebook on 5 November, in retaliation for alleged collusion by the social network with government agencies and security firms to allow them to spy on Facebook users.

News of a fresh campaign, dubbed Operation Facebook, broke overnight, with many sources referring to a YouTube video actually posted on 16 July.

The video features a digitally generated voice speaking over an Anonymous logo, warning that Facebook will be "destroyed" and encouraging any would-be hacktivists to "join the cause and kill Facebook for the sake of your own privacy".

"Facebook has been selling information to government agencies and been giving clandestine access to information security firms so that they can spy on people from all around the world," it continues.

"Some of these so-called white hat infosec firms are working for authoritarian governments such as those of Egypt and Syria. Everything you do on FB stays on FB regardless of your privacy settings."

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Propaganda Alert! Taliban insurgents who brought down US helicopter killed via F-16 airstrike: NATO

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© Peter Parks/AFP/GettyFile photo of a US army Chinook helicopter. One from the NATO-led foreign force in Afghanistan crashed during an anti-Taliban operation on Saturday.


The ruthless Taliban terrorists who shot down a U.S. helicopter in Afghanistan - killing 30 Americans - have been hunted down and killed, officials said Wednesday.

Ten Taliban insurgents, including one believed to have fired the rocket-propelled grenade that took down a chopper loaded with elite troops, were obliterated in an airstrike by coalition forces.

"This does not ease our loss," Marine Corps Gen. John Allen said in announcing the successful strike. "But we must and we will continue to relentlessly pursue the enemy."

The commandoes were being ferried in to help an Army Ranger unit pinned down in a Tangi Valley firefight Saturday as they sought to kill a high-ranking Taliban commander.

Evil Rays

Radiation Deception Continues

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Plants are dying in the middle of central Tokyo and it could be because of the increase in radiation. One irony of the radioactive fallout from Fukushima is that people in Japan are starting to pay more attention to nature. The picture to the right was taken on the sidewalk of Hakusan Dori in Bunkyo-ku in Tokyo, and was uploaded on July 30. The air radiation in Bunkyo-ku has been higher than the official Tokyo number (measured in Shinjuku-ku, western central Tokyo), along with several other eastern "ku" (special wards of Tokyo). The person who took the picture says, "About 30% of azaleas on the sidewalk are completely dead. Ginkgo leaves are browning."

Japan is considering the possibility of creating a back-up capital city in case they need to abandon Tokyo. A new panel from Japan's Ministry of Land and Infrastructure will consider the possibility of moving some of Tokyo's capital functions to another big city, like Osaka. They talk about earthquake threats, which are quite real, but mention nothing about the persistent radiation driving parts of the government out of the city.

The story only gets worse, and this one could eventually bring down the Japanese government, which withheld important information from residents of Tsushima. Tamotsu Baba, the mayor of Namie, said that the withholding of information was akin to "murder." Japan's system to forecast radiation threats was working from the beginning but they did not warn the people when a radiation plume hit the Karino Elementary School. The school, just over six miles from the plant, was not cleared out. Instead it was turned into a temporary evacuation center.

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US: Department of Homeland Security Proposes Secret Watchlist Database, Privacy Groups Protest

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The Department of Homeland Security is planning to duplicate the FBI's Terrorist Screening Database to expand an extensive database called Watchlist Service -- and no one can know if they're on the list

Privacy is a major concern in today's day and age, whether regulators are calling Facebook out on its invasive features like facial recognition or consumers are worrying about new camera technology like license plate recognition and red light camera.

Now, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is giving the American people a whole new list of worries in the realm of privacy. According to recent reports, DHS is planning to duplicate the FBI's Terrorist Screening Database to expand an extensive database called Watchlist Service, which will include names, birthdays, photos and biometrics of the accused. The new watchlist will combine four different DHS systems of records including IDENT, which is managed by the US-VISIT Program; Treasury Enforcement Communication System (TECS), which is managed by Custom and Border Protection (CBP) Passenger Systems Program Office; Transportation Security Threat Assessment System managed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the TSA's Secure Flight Records.

The problem is that the DHS has proposed to exempt the Watchlist Service from Privacy Act provisions, which means that a person will never know if they are listed.

Stormtrooper

UK Readies Water Cannons as Rioting Spreads - "We Will Do Whatever is Necessary"

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© Dave Thompson / PA via EPAPolice restrain a man in Manchester on Tuesday as unrest hit the city. Police clashed with rioters across England during a fourth day of violence, which erupted in reaction to a fatal shooting incident in London.
Police launch murder probe as three men die after being hit by car while guarding their neighborhood

Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday that police had drawn up contingency plans to use water cannons if necessary amid ongoing rioting in the U.K.

Every action necessary will be taken to return order to the streets on Britain, Cameron said, adding that the water cannons would ready to be deployed within 24 hours.

"We will do whatever is necessary to restore law and order onto our streets," Cameron said in a somber televised statement. "Nothing is off the table."

While thousands of extra police officers on the streets kept a nervous London quiet Wednesday after three nights of rioting, looting flared in Manchester, Birmingham and several other cities.

In Birmingham, police launched a murder investigation after three men were hit by a car while apparently protecting their neighborhood early Wednesday, according to reports.

Alarm Clock

SOTT Focus: Where The Rubber Hits The Road

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I don't want to say I told you so, but I did. Ok, so maybe I didn't tell YOU, but I've said often enough over the years that one of the benefits to the British state of the occupation of the six counties of Ulster was the opportunities for training their foot soldiers in 'Urban warfare' - training that could later be applied to the 'mainland'.

As part of this training during the last 30 years of the 20th century, British soldiers and the sectarian Northern Ireland police force (the RUC) fired thousands of 'rubber bullets' or 'baton rounds' (as they were later called) at unsuspecting members of the Irish community. At least 18 people were killed by these 'non-lethal' rounds, including 8 children, and hundreds more were left paralyzed, brain damaged and blind.

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© UnknownEmma Groves' daughter, Maura, holds the rubber bullet that blinded her mother
The first 'baton rounds' were made of teak wood and used in the crown colony of Hong Kong during periods of intense labor strikes and anti-British protests in the 1960′s. These wooden rounds were deemed "too dangerous" for use in Northern Ireland, so hard rubber was used instead, with no less lethality however. A case in point: Emma Groves, an Irish Catholic, was sitting in her home one evening when British soldiers were conducting raids in the area. Emma was apparently playing the song 'Four Green Fields' loudly on her record player when a British soldier fired a rubber bullet through the window from about 10 feet away striking Emma in the face. She was blinded.

Although official regulations stated that rubber bullets should be fired from no less than 20 meters and at the ground in front of the target in order to minimise damage and target the lower body, in practice they were often fired at close range at the upper body, including the head. Between 1970 and 1974, 55,000 of these were fired on the streets of Northern Ireland, virtually all of them at members of the Irish community and with little or no cause. The first fatality was an 11-year-old boy, shot from 5-6 metres. In what would become common practice among soldiers and police, a witness said a large 'D'-style battery had been used instead of the rubber bullet to increase its weight and impact.

Attention

US: California Appeals Court Strikes Down Law That Required DNA Samples From Everyone Arrested

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from the sorry,-that's-unconstitutional dept

A year ago, we wrote about a legal challenge concerning the constitutionality of a California law that requires police to collect and store DNA of anyone arrested (not convicted). A California state appeals court has now struck down the law, saying that it's a violation of the 4th Amendment. Considering all of the rulings lately that seem to have done away with the 4th Amendment, it's nice to see one going in the other direction, though I'm sure there's still going to be an appeal. And, unfortunately, the article linked above suggests that this ruling will likely get reversed on appeal, noting that a federal appeals court (third circuit) recently ruled on the same issue, and said it's fine to collect DNA from arrestees. Still, while this court ruling is still in effect in CA, we might as well quote the judge:

Stormtrooper

TSA Cannot Guarantee Accuracy of 900,000 Airport Security Badges

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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.

Stormtrooper

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.