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Confirmed: Stuxnet Launched by Israel and U.S.


Kurt Nimmo
Infowars.com
January 16, 2011

On Saturday, the Gray Lady of establishment propaganda, the New York Times, passively admitted that the Stuxnet virus responsible for crippling Iran’s nuclear energy program was engineered by Israeli and U.S. intelligence.

“Officially, neither American nor Israeli officials will even utter the name of the malicious computer program, much less describe any role in designing it,” writes the Times. “But Israeli officials grin widely when asked about its effects.”

A number of computer scientists, nuclear enrichment experts and former officials, say the covert race to create Stuxnet was a joint project between the Americans and the Israelis, with help from the Germans and the British.

The effort to sabotage Iran began during the Bush administration. In early 2009, Bush signed off on an effort to undermine the electrical and computer systems around Natanz, Iran’s major enrichment center. Obama was briefed on the plan before he took office.

In addition to gumming up Iran’s enrichment hardware, the U.S. and Israel have engaged in an assassination campaign aimed at the country’s scientists.

In November of last year, Iranian president Ahmadinejad accused Israel and the United States of killing a nuclear scientist and wounding another with a pair of bomb attacks. In January of 2009, a senior physics professor was assassinated. In 2007, Iranian state TV reported that nuclear scientist, Ardeshir Hosseinpour, died from gas poisoning. Israel’s Mossad was suspected. During the news conference, Ahmadinejad also admitted to the Stuxnet attack.

In November, it was reported that the Stuxnet virus had infected 44,000 computers worldwide.

Stuxnet is a double-edged sword. In addition to setting back Iran’s nuclear program, the sophisticated malware engineered by the U.S. and Israel at the Dimona complex in the Negev desert has been exploited to push for restrictive cybersecurity measures in the United States.

“The very fact that Stuxnet exists shows that we can no longer pretend that a cyber attack on our critical infrastructure is hypothetical and hyperbolic,” declared Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee chairman Joe Lieberman in November. “You’re talking about a very well-resourced and structured adversary.”

Lieberman and Susan Collins, the panel’s ranking Republican, used Stuxnet to push for their cyber-security bill, entitled The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010.

The bill would amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and extend the already-broad definition of “critical infrastructure” to the internet and would allow Obama to shut down not only entire areas of the internet, but also businesses and industries that fail to comply with government orders following the declaration of a national emergency, thus increasing fears that the legislation will be used as a political tool.

“Right now China, the government, can disconnect parts of its Internet in case of war and we need to have that here too,” Lieberman said in June.

“The Senator’s reference to China is a telling revelation of what the cybersecurity agenda is really all about. China’s vice-like grip over its Internet systems has very little to do with ‘war’ and everything to do with silencing all dissent against the state,” Paul Joseph Watson wrote at the time.

Lieberman and Collins are not the only enemies of a free and open internet. Also in 2009, senators Jay Rockefeller and Olympia Snowe proposed the CyberSecurity Act of 2009 that would give Obama similar all-encompassing powers over the internet. Under that legislation, the Commerce Secretary would be given the power to have access to all data over networks deemed as “critical infrastructure.”

Rockefeller has said that we would be better off if the internet was never invented. He added that the internet represents a serious threat to national security.

In addition, according to Rockefeller, corporate media that wanders from the government generated script also represents a threat. “There is a bug inside of that wants to get the FCC to say to Fox News and MSNBC… out, off,” he said during a hearing on retransmission negotiations between broadcasters and cable providers. “We have journalism that is always ravenous for the next rumor, but insufficiently hungry for the facts that can nourish our democracy.”

Advanced malware designed by intelligence agencies will continue to be used to advance the argument that the government has to institute totalitarian control over the internet in order to save us. Our globalist control freak rulers will not rest until they neuter the internet. Stuxnet is simply another tool in the quest for that objective.


Health bill for 9/11 responders clears Congress


(Reuters) – Legislation to provide medical care for firefighters and other responders to the September 11, 2001 attacks passed the Congress on Wednesday after backers struck a deal to end a Senate Republican blockade of the measure.

The so-called James Zadroga 9/11 health bill was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on a vote of 206-60 after it cleared the U.S. Senate by voice vote.

President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill.

The bill would provide medical treatment for emergency responders sickened by toxic dust inhaled at the World Trade Center site in New York in the days following the attack. Republicans had balked at the initial $7.4 billion cost of the 10-year bill, which had been approved by the House, and blocked Senate passage.

Backers early on Wednesday struck a deal whittling down the size of the bill to a five-year bill at a cost of $4.3 billion. The Senate quickly approved it without debate and the House .

“We didn’t get everything we wanted, but always remember legislation is the art of compromise. This is $4.3 billion better than nothing,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said.

“This is the day we’ve all been working toward and waiting for. Our Christmas miracle has arrived,” said New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Lawmakers had been working nine years to win congressional approval of the measure, she said.

The bill provides for a health program for responders sickened by the toxic debris and establishes a victim compensation fund. Victims have five years to file claims.

EXCISE TAX

The cost is paid for by an excise tax on government purchases from companies in countries that are not part of the World Trade Organization procurement arrangements. The U.S. business community had objected to that provision.  The money collected will also help reduce the deficit by $450 million over 10 years, according to estimates. Republican opponents had taken considerable heat from firefighters and other emergency workers as well as Democrats and conservative media outlets for blocking the bill.

“Some have tried to portray this debate as a debate between those who support 9/11 workers and those who don’t,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. “This is a gross distortion of the facts. There was never any doubt about supporting the first responders. It was about doing it right.” It is one of the final pieces of legislation to clear the Congress before it was expected to adjourn later on Wednesday. A new Congress is seated in January and Republicans will take control of the House. Backers would have had to start the legislative process all over if they had failed to push the measure through the current Congress.

Thousands of firefighters, police and other rescue and cleanup workers have experienced respiratory problems and other illnesses from working at the World Trade Center site in the aftermath of the attack on the twin towers…continue reading


Eric Schneiderman, the New “Sheriff” on Wall Street fills top six jobs


(Reuters) – New York Attorney General-elect Eric Schneiderman named six lawyers to join his legal staff, including a top trial lawyer as his chief deputy, when he becomes the new “Sheriff of Wall Street” on January 1. Schneiderman takes over from fellow Democrat Andrew Cuomo. He will inherit cases including Tuesday’s civil fraud lawsuit against accounting firm Ernst & Young over allegations that it helped to hide Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc’s financial problems before the investment bank collapsed. The appointments include Harlan Levy, a partner and trial lawyer at high-profile law firm Boies Schiller & Flexner, to become first deputy attorney general. Levy earlier served as a homicide prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office….continue reading article.

Background info:

Harlan A. Levy

1. Harlan A. Levy is a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP.  His practice focuses on business litigation and white collar criminal defense.  Mr. Levy is a trial lawyer and has tried numerous cases in federal and state court.  He is “a renowned criminal defense lawyer” (Court TV) and is listed in the current edition of Corporate Counsel’s Super Lawyers magazine as a top attorney in white collar criminal defense.  In 2009 Mr. Levy successfully defended Delta Air Lines in a trade secret and employment litigation with American Airlines winning denial of a preliminary injunction in federal court in the Southern District of New York. In 2009 he also won dismissal of an indicted white collar criminal case pending in New York State Supreme Court.  He currently represents Pfizer in product liability litigation…continue reading

Barbara D Underwood

2. Barbara D. Underwood (born August 16, 1944) is New York Solicitor General.  Underwood was born in Evansville, Indiana, to Dr. Robert Underwood and Mildred Underwood. She grew up in Belleville, New Jersey, and is the eldest of three daughters. She was appointed to her position by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in January 2007.  Underwood graduated from Radcliffe College in 1966 and received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1969. After graduation, Underwood clerked for Chief Judge David L. Bazelon of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and then Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall of the Supreme Court. After leaving the court, Underwood was a law professor for 10 years at the Yale Law School. She also has taught at Brooklyn Law School and at New York University School of Law…continue reading.

Terryl L. Brown

3. Terryl Brown joined the Power Authority in December 2008 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Before coming to NYPA, she served in the Governor’s office as Acting Counsel and previously as the First Assistant Counsel to both Governor David A. Paterson and Governor Eliot Spitzer. In these positions, Ms. Brown was responsible for providing advice and counsel to the Governor and other high-level government officials; managing the Executive Chamber’s legal staff; and drafting, reviewing and negotiating the Governor’s legislative and budget proposals. Prior to joining the Governor’s office in 2007, Ms. Brown served as the Assistant Deputy Attorney General of the Division of Public Advocacy in the New York State Attorney General’s office where she supervised approximately 160 attorneys and 220 other employees assigned to the following nine bureaus: Antitrust; Charities; Civil Rights; Consumer Frauds and Protection; Environmental Protection; Health Care; Internet; Investment Protection and Telecommunications and Energy…continue reading.

Karla Sanchez

4. Karla Sanchez is a general commercial litigator.  In addition to a wide-range of general commercial disputes, Karla’s practice focuses on (a) intellectual property litigation, including patents, trade dress and false advertising; (b) complex financial litigation involving residential mortgage-backed securities; (c) licensing disputes; and (d) products liability.  She has successfully litigated before courts and arbitration panels throughout the country representing both plaintiffs and defendants involving a broad range of products and disciplines, including residential mortgage-backed securities, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, underwater sea cables, and consumer products such as no-calorie sweeteners, personal lubricants and pizza…continue reading.

Patti Sapone/The Star-LedgerNancy Hoppock, deputy chief of the criminal division for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark, in this 2009 photo.

5. Nancy Hoppock worked as a paralegal at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark while taking night classes at Seton Hall Law School. She spent seven years as a prosecutor for Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, then returned to New Jersey in 2001 and climbed the ranks at the U.S. Attorney’s Office to become deputy chief of its criminal division.  Dogged, meticulously organized and unfailingly polite, the composed Hoppock provides a counterbalance to Adetula’s courtroom emotion. “She can go toe to toe with the best of them,” said Deborah Gramiccioni, who is criminal justice director for state Attorney General Anne Milgram and met Hoppock while working as a federal prosecutor. “She is relentless,” said Jeffrey S. Chiesa, a former executive assistant to acting U.S. Attorney Ralph J. Marra…continue reading.

6. Janet Sabel is the General Counsel of the Legal Aid Society and an experienced civil litigator.  Ms. Sabel has been an attorney at the Legal Aid Society since 1985. Over the years at Legal Aid, Ms. Sabel has held the positions of staff attorney in the Civil Division’s Brooklyn Neighborhood Office, staff attorney in the Civil Appeals and Law Reform Unit where she worked on federal and class action litigation on disability and health issues, managing attorney of the Lower Manhattan Neighborhood Office, Attorney-in-Charge of the Society’s Health Law Unit, and from 1999 to August 2005, Attorney in Charge of Legal Aid’s city-wide Immigration Law Unit until  she became General Counsel for the Society. Ms. Sabel graduated from New York University School of Law where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar…continue reading.

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Holder says WikiLeaks under criminal investigation


(AP) – 54 minutes ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will prosecute anyone found to have violated U.S. law in the leaks of classified government documents by online whistleblower WikiLeaks, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday.

“This is not saber-rattling,” said the attorney general, who declared that the Obama administration condemns the leaks.

Holder said the latest disclosure, involving classified State Department documents, puts at risk the security of the nation, its diplomats, intelligence assets and U.S. relationships with foreign governments.

“To the extent that we can find anybody who was involved in the breaking of American law, who put at risk the assets and the people I have described, they will be held responsible; they will be held accountable,” Holder said at a news conference on another topic. He called the WikiLeaks probe “an active, ongoing criminal investigation.”

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China and Russia quit US dollar


Premier Wen Jiabao shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on a visit to St. Petersburg on Tuesday.ALEXEY DRUZHININ / AFP

St. Petersburg, Russia – China and Russia have decided to renounce the US dollar and resort to using their own currencies for bilateral trade, Premier Wen Jiabao and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin announced late on Tuesday.

Chinese experts said the move reflected closer relations between Beijing and Moscow and is not aimed at challenging the dollar, but to protect their domestic economies.  “About trade settlement, we have decided to use our own currencies,” Putin said at a joint news conference with Wen in St. Petersburg.  The two countries were accustomed to using other currencies, especially the dollar, for bilateral trade. Since the financial crisis, however, high-ranking officials on both sides began to explore other possibilities.

The yuan has now started trading against the Russian rouble in the Chinese interbank market, while the renminbi will soon be allowed to trade against the rouble in Russia, Putin said. “That has forged an important step in bilateral trade and it is a result of the consolidated financial systems of world countries,” he said.  Putin made his remarks after a meeting with Wen. They also officiated at a signing ceremony for 12 documents, including energy cooperation.

The documents covered cooperation on aviation, railroad construction, customs, protecting intellectual property, culture and a joint communiqu. Details of the documents have yet to be released.

Putin said one of the pacts between the two countries is about the purchase of two nuclear reactors from Russia by China’s Tianwan nuclear power plant, the most advanced nuclear power complex in China.   Putin has called for boosting sales of natural resources – Russia’s main export – to China, but price has proven to be a sticking point.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, who holds sway over Russia’s energy sector, said following a meeting with Chinese representatives that Moscow and Beijing are unlikely to agree on the price of Russian gas supplies to China before the middle of next year.  Russia is looking for China to pay prices similar to those Russian gas giant Gazprom charges its European customers, but Beijing wants a discount. The two sides were about $100 per 1,000 cubic meters apart, according to Chinese officials last week.

Wen’s trip follows Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s three-day visit to China in September, during which he and President Hu Jintao launched a cross-border pipeline linking the world’s biggest energy producer with the largest energy consumer.  Wen said at the press conference that the partnership between Beijing and Moscow has “reached an unprecedented level” and pledged the two countries will “never become each other’s enemy”.

Over the past year, “our strategic cooperative partnership endured strenuous tests and reached an unprecedented level,” Wen said, adding the two nations are now more confident and determined to defend their mutual interests.  “China will firmly follow the path of peaceful development and support the renaissance of Russia as a great power,” he said.

“The modernization of China will not affect other countries’ interests, while a solid and strong Sino-Russian relationship is in line with the fundamental interests of both countries.”  Wen said Beijing is willing to boost cooperation with Moscow in Northeast Asia, Central Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, as well as in major international organizations and on mechanisms in pursuit of a “fair and reasonable new order” in international politics and the economy.

Sun Zhuangzhi, a senior researcher in Central Asian studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the new mode of trade settlement between China and Russia follows a global trend after the financial crisis exposed the faults of a dollar-dominated world financial system.  Pang Zhongying, who specializes in international politics at Renmin University of China, said the proposal is not challenging the dollar, but aimed at avoiding the risks the dollar represents.

Wen arrived in the northern Russian city on Monday evening for a regular meeting between Chinese and Russian heads of government.  He left St. Petersburg for Moscow late on Tuesday and is set to meet with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday.

Agencies and Zhou Wa contributed to this story.


S. Korea may strike N. Korea’s missile base: President Lee


DEVELOPING STORY:

SEOUL, Nov. 23 (Yonhap) — President Lee Myung-bak ordered his military Tuesday to strike North Korea’s missile base around its coastline artillery positions if it shows signs of additional provocation, his spokeswoman said.

In a video conference with Gen. Han Min-koo, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the president ordered “multiple-fold retaliation” against the North for its artillery attack on a South Korean island, according to presidential spokeswoman Kim Hee-jung.


N. Korea threatens additional attacks, accuses S. Korea of provocation


Developing story:

By Sam Kim
SEOUL, Nov. 23 (Yonhap) — North Korea threatened to continue “merciless” strikes on South Korea on Tuesday after the communist state launched a deadly artillery attack across their western sea border.

In a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency, the North’s top military command accused the South Korean military of initiating the exchange by shooting toward its side.

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