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Yahoo! Appears To Be Censoring Email Messages About Wall Street Protests

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Yahoo blocks users from sending e-mails about the OccupyWallSt.org website with a message claiming "suspicious activity"
Yahoo! blocks users from sending e-mails about the Occupy Wall Street website with a message claiming "suspicious activity"

Thinking about e-mailing your friends and neighbors about the protests against Wall Street happening right now? If you have a Yahoo e-mail account, think again. ThinkProgress has reviewed claims that Yahoo is censoring e-mails relating to the protest and found that after several attempts on multiple accounts, we too were prevented from sending messages about the "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrations.

Over the weekend, thousands gathered for a "Tahrir Square"-style protest of Wall Street's domination of American politics. The protesters, organized online and by organizations like Adbusters, have called their effort "Occupy Wall Street" and have set up the website: Occupy Wall Street. However, several YouTube users posted videos of themselves trying to email a message inviting their friends to visit the Occupy Wall St campaign website, only to be blocked repeatedly by Yahoo. View a video of ThinkProgress making the attempt with the same blocked message experienced by others

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US: Recession's second act would be worse than the first

Fresh evidence of a global economic slowdown has raised fears that governments around the world may be powerless to reverse it. If the world does fall into back into recession, it could be much harder to escape than the contraction that ended in 2009.

With banks still recovering from a decade-long credit bubble, governments slashing spending to cope with unsustainable debt, and unemployment at levels not seen in decades, a new recession would be "disastrous," according to Roger Altman, a senior Treasury official in the Clinton administration.

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"Dangerous New Phase" of the World Economy - IMF Downgrades US Outlook


US: Woman's afro prompts TSA pat-down

Is it possible to hide weapons in your hair?

The Transportation Security Administration thinks so.


UK: Lloyd's of London Pulls Deposits From Banks on Debt Crisis

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Lloyds of London

Lloyd's of London, concerned European governments may be unable to support lenders in a worsening debt crisis, has pulled deposits in some peripheral economies as the European Central Bank provided dollars to one euro-area institution.

"There are a lot of banks who, because of the uncertainty around Europe, the market has stopped using to place deposits with," Luke Savage, finance director of the world's oldest insurance market, said today in a phone interview. "If you're worried the government itself might be at risk, then you're certainly worried the banks could be taken down with them."

European banks and their regulators are trying to reassure investors and customers that lenders have enough capital to withstand a default by Greece and slowing economic growth caused by governments' austerity measures. Siemens AG, European's biggest engineering company, withdrew short-term deposits from Societe Generale SA, France's second-largest bank, in July, a person with knowledge of the matter said yesterday.


US: Atlanta Increases Surveillance of City

for public and officer safety on the Digital Integration Video Array (DIVA)
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Atlanta Police Department Marion Ellis watches a live APD traffic stop to observe for public and officer safety on the Digital Integration Video Array (DIVA) at the Joint Video Integration Center in the 911 Communication Center.
Plans to put Atlanta's public spaces under camera surveillance will move forward this week with the opening of a state-of-the-art video monitoring center.

Whether it's good that Atlanta is joining other big cities in the video surveillance race depends on your comfort level with being watched more often by police.

The downtown "Video Integration Center," funded by a mix of private donations and public money, has already given Atlanta police links to more than 100 public and private security cameras.

Talks are underway to link up with more cameras at CNN Center, Georgia State University, the Georgia World Congress Center and MARTA, along with cameras in Buckhead.

Officials say hundreds or thousands more private-sector cameras will eventually feed into the center. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution toured the center last week, as live footage of a traffic stop and archived video of a DragonCon parade played on a 15-foot screen. Officers can watch up to 128 views at once.


U.S. assembling secret drone aircraft bases in Africa, Arabian Peninsula, officials say

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The Obama administration is assembling a constellation of secret drone bases for counterterrorism operations in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula as part of a newly aggressive campaign to attack al-Qaeda affiliates in Somalia and Yemen, U.S. officials said.

One of the installations is being established in Ethi­o­pia, a U.S. ally in the fight against al-Shabab, the Somali militant group that controls much of that country. Another base is in the Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, where a small fleet of "hunter-killer" drones resumed operations this month after an experimental mission demonstrated that the unmanned aircraft could effectively patrol Somalia from there.

The U.S. military also has flown drones over Somalia and Yemen from bases in Djibouti, a tiny African nation at the junction of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. In addition, the CIA is building a secret airstrip in the Arabian Peninsula so it can deploy armed drones over Yemen.

The rapid expansion of the undeclared drone wars is a reflection of the growing alarm with which U.S. officials view the activities of al-Qaeda affiliates in Yemen and Somalia, even as al-Qaeda's core leadership in Pakistan has been weakened by U.S. counterterrorism operations.

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US building secret drone bases in Africa

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The United States is assembling a series of secret drone bases in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula to launch an aggressive campaign against al-Qaida-linked groups in Somalia and Yemen, the Washingon Post reported Tuesday night.

The Post said the new bases are in Ethiopia, the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean and on the Arabian Peninsula. The military has also flown drones out of Djibouti, at the conjunction of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

In addition to using armed drones in Yemen and Somalia, the U.S. government has used them in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq.

Libya is the most recent country where the U.S. has used drones. Unarmed Predator drones flew surveillance missions to support the NATO mission against Moammar Gadhafi, officials have said.

The Post said the expansion of the drone program in the Arabian Peninsula reflected U.S. alarm over al-Qaida affiliates in Yemen and Somalia.

Comment: Let's look into the media illusion here shall we? Somalia has no Pirates, they have fishermen who are tired of their waters being a nuclear waste dump site for Europe.

So the U.S. decides to put drones around a country of starving people, does that make sense? Maybe they'll perform some flase flag activity, killing thousands if not more and claim someone else did it?

Of many other things in this article, one that sticks out for me is, the Horrifying, Terror driven, name-brand-monster-machine, A.K.A. (also known as) "al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula". The history of these "ferocious", "fire-brand", "lawless", "dangerous" people and there series of "attacks on U.S. territory", makes me want to run just thinking about them, except I don't actually recall any history of them attacking U.S. territory. The article is seething with fear affect in this editors opinion.

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Occupy Wall Street: Protesters Violently Arrested in New York

Arrest at Zuccotti Park
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Arrest at Zuccotti Park
Eye-witnesses are claiming police brutality accompanied three arrests in New York City's Zuccotti Park. NYPD sought to tear down tents and stop livestream.

Watched in real time by an international audience, New York's police officers moved in on Zuccotti Park. It was 7.20am, on September 20th 2011, and a light rain was falling over the 200-300 people camping out there. They had been there for four days, as part of the Occupy Wall Street protest. What began as a request from police, to remove tents and tarpaulin, ended in seven arrests. Onlookers claimed these were too violent.

The Global Revolution Livestream captured much of the incident, channeling the footage in real time to its 3000 plus viewers. In addition, some protesters were filming the arrests, then they uploaded their videos onto YouTube.


US: New York City Police Violate Constitutional First Amendment Rights

You may or may not have heard about the occupation of Wall Street by several thousand protestors. The event was organized by "OccupyWallStreet", with the intent of demonstrating to Wall Street (for the first time) that while our politicians and right-wing media may not object to what they've done to our country and its people, the people damn well object.

Wall Street is the biggest contributor to our politicians, so we can never expect our government to stand up to them. Wall Street has long ago been given a green light to rape the country and the citizens without fear of retribution. So it's up to the people to do something about it. But with all that power, the police is directed to violate the protestors civil rights.

Yahoo is getting in on the act of silencing the protestors. They started censoring email messages about the protestors. Just one more nail in the coffin of freedom here in America.

Here are two videos, the first of which is the police attacking and beating some of the protestors. The second is the police tearing down a tarp the protestors had set up to protect their camera equipment from the rain.