Archive for January, 2010

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THE security service MI5 has accused China of bugging and burgling UK business
executives and setting up “honeytraps” in a bid to blackmail them into
betraying sensitive commercial secrets.


A leaked MI5 document says that undercover intelligence officers from the
People’s Liberation Army and the Ministry of Public Security have also
approached UK businessmen at trade fairs and exhibitions with the offer of
“gifts” and “lavish hospitality”.

The gifts — cameras and memory sticks — have been found to contain electronic
Trojan bugs which provide the Chinese with remote access to users’ computers.

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The Obama administration took the unusual step Saturday night, Jan. 30, of leaking word to major US media that the United States, Saudi Arabia and Gulf allies – the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain – have accelerated the deployment of new defenses against possible Iranian missile attacks. They are preparing for Iran, or its surrogate Hizballah, to hit back for a possible US or strikes on Tehran’s nuclear facilities. blog it

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In the last three days, the governments of eleven countries have scrambled to elevate their preparedness levels for Islamist terror, or enforced extraordinarily stringent security measures. Another six governments have pursued these steps without fanfare.

Friday and Saturday, Jan. 22-23, India placed its airlines and airports and those of all of South East Asia -Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – on alert for a possible airplane hijacking by al Qaeda or Lashkar-e-Taibem. The UK elevated its terror threat level from “substantial” to “severe” – one below top and suspended direct British airline flights to and from Yemen.

Saturday, US airport authorities were warned that at least two female suicide bombers of “non-Arab appearance” and bearing Western passports may have been sent to America by al Qaeda-Yemen – either to blow up US-bound flights or commit suicide attacks inside the country.

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Residents in Northeast Oklahoma County are still in shock after two small earthquakes shook their homes early Friday morning. “At first I thought something just hit my window because it was just a ‘boom’ you know,” said Margie Ballenger who lives near NE 16th and Douglas “No damage just a good case of nerves.”
A mile away, Rejeania Dykes also felt the wrath of Mother Nature.

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The U.S. Marine Corps wrapped nearly seven years in Iraq on Saturday, handing over duties to the Army and signaling the beginning of an accelerated withdrawal of American troops as the U.S. turns its focus away from the waning Iraqi war to a growing one in Afghanistan.

In Baghdad, meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden held talks with Iraqi leaders amid growing tensions over plans to ban election candidates because of suspected links to Saddam Hussein’s regime.

The Marines formally handed over control of Sunni-dominated Anbar, Iraq’s largest province, to the Army during a ceremony at a base in Ramadi — where some of the fiercest fighting of the war took place. blog it

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The number of earthquakes experienced since Sunday at Yellowstone National Park has now risen to 901 with two of the strongest quakes occurring late Wednesday, according to scientists monitoring the situation.

The swarm of earthquakes is one of the largest ever recorded at the park.

They said there have been 901 quakes in the swarm ranging from 0.5 to 3.8.

They say the swarm is likely the result of a slip in pre-existing faults and not a sign of a potential volcanic eruption. blog it

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Britain raised its terror threat alert to the second-highest level Friday, one of several recent moves the country has made to increase vigilance against international terrorists after a Christmas Day bombing attempt on a Europe-U.S. flight.

The threat level was raised from “substantial” — where it had stood since July to indicate a strong possibility of a terrorist attack — to “severe,” meaning such an attack is considered highly likely. blog it

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Friday, Jan. 22, Damascus ordered a Level 4 mobilization of Syria’s army reserves for deployment to the Golan Heights on the Israeli border, to meet what it calls “IDF plans of attack.” DEBKAfile‘s military sources interpret Level 4 as referring to Syrian armored and commando brigades.

In Lebanon, too, Hizballah has placed “all its forces” on a state of military preparedness. Our intelligence sources report that this order applies to the Iranian proxy’s strongholds across southern Lebanon and the Beqaa Valley, but not to its command posts in Beirut and other Lebanese cities.

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The Indian Home Ministry has put all Air India/Indian Airlines flights operating in South Asia on high security alert after intelligence warnings that Islamic fundamentalist groups aligned to the Al-Qaeda or Lashkar-e-Taiba plan to hijack an airliner, according to New Delhi TV reports.

The target may be an Air India/Indian Airlines aircraft operating to and from “any one of the SAARC countries” any time “in the near future”.

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The National Weather Service says a tornado probably is to blame for flipping over a car, smashing windows and tearing off a roof in Southern California beach communities.

Forecaster Philip Gonsalves says a thunderstorm cell with fierce, rotating winds came ashore Tuesday afternoon from the Pacific and rapidly moved southeast from Los Angeles into Orange and San Diego counties.

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