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  • Suge Knight, Too $hort, Katt Williams Make a Cameo in Sen. Yee Corruption Trial (RAT missiles)

    10/22/2014 5:20:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | 10/22/14 | Max A. Cherney
    Perhaps the last trio you'd expect to see mentioned in the State Sen. Leland Yee corruption trial is comedian Katt Williams, rapper Too $hort, and hip-hop mogul Suge Knight. Strangely enough, recent court documents reveal some interesting details and even more curious connections between some of the defendants in the Yee case and the three famous guys mentioned above. For starters, Keith Jackson — the former school board member who who got tangled up in the corruption case when he allegedly helped Yee obtain campaign donations in excess of the legal limits — was heard on wire taps bragging to...
  • Secrets of Saddam's nuclear programme hidden under tree

    09/25/2004 1:15:57 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 24 replies · 1,208+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | September 25, 2004 | KATHERINE PFLEGER SHRADER
    AN IRAQI scientist-turned-author says the most significant pieces of his country’s dormant nuclear programme were buried under a lotus tree in his backyard, untouched for more than a decade before the US-led invasion in 2003.But their existence, Dr Mahdi Obeidi writes in a new book, is evidence that the international community should remain vigilant as other countries try to replicate Iraq’s successes before the 1991 Gulf war to develop components necessary for a nuclear weapon. In The Bomb in my Garden, Dr Obeidi details Saddam’s quest for a nuclear bomb: "Although Saddam never had nuclear weapons at his disposal, the...
  • Leland Yee case filing alleges unidentified politician took money from undercover agent

    09/28/2014 3:02:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 9/24/14 | Jonah Owen Lamb
    An undercover FBI agent gave campaign donations to an unnamed Bay Area politician during a yearslong undercover investigation into a Chinatown gang and alleged political corruption that culminated in the arrests of state Sen. Leland Yee and Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow earlier this year. This is according to the latest filing by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the federal case against the two men and about 20 others. Besides indicating that a politician other than Yee allegedly took money from undercover FBI agents in exchange for favors, the filing further lays out the relationship between former school board member and...
  • Navy used 47 Tomahawks last night, Already used up 47% of planned 2015 purchases

    09/23/2014 6:37:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/23/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    <p>Weapons procurement showed striking reductions from last year’s plans. Then, the Navy planned to buy 980 Tactical Tomahawks, the primary cruise missile in use throughout the fleet. The new plan shows only 100 missiles in 2015 and none thereafter.</p> <p>The reduction reflects shifting investment to a new next-generation land attack weapon, said Lt. Caroline Hutcheson, a Navy spokeswoman at the Pentagon, who also noted that the current inventory of Block IV Tactical Tomahawks exceeds combat requirements. A recertification line for existing missiles will be established to retain effectiveness of current TacToms, she added.</p>
  • Leland Yee co-defendant trying to shift blame, prosecutors say (shoulder fired missiles)

    09/13/2014 1:40:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 9/11/14 | Bob Egelko
    **SNIP** Yee, D-San Francisco, and Jackson, his former consultant and a former San Francisco school board president, are among 29 defendants charged with racketeering and other crimes after an undercover FBI investigation. Prosecutors have accused Yee, now suspended from his Senate seat, of soliciting tens of thousands of dollars from agents posing as campaign contributors in exchange for political favors. In a filing Aug. 14, Jackson's lawyer asserted that an FBI agent had been removed from the investigation and reprimanded because of financial misconduct. The agent, identified in court records only as UCE 4773, posed as a Georgia businessman and...
  • Legal Defense Funds of Suspended California Senators Receiving Donations (shoulder fired missiles)

    09/02/2014 2:15:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    JD Journal ^ | 9/02/14 | Jim Vassallo
    The amount of money political candidates in the state of California can collect for campaigns is tightly governed, but for legal defense funds, donors are permitted to donate much more, according to KPCC. In March, the state senate, voted to suspend three members who were charged or who were convicted of felonies. The legal bills for senators Ron Calderon and Rod Wright are being paid for by a mix of politicians, political action committees and even corporations. Senator Leland Yee has a committee to college legal defense donations working for him as well. None of the legal defense funds setup...
  • Wilson Lim, Daly City dentist charged in Leland Yee case, dies (shoulder fired missiles)

    08/30/2014 12:52:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 8/27/14 | Henry K. Lee, Hamed Aleaziz
    **SNIP** The investigation extended to Yee after an undercover FBI agent who had infiltrated Chow's group was introduced to the senator and allegedly persuaded him to trade political favors for campaign contributions. Lim became enmeshed in the case due to his political backing of Yee. According to a 137-page FBI affidavit, Yee introduced Lim to the undercover agent as a man who could secure guns. The agent, the FBI said, had asked Yee to facilitate an arms deal in exchange for more campaign money. The accusations prompted the Philippines government to open a probe into whether Lim had links to...
  • November ballot won’t ask Californians about yanking pay of suspended lawmakers (Yee's missiles)

    08/19/2014 3:29:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | 8/18/14 | Laurel Rosenhall
    **SNIP** “The pro tem still wishes the bill to be considered before the end of session, and that would put the constitutional amendment on the 2016 ballot,” said Steinberg spokesman Rhys Williams. Steinberg proposed the measure after the upper house took the unprecedented step in March of suspending three of its members while maintaining their pay. Democratic Sens. Leland Yee of San Francisco and Ron Calderon of Montebello face federal bribery charges in separate cases resulting from undercover FBI stings. Sen. Rod Wright of Baldwin Hills was found guilty of perjury and voter fraud by a Los Angeles jury in...
  • Iran tells UN nuclear chief no talks on missiles

    08/17/2014 9:54:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 17, 2014 10:29 AM EDT | Nasser Karimi
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told the visiting head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog on Sunday that Tehran will not discuss its long-range missile program as part of talks aimed at resolving a decade-long nuclear dispute, official media reported. “Iran’s missile power is not negotiable at any level under any pretext,” Rouhani told Yukiya Amano, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the official IRNA news service reported. The president added, however, that Iran is prepared to cooperate with the IAEA’s probe into whether its civilian nuclear program has a military component, “since there is no room for using a...
  • Undercover FBI agent was removed from Leland Yee case (Democratic's shoulder fired missiles)

    08/14/2014 6:39:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 8/15/14 | Jonah Owen Lamb
    **SNIP** As early as November 2012, an FBI wiretap request noted that the investigation team’s leader had concerns about the agent. But according to the filing, an FBI “review has not resulted in any formal findings or determinations regarding the credibility of [the agent].” In early 2013, according to the filing, the agent was no longer involved in the case, but there is no clear explanation as to why. Still, the filing said there was a “series of outrageous behavior” on the part of the agent that might explain why he was removed. That behavior included arranging $20,000 or more...
  • Obama Reportedly Blocks Israel Missile Shipment

    08/14/2014 12:22:43 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 40 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 8-14-2014 | Ari Yashar
    A new report reveals that US President Barack Obama's administration stopped a shipment of missiles to Israel late last month and tightened weapons shipment procedures to Israel, as tensions between the two nations grow amid Operation Protective Edge. The report in the Wall Street Journal, released Wednesday night, cites US officials in Obama's administration, who say they discovered Israel had requested a large number of Hellfire missiles directly through military-to-military channels. An initial batch of the missiles was about to be shipped, according to sources in Israel and the US Congress. At that point, the Pentagon stepped in and put...
  • U.S. case against state Sen. Leland Yee, 28 others to be split (shoulder fired missiles)

    08/07/2014 4:21:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8/07/14 | Lee Romney
    Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed at a federal court hearing Thursday that the unwieldy criminal case against suspended state Sen. Leland Yee, Chinatown association leader Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow and 27 others should be split up before trial. **SNIP** The hearing before U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer came two weeks after the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California filed a new indictment in the case, adding violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act against Yee and his former fundraiser, Keith Jackson. Yee is accused of conducting a criminal enterprise with Jackson, who allegedly solicited bribes and...
  • Feds: Yee shook down NFL team, 'Shrimpboy' headed organized crime group (shoulder fired missiles)

    07/25/2014 9:53:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 7/25/14 | Jonah Owen Lamb
    **SNIP** At one meeting with an undercover FBI agent, Jackson allegedly told Yee that the agent knew the owner of an NFL team. Yee then told the agent about a pending law that would limit NFL players from filing workers' compensation claims in the state if they played for out of state teams. Yee told the agent that he should "convey this information to the owner of the NFL team" with an offer of help from Yee. Asked about the cost of such a vote, Yee reportedly said, "Oh no...we gotta drag it out, man. We gotta juice this thing."...
  • Levin to Stewart: If Hamas Had Weapons Israel Has, 'Israel Would Cease to Exist'

    07/24/2014 9:25:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 23, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman and Eric Scheiner
    Conservative talk-radio host Mark Levin strongly criticized comedian and quasi-news commentator Jon Stewart for his acerbic jokes and comments concerning Hamas's ongoing missile attacks against Israel, stating that "if Hamas had the weaponry that Israel had," then "Israel would cease to exist." Levin also stressed in remarks aimed at Stewart that Hamas "is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood," it was part of the PLO, and the "PLO's history goes back to the Mufti, goes back to the Third Reich, the Final Solution." (VIDEO-AT-LINK)"Read up, Ivy League boy!" said Levin on Fox's Hannity program on Tuesday. "Try and figure out...
  • Iran Supreme Leader: The Only Solution For Crisis Is Israel’s Destruction

    07/24/2014 7:53:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 23, 2014 | Reza Kahlili
    Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stated on Wednesday that the only solution for the region is the destruction of Israel, and that the armed confrontation must expand beyond Gaza. Meanwhile, revolutionary guards announced new missiles which could destroy Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. Fars News Agency, a media outlet run by the Iranian state, reported today that Khamenei addressed the conflict in Gaza in a meeting with Iranian college students. “These crimes which are beyond imagination and show the true nature of the wolfish and child killer regime, which the only solution is its destruction,” the ayatollah declared...
  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • Putin signals total disregard for the West as rebels take down two more Ukrainian planes

    07/23/2014 2:10:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 23, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Vladimir Putin just showed the world exactly what he thinks of the President of the United State and NATO allies calls for him to rein in the pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. Less than a week after rebels took down a Malaysian passenger plane carrying nearly 300 civilians, the militants loyal to Moscow are not laying low. “Two Ukrainian fighter jets were shot down Wednesday in the eastern regions of the country that are controlled by Russian-backed separatists, according to Ukraine’s defense ministry,” USA Today reported on Wednesday. It was the first reported shoot down of a plane over eastern Ukraine...
  • Amateurish Hamas Hits Palestinian Territory 100+ Times with Their Own Rockets...

    07/16/2014 6:11:45 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 16 July 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    10% of Qassams fired never even make it out of the  dinky Gaza Strip- some see this as intentional Ironic it is -given the non-stop trumpeting of civilian woes seen in Hamas' (and liberal Western) media- that many of the Palestinian civilian casualties are the result of crude, home-made Qassam missiles gone haywire and roaring into neighborhoods... not exactly the respect for life you see with the IDF's intelligent targeting/notification systems, and killing their own to boot.  But they've always treated Gaza's cramped populace as chaff to be expended whenever deemed useful (or just steam to be blown-off) and the more cynical among us...
  • 'Iron Dome' anti-rocket system is changing the face of battle by limiting Israeli casualties

    07/13/2014 8:08:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Israel's "Iron Dome" defense system has emerged as a game-changer in the current round of violence with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, shooting down dozens of incoming rockets and being credited with preventing numerous civilian casualties. By shooting down more than 90 percent of its targets, the system is ensuring Israel's decisive technological edge that has helped it operate virtually unhindered in Gaza. At the same time, it's also providing a much-needed sense of security on the home front.....
  • Abbas calls for an immediate end of Israeli strikes in Gaza

    07/07/2014 3:41:33 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/7/14 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday night call for an immediate end of Israeli military strikes in the Gaza Strip. Abbas also urged the international community to intervene instantly to put an end to the Israeli attacks which, he cautioned, would plunge the region into more destruction and instability. Abbas affirmed the need to maintain the truce in the Gaza Strip to "save the lives of our people and their property and spare the innocent." He said that the PA leadership was holding contacts with several Arab and international parties...
  • Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow denied bail by SF judge (Leland Yee's shoulder fired missiles)

    06/11/2014 5:18:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 6/11/14 | Bob Egelko
    (06-11) 14:24 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- Friends, neighbors and a former fellow inmate of Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow took turns testifying Wednesday that the onetime Chinatown gang leader had turned his life around and should be released on bail while fighting money-laundering charges. Describing the witnesses as sincere but not fully informed, U.S. Magistrate Nathanael Cousins refused to release Chow from jail, where he has been kept since his arrest in April. While Chow has engaged in "community activities of a positive nature" since his release from federal prison in 2003 after serving time for racketeering, federal prosecutors presented evidence...
  • DOD and State Sued for Congressional Benghazi Briefing Records

    06/09/2014 6:54:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/9/14 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch uncovered the most significant and explosive details yet related to the Obama administration’s Benghazi scandal. (Snip) In August 2013, CNN reported, “Speculation on Capitol Hill has included the possibility the U.S. agencies operating in Benghazi were secretly helping to move surface-to-air missiles out of Libya, through Turkey, and into the hands of Syrian rebels.” Earlier, Gregory Hicks, the State Department´s deputy chief of mission in Tripoli at the time of the attack, told the House Oversight Committee that one of the reasons Stevens was in Benghazi was that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "wanted Benghazi
  • How the Taliban got their hands on modern US missiles

    06/08/2014 10:38:24 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 8, 2014 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    "In his new book, “Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Ben­ghazi” (Broadside Books), writer Kenneth R. Timmerman explains how the US government’s efforts to arm the Libyan rebels backfired, flooding weapons into Syria, and as he ­reveals here, Afghanistan: The Obama administration isn’t only giving the Taliban back its commanders — it’s giving them weapons. Miliary records and sources reveal that on July 25, 2012, Taliban fighters in Kunar province successfully targeted a US Army CH-47 helicopter with a new generation Stinger missile...."
  • Why did 287,000-plus Californians vote for Leland Yee?

    06/04/2014 2:11:48 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 6-3-14 | Joe Garofoli
    <p>One of the odder stats of Election Night: As of Wednesday morning, 287,590 Californians had cast ballots for indicted state Sen. Leland Yee for secretary of state. That’s good for nearly 10 percent of the vote.</p> <p>Never mind for a second that the San Francisco Democrat has been indicted on multiple federal money laundering and weapons charges. Yee DROPPED OUT of the race in March. Folks were voting for an indicted man who didn’t even want their votes.</p>
  • Lawmakers Could Be Suspended Without Pay (California & shoulder fired missiles)

    05/29/2014 2:58:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 5/27/14
    SACRAMENTO (AP) — The state Senate has passed a proposed constitutional amendment permitting the Legislature to suspend members without pay. SCA17 passed Tuesday on a 31-3 vote. Among those voting no was a Republican lawmaker who wanted to halt tax collections for the constituents of three suspended lawmakers. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg introduced the measure after the chamber voted to suspend the Democratic lawmakers in March. Sens. Ron Calderon and Leland Yee face federal corruption charges, while Sen. Rod Wright was convicted for lying about living in his district.
  • Indicted lawmaker leaves fate of a half million dollars unclear (shoulder fired missiles)

    05/24/2014 5:27:40 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    LA Times ^ | 5/22/14 | Paige St. John
    A small part of more than $800,000 that was parked in campaign accounts controlled by indicted or convicted California lawmakers is making its way back to contributors, but more than half a million dollars remains missing.. At the time of his arrest on bribery and corruption charges in March, Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) had $134,000 cash in his secretary of state campaign account and had weeks earlier sent more than $518,000 to a Los Angeles media agency for future campaign commercials. Campaign finance reports filed with the state by Thursday's reporting deadline show the indicted lawmaker had reduced that...
  • Judge rules Yee case evidence to remain secret (shoulder fired missiles)

    05/21/2014 4:27:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 5/20/14 | Howard Mintz
    Over the objections of reputed gang figure Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow's lawyers, a federal judge has ordered that the government's evidence in a sweeping criminal case that includes political corruption charges against state Sen. Leland Yee must be kept secret for now. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer imposed the restrictions Monday on every lawyer and defendant in the case, finding the material should be kept under wraps while both sides prepare for trial. Breyer rejected the free speech arguments of Chow's lawyer, J. Tony Serra, who insisted he should be able to reveal evidence to combat the government's public charges.
  • Nuclear talks in jeopardy: Khamenei orders Rev Guards to mass-produce missiles - regardless

    05/17/2014 7:51:01 AM PDT · by kindred · 11 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | 05/11/14 | unknown
    Iran's Fateh 110 balllistic missile Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threw a large spanner in the works of nuclear diplomacy Sunday, May 11. Less than a week before the next round of talks with the six powers, he said: “The Revolutionary Guards should definitely… not be satisfied with the present level [of missile production]. They should mass produce.” Referring to Western concerns that Iran is designing missiles able to carry nuclear warheads, Khamenei said: “They [the West] expect us to limit our missile program while they constantly threaten Iran with military action. So this is a stupid, idiotic expectation.”...
  • New ethics rules proposed for California Senate (RAT Yee's shoulder fired missiles)

    05/13/2014 2:59:26 AM PDT · by Libloather · 1 replies
    LA Times ^ | 5/09/14 | Patrick McGreevy
    **SNIP** “The current political climate has opened windows to reflect and drive cultural changes that would never have been possible a decade ago,” said Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) in announcing the proposals. “This is an opportunity to reiterate why we choose to run for office, to serve the public, and to reaffirm our commitment to political reform.” A trio of Republican Senators called the proposals “window dressing” and said they would introduce legislation to double prison sentences, to up to eight years, for any elected official convicted of bribery or selling votes. "While we appreciate some of...
  • Complications in SF 'Shrimp Boy' Prosecution (RAT Yee's shoulder fired missiles)

    05/11/2014 3:55:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | 5/09/14 | MARIA DINZEO
    SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Accused Chinatown gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow has refused to sign on to a protective order that will allow defense attorneys to receive evidence from federal prosecutors, including audio recordings and video surveillance, from a five-year undercover investigation that led to his arrest, and the arrest of 26 others in March. Attorneys for the federal government on Thursday filed a motion to compel Chow to cooperate, noting that nearly all the other defendants have signed on, and only one other defendant has not signed because of a likely substitution of counsel in the near future. According...
  • Ukraine Rebels Down Helicopters

    05/02/2014 3:35:37 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 12 replies
    Newser ^ | May 2, 2014 | Rob Quinn
    Embed this story (Newser) – Ukrainian forces—declining to follow Russia's suggestion that they withdraw from their own country—are trying to retake the pro-Russia rebel stronghold of Slovyansk in fighting that has killed at least three people. The dead include at least two soldiers killed when the insurgents shot down two Ukrainian military helicopters, the BBC reports. The defense ministry says the use of surface-to-air missiles shows that they are dealing with a "well-trained and armed professional subversive group committing acts of terrorism and sabotage in order to destabilize the region." Ukraine's interior minister says security forces are fighting to "free...
  • California Senate takes 'ethics refresher course' Wednesday (because of shoulder-fired missiles)

    04/24/2014 1:56:42 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 4/23/14 | Elex Michaelson
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The California State Senate held an "ethics refresher course" for its members after federal indictments were issued against two senators and a third was convicted. Senate leaders are hoping to regain the public's trust. The purpose of the course is to teach members and their staffs to avoid potentially compromising situations. It's the latest in a series of moves by senate leaders aimed at putting political distance between them and their colleagues facing criminal charges. The leader of California's state senate stopped all regular business on Wednesday so everyone could go "back to school" in a...
  • Syrian opposition fighters obtain US-made anti-tank missiles

    04/17/2014 3:38:53 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | April 16, 2014 | Karen DeYoung
    Syria's opposition fighters have been supplied with U.S.-made anti-tank missiles, the first time a major American weapons system has appeared in rebel hands. It is unclear how the rebels obtained the wire-guided missiles, which are capable of penetrating heavy armor and fortifications and are standard in the U.S. military arsenal. The United States has sold them in the past to Turkey, among other countries, and the Pentagon approved the sale of 15,000 of the weapons to Saudi Arabia in December. Both countries aid Syrian opposition groups. U.S. officials declined to discuss the origin of the weapons but did not dispute...
  • More defendants could be charged in (Democrat) Leland Yee case, feds say

    04/10/2014 6:27:21 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Federal authorities said today that they are likely within the next three months to announce additional charges and new defendants in the criminal case that involves Sen. Leland Yee and more than two dozen others accused of various crimes including running guns, selling drugs and arranging murder-for-hire. "While investigation by the Grand Jury is necessarily secret... it makes good sense to generally notify the Court and opposing counsel that additional charges and, potentially, additional defendants are inevitable," prosecutors wrote in a court filing today. Authorities continue to investigate possible racketeering and criminal violations and hope to return additional indictments in...
  • Obama considers sending anti-aircraft weapons to Syrian opposition

    03/28/2014 9:32:13 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    RT ^ | 3-28-2014 | RT
    President Barack Obama may authorize the shipment of new air defense systems to rebel forces in Syria’s ongoing civil war, a new Associated Press report states. Citing an unnamed US official, the AP stated Obama is mulling over the idea of sending man-portable air-defense systems, also known as MANPADs, to Syrian opposition groups, a move that would mark a notable shift compared to the White House’s past statements. As RT reported last month, the Obama administration has been interested in employing new ways to put pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad and boost the opposing rebels, who have lost ground...
  • We must continue spending to supply our military with Tomahawk missiles, says … Rand Paul?

    03/27/2014 7:45:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2014 | AllahPundit
    This ain’t your daddy’s libertarian. More to the point, this ain’t his daddy’s libertarian.First he went after Ted Cruz for trying to characterize him as a dove, now this. By the end of the year, he and McCain will be holding joint filibusters on the Senate floor demanding that America build the biggest nuclear bomb evah. Rand Paul, hawk? In the current budget, the Obama Administration called for the elimination of the Tomahawk missile. This missile protects our troops and allows us to avoid much direct person-to-person combat. Our navy has depended heavily on them…Nobody wants to cut spending, including...
  • CA Democrat's Alleged Arms Trafficking Scheme Linked to Islamist Rebels

    03/27/2014 4:06:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Big Government ^ | 3/27/2014 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    The 137-page, FBI-sworn affidavit against California State Sen. Leland Yee, a Democrat who is also running for Secretary of State, and over two dozen other individuals reads like a crime thriller. Beyond the widely reported stories of alleged wire fraud, money laundering, corruption, and bribery, the affidavit contains tales of alleged murder-for-hire plots involving a political consultant close to Yee, as well as large international weapons trafficking operations.Indeed, while the media have fixated on the hypocrisy of a gun-control advocate--Yee sponsored legislation against detachable magazines, for example--alleged involvement in gun smuggling, few reports delve into the kind of weapons with which...
  • California State Sen. Leland Yee charged with promising guns, missiles from Muslim group...

    03/27/2014 2:58:41 AM PDT · by Libloather · 36 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 3/26/14 | Adam Edelman, Michael Sorrentino
    A California state senator has been arrested for promising shoulder-fired automatic weapons and missiles from a Muslim separatist group to an undercover FBI agent in exchange for campaign donations, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday. In San Francisco, FBI agents have charged California State Sen. Leland Yee with conspiracy to deal firearms and wire fraud. The allegations were outlined in an FBI affidavit against Yee and 25 others. The allegations against Yee include a number of favors he requested in exchange for campaign donations, as well as performing "official acts" in exchange for donations to get himself out of a...
  • Administration to cancel Hellfire and Tomahawk missile programs

    03/25/2014 7:23:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 3/25/2014 | Lee DeCovnick
    Let’s start with a simple question. What happens when a soldier runs out of ammunition during a firefight? First, he either retreats, or he quickly becomes killed, wounded or captured. Second, his tactical position converts from active to indefensible which imperils the strategic array of the entire battlefield. What do you call a submarine that runs out of torpedoes? Missing in action. That’s an old Navy joke that dates back to WWII. However the fundamental military concept remains true: without the ability to attack your enemy and inflict serious damage, you’re unable to influence any subsequent events on the battlefield....
  • Israeli Ministers Say Retaking Gaza is Only Way to Stop Rockets

    03/14/2014 8:04:20 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 17 replies
    JNS.org ^ | March 13, 2014
    In the wake of the largest Gaza rocket attack on Israel since late 2012, Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman criticized former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's 2005 disengagement from Gaza, in which Israel relinquished control of that territory to the Palestinian Authority before it was eventually seized by the terrorist group Hamas. About 10,000 Jewish Israelis had to relocate from their homes in Gaza. In addition to Hamas, several smaller Islamist terror groups are present in Gaza today, including Islamic Jihad, which is responsible for the latest rocket barrage. “Sooner or later we will...
  • IDF captures Iranian Ship Carrying Advanced Rockets For Gaza

    03/05/2014 6:12:47 PM PST · by lbryce · 7 replies
    Israel seized an Iranian ship carrying advanced weapons destined for Gaza on Tuesday night and towed it to the Eilat port, the IDF said Wednesday. Elite troops from the Israel Navy's Shayetet 13 unit boarded the ship in open waters on the maritime border of Sudan and Eritrea, some 1,500 km south of Israel. The Klos C Iranian vessel was sailing under a Panamanian flag, making its way to Sudan from Iran carrying a cargo of advanced rockets capable of reaching distances of up to 200 km IDF Spokesperson's Unit simulation of events: Videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nYd2b__wxKY#t=0 The Iranian cargo ship carrying arms...
  • Israeli Navy Captures Iranian Boat Loaded With Syrian Missiles Destined for Gaza

    03/05/2014 8:36:38 AM PST · by robowombat · 37 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | MARCH 5, 2014 8:53 AM | Gidon Ben-zvi
    BREAKING: Israeli Navy Captures Iranian Boat Loaded With Syrian Missiles Destined for Gaza (VIDEO) MARCH 5, 2014 8:53 AM 9 COMMENTS Benny Gantz Ram Rothberg Israeli Navy KLOSCIran Gaza KLOSC Shayetet 13Israeli navy commandos KLOSC arms shipM-302 missile Iran Gaza StripM-302 missile Second Lebanon WarMoti Almoz Israeli Navy KLOSC Iran Israeli Naval commandos on Wednesday intercepted an Iranian ship in the Red Sea weighed down with missiles that was en route to the Gaza Strip, the IDF said in a statement. The boat, named KLOSC, was stopped by the elite naval commando unit Shayetet 13 as it was heading to...
  • Sinai Jihadis deploy surface-to-air missiles

    01/25/2014 11:29:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 1/25/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Okay, it's only been reported on Twitter, but it sounds likely to be true. Sinai jihadis have deployed surface-to-air missiles for the first time. I'm going to post a series of tweets by Michael Hanna below. Michael is a senior fellow at the Century Foundation in New York City. Rena Netjes @RenaNetjes Fmr security general Saif AlYazl to CBC: "A Russian stringer 2 rocket has been fired on a military plane today in Sinai, for the first time.
  • Cabinet to Approve Benefits to Residents of South

    12/28/2013 10:23:39 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/12/13 | Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will on Sunday submit for Cabinet approval a 166 million shekel plan for economic benefits for Sderot and the area adjacent to Gaza. The Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement that the goal of the plan is to strengthen residents, local authorities and the regional economy in light of the security situation and the difficulties regarding daily life. The 2014 plan includes a series of benefits for residents of the area: Tax benefits, local property tax benefits, exemptions from leasing fees, daycare benefits, investments in infrastructures and local authorities, benefits for industry, agriculture, trade and...
  • Jamaican authorities seize 3,300 warheads

    11/30/2013 4:12:44 AM PST · by GregNH · 88 replies
    FoxNY ^ | 11/296/13 | Unknown
    <p>KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Police in Jamaica say authorities have seized 3,300 missile warheads and a machine to make missiles and bullets.</p> <p>Deputy Police Superintendent Steve Brown said Friday that custom officials discovered the weapons late Thursday aboard a ship at Kingston Wharf.</p>
  • The Other Threat Obama and Kerry Ignored: Ballistic Missiles

    11/27/2013 12:08:20 PM PST · by LSUfan · 18 replies
    Iran Bulletin ^ | 27 Nov 13 | Unattributed
    For over a decade, Iran has had a robust, active ballistic missile development program. There are new developments on this front. Before we link those, here are the basics of the Iranian ballistic missile program… Iran has several types of ballistic missiles, ranging from Short Range Ballistic Missiles (SRBM) to Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles (IRBM). Some are imported systems, some are domestic copies of foreign systems and some are indigenous systems. Iran is also known to be working on ICBMs–Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. According to the Obama Defense Department’s “Annual Report on the Military Power of Iran,” published in April of...
  • Russia and Egypt on verge of missile deal: Moscow

    11/18/2013 1:11:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Lebanon Daily Star ^ | November 18, 2013 | (AFP)
    The head of Russia’s state industrial holding company said on Monday that Moscow was on the verge of reaching a landmark agreement to deliver air defense systems to Egypt’s army. Rostec chief Sergey Chemezov’s comments came in the wake of a visit to Cairo last week by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu devoted to military and diplomatic ties. Chemezov told Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti news agency that “some contracts (with Egypt) have already been signed—particularly one concerning air defense systems.” …
  • Venezuela looks to install missiles in slums

    11/07/2013 3:13:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 7, 2013 6:01 PM EST
    Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro wants to install anti-aircraft weapons systems in hillside slums ringing Caracas to dissuade “imperialist” foreign powers from attacking the South American nation. The president says arming civilians and putting state-of-the-art artillery in densely-populated neighborhoods is an integral part of an ongoing defense buildup. …
  • Inside China: Nuclear submarines capable of widespread attack on U.S.

    11/01/2013 4:47:24 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 57 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/ ^ | October 31, 2013 | Miles Yu
    Chinese state-run media revealed for the first time this week that Beijing’s nuclear submarines can attack American cities as a means to counterbalance U.S. nuclear deterrence in the Pacific. On Monday, leading media outlets including China Central TV, the People’s Daily, the Global Times, the PLA Daily, the China Youth Daily and the Guangmin Daily ran identical, top-headlined reports about the “awesomeness” of the People's Liberation Army navy’s strategic submarine force. “This is the first time in 42 years since the establishment of our navy’s strategic submarine force that we reveal on such a large scale the secrets of our...
  • N. Korea Suspected of Preparing for Fresh Nuke Test

    10/25/2013 4:09:52 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies
    English.CHOSUN.com ^ | Oct. 25, 2013 09:41 KST | n/a
    SNIPPET: "North Korea appears to have been digging two new tunnels at a nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, North Hamgyong Province since May, sparking fears that it is preparing for another nuclear test." SNIPPET: "Specialist website 38 North, which is run by Johns Hopkins University, said it discovered two new tunnel entrances and a mound of earth while analyzing satellite pictures of the test site taken on Wednesday."