Analysis by The Sunday Telegraph shows that the authorities have investigated more than 700 cases of sensitive data being obtained illegally from organisations such as mobile telephone companies, councils and the NHS in the last five years. The cases cover the details of hundreds of thousands of individuals, and include instances where confidential medical information was stolen from official databases. In some cases the personal information was sold on to marketing firms, providing leads for Britain’s burgeoning cold-calling industry. Many records were stolen by employees seeking a profit, while in other cases, staff used the data in personal feuds.
Admiral Mohab Mamish confirmed that "a terrorist" had launched the attack against a Panamanian-flagged ship, adding in a statement that "the attempt failed completely and there was no damage to the ship or the containers it carried". The statement gave no details of the nature of the attempt at 1230 GMT Saturday, but sources said they heard loud explosions from the container ship which had been passing through the canal. The Egyptian army gave the order for heightened security measures at the strategic sea route. The Suez Canal dealt with a normal volume of 45 boats on Saturday with another 55 expected to
Trenton — Two city police officers were injured in a street brawl tonight that erupted when West Ward residents turned on them after the officers had arrested two girls for fighting, two police sources told The Times. The sources, who did not speak on the record because they were not authorized to give out information, said Officer Walter Rivera received a dislocated ring finger and Officer Herbert Flowers a dislocated knee during the melee, where a radio call for help for Flowers brought every available officer in the city to their aid. Rivera and Flowers were in the hospital last night
Newark — A woman was fatally stabbed and a man was shot and killed in unrelated homicides in the city’s Central Ward this afternoon, the sixth and seventh killings of what authorities are calling the city’s deadliest week so far this year, said Anthony Ambrose, chief of detectives for the Essex County Prosecutor´s Office. Authorities first responded to 25 Parkhurst St. about 2:40 p.m., where they found Ebony Martin, 24, and a second female stabbed outside. Both women were transported to University Hospital in the city where Martin was pronounced dead on arrival. The second woman, who was not identified
There may be no official rule book for being a liberal, but that doesn´t mean there aren´t rules. There are actually quite a few rules liberals go by and the more politically active liberals become, the more rigidly they tend to stick to their own code of behavior. These rules, most of which are unspoken, are passed along culturally on the Left and viciously enforced. Ironically, many liberals could not explain these rules to you and don´t even consciously know they´re following them. So, by reading this article, not only will you gain a better understanding of liberals, you´ll know
ORLANDO —For the second day in a row Saturday, a rising Republican star was interrupted while speaking to the crowd of conservative activists at the Americans For Prosperity conference here. But while Florida Sen. Marco Rubio had to contend with a few hecklers who criticized his immigration stance on Friday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz paused near the end of his remarks Saturday while the crowd of about 1,500 chanted, “Run, Ted, run!” Cruz, one of four potential 2016 presidential candidates to speak to the two-day gathering, got by far the most enthusiastic response from the limited-government, free-market group.
President Obama put the Syria decision in Congress’s hands Saturday, but lawmakers — who had begged for a voice in the decision — seemed in no rush to return to Washington to make it. House Republican leaders said they’ll wait until the end of their five-week summer vacation, which is scheduled to last another week, before coming back to Washington to take up a resolution authorizing the president to strike at President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The GOP leaders said the intervening week will give Mr. Obama the chance to make a stronger case than he has laid out so far. “We
President Obama’s announcement Saturday that he will seek congressional approval for a possible attack on Syria sets the stage for the most tumultuous foreign policy debate on Capitol Hill in more than a decade. And already, an unlikely alliance between tea party conservatives and veteran liberal doves, as well as the memory of the Iraq war debate, has cast doubt on whether the president can mobilize enough support in the country and in Congress to persuade lawmakers to approve even a limited attack in Syria. After Obama’s decision Saturday to seek congressional approval for the military action, House and Senate
After the guns of World War I fell silent, the world’s nations convened in Geneva to outlaw for the first time an entire class of weapons. Barely 1 percent of the war’s battlefield deaths had come from toxic chemicals, yet these had evoked greater horror than the blast wounds, shrapnel and bullets that killed millions more. Nearly a century later, images of another chemical-weapons attack are stirring some Western capitals into action, this time over the alleged gassing of thousands of Syrian civilians by their government. Now, as then, the toll of dead and injured is relatively small, roughly equal
The UK’s intelligence-gathering assets based in the Mediterranean are to provide the US military with information, as it prepares to carry out cruise missiles strikes against President Bashar al-Assad. Whitehall sources said Britain’s decision not to take part in attacks punishing the regime for using chemical weapons only covered its Armed Forces, and the sharing of intelligence would continue. GCHQ’s powerful eavesdropping facilities on Cyprus, around only 100 miles from the Syrian coast, are expected to play a key role in intelligence gathering for military action. [Snip] Washington pays for half its costs and in return has a say in
BEIRUT — Syrians opposed to President Bashar al-Assad expressed anger on Saturday that President Obama had apparently decided against an imminent strike in Syria, saying that failure to act after the threats that have been made would embolden Assad’s government. After Obama announced that he would seek congressional approval for any attack on Syria, deferring any possible military action for at least 10 days, rebel fighters predicted that Assad loyalists would seek to use the delay to escalate attacks on rebel strongholds. “Assad has been given the green light by the international community,” said Musab Abu Qatada of the Damascus
As you probably know by now, President Obama is going to seek the blessing of Congress for military action in Syria. The reason I think Obama is taking this route is because he’s getting cold feet because of the cold shoulder from the British Parliament, the Arab League and the UN. It’s true that French President Francois Hollande backs military action in Syria, but now he’s hedging his bets and is now awaiting the results of the Congressional vote. As I have argued previously, I am not convinced Obama is going to attack Syria. If he was then missiles would
You won´t be reading this in many places, but here goes. Parliament´s rejection of military action in Syria has been good for David Cameron and bad for Ed Miliband. More to the point, it has been good for our standing in the world. Good for David Cameron? How can I possibly say such a thing? Hasn´t he just been "undermined", "fatally weakened", "given a bloody nose" and subjected to every other journalistic cliché? The newspapers assure us so: for 72 hours, headlines have reflected the Westminster obsession with which party is "having a good day". But entertain the possibility that
If the US loses its sense of historic purpose, then what is it? Just a place to go to get rich? There is only one winner in the ongoing shambles of the West’s policy on Syria, and it is not Bashar al-Assad. Mr Assad and his regime are now locked into the familiar slow suicide march of the modern dictatorship which ends eventually in execution or exile. [Snip] No, the grand-slam, record-breaking, knock-out winner of the past week has been Vladimir Putin, who graciously thanked the British Parliament on Friday for its support in his quest for global domination. Surely
She was once described as ‘a rose in the desert’, a long-limbed, London beauty who used her elegance and Western style to mask the increasing brutality of her husband’s murderous regime. But as Asma Assad shelters in a bomb-proof bunker to avoid the horrors erupting within Syria – and to escape the US missiles expected soon to rain down on the country – she has become more of a Marie Antoinette figure, shopping for extravagant designer goods, food and health products online as the country collapses around her. While more than 100,000 men, women and children have been killed and
Secretary of State John Kerry will appear on all five Sunday talk shows this weekend, setting up the opportunity to make President Obama´s case on Syria to the public and to members of Congress. Kerry will appear on the Sunday talk shows for NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX and CNN. The practice of sweeping the whole Sunday lineup — known as the "full Ginsburg," for Monica Lewinski attorney William Ginsburg, who was the first to accomplish the feat in 1998 — is rare, and typically occurs when significant national or international news events develop. Kerry´s appearances will allow him to elaborate
ORLANDO, Fla. –Republican activists are taking solace in success stories by governors and legislatures in GOP-leaning states as their party tries to regroup after the disappointments of a bruising presidential contest and a stalled agenda in Washington. Here´s what fired up Washington-weary GOP stalwarts at a weekend conference of conservatives in this perennial swing state: pension overhauls in Wisconsin, tax cuts in Indiana and labor losses in Michigan. Some of the biggest applause was reserved for governors who did not attend the event. The mere mention of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a tea-party favorite who won national attention for his
The saga of open-border advocates in the federal government using the Department of Justice (DOJ) and federal courts to attack those enforcing immigration laws has heated up recently, with a federal judge considering appointing a monitor to Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department. U.S. District Judge Murray Snow found in May that "the Maricopa County Sheriff´s Office singled out Latinos and [its] deputies unreasonably prolonged detentions,” according to the Associated Press on the matter of Arpaio’s Sheriff’s Deputies checking the immigration status of those whom they pull over. Open-border advocates in the American Civil Liberties Union helped a small
This afternoon, President Obama was 35 minutes late to deliver his statement on Syria to the media. Well, he likes to keep his fans waiting. But when he did show up, the Prez put in a remarkable performance. Yes, Obama does believe Assad has used chemical weapons against his own people and, yes, he does want to do something about it. But rather than take immediate action, he´s going to seek Congress´ approval first. In the course of his statement, he name checked Britain and its own parliamentary vote on Thursday. So we basically taught Obama to respect his own
After a week of intensive planning with his political, diplomatic and military aides for a strike on Syria, U.S. President Barack Obama surprised even his closest advisers with a last-minute change-of-heart. The decision to seek authorization from Congress was the president’s alone, a step that none of the four congressional leaders had asked for and none of his national security advisers had recommended, according to two administration officials familiar with the discussions. (Snip) Obama settled on his plans Friday evening during a 45-minute walk around the South Lawn alone with his chief of staff, Denis McDonough, then called top White
Following President Obama´s announcement Saturday that he has decided the U.S. should take military action against the Syrian regime in retaliation for its use of chemical weapons, the mood inside Syria was mixed, CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports from the Syrian capital of Damascus. (Snip) After the president´s remarks, Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil commented: "We are on constant alert. If the US has postponed its decision, or retreated....this invites ridicule from all sides. "The Syrians have said they would respond to any attack but did not specify the target. We are committed to react.
Washington — More than once, President Obama has confided to aides that he regards Syria as one of those hellish problems every president faces, where the risks are endless, the choices are all bad, and the pressure to do something is unrelenting. On Saturday, those treacherous crosscurrents were on vivid display in the Rose Garden. After two years of resisting deeper involvement in Syria, Mr. Obama finally decided to order a military strike — only to put his order on a shelf while he seeks Congressional approval. For Mr. Obama, who presented his most fervent case yet that Syria needed
Barack Obama last night threw David Cameron a political lifeline by following his lead in giving US politicians the chance to veto air strikes on Syria. In an unprecedented move, the President said he was determined to bomb Syria – but not until Congress voted on the matter. In theory, as Commander-in-Chief of US forces, he could ignore any Congress vote against military action, but having invited them to do so it is considered highly unlikely. The Syrian army restarted its barrage on the rebel-held suburbs of Damascus just two minutes after President Obama finished his speech threatening air strikes.
On Thursday, two women ages 32 and 24, were allegedly gang-raped by 10-12 black juveniles at Kosciuszko Park in Wilmington, Deleware. The attack reportedly happened at 6:54 PM when the women were sitting on a bench. The boys, who range in age from 12 to 17-years-old, allegedly assaulted the women and then fled. One woman called 911 and both were taken to Christiana Hospital. From MyFoxPhilly: "Initial investigation suggested the victims were in Kosciuszko Park when they were approached by a group of juveniles. The juveniles assaulted the victims and fled in an unknown direction," police said in a news
President Obama is abdicating his responsibility as commander in chief by seeking authorization from Congress to attack Syria, Rep. Peter King said Saturday. In a scathing statement that differed sharply from the reaction of House GOP leaders, King said Obama was making a mistake that would undermine future presidents. “President Obama is abdicating his responsibility as commander-in-chief and undermining the authority of future presidents,” said King, a former Homeland Security Committee chairman who has flirted with running for president in 2016. “The president does not need Congress to authorize a strike on Syria. If Assad´s use of chemical weapons
The leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees aren’t yet endorsing a U.S. military strike in Syria after President Obama said Saturday that he would seek congressional authorization. House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said in a statement authorizing the use of force “should be contingent on the president setting clear military objectives that can meet articulated policy goals, including degrading any party´s ability to use these weapons again.” (Snip) Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said that the president “made a strong case” on Saturday. But he also suggested it was important that Obama