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  • Ex-state senator pleads guilty to racketeering in California

    07/01/2015 11:53:37 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    Salon.com ^ | 7-1-2015 | SUDHIN THANAWALA, ap
    <p>An ex-California state senator has pleaded guilty to a racketeering charge in an organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco’s Chinatown.</p> <p>Leland Yee entered the plea on Wednesday and could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in October.</p>
  • The Benghazi Bonanza: A Bi-Partisan Scandal

    06/09/2015 12:40:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 9, 2015 | Micah Morrison
    The Benghazi affair is beginning to shape up as a bi-partisan scandal — making Trey Gowdy’s life doubly difficult, of course. But the former prosecutor has been doing a bang-up job with his select committee, demolishing the mantra that there is “nothing new” to be learned about Benghazi and building a sober, far-reaching inquiry. Without Gowdy, recall, there would be no Clinton secret server, no Sidney Blumenthal trail, no new emails, and no upcoming testimony from Mrs. Clinton and her inner circle . On the latter, Gowdy is holding firm, saying he will not schedule testimony until all relevant emails...
  • Barak-8 on Target

    06/15/2015 9:18:13 PM PDT · by cold start · 12 replies
    ainonline.com ^ | 15 June 2015 | David Donald
    Barak-8 eight-round launchers can be rapidly deployed on land to provide point defense for critical locations, and in networked groups for area defense. Following successful trials late last year, IAI’s Barak-8 medium-range surface-to-air missile is being delivered to customers, and is also now fielded with the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). The company does not discuss its customers, but acknowledges that the missile has been procured by Israel and India, plus others. Non-Israeli sources state that the Barak-8 has been adopted by the Indian Navy, which already employs the Barak-1, for service aboard its latest frigates, destroyers and aircraft carriers. Following...
  • Iran prepares to hold missile drill

    05/24/2015 5:05:03 PM PDT · by piasa · 5 replies
    Azer News ^ | 12 May 2015, 15:58 (GMT+05:00)
    Iranian army's ground force will hold a military drill to test its missile power capacities, Commander of the Army's Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said. The military exercise dubbed "Beit ol-Moqaddas 27" will take place in Iran's central province of Esfahan on May 23-24, Pourdastan said, IRNA news agency reported. “Rocket and missile capabilities of the army's ground force are improved, the commander said, adding the capabilities will be evaluated in the two-day exercise. Tehran held a similar drill last May and tested a series of its newest domestically-made missiles. Iranian media outlets report that Iran has made...
  • Scott Walker On The Dana Show 5-22-15

    05/22/2015 12:56:54 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    FM News Talk ^ | May 22, 2015 | Dana
    29:00 [click on picture then click on red dot to listen]
  • Norks -Deeply Offended by Accusation of Faked Submarine Missile Launch- Make Brazen New Claims...

    05/21/2015 3:45:14 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 3 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 21 May 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    (1 week prior to capitalist mission forever trumpeted in shallow propaganda of American running-dogs) More at Reaganite Republican
  • Israeli planes strike targets in Syria, Arab media report

    04/25/2015 11:11:23 PM PDT · by shove_it · 31 replies
    LATimes ^ | 25 Apr 2015 | BATSHEVA SOBELMAN
    Israeli warplanes struck military targets in Syria early Saturday, according to media reports that were not confirmed by Israeli or Syrian officials. According to Arab media and pro-opposition sources in Syria, the strikes targeted several bases belonging to Syrian missile brigades in the mountainous Qalamoun region near the Syrian-Lebanese border. The targets reportedly were Syrian army brigades said to keep long-range missiles and other strategic weaponry...
  • The Iran nuclear deal is unwritten, but it's the best we can do, Obama assures

    04/20/2015 2:58:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    IBD ^ | 4 - 20 - 2015 | Andrew Malcolm
    Remember the hundreds of thousands of new jobs certain to erupt by 2010 thanks to $1 trillion in extra Obama administration spending? Remember how resident Obama vowed swift justice to the murderers of four helpless Americans in Benghazi? Remember how you can keep your doctor and health insurance under ObamaCare? Remember how Obama promised to halt Iran's development of nuclear weapons because they would launch a nuclear arms race in the world's most volatile region and allow Iran to attempt its avowed erasure of Israel? Well, folks, your favorite incumbent president is morphing again right before your disbelieving eyes. Here's...
  • Israel: Russian missile sale ‘direct result’ of nuclear deal

    04/13/2015 11:15:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 13, 2015 12:12 PM EDT
    Israel says Russia’s decision to sell advanced anti-aircraft missiles to Iran is the “direct result” of the international community’s framework nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic. […] Cabinet minister Yuval Steinitz said the framework agreement helped legitimize Iran and cleared the way for Monday’s announcement by Russia. …
  • Report: Russia hijacked its own ship (Arctic Sea carrying S-300 X-500?)

    09/03/2009 10:59:20 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 919+ views
    Ynetnews (Israel) ^ | 09/02/09 | Ron Ben-Yishai
    Report: Russia hijacked its own ship Ynet probe reveals Russian intel used secret agents to arrest the Arctic Sea vessel, thought to have been hijacked by Israel, after getting tip it was violating international accord by carrying 'destabilizing' arms to Syria or Iran Ron Ben-Yishai Published: 09.02.09, 19:03 / Israel News A Ynet investigation revealed Wednesday that the hijacking of the Russian vessel 'Arctic Sea' was ordered by the Russian government. News agencies around the world published reports tying Israel to the hijacking, as the vessel was said to have been carrying arms to the Middle East, and possibly Iran....
  • Failure to Protect U.S. Against Electromagnetic Pulse Threat Could Make 9/11 Look Trivial Someday

    04/07/2015 9:26:37 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 67 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 31, 2014 | Peter Kelly-Detwiler
    Exploding A Nuclear Bomb In The Sky Creates An Interesting Phenomenon In 1962, during the depths of the Cold War, the U.S. military exploded a nuclear weapon high above an atoll in the Pacific Ocean. Dubbed Operation Starfish, this exercise was part of a larger project to evaluate the impacts of nuclear explosions in space. The missile, launched from Johnson Island, 900 miles from Hawaii, was armed with a 1.4 megaton warhead, programmed to explode at 240 miles above the earth. It detonated as expected. What was not entirely expected was the magnitude of the resulting electromagnetic pulse (EMP). The...
  • Admin officials told Bibi that if he's reelected, his egregious ambo to US, Ron Dermer, has to go.

    03/17/2015 8:44:57 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 61 replies
    twitter ^ | Mar 17, 2015 | Elizabeth Drew
    "Elizabeth Drew@ElizabethDrewOH 3H...Admin officials told Bibi that if he's reelected, his egregious ambo to US Ron Dermer, co-plotter with Boehner, has to go"
  • Everything in the Israeli-Hamas Conflict is *ss Backwards! (Rush)

    07/26/2014 4:42:09 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 7-25-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: All right. The Israelis have rejected the ceasefire proposal made by the haughty John Kerry, who served in Vietnam. The Israelis reject ceasefire deal. The only thing a ceasefire does is allow Hamas to regroup. I think Hamas is on the ropes and that's why everybody wants a ceasefire. I'm telling you, everything over there is ass backwards. Everything in this conflict is 180 degrees out of phase. They want the ceasefire to give Hamas time to regroup. "Well, we have to make it fair, Mr. Limbaugh, because the Israelis have such an unfair advantage. They're richer and they're...
  • Iranian Satellite Blew Up after Liftoff

    09/28/2012 6:49:58 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 37 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/9/12 | Gil Ronen
    An Iranian attempt to launch a satellite into space failed when the missile carrying the satellite exploded shortly after liftoff, completely destroying the satellite. HIS Janes reported that the accident took place in May, and that Iran's space agency has made great efforts to hide it from the public's knowledge. The failure is expected to set back Iran's space program considerably. Western experts said that the mishap shows Iran is facing difficulties in ballistic missile development. Janes revealed that U.S. spy satellites followed the attempted launch, which took place at the space center near Tehran. Black spots were seen covering...
  • CHINA SHOWS OFF ITS DEADLY NEW CRUISE MISSILES

    03/10/2015 6:57:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies
    Popular Science ^ | MARCH 10, 2015 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    DH-10 Launch Xinhui, via China Defense Forum This clear image of a TEL vehicle launching a DH-10 provides us with a detailed look at the cruise missile; while the tailfins have deployed, the air intake and wings have not. The debris is from the breaking open of the canister, while the short cylinder attached to the missile's rear is its integrated rocket booster that brings the missile into flight before the turbofan engine starts. A DH-10 land attack cruise missile (LACM) launches out of its canister, heading for parts unknown. Weighing about 1-1.5 tons (about the same size as the...
  • Startling Revelations from an Iranian Smuggling Case in Hamburg

    09/18/2013 1:43:22 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies
    ALGEMEINER.com - Commentary-Opinion ^ | September 17, 2013 | by Matthias Kuentzel
    SNIPPET: "I rarely attend trials, but this one is special. On July 24, 2013, the main hearing in the case of German businessman Rudolf M. and Iranian-Germans Gholamali K., Kianzad K., and Hamid Kh. opened at Hamburg’s Higher Regional Court. The defendants are charged with exporting 92 German-produced specialized valves for use in Iran’s Arak plutonium reactor and arranging the shipment of 856 nuclear-usable valves from India to Iran in 2010 and 2011. The reasons why the UN Security Council has ordered Iran to halt the construction of the Arak reactor are compelling. If this nuclear plant comes online in...
  • Iran-backed Tawhid-Salam network targeted NATO radar base in Turkey

    03/03/2015 2:11:05 AM PST · by piasa · 8 replies
    Today's Zaman ^ | August 22, 2014 | BAYRAM KAYA
    Operatives of a secretive Iran-backed terrorist network in Turkey scouted the area hosting a radar site in Malatya's Kürecik district that is part of a NATO early warning radar system, an ongoing investigation has revealed. According to an 854-page police investigation on the Tawhid-Salam terror network obtained by Today's Zaman, witness testimony provided to the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office on March 22, 2013 indicated that suspects tied to Iranian intelligence had collected information about Kürecik. The witness said many front companies with the cover of legitimate businesses such as real estate agencies or bookstores had been established in Malatya by...
  • US military base within Iranian striking distance, official warns

    06/10/2014 11:29:47 AM PDT · by Fali_G · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/10/2014 | Lisa Daftari
    A top Iranian defense official's claim that a U.S. military base in the Indian Ocean is now within missile range served both as a threat to American interests and a revelation that, if true, Tehran has doubled its striking distance. "In the event of an irrational attack by the U.S., America's military bases will not be safe from our missiles, whether in Bahrain or at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean," the senior official, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) adviser Mojtaba Zonnour, was quoted as saying to Iran's "Defa Moghadas," or Holy Defense.
  • Putin Throws Wrench in Iran Nuke Talks

    02/23/2015 5:44:59 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    thefiscaltimes.com ^ | Mon, Feb 23, 2015, 8:39pm EST | Rob Garver, The Fiscal Times
    In an announcement that seems certain to further inflame opinions about a proposed deal to limit Iran’s nuclear capacity, it was revealed today that Russia’s state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec has offered to sell advanced anti-aircraft missiles to Iran. Related Stories Kerry Says Iran Extension Worth It Only If Deal Almost Done Bloomberg Iran leader says no nuclear deal better than bad one AFP World powers 'united', Kerry says ahead of new Iran nuclear talks AFP 'Significant gaps' remain in Iran nuclear talks: Kerry AFP
  • Philippine rebel group tied to Leland Yee (RAT-CA) returns guns of slain commandos

    02/22/2015 12:00:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Guns ^ | 2/19/14 | Chris Eger
    **SNIP** The 11,000 strong rebel group, which dates back to the 1960s, aims to carve out greater autonomy in the Philippines for the Muslim minority in the South of the archipelago. The group was cited extensively in a federal case made against Yee and dozens of other defendants last March following a four-year investigation. Yee, ironically known for his gun control legislation, was arrested then on a host of charges including plotting to smuggle guns into the country to be obtained through MILF contacts brokered by his associate, Dr. Wilson Lim . In an affidavit unsealed last year, Yee spoke...
  • Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow Pleads Not Guilty to Revised Indictment (shoulder-fired missiles)

    02/14/2015 10:11:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 2/12/15
    **SNIP** The charges against most defendants, including Chow, remain the same as in a previous indictment, but the new document added two money laundering conspiracy counts against Yee and Jackson. All of the defendants are being re-arraigned on the revised 230-count indictment, known as the second superseding indictment, last week and this week. Chow, 54, of San Francisco, is accused of conspiring to racketeer, or to operate a continuing criminal enterprise that allegedly included selling drugs and stolen property and money laundering. He is also charged with conspiring to receive and transport stolen liquor, conspiring to traffic in stolen and...
  • Syria, Iraq and the United States: A Gathering Storm

    06/09/2004 12:06:20 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 29 replies · 301+ views
    JINSA ^ | June 4, 2004 | Jonathan Howland
    U.S. military forces have discovered a smuggling ring moving copious quantities of explosives and weapons from Iraq to terrorist training camps constructed by the Saddam Hussein regime inside Syria prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). The Pentagon also announced that the structure bombed by U.S. warplanes last week, described by many major media outlets as a wedding celebration at a private ranching operation, was actually a "dormitory-like" facility used as a "safe house" to facilitate the clandestine movement of foreign terrorists into Iraq from Syria. According to Pentagon officials, small arms, explosives, and bomb making materials are being removed from...
  • Groups, States Supported by Cuba Continue to Spread Terror

    02/10/2015 2:52:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | February 10, 2015 | Daniel Wiser
    U.S. officials consider removing Castro regime from terror listU.S. officials are considering removing Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, even as Cuban allies continue to launch military attacks and trade for weapons. As part of President Barack Obama’s announcement in December that he would normalize relations with Cuba, Obama instructed Secretary of State John Kerry to review Cuba’s terror designation and issue a report in six months. While reports indicate that the administration is leaning toward removing Cuba from the terror list, such an action would conflict with the Cuban regime’s support for Colombian militants, Iran, and...
  • Ex-Sen. Leland Yee pleads not guilty to expanded charges (shoulder-fired missiles)

    02/06/2015 2:28:56 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 2/05/15 | Bob Egelko
    Former state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded not guilty Thursday to an expanded indictment in his corruption case that included two new charges of money-laundering. The San Francisco Democrat was first charged in April, along with more than two dozen other defendants, of accepting $62,000 in bribes from FBI agents posing as contributors in exchange for legislative favors, and for illegally importing firearms from the Philippines.
  • 30 Filipino police commandos killed in clash with rebels

    01/25/2015 4:26:01 PM PST · by bunkerhill7 · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan. 25 2015 | AP
    MANILA, Philippines – More than 30 police commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim insurgents Sunday in the southern Philippines in the biggest single-day combat loss for Philippine forces in many years, officials said.
  • Ex-Sen. Yee pays $128,000 in campaign funds to lawyers since indictment (shoulder fired missiles)

    02/03/2015 4:42:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/03/15 | Patrick McGreevy
    Former state Sen. Leland Yee’s campaign committee for last year’s secretary of state race has spent $128,000 on attorney's fees since he was indicted on federal corruption charges, he reported this week. The practice is legal, but one ethics expert said it should be restricted. "Unfortunately California’s relatively weak restrictions on the use of surplus campaign funds mean that politicians can turn these accounts into personal slush funds," said Sarah Swanbeck, an advocate for the group Common Cause.
  • RUSSIAN BOMBER OVER CHANNEL WAS CARRYING NUKES

    02/01/2015 4:40:26 PM PST · by LSUfan · 46 replies
    BreitBart ^ | 1 Feb 15 | AB Sanderson
    Tensions between Russia and the UK have heightened after it was revealed that the Russian bomber intercepted by RAF fighter jets was carrying a nuclear missile designed to destroy Trident submarines. The TU-95 aircraft were spotted on long range radar flying down from Scotland towards the English Channel, where they were close to entering British airspace, the Sunday Express report. >Ministry of Defence sources revealed the ‘seek and find’ nuclear warhead missile which can destroy the British Vanguard submarines which form the country’s nuclear deterrent.
  • Gowdy Comes Out Swinging ( Benghazi Moslem terrorist attacks )

    01/28/2015 9:54:47 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 28, 2015 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Rep. Trey Gowdy came out swinging at Tuesday’s hearing of his Select Committee, laying into Democrats for playing political games and blasting the State Department for refusing to produce documents and for preventing witnesses from testifying before the committee. ... At the hearing, the State Department’s liaison officer to Congress said that more documents would be produced in the coming days, including emails from Secretary of State Clinton – giving the lie to oft-repeated Democrat claims that everything relating to Benghazi was already on the public record. ... two very real stand-down orders were issued that night by Secretary Clinton,...
  • Iran Has Ballistic Missile That Poses Threat to United States

    01/22/2015 9:42:04 PM PST · by Art in Idaho · 71 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/22/2015 | Caroline B. Glick
    Column one: Iran, Obama, Boehner and Netanyahu Iran has apparently produced an intercontinental ballistic missile whose range far exceeds the distance between Iran and Israel, and between Iran and Europe. On Wednesday night, Channel 2 showed satellite imagery taken by Israel’s Eros-B satellite that was launched last April. The imagery showed new missile-related sites that Iran recently constructed just outside Tehran. One facility is a missile launch site, capable of sending a rocket into space or of firing an ICBM. On the launch pad was a new 27-meter long missile, never seen before. The missile and the launch pad indicate...
  • Israel Hits Pay Dirt with Strike on Iran & Hezbollah

    01/22/2015 5:22:02 AM PST · by SJackson · 34 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 22, 2015 | Ari Lieberman
    Israel Hits Pay Dirt with Strike on Iran & HezbollahPosted By Ari Lieberman On January 22, 2015 @ 12:44 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi As Congress gets set to impose new sanctions on Iran and the mysterious death of Alberto Nisman, Argentina’s indefatigable prosecutor, once again sheds the unwanted spotlight on the Islamic Republic’s overseas terror activities, the mullahs have been hit with yet more bad news. On January 18, Israeli helicopters fired missiles at a convoy of military vehicles traveling on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights with devastating effect.The missile strike...
  • Leland Yee: An Anti-Gun Democrat Jihadists Can Love

    03/28/2014 5:38:16 AM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 28, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - Leland Yee: An Anti-Gun Democrat Jihadists Can LovePosted By Robert Spencer On March 28, 2014 @ 12:25 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments California State Senator Leland Yee is the very model of a modern public servant.Yee, a Democrat, has amassed a well-deserved reputation as an anti-gun crusader: shortly after Adam Lanza’s murderous rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, Yee helped spearhead one of the toughest gun laws in the entire nation, banning the “bullet button” that allows shooters to change magazines on assault weapons quickly and easily. California Governor...
  • Israeli TV shows first images of Iranian missile that can reach 'far beyond Europe'

    01/21/2015 1:07:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 1/21/15 | Carl in Jerusalem
    As Iran allegedly negotiates an agreement with the P 5+1 with respect to its nuclear program, Israel's Channel 2 showed a satellite image (above) in which a new Iranian missile 'that can reach far beyond Europe' is shown. Iran has built a 27-meter-long missile, capable of delivering a warhead “far beyond Europe,” and placed it on a launch pad at a site close to Tehran, an Israeli television report said Wednesday, showing what it said were the first satellite images of the missile ever seen in the West. It stressed that the missile could be used to launch spacecraft or satellites, but also to...
  • Feinstein Statement on Leland Yee

    03/27/2014 6:44:30 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 66 replies
    Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) ^ | Mar 27 2014 | Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)
    Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on California State Senator Leland Yee:“The allegations against Senator Yee are shocking. It has become clear he has lost the confidence of his colleagues and for the good of his constituents should step down.”###
  • All 29 defendants in massive corruption case appear in court (RAT Yee & shoulder-fired missiles)

    04/18/2014 3:57:59 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 4/17/14 | Vic Lee
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A story that sounds like a movie script is slowly grinding its way to trial. All of the 29 defendants in the massive corruption case involving suspended State Senator Leland Yee and reputed gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow appeared in federal court Thursday. With so many defendants, lawyers, and documents, the judge is trying to set up a system to manage what could be an unwieldy trial. What makes it even harder is that not everyone's on the same page. The frustration is beginning to show. There are 29 defendants, even more lawyers, a 137 page...
  • Why did (California RAT) state Sen. Leland Yee escape terrorism charges?

    04/05/2014 3:14:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 4/04/14 | Matthias Gafni
    Shocking enough are the allegations that a long-perceived unassuming state senator tried brokering an international arms deal with military-style rifles and rocket launchers, but Leland Yee may have narrowly escaped an even more ominous label: supporter of terrorism. Yee, whose arrest after an FBI undercover sting shook the California political world last week, would likely have been charged with aiding terrorists if not for a bureaucratic label missing from the militant Filipino group that he is accused of sourcing for an international arms deal, counterterrorism experts told this newspaper. His ties to the group, whose leader has said he personally...
  • Community Newspaper Publisher Found Guilty of Being Agent for Saddam Hussein

    01/12/2004 5:04:03 PM PST · by wallcrawlr · 28 replies · 249+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 12, 2004
    CHICAGO - A community newspaper publisher accused of spying on Iraqi dissidents in the United States was found guilty Monday of serving as an unregistered agent for Saddam Hussein. The jury took less than two hours to convict Khaled Abdel-Latif Dumeisi after the weeklong trial. "This sends an important message that people can't come to our country and spy on their fellow residents," U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald said. Dumeisi, 61, was convicted of failing to obey a federal law that requires agents of foreign governments to register with the Justice Department. Prosecutors maintained that the Palestinian-born Dumeisi spied on...
  • A Toast To 2014’s Top California Political Stories (shoulder fired missiles)

    01/01/2015 5:38:46 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    KQED ^ | 12/31/14 | John Myers
    **SNIP** The San Francisco Democrat was a fairly high-profile member of the California Legislature, but not a flamboyant one or one who was the subject of gossip and rumor. And that’s probably why the news in March landed with such a bombshell, when the 66-year old former psychologist was arrested and charged with not only corruption, but also with allegedly participating in a scheme to smuggle illegal weapons into the United States. The irony was impossible to miss: gun trafficking charges against a Democrat who made a name for himself as a fierce advocate of gun control, a politician who...
  • June Trial Set in Yee Corruption Case (shoulder fired missiles)

    12/19/2014 3:53:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | 12/18/14 | MARIA DINZEO
    SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Suspended California state Sen. Leland Yee could face a jury as early as June for charges of political corruption and conspiracy to import guns. At a scheduling conference on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said Yee will be tried along with his political consultant Keith Jackson, who also faces drug and murder-for-hire charges. Breyer said those charges will be tried separately, but lawyers for the defendants, including Yee's lawyer James Lassart, were not satisfied. "The firearms charges are going to be extremely prejudicial. The government has acquired 50 to 70 different firearms that, undoubtedly to...
  • Army surveillance over Maryland: Giant blimps to begin three-year test

    12/18/2014 10:07:23 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 17, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    One of the U.S. Army’s giant surveillance blimps will rise to 10,000 feet above Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland on Friday for a three-year test. A second aircraft will begin testing in January. The Army’s Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS), which is built by Raytheon, will be tested for its ability to identify incoming enemy aircraft. “This will enable senior defense officials to support a determination whether to transition JLENS capabilities to an enduring mission at the conclusion of the three-year operational exercise,” the North American Aerospace Defense Command said in a statement on...
  • Turkey could scrap controversial Chinese missile purchase

    11/12/2014 5:52:36 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | November/12/2014
    Turkey could scrap a controversial plan to buy missile defense systems from China that alarmed the United States and its Western allies, Turkish and European sources said on Nov. 12. Key NATO member Turkey said in September last year that it was entering negotiations with the China Precision Machinery Export-Import Corporation (CPMIEC) to acquire its first long-range anti-missile systems. However, the plan has deeply concerned the United States, which has already imposed sanctions on the Chinese company for supplying arms to Iran and Syria in defiance of an embargo. "Several options are on the table, including a cancellation of the...
  • Canceled this year over scandals, Pro Tem Cup is reinstated for 2015 (shoulder fired missiles)

    12/14/2014 3:56:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    LA Times ^ | 12/12/14 | Patrick McGreevy
    State Senate Democrats have decided to resume the annual Pro Tem Cup golf fundraiser in 2015, a year after the event was canceled in the wake of criminal charges filed against three Democratic Senators. The event at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego is the Senate Democrats' largest political fundraiser for the state party and has been criticized for allowing special interests to mingle with lawmakers in exchange for tickets costing between $15,000 and $65,000 per person. The indictment of Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) on public corruption charges a week before this year's event was to be held...
  • Pentagon Considering Deployment of Nuclear Missiles in Europe

    12/11/2014 12:24:12 PM PST · by GilGil · 27 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 12/11/2014 | Bill Gertz
    Brian P. McKeon, deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, said U.S. cruise missile deployments are among a range of options being considered if Russia fails to return to compliance with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.
  • China Tests Space Weapons As U.S. Pursues Space Disarmament

    11/18/2014 2:26:59 PM PST · by raptor22 · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 18, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Defense: Members of Congress warn that the State Department is working on arms accords to demilitarize space and ban anti-satellite weapons, leaving Russia and China with a huge lead in military space capabilities. On Jan. 17, 2012, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement announcing the Obama administration's intention to work with the European Union on an International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities. It was supposed to be sort of a "rules of the road" for space-faring nations to deal with issues such as the accumulating space junk jeopardizing satellites and manned space activities such as the...
  • UKRAINE: Tymchuk: Russia moves nuclear-capable missile systems up to Ukraine border

    11/05/2014 10:29:35 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    Tymchuk ^ | 04.11.2014 | 10:49
    Photo from Russian Defense Ministry Web site Tymchuk: Russia moves nuclear-capable missile systems up to Ukraine border, reinforces military presence in Donbas Russia has moved six Iskander [nuclear-capable] tactical ballistic missile units up to the Ukrainian-Russian border opposite Ukraine’s Donetsk region, military blogger and head of the Information Resistance group Dmytro Tymchuk. He also said that Russia was significantly increasing its military presence in the breakaway districts of Luhansk and Donetsk regions in Ukraine. According Tymchuk in border areas opposite the northern areas of the Lugansk region staff of the FSB Border Troops have been placed on a higher...
  • Nuclear arms reportedly found in Iraq

    07/21/2004 5:52:33 AM PDT · by NY Catholic · 227 replies · 11,817+ views
    UP | july 21 2004 | UPI
    BAGHDAD, July 21 (UPI) -- Iraqi security reportedly discovered three missiles carrying nuclear heads concealed in a concrete trench northwest of Baghdad, official sources said Wednesday. The official daily al-Sabah quoted the sources as saying the missiles were discovered in trenches near the city of Tikrit, the hometown of ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. "The three missiles were discovered by chance when the Iraqi security forces captured former Baath party official Khoder al-Douri who revealed during interrogation the location of the missiles saying they carried nuclear heads," the sources said. They pointed out that the missiles were actually discovered in...
  • 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...