Is Syria concealing the full extent of the chemical weapons in its possession? A report published on Tuesday by CNN alleged that the US is currently examining new intelligence which may indicate that the Bashar al-Assad regime may not declare its chemical weapons arsenal in full, and may possess a hidden stockpile of chemical weapons past the conclusion of the efforts to destroy such weapons.
The report, which quoted several US officials, indicated that US intelligence agencies, the US Department of Defense, State Department and the White House are going over the intelligence, and an effort is currently underway to obtain more information so as to fully recognize the efforts being carried out by the Assad regime.
According to a US official quoted in the report, while the intelligence being examined is not conclusive at this point, “there are information threads that could shake our confidence - things have been done recently which indicate that Syria is not ready to see all of its chemical weapons destroyed.”
LYNCHBERG, Va. — Tea party hero Rand Paul warned scientific advancements could lead to eugenics during a Monday visit at Liberty University, looking to boost the political fortunes of fellow Republican Ken Cuccinelli’s bid for governor.
During a visit to the Christian school founded by Jerry Falwell, Paul looked to energize conservative supporters by warning that people who are short, overweight or less intelligent could be eliminated through abortion. With one week remaining, Cuccinelli is hoping the joint appearance with the U.S. senator from Kentucky will encourage the far-right flank of his party to abandon third-party libertarian spoiler Robert Sarvis.
The special prosecutors’ office that investigates Nazi war crimes said Tuesday it is recommending charges against dozens of alleged former Auschwitz guards, opening the possibility of a new wave of trials almost 70 years after the end of World War II.
Kurt Schrimm, the head of the Ludwigsburg federal prosecutors’ office, said an investigation of about 50 alleged former guards turned up enough evidence to recommend that state prosecutors pursue charges of accessory to murder against 30 of them in Germany. Another seven suspects who live outside the country are still being investigated.
The cases are being sent to the responsible state prosecutors’ offices in 11 of Germany’s 16 states. It will be up to them to determine whether the elderly suspects - primarily men but also some women - are fit to stand trial and whether to bring official charges.
“The biggest enemy is time,” Schrimm told reporters.
The latest development in the ongoing saga, Glenn Greenwald has decided to “punish” the UK and all but declare war over the UK ‘daring’ to detain his partner at Heathrow airport:
The journalist who first published secrets leaked by fugitive former U.S. intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden vowed on Monday to publish more documents and said Britain will be “sorry” for detaining his partner for nine hours.
British authorities used anti-terrorism laws on Sunday to detain David Miranda, partner of U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald, as he passed through London’s Heathrow airport.
Miranda, 28, a Brazilian citizen, said he was questioned for nine hours before being released without charge, minus his laptop, cellphone and memory sticks, which were seized.
Greenwald, a columnist for Britain’s the Guardian newspaper who is based in Rio de Janeiro, said the detention was an attempt to intimidate him for publishing documents leaked by Snowden disclosing U.S. surveillance of global internet communications.
“I will be far more aggressive in my reporting from now. I am going to publish many more documents. I am going to publish things on England too. I have many documents on England’s spy system. I think they will be sorry for what they did,” Greenwald, speaking in Portuguese, told reporters at Rio’s airport where he met Miranda upon his return to Brazil.
Mayor Bloomberg suggested Friday that New York City public housing residents should be fingerprinted as a way to fight crime in the system’s 334 buildings.
Bloomberg, speaking on his weekly radio show, said NYCHA residents make up 5 percent of the city’s population while 20 percent of New York City crimes are committed in public housing.
“The people that live there, most of them, want more police protection… If you have strangers walking in the halls of your apartment building, don’t you want somebody to stop and say, ‘Who are you? Why’re you here?’”
“What we really should have is fingerprinting to get in,” he went on. “And of course … there’s an allegation that some of these apartments aren’t occupied by the people who originally have the lease.”
In today’s category of “Well That Escalated Quickly”, Egypt basically went to hell in a handbasket after the Egyptian military moved to vacate the Morsi-supporting protest camps. Hundreds are dead, thousands injured. The Muslim Brotherhood is claiming figures far higher than the state, but unlike in past events, this time the distance between the figures is beginning to get shorter as more updates come from state officials…
A state of emergency was declared today (Wednesday) by the Egyptian interim government, and a curfew that was issued has entered into effect in the capital of Cairo and in additional cities across the country.
The drastic measures come in the wake of violent clashes that took place between Egyptian security forces and supporters of ousted Egyptian president Morsi after the security forces began dispersing two pro-Morsi camps in Cairo. The security forces moved in on the camps while utilizing tear gas, armored vehicles and bulldozers, and local reports have stated that the Egyptian police has seized full control of both protest camps.
According to statements by the Egyptian Ministry of Health, more than 270 people were killed, including 47 security forces, and more than 2,000 were wounded in the clashes. In addition, more than 500 protesters have been reported being arrested by Egyptian police forces. The Muslim Brotherhood movement has claimed that the actual number of casualties is far higher, with more than 500 protesters killed and 5,000 wounded as a result of the confrontations between security forces and the protesters.
A statement issued by the White House strongly condemned the violence in Egypt. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that “Violence will only make it more difficult for Egypt to move on a path towards lasting stability and democracy, and goes against the assurances made by the interim government to pursue reconciliation.”
Addressing the events in Egypt, US Secretary of State John Kerry stated that “the events that occurred today are deplorable. Violence will not pave a road map for the future of Egypt.” He added that the US is prepared to cooperate with the parties in Egypt towards any form of peaceful agreement.
The European Union has issued its condemnation of the Egyptian violence, and called on the interim government to bring the state of security to an end as early as possible.
James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, the notorious Boston gangster who spent 16 years on the lam before , was found guilty of multiple murders and racketeering by a federal jury in Boston on Monday.
Facing 32 charges, Bulger was convicted on most of them, including 11 murders that date back to the ’70s and multiple counts of extortion and money laundering.
Shelley Murphy, co-author of Cullen’s book, the 83-year-old Bulger may be sentenced to life “because of [the] guilty verdict on slayings.”
The judge presiding over the case set a sentencing hearing for Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. ET.
The jury handed down its verdict on its fifth day of deliberations.
The administration in Yemen announced today (Wednesday) that attempts by Al Qaeda terrorists to harm several targets in the country have been stopped.
According to reports, Al Qaeda operatives had intended to inflict considerable damage to key oil pipelines in the country. The organization additionally planned to take control of several cities and ports across the country. Security forces deployed throughout Yemen are at a heightened state of alert due to the threat of terrorist attacks within the country, and considerable numbers of forces have been employed in order to ensure the defense of key sites.
Tensions have been high in the Arab country in the wake of US and international concerns of large-scale, imminent attacks orchestrated by terror organizations in retaliation for the death of Sayid al-Shihri, a high-ranking figure within Al Qaeda.
More than 20 western embassies were closed throughout the Arab world in the wake of instructions by the US State Department issued last week, based on reliable intelligence pointing to an attack by Al Qaeda. The US and UK embassies in Yemen remained closed, and non-essential personnel working at the embassies were evacuated out of the country on Tuesday following instructions from the US State Department and the UK Foreign Office.
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added 162,000 jobs in July, the fewest since March. The gains were enough to lower the unemployment rate to a 4 1/2 -year low of 7.4 percent, a good sign in an otherwise lackluster report.
The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment fell from 7.6 percent in June.
The economy added 26,000 fewer jobs in May and June than previously estimated. Americans worked fewer hours. And their pay dipped. The figures suggest weak economic growth may be making businesses cautious about hiring.
Reaction to the jobs report on financial markets was slightly negative. Stock index futures gave up early gains and were little changed shortly after the report came out. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.64 percent from 2.71 percent as investors bought U.S. government bonds.