Washington - The Israeli attack last week on a Syrian convoy of antiaircraft weapons appears to have also hit the country’s main research center for work on biological and chemical weapons, according to American officials who are sorting through intelligence reports. While the main target of the attack on Wednesday appears to have been SA-17 missiles and their launchers — which the Israelis feared were about to be moved to Hezbollah forces in Lebanon — video shown on Syrian television appears to back up assertions that the research center north of Damascus was also damaged.
Comments: * [David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt reported from Washington, and Jodi Rudoren from Jerusalem. Steven Erlanger contributed reporting from Munich].
I would be doing the "Snoopy Dance" anytime the Israelis can get a two-for-one airstrike and stick it to their enemies, especially Hezbollah in Lebanon looking to get chemical weapons & their delivery systems [WMD]. There is no doubt that this was a test run before the IAF takes out the mountain-shielding nuclear site that has been moving toward creating weapons in the region. Iran now knows that Israel is serious about stopping this bad behavior.
You know,the left has been crying about Assad´s brutality on it´s own people for two years and have done absolutely nothing about it. In comes Israel to take some decisive action and they´re up in arms over that.Israel´s intelligence is so good,they knew exactly where to strike. Our hapless intelligence services have been slapped with Obama budget cuts and worthless leaders like Clapper,who gets his intelligence news from Wolf Blitzer.
Bill Clinton slashed intelligence spending calling it a peace dividend after the fall of the soviets and we completely missed the rise of radical islam as a result.
It sure would be a shame is some chemical weapons broke open and killed the scientists trying to load them onto rockets. I would pray for them. Since I believe in symmetry in most things I assume their are large numbers of shrews formerly married to Muslims who drove them to divorce and then drink. These are waiting for the scientists when they arrive in hell. I pray they enjoy their shrews´ company until such time they can have a true change of heart and be delivered from hell.
On this one I think the US military official has it right. Any damage to the center was collateral damage. There´s no evidence of an impact crater near the facility. All video´s show light damage. The weapons convoy would be much more important to Israel´s immediate security. SA-17´s in the hands of Hezbollah would greatly hamper Israel´s ability to defend itself.
The Israelis seem to always know when and where to strike. Great intelligence work. As for not being able to take out Iran´s deep underground facilities, does anyone realize that if it´s underground, then it has to have a door to go in and out. If the door is slamed shut, the the facility is not able to function. If they (Iran) repair the door, shut it again. And trust me, there are weapons that can nearly permanently close said door.
While President Obama has overseen a largely secret war that has killed dozens of top al Qaeda commanders since 2009, one master terrorist has managed to elude U.S. forces: Nasser al-Wuhayshi. Today, Wuhayshi is a top target for the United States, after intelligence agencies monitored a conference call last week that served as a virtual board meeting for al Qaeda’s central leadership and the group´s global affiliates—and in which the Yemeni-born jihadist was promoted to the position of general manager for al Qaeda operations. At the request of its sources, The Daily Beast is withholding details about the
President Obama couldn´t say it—he denied it repeatedly in fact—but Edward Snowden was very much the reason he felt compelled to stand before the national press on a sun-baked Friday August afternoon and attempt to explain why his administration would pursue reforms of its counterterrorism programs even though—and this is the tricky part—he wouldn´t concede that those programs are flawed in any way. That brings us back to Snowden, the whistleblower/patriot/traitor squirreled away somewhere in Russia after revealing key operational details of the National Security Agency's domestic
Washington - The Obama administration released two documents on Friday describing the scope of National Security Agency data collection programs, a bid to quiet criticism they violate privacy rights. An NSA memorandum describes the beginnings of the agency´s collection of so-called telephone metadata of nearly every American under a provision of the Patriot Act, and the agency´s monitoring of foreign Internet traffic. (Snip) Another document from the Justice Department describes the legal basis for collecting the telephone metadata, such as the numbers dialed, the length and time of the
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro makes no secret of his devotion to the late leader Hugo Chavez - and now he has admitted he sometimes sleeps in the mausoleum where his mentor´s remains are kept. Mr Maduro, who served as Mr Chavez´s vice president, was named by him as his successor before he died. He said he likes to be close to the former leader´s remains so he can "carefully consider" his actions. Mr Maduro went on: "I sometimes come at night. At times, many times, I sleep here." Sometimes, he brings an entourage: "We enter at night and we stay to sleep. At night we reflect on things here."
Air traffic investigators will assess a collision between two aircraft at Melbourne Airport which saw a Virgin and Jetstar jet crash into each other. “Two aircraft made contact while taxiing at Melbourne Airport, (the) incident occurred at approximately 9.30am,” airport spokesman Matt Francis said. “The incident involved an aircraft pushing back from its gate for departure, and an aircraft which was holding for a gate.” There were no passenger or air personnel injured in the incident which was attended by five emergency response vehicles. Passenger Luke Grima, 45, of Bentleigh, said both aircraft suffered
This week, this website ran a piece which was very popular with readers. Call me a miserable cynic, but I found it one of the most indulgent pieces of tripe in history. So here´s what happens next. We run Shannon Kaiser´s list again and I tell you what I think of each of the author´s points. And everybody goes away happy - cynics, fans, everybody. Because you see, the true secret to happiness is not mindless, second-hand, doge-eared platitudes and faux nuggets of wisdom like Kaiser´s woeful excuse for a list. It's saying what you really think and being bold enough to stand behind it.
Columbia - A retweet by a Republican challenger to Lindsey Graham referred to the U.S. senator as “Nancy boy graham,” according to a government watchdog website. The retweet, which came from Nancy Mace’s twitter account @nancymace Tuesday, was deleted 10 minutes later, according to the Sunlight Foundation’s Politwoops, which tracks politicians’ deleted tweets. “Nancy boy” is a derogatory term used to describe an effeminate man. Graham periodically has been the target of similar rhetoric and questions about his sexuality.
Washington - Many jail and prison inmates will pay much less for interstate phone calls under a long-awaited policy shift that a divided Federal Communications Commission approved Friday. The new price caps are a big victory for FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn of South Carolina, (Snip) Over the objections of groups such as the Idaho Sheriffs’ Association, the FCC set a top rate of 25 cents a minute for collect calls and 21 cents a minute for prepaid calls. Current rates can be roughly four times higher. The commission also directed that rates be “cost-based,” which rules out
President Barack Obama has promised "appropriate reforms" to guarantee greater oversight of controversial US surveillance programmes. At a White House news conference, he proposed "safeguards against abuse", including amending legislation on the collection of telephone data. Mr Obama also urged appointing a lawyer to challenge the government at the nation´s secretive surveillance court. (Snip) "It´s not enough for me as president to have confidence in these programmes," Mr Obama added. "The American people need to have confidence as well."
Islamabad, Pakistan - The living were honoring the dead on both sides of the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan on Thursday when militant bombers struck, killing at least 44 people in two attacks that coincided with one of the holiest days on the Muslim calendar. (Snip) At the eastern end of the border, in the Afghan province of Nangarhar, a bomb exploded at a graveyard where people had gathered to pay their respects to a slain relative. Fourteen women and children from the same family were killed. Reporters in Quetta described scenes of chaos and devastation after the attack on the police funeral.
Vienna - A U.S. institute tracking North Korea’s nuclear weapons program says recent satellite photos show Pyongyang is doubling the size of its uranium enrichment plant, jibing with the country’s announced plans to expand technology that can be used both to create energy and the core of nuclear weapons. (Snip) In an accompanying note, ISIS said the photos of the Nyongbyon nuclear complex show construction under way to “effectively double” the size of the enrichment hall. That, said ISIS, would allow North Korea to also double the number of centrifuges now enriching uranium.
President Barack Obama discussed Edward Snowden, the health care law, Hillary Clinton and Russia during a Tuesday visit to "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." But Obama´s comments about the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin had special local interest. George Zimmerman was acquitted last month of murder in the teen´s death in Sanford. Some Americans have criticized Obama previously for commenting on the issue, but Leno said that the president had spoken eloquently and from the heart about Trayvon´s death. "I think all of us were troubled by what happened," Obama told Leno.
The owner of a shop in Zurich where US talk show host Oprah Winfrey says she encountered racism has called the incident a "misunderstanding". Winfrey, one of the world´s richest women, claimed an assistant refused to serve her in an upmarket handbag shop. She was apparently told one of the bags on display was "too expensive" for her. Shop owner Trudie Gotz told the BBC that Winfrey was "absolutely allowed" to look at the $35,000 (£22,500) bag, which was kept behind a screen. "My salesperson wanted to give her the handbag in her hand. But she didn´t want
Nobody tells Oprah she can´t afford a handbag. Oprah Winfrey is one of the richest entertainers in the world, thanks to her willdly successful 25-season run on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and her latest media foray with the newly revitalized Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). The entertainer earned an estimated $77 million from June 2012 to June 2013 alone, according to Forbes, but she says she still experiences racism because she is African American. Take this latest incident in Switzerland, where "The Butler" star went to attend the nuptials of good friend and singer Tina Turner last month.
At a White House press conference Friday afternoon, President Obama said that health insurance plans offered under Obamacare will be "significantly cheaper" than plans currently on the market, but a string of recent reports say that isn´t true. "What happens on October 1, in 53 days, is for the remaining 15 percent of the population that doesn´t have health insurance, they´re going to be able to go on a website or call up a call center and sign up for affordable, quality health insurance at a significantly cheaper rate than what they can get right now on
The Washington Post is a legend in the minds of the Washington elite, so its financial decline has caused quiet panic. As NPR media reporter David Folkenflik put it, “You think of stories like the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, these are all stories where The Washington Post led the nation’s understanding, the world’s understanding of some major issues.” Outside the liberal media, you wonder how long Post fans can wallow in their Nixon-crumbling polyester “glory days” in the early 1970s. But nostalgia ruled as the Graham family sold the Post to Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon.com.
Tonight, I went on Lawrence O´Donnell´s show, and Lawrence O´Donnell yelled at me. Or, rather, he O´Reilly´d at me. That O´Donnell interrupted and harangued and mansplained and was generally an angry grandpa at me is not what I take issue with, however. What bothers me is that, look: your producers take the time to find experts to come on the show, answer your questions, and, hopefully, clarify the issue at hand.
“IQ is a metric of such dubiousness that almost no serious educational researcher uses it anymore,” the Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox wrote back in May. It was a breathtakingly ignorant statement. Psychologist Jelte Wicherts noted in response that a search for “IQ test” in Google’s academic database yielded more than 10,000 hits — just for the year 2013. (Snip) There is a large discrepancy between what educated laypeople believe about cognitive science and what experts actually know. Journalists are steeped in the lay wisdom, so they are repeatedly surprised when someone forthrightly discusses the real science of mental ability.
The Clintons have decided to rent a different house in the Hamptons this summer after they only received a small portion of their security deposit back from the home they rented last year. The famous Democrats have been frequent visitors to the expensive summer getaway in Long Island, and rented the same beachfront house in 2011 and 2012. [Snip] When it comes to rentals in the Hamptons, many owners use the security deposits as a way to pay for the utility fees like heat and grounds-keeping charges. It should be little surprise then that the Lily Pond Lane home
Justice: The wife of a Fort Hood survivor claims the Defense Department is "slapping victims with gag orders" and telling family members not to talk to the press following testimony in the trial of Nidal Hasan. One of the great scandals of the Obama administration has been its shameful designation of the Nov. 5, 2009, rampage at the Army base in Killeen, Texas, by Maj. Nidal Hasan as "workplace violence." It has only compounded the pain and suffering of the victims and their families who have now apparently been ordered to shut up about it.
Forty to 50 House Republicans will support immigration reform, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) predicted Thursday. Gutiérrez said many of the Republicans supportive of immigration reform don’t want to be identified, but he insisted they would support comprehensive immigration reform. “If they ask me today, go find those 40 to 50 Republicans, I’ll tell them I found them. I know where they’re at,” Gutiérrez said in an interview with Ed O’Keefe at The Washington Post.
President Barack Obama announced Friday afternoon that the White House will publicly release a summary of the legal authorities through which the National Security Agency conducts its controversial surveillance programs. ´Given the history of abuse by governments,´ he said, it is important to explain how such a program is managed, and - equally important - what it may not do. He described his working relationship with Vladimir Putin as ´candid´ and ´blunt,´ and seemed to dismiss concerns that the Russian president´s body language indicated a lack of willingness to work with the United States.
Middle and high school students in San Diego, California will be encouraged to vent their frustration that the world lacks justice when they return to school and participate in the “Trayvon Martin dialogues” this fall. The board of San Diego Unified Schools unanimously approved a proposal recently to establish classroom forums to discuss the death of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager who was shot during an altercation with a Hispanic man, George Zimmerman, in Florida last year. A jury recently acquitted Zimmerman, who claimed that Martin struck first and shot him in self-defense.
Here’s a live log of the questions the media asked after President Obama’s scoldy opening statement regarding four reforms he is proposing to rein in his own domestic surveillance. First question, Julie Pace of AP — Pace asked Obama about the US-Russian relationship after Putin granted Edward Snowden asylum. Obama manages to work in another statement in favor of gay rights after taking a swing or two at Putin. Oh, and the US won’t boycott the Olympics in Russia. Don’t call Barack Obama another Jimmy Carter! Second question, Chuck Todd of NBC — Todd asked Obama whether he now thinks