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Jun 29 06:54

Hersh’s new Syria revelations buried from view

Veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, the man who exposed the Mai Lai massacre during the Vietnam War and the US military's abuses of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib in 2004 ... His latest investigation questions whether Assad was responsible for another alleged gas attack - this one at Khan Sheikhoun in April. Again a consensual western narrative was quickly constructed after social media showed dozens of Syrians dead, apparently following the dropping of a bomb by Syrian aircraft. For the first time in his presidency, Donald Trump received wall-to-wall praise for launching a military strike on Syria in response, even though, as Hersh documents, he had no evidence on which to base such an attack, one that gravely violated international law.

Jun 29 06:52

America throws down gauntlet: Accept extra security checks or don't carry laptops on flights

Folks flying into America must endure extra security checks if they want to bring their laptops into airplane cabins. In a press conference on Wednesday, US Homeland Security boss John Kelly announced the introduction of:

  • Enhanced screening of passengers and their electronic devices.
  • Increased security protocols around aircraft and in passenger areas.
  • The use of advanced scanning technology.
  • An expansion of canine screening.
  • Jun 29 06:52

    Intel Behind Trump’s Syria Attack Questioned

    Legendary investigative reporter Seymour Hersh is challenging the Trump administration's version of events surrounding the April 4 "chemical weapons attack" on the northern Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun - though Hersh had to find a publisher in Germany to get his information out. In the Sunday edition of Die Welt, Hersh reports that his national security sources offered a distinctly different account, revealing President Trump rashly deciding to launch 59 Tomahawk missiles against a Syrian airbase on April 6 despite the absence of intelligence supporting his conclusion that the Syrian military was guilty.

    Jun 29 06:50

    Virus (cough, cough, Petya) goes postal at FedEx, shares halted

    FedEx has suspended trading of its shares on the New York stock exchange after admitting that its subsidiary TNT Express has been hit by "an information system virus."

    The big package giant said no information had been stolen by the cyber-nasty and only some offices of TNT Express appear to have been disrupted. After yesterday's global NotPetya outbreak, it would be logical to assume the file-scrambling bastardware has claimed another victim. FedEx isn't responding to requests for comment.

    Jun 29 06:49

    Wag the Dog? Offering No Proof, Trump Threatens New Attacks Against Syria

    In the wake of new reporting suggesting that the Trump administration's decision to target the Syrian government with cruise missiles in early April was conducted without sufficient evidence and over the objections of some in the U.S. intelligence community, the White House on Monday night threatened President Bashar al-Assad's government with further military action. In a message that, according to the New York Times, "appeared designed to set the stage for another possible military strike," the White House statement made a claim (though it offered no evidence to support it) that the Syrian military appeared to be planning a chemical attack similar to one that took place in the village of Khan Sheikhoun on April 4.

    Jun 29 06:47

    NATO: 'Cyber' is a military domain

    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has told a press conference ahead of a ministerial meeting tomorrow Brussels time that “cyber” is a “military domain” – and that a cyber-attack on one member can trigger NATO's Article 5.

    Article 5 of the Washington Treaty that establishes NATO embodies the principle of collective defence – in other words, an attack on one is an attack on all, and that includes cyber-attacks.

    Jun 29 06:45

    Murdoch's £11.7bn Sky takeover referred to competition regulator

    The proposed £11.7bn takeover of Sky by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox has been referred to the Competition and Markets Authority regulator today.

    Culture secretary Karen Bradley announced the decision after considering an investigation into the takeover by the media watchdog Ofcom, which found the deal might influence the "overall news agenda" and the entity's ability to "influence the political process".

    Bradley said that on the basis of Ofcom’s assessment she was minded to refer the deal to a six-month investigation by the CMA on the grounds of media plurality.

    Jun 29 06:41

    Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

    Systemd, the Linux world's favorite init monolith, can be potentially crashed or hijacked by malicious DNS servers. Patches are available to address the security flaw, and should be installed ASAP if you're affected.

    Looking up a hostname from a vulnerable Systemd-powered PC, handheld, gizmo or server can be enough to trigger an attack by an evil DNS service: the software's resolved component can be fooled into allocating too little memory for a lookup response, and when a large reply is eventually received, this data overflows the buffer allowing the attacker to overwrite memory. This can crash the process or lead to remote code execution, meaning the remote evil DNS service can run malware on your box.

    Jun 29 06:28

    Was Petya Ransomware a DELIBERATE Cyberattack on Ukraine? Here’s How It Could Happen To Us

    New evidence is pointing toward the Petya attack as something more sinister - a deliberate attempt to cause disruption and chaos.

    What if the same thing happened here? What if it was some kind of dry run for an attack on the US? Let's wargame the scenario.

    Jun 29 06:05


    Until we face the truth of who we really are, we will continue to destroy other countries, commit mass murder of innocent civilians, including children, and destroy ourselves in the process.

    Jun 29 05:44

    Where Hillary Clinton Ate In Chicago Yesterday

    (*NO! , It wasn't "The Slammer" !)

    Jun 29 05:38


    Yesterday the ACLU of Massachusetts and attorney Jeffrey Pyle of Prince Lobel Tye LLP filed a complaint in Suffolk Superior Court seeking access to court records that have been under seal for over five years. The secret court documents pertain to a law enforcement surveillance demand issued against an anonymous police critic’s Twitter account in December 2011, just days after the Boston Police Department dismantled and evicted the Occupy Boston encampment.

    Jun 29 05:37

    All signs point to the COLLAPSE of America

    All the signs are pointing to collapse in America, possibly from civil war, widespread rioting or an armed revolution.

    Jun 29 05:34


    Insurance will soon be personal rather than product orientated. Driving cars has already become one of them. Technology will alert the insurance company what vehicle is being driven and how aggressively – or otherwise, determining the cost of each drive. The upside says the Times, is that these greater insights provided to insurance companies can reduce premiums to many careful people, but for those it decides are riskier, many may never get cover at all. Gene sequencing will quite likely be used to determine whether an individual is likely to get illnesses or calculate longevity that will price risk. Privacy and discrimination will be the battleground for civil liberty organisations who already know they lost that battle a few years ago.

    Jun 29 05:28


    In 1951, a French village suddenly became plagued with hallucinations and mass insanity. For decades, it was assumed that local bread had been poisoned with psychedelic mold, however, it has recently been discovered that instead, the CIA had contaminated the village's food with LSD.

    Jun 29 04:39

    FLASHBACK: Senator Harry Reid: Give Trump Fake CIA Intel Briefings

    In light of McMaster's manipulation of intelligence reports. They aren't doing it just to Trump; they are doing it to the American people.

    Jun 29 03:26

    Janet Yellen Says A New Financial Crisis Probably Won’t Happen ‘In Our Lifetimes’ But The BIS Says One Could Soon Hit ‘With A Vengeance’

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is quite convinced that the United States will not experience another financial crisis for a very long time to come. 

    Jun 29 02:27

    Three Chicago Cops Charged With Conspiracy to Cover Up Laquan McDonald Killing

    That probe resulted in an indictment, unsealed Tuesday, that named Det. David March and officers Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney as the leaders of a conspiracy to obstruct justice in the McDonald case. The conspiracy charge, as well as one of official misconduct, carry prison terms of up to five years. All three cops were expected to show up voluntarily for their July 10 arraignment. March and Walsh have resigned from the force. Gaffney will be suspended without pay, as is customary for officers under felony indictment, a department spokesman said.

    Jun 29 02:15

    FBI Agent Charged With Lying About Fatal Oregon Refuge Shooting

    The indictment against Astarita provides few details, but the FBI has previously confirmed that it was investigating allegations that one of its agents also fired shots — which missed Finicum — but lied about it to investigators. On at least three occasions, Astarita lied to FBI investigators when he "falsely stated he had not fired his weapon during the attempted arrest of Robert LaVoy Finicum, when he knew then and there that he had fired his weapon," according to the indictment.

    Jun 28 23:51

    Lee Camp: How to Write Propaganda for the NY Times – As Demonstrated in an Article About Me

    This past Thursday the New York Times vomited up a hit piece on little ol’ me – a guy who has been doing stand-up comedy for nearly 20 years and thought maybe that comedy could be used to inform and inspire audiences, rather than just make fun of the differences between men and women. At first when you’re the center of a smear job, you’re annoyed and frustrated. But as I read further through the piece, I realized it was a master class in how to write propaganda for one of the most “respected” news outlets in our country. I’m actually grateful it was written about me because now I can see with my own eyes exactly how the glorious chicanery is done. I count no less than 15 lies, manipulations, and false implications in this short article, a score that even our fearless prevaricator-in-chief Donald Trump would envy. So here now is a “How To” for writing propaganda for the New York Times – using the smear piece against me as an example

    Jun 28 19:43

    An Egyptian commentator gives an impassioned plea to his fellow Muslims (67 Pics)

    An Egyptian commentator gives an impassioned plea to his fellow Muslims (67 Pics)

    Jun 28 19:41

    Very soon, you may be able to 'FLY' in a car?

    The concept of flying cars will soon become a reality as the much-awaited car is expected to come sooner than though before.
    At this year's Paris Air Show, you had to search hard to find an aircraft that looked anything like an automobile: but one such model, the AeroMobil, was tucked away under the old Concordes at the Air and Space Museum, just outside the capital.