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Israel Court Convicts Palestinian Youth of Murder

© pls48.netHakim Awwad (Right) and Amjad Awwad
An Israeli military court convicted an 18-year-old Palestinian on Tuesday for the murder in March of a family of settlers, military sources said.

The young man identified as Hakim Awwad from the Awarta village in the West Bank confessed to the March 11 murder of the family of five in the Itamar settlement, the sources said.

Awwad was also convicted of carrying illegal weapons but it was not clear when a sentence will be handed down, the sources said.

According to the charge sheet, Awwad and his 19-year-old cousin Amjad Awwad acted of their own free will, although the pair are members of the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Amjad is also on trial.

On the night of March 11, Ehud and Ruthy Fogel were stabbed to death along with their three children, including a three-month-old baby, in a murder that sparked international condemnation.

Source: Agence France-Presse


'Science' and America's Police State: Phony Scientist Rationalizes Latest TSA Outrage

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So, you're sick and tired of being hassled by Transportation "Security" Administration (TSA) thugs, who fondle your "junk" and force 95-year-old grandmothers to take off their adult diapers?

Well, that's tough - because it's about to get worse.

Since 2006, the TSA has been developing a $1 billion program called "Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques" [.pdf] (SPOT) whose proponents - notably, one Rafi Ron, an Israeli airline security "expert" - claim it enables screeners to detect dangerous passengers via nonverbal signals, including facial expressions. The program is undergoing a test run, starting today [Tuesday] at Boston's Logan airport. So before you wrinkle your nose at that Epsilon-Minus Semi Moron rifling through your suitcase, please be aware that the "micro-expressions" you exhibit can and will be held against you.

As the TSA gropers assaulted Americans at airports, the outraged response of the public was taken up by some conservatives, who promptly declared that we need to organize our air safety campaign along Israeli lines - and now they've gotten their wish. Which just goes to underscore the old aphorism about being careful what you wish for.


Der Spiegel: Mossad behind Iran hit

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German newspaper quotes Israeli intelligence source saying that Iranian nuclear scientist's assassination was Mossad chief Tamir Pardo's first major operation. Report claims Mossad opposed to IAF calls to strike Iran nuke sites.

The assassination of the Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran last week was the first major operation of Mossad director Tamir Pardo, the Der Spiegel website reported Monday.

The article, which quotes an Israeli intelligence source, surveys the series of assassination attempts involving Iranian scientists in the past 18 months and points to the Mossad as the organization at the forefront of Israel's campaign against an Iranian nuclear bomb.


Flashback 9/10/2001: Rumsfeld says $2.3 TRILLION Missing from Pentagon

Pentagon admits $2.3 trillion missing - Rumsfeld calls it "a matter of life and death":


Best of the Web: Assassinations by induced heart attack and cancer

The 1975 Church Committee hearings
In 1975, during the Church Committee hearings, the existence of a secret assassination weapon came to light. The CIA had developed a poison that caused the victim to have an immediate heart attack. This poison could be frozen into the shape of a dart and then fired at high speed from a pistol. The gun was capable of shooting the icy projectile with enough speed that the dart would go right through the clothes of the target and leave just a tiny red mark. Once in the body the poison would melt and be absorbed into the blood and cause a heart attack! The poison was developed to be undetectable by modern autopsy procedures.

Can you give a person cancer? If cancer in animals can be caused by injecting them with cancer viruses and bacteria, it would certainly be possible to do the same with human beings! In 1931, Cornelius Rhoads, a pathologist from the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, purposely infects human test subjects in Puerto Rico with cancer cells; 13 of them died. Though a Puerto Rican doctor later discovers that Rhoads purposely covered up some of the details of his experiment and Rhoads himself gives a written testimony stating he believes that all Puerto Ricans should be killed, he later goes on to establish the U.S. Army Biological Warfare facilities in Fort Detrick Maryland (origin of the HIV/AIDS virus, the Avian Flu virus and the Swine Flu / A-H1N1 virus), Utah and Panama, and is named to the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, where he begins a series of radiation exposure experiments on American soldiers and civilian hospital patients.

The answer to the question - Can you give a person cancer - is yes. After nearly 80 years of research and development there is now a way to simulate a real heart attack and to give a healthy person cancer. Both have been used as a means of assassination. Only a very skilled pathologist, who knew exactly what to look for at an autopsy, could distinguish an assassination induced heart attack or cancer from the real thing.


The US Dictatorship and its White House Servant 'President'

If there is one thing that the office of President Barack Obama demonstrates, it is that democracy does not exist in the United States. This may seem a rather outlandish statement. For many people, the fact that the 44th president is the first black man to preside over the White House - with its American colonial-style architecture - is a tribute to the triumph of US democracy.

But many other more telling facts indicate that Obama is but a figurehead of an unelected government in the US. This unelected power of corporate elites - commercial, financial, military - governs with the same core policies regardless of who is sitting in the White House. Whether these policies are on social, economic or foreign matters, the elected president must obey the direction ordained by the unelected elite. That kind of untrammeled power structure conforms more closely in practice to dictatorship, not democracy.

As Michael Hudson and Ellen Brown reveal in their analyses of the US budget debacle, Obama is pathetically doing the bidding of Wall Street - much like an errand boy [1] [2].


UK: Greater Manchester Police hit by theft of USB containing sensitive data

Greater Manchester Police has revealed that an officer had an unencrypted USB device containing detailed information on active operations and personal information on members of the public stolen from his home.

The force said that it has started contacting those affected, but Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan sought to allay any fears that the device held information on police informants.

"I want to make it clear that any suggestion this memory stick contained lists of names of people who 'tipped off' police is inaccurate," he said.

"We know what is on the device because the officer has told us, and so far we have only had to speak to one member of the public whose personal information may have been compromised."

Shewan added that the force is working to ensure that such incidents do not happen again, and that staff are expected to be aware of procedures relating to the handling of personal information.


Anonymous steals 390MB from U.S. cybersecurity contractor ManTech

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Anonymous strikes again, hitting cybersecurity contractor ManTech in order to embarrass the FBI

Anonymous' campaign against the FBI has shown no sign of relenting, despite the climbing number of global hacker arrests. A group claiming they're Anonymous is saying they've stolen documents from a big U.S. cybersecurity contractor connected to the FBI, as well as many other government agencies.

As promised via tweet early Friday morning, Anonymous released seized documents from defense contractor ManTech international. The batch, released on the Pirate Bay, contained 390 megabytes of data; supposedly internal data from ManTech. The FBI apparently outsourced their cybersecurity to the contractor last year in a deal costing $100 million.


Isolated human genes can be patented, US court rules

Good for DNA research, but could lead to overpriced diagnostics

Isolating genes from human DNA structures is patentable, the US Court of Appeals has ruled.

The Court ruled that the process of isolating genes from human DNA strands left the resultant individual genes with "markedly different chemical structure" from DNA in the human body.

US patent law says that material related to laws of nature cannot be patented. Inventions must also be new, take an inventive step that is not obvious and be useful to industry to qualify for patent protection.

"The ability to visualise a DNA molecule through a microscope, or by any other means, when it is bonded to other genetic material, is worlds apart from possessing an isolated DNA molecule that is in hand and usable," the US Court of Appeals ruling (105-page/684KB PDF) said.


Lawyer for confessed Norwegian killer says his client has 'unrealistic' demands

Anders Behring Breivik
© Reuters / on-Are Berg-Jacobsen/Aftenposten via ScanpixNorwegian Anders Behring Breivik, the man accused of a killing spree and bomb attack in Norway, sits in the rear of a vehicle as he is transported in a police convoy as he is leaving the courthouse in Oslo July 25, 2011.
The confessed killer in Norway's twin terror attacks that claimed 77 lives has presented a long list of "unrealistic" demands, including the resignation of the government and that his mental condition be investigated by Japanese specialists, his defence lawyer said Tuesday.

Geir Lippestad told the Associated Press his client has two lists of demands. One consists of requests common among inmates such as for cigarettes and civilian clothing. The other is "unrealistic, far, far from the real world and shows he doesn't know how society works," Lippestad said by telephone.

Lippestad said 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik links this second list to his willingness to share information about two other alleged terrorist cells that Breivik has mentioned during questioning.

"They are completely impossible to fulfil," Lippestad said, adding that although Breivik has agreed to be examined by local psychiatrists, he also wants to be investigated by Japanese specialists.

"He claims the Japanese understand the idea and values of honour and that a Japanese (specialist) would understand him a lot better than any European would."