Thursday, September 18, 2008

Photobucket, CA - Sep 17, 2008
... locations in the Bay Area over the weekend to participate in “Urban Shield” Homeland Security exercises hosted by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. ...
Urban Shield exercise tests law enforcement response
Oakland Tribune, CA - Sep 15, 2008
Urban Shield is considered the largest homeland security training of its kind in the country. More than 1700 people participated in or worked at the event, ...
Urban Shield Tests Police Ability Daily Californian
Reporter Takes Part in Urban Shield Simulation Daily Californian
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Massive terror operation in US, Europe said possibly imminent

17 September 2008: A disturbing communication posted in a high level Arabic language forum suggests that some type of terrorist operation is currently underway, targeting sites within the United States and Europe. According to information developed within the last 24 hours by a deep-cover intelligence operative, Islamic terrorists have been dispatched to the U.S. and Europe and may be in place, preparing to execute unspecified terrorist attacks within the U.S. and Europe.

Neither the targets nor the types of attacks were able to be identified from an analysis of the communications, although it appears possible that the European and American operations could be conducted in tandem. Also unclear is the timetable of potential attacks, although the wording pertaining to the "anticipated celebration" of the success of such attacks suggests that they will be carried out within the next few days.


Germany lists 600,000 Jews persecuted by Hitler

Where the fuck is a list for the 5 million they claimed was slaughtered?

While many such threats by Islamic terrorists are published constantly and end up being nothing more than propaganda, it is important to note that the origin and nature of the communications isolated here meet a significantly higher standard of evidence for threat evaluation purposes. As such, it is the recommendation of this agency that individual awareness of any suspicious activity be stepped up accordingly, and immediately reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Increased vigilance by law enforcement and security professionals is also urged, especially at areas of likely "hard" targets such as our infrastructure.

'We are at war with extremists', warns Bush

US economic meltdown

US Prepares For New Actions Against Russia

'We have lost control', warns US Federal Reserve Chief

Wall Street collapses as fears of more turmoil mount

US Federal Reserve Increases Crisis Funds To $247 Billion

US Federal Reserve, European Central Bank and Bank of Japan Pump $180 Billion Into Markets

Dow plunges nearly 450 points, Americans said scared to death

Last Two US Investment Banks Standing Watch As Share Prices Plunge

Oldest US money-market fund dips below safety benchmark

Gold prices post biggest 1-day gain ever

Russian stock market suspended for third day in a row as shares plunge

Russia snubs its nose at US, announces new arms sales to Iran and Venezuela

Russia Builds Ties in Latin America to Challenge US

Putin Sees Stability Ahead As Russia Pumps 350 Billion Into Markets

Medvedev signs treaty to defend Georgia separatists

Russia Must Cement Claim Over Arctic Resources, Medvedev Says

Russia Reserves Fall on Ruble Support; Bonds Decline

NATO denies rifts with EU on Georgia but tones down its rhetoric against Russia

US-Russia breakdown raises fears of terrorists gaining nuclear weapons

BBC News
Mexico: Bloody Independence Eve Celebrations
Upside Down World, NY - 1 hour ago
(IPS) - If there ever was a tacit agreement between organised crime and the authorities in Mexico to respect certain boundaries, as some analysts argue, ...
Video: Raw Video: Mexican Independence Day Explosions AssociatedPress
Eight people die in Independence Day attack in Mexico Earthtimes (press release)

President Calderon blames "cowards," "traitors" for attack (Roundup) Monsters and
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175 arrested in Mexican drug cartel bust, hundreds of millions of dollars in cash, cocaine seized

US, Mexico continue hunt for border officials' plane

7 killed in Mexico Independence Day grenade attack

Calderon takes popular and dangerous stand against Mexican drug cartels

US credit woes slam Mexico stocks, peso

Mexican stocks sink 3.79 percent on financial jitters

3 dead, 31 injured in Mexican prison riot

Mexican police identify 21 of 24 bodies killed in massacre

Plane carrying US, Mexico water officials goes missing

War on drug traffickers boosts Calderon

Russian bombers patrol Caribbean


Who's afraid of a new Cold War?, Qatar - 4 hours ago
Last week, Russian bombers landed in Venezuela. After mauling its former colony of Georgia, Russia is now reaching out to a Latin American well-wisher, ...
The ghost of Stalingrad Al-Ahram Weekly
Who is responsible for resuming the Cold War? The Island (subscription)
The Bear Ain't Back--It Never Left The Cutting Edge
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Venezuela, Russia forge even closer ties
Monsters and - Sep 16, 2008
Venezuela felt threatened by the United States, a country working around the clock to destroy Chavez' leftist revolution, Carrizales said.

Pedro M. Burelli: Op Ed: Bernd Debusmann: "The Russian bear in ..., Venezuela - 5 hours ago
Debusmann is right about the fact that the Russian view of the Georgian crisis and their foray in Venezuela is shaped by nightmares of invasion and sieges, ...

National Post

United Press International - Sep 16, 2008
16 (UPI) -- Two Russian bombers carried out a patrol mission along the South American coast, Russian air force officials said Tuesday. ...
Russian bombers conduct patrols along South American coast RIA Novosti
Russian bombers to fly over Caribbean Sea waters RosBusinessConsulting
Russian bombers will return in days from Venezuela Reuters
AFP - Xinhua
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The Southern Ledger
Russian nuclear bombers relive Soviet glory
AFP - Sep 13, 2008
But Kostyunin also emphasised that the resumption of bomber patrols was not about Russian muscle-flexing but about global "friendship." When Russian bomber ...
Russia pilots proud of flights to foreign shores The Associated Press
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Training flights of Russia bombers in Latin America success
ITAR-TASS, Russia - Sep 16, 2008
The negative reaction of the United States to the training flights of the Russian strategic bombers is groundless, believes Afinogentov. ...

New York Times
Russia’s armed forces
Economist, UK - 55 minutes ago
The result is a military fantasy in which Russia sends barely functional bombers and warships on long-range missions. Take the Admiral Kuznetsov, Russia’s ...
Engaging, Not Confronting, Russia California Literary Review
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The Age
Russian bombers in Venezuela on training mission
Hindustan Times, India - Sep 11, 2008
Challenging the United States in its own backyard, two Russian strategic bombers have arrived in Venezuela to carry out ‘exercises’ over the Caribbean Sea. ...
Russia bomber flight increases tension with US Belfast Telegraph
Chavez welcomes 2 Russian bombers Houston Chronicle
Russian bombers arrive in Venezuela
Bloomberg - New York Times
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Washington Post
Venezuela. Russian bombers a 'warning' to US
Ottawa Citizen, Canada - Sep 12, 2008
The Venezuelan president had announced Wednesday that two Russian bombers were in Venezuela for "training flights" and that he would be piloting one of the ...
Russian bombers land in Venezuela BBC News
Two Russian bombers land in Venezuela CNN
Chavez says will fly Russian strategic bomber Thursday evening ITAR-TASS
USA Today - Kommersant
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Infoshop News
Insane Terrorism Drill: Animal Rights Activists With Hostages
Infoshop News - 19 hours ago
All this is standard procedure for the San Leandro Police Department tactical team, which was participating in Urban Shield, the nation’s largest homeland ...

Bay Area Indymedia
Urban Shield counter-terrorism "exercise" this weekend
Bay Area Indymedia, CA - Sep 8, 2008
by victim #4 Terrorist takeovers, bombs, active shooters, inmate uprisings and far worse ... all happening this weekend in the Bay Area. ...

"Battle in Seattle" brings back memories of WTO riots
Seattle Times, United States - 9 hours ago
"The Battle in Seattle," a feature film based in the 1999 WTO riots in Seattle, opens this Friday. Reporter David Postman, who covered the riots for The ...
Story of the WTO riots in theaters Friday
'Battle in Seattle' gets thumbs up from Times eyewitness Yakima Herald-Republic
"Battle in Seattle": looking back at 1999 and taking sides Seattle Times
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Andre 3000's 'Good Deed': Helping To Bring The Seattle Riots To ... - Sep 10, 2008
The film centers on the 1999 Seattle riots, which started out as peaceful protests against the World Trade Organization and turned into full-scale chaos. ...


Bay Area Reporter
Trench warfare at Starbucks
Bay Area Reporter, CA - 12 hours ago
Watching Battle in Seattle, I swear I heard a turtle-loving, tree-hugging African-American protestor scream at a baton-wielding riot cop, "Get your knee off ...SBUX
The Battle in Seattle and Beyond
Huffington Post, NY - 22 hours ago
Seattle was the first major mass mobilization on the streets of America since the democratic convention riots of 1968. But since those pre-millennium days ...

National Ledger
Protest and Riot: The Quadrennial (and Almost Daily) Call for Civility
National Ledger, AZ - 18 hours ago
Chicago survived the massive and malicious demonstrations about the 1968 Democratic National Convention (although the Republicans won the election); Seattle ...
We Are Winning: An Interview With Battle In Seattle Director ...
Huffington Post, NY - Sep 16, 2008
Battle in Seattle is your directorial debut, and it's based on the WTO riots of 1999. Why are you telling this story? How did it come about? ...

Battle in Seattle and Virtual JFK Ask Are We, or He, the People?
Village Voice, NY - Sep 16, 2008
... trapped in the midst of police-riot madness. The difference is that where much of Medium Cool was shot amid the Chicago disturbances, Battle in Seattle ...


Seattle Post Intelligencer
Another peek at 'Battle in Seattle'
Seattle Post Intelligencer - Sep 15, 2008
The film stars Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson and Michelle Rodriguez and is based on the riots that shook this city during the 1999 World Trade ...

UCPD seeks volunteers for Urban Shield exercise

The University of California Police Depart-ment (UCPD) is seeking volunteer role-players to participate in Alameda County’s Urban Shield law-enforcement-training exercise, Saturday, Sept. 13, through Monday, Sept. 15.

Urban Shield is a multi-agency, regional training event designed to test and enhance the emergency preparedness and response abilities of police departments for a wide variety of critical situations. Tactical-response teams from two dozen departments across the country will be deployed around-the-clock to handle a variety of simulations and scenarios, including incidents ranging from natural disasters to acts of terrorism.

UCPD, in partnership with the city of Berkeley Police Department, is sponsoring one of these Urban Shield events — a domestic-terrorism and active-shooter simulation on the Berkeley campus. The scenario will be run continuously, day and night, from 5 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday.

Volunteer role-players from the campus community will help provide a realistic training environment. Volunteers are welcome to sign up for from three to 12 hours at a time, on either or both days. Some meals will be provided, and volunteers will also receive a commemorative t-shirt for their assistance. No particular training or experience is required.

Visit or call UCPD at 643-1810 for more information. To volunteer, call the UCPD number.

‘God forbid’ terror drill at BCHS
Baker County Press, FL - 1 hour ago
More than 50 people in all took part in the drill that cost roughly $20000, including personnel from the school district, city and county fire departments, ...

Mock Terrorism Training Held
WRTA, PA - 7 hours ago
Instead, it was a drill simulating a real-life terrorist attack. City firefighters, along with AMED, the Salvation Army and the 3rd Civil Support National ...
Emergency Crews Respond To Mock Terrorist Attack
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Mock terror attack to test border response
Calgary Herald, Canada - 11 hours ago
An anti-terrorism exercise this morning will test the response of US and Canadian agencies to reports of an explosion at the Alberta border. ...


Sesame Street Absorbed By Department Of Homeland Security
Gawker, NY - 5 hours ago
The Department of Homeland Security is employing the cast of Sesame Street to indoctrinate America's littlest citizens in the nuances of societal distrust ...
DHS’ Ready Kids Campaign Joins Sesame Workshop In Launching New ... 7thSpace Interactive (press release)
Muppets Make Sure Kids, Parents Prepare for Emergencies Media Newswire (press release)
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Washington Post
Homeland Security found to be unprepared for 'cyber' threats
CNET News, CA - Sep 17, 2008
Now Homeland Security is weathering a deluge of criticism of its lackluster cybersecurity efforts on grounds that they have proven to be inefficient, ...
Relieve Homeland Security of Cyber-Protection Duties? IT Business Edge
DHS still doesn’t quite get this cybersecurity thing ZDNet
Homeland Security lost $15B in contracts United Press International
Washington Post - Washington Post
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Lawmakers worry stopgap funding would hinder security programs, DC - 2 hours ago
By Chris Strohm CongressDaily September 18, 2008 House Republicans and Homeland Security officials sounded alarm bells Wednesday about the prospect of the ...
Government, private IT address cyber threats FierceCIO
Let’s Keep It Simple
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US Requiring Controversial Vaccine - 6 hours ago
The Department of Homeland Security, against the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control, is requiring girls and young women who immigrate to the ...
Department of Homeland Security Awards $14 Million Responder ... (subscription), MI - 32 minutes ago
Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAI) announced it has been awarded a task order from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to ...SAI
SJTA gets Homeleand Security money
Today's Sunbeam -, NJ - 4 hours ago
by South Jersey News Online HAMMONTON -- The South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) has been awarded $682520 in state homeland security funds to ...
Homeland Security teams with Sesame Street to promote
OhMyGov!, DC - 34 minutes ago
The Department of Homeland Security has announced a partnership with Sesame Workshop, the organization behind "Sesame Street," to promote emergency ...
Public Divided on Homeland Security
HSToday, MD - 4 hours ago
by Phil Leggiere In the plethora of election season polls tracking every twist and turn of the presidential horse race homeland security issues have been ...

Congressman warns middle class in danger of being wiped out, says Congress is oblivious and Fed has no clue Steve Watson, Sept 18, 2008


Congressman Ron Paul has issued a stinging address concerning the financial crisis in which he outlines how the current economic problems, created via malinvestment and shift to a debt based economy, are now being mismanaged by private interests in secret.

ABC News
Russian ‘Bear’ Defying Rules of the ‘Jungle’ Guner Ozkan
Journal of Turkish Weekly, Turkey - Sep 17, 2008
Russia had partly realised those foreign policy and military priorities by the time when Putin ascended to power in 2000. By then, Moscow had to stare at ...
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Israeli political rivals share stance on Iran
International Herald Tribune, France - Sep 16, 2008
Mofaz's supporters have sought to present Livni as lacking the security credentials to stare down Israel's enemies, but she says people should not mistake ...

Clooney assembles all-star cast for Goats, UK - Sep 12, 2008
... Who Stare at Goats, a non-fiction book by Guardian columnist Jon Ronson about the US army's exploration of New Age concepts and the potential military ...
McGregor set to stare at "Goats" Reuters UK
Clooney and Co.
Casting Couch: McGregor Eyes Clooney's Goats; Starbuck Gets Lost ... E! Online
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iFMagazine - Sep 15, 2008
Based on the book by the Guardian columnist Jon Ronson, GOATS follows reporter Bob Wilton (McGregor) and former US military psychic soldier Lyn Cassady ...
Perch and Stare (subscription) - Sep 14, 2008
Like the Wasp, the idea for a perch-and-stare UAV did not arise from a military need, Christodoulou said. It's more the kind of cool DARPA science project ...

Clooney Stares at Goats
IGN, CA - Sep 15, 2008
... the talents of Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges to star in the film, which will revolve around paranormal activities in the US military. ...

Screen Rant
Clooney & Another All-Star Cast Stare At Goats
Screen Rant, UT - Sep 13, 2008
The former Batman and Oscar winner’s latest film The Men Who Stare At Goats has Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges currently in negotiations to ...

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