‘ Congress Woman Kill Terror Groups Like Cockroaches ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – September 29 – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R., Fla.) told MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart that Congress should vote for a new authorization to defeat all terrorist groups that pose a threat to Americans.

“We are shirking our responsibility by not voting on this,” Ros-Lehtinen said.

“The president says he’s using this certain section of the Constitution and also Bush’s authorization from many years ago. He can get a new authorization.”

Ros-Lehtinen said the new authorization should include “the terror group of the day,” be it ISIL, al-Nusra Front, or others.

“We’ve got to kill them like cockroaches,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “And like the saying goes, and then there goes two.”

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September 25, 2014 1:39 pm

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#al-nursa, #americans, #congress, #isil, #msnbc, #washington

‘ Russia Proposes Working with US on Equal Terms ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED NATIONS – September 26 . /ITAR-TASS/. Russia is prepared to work with the United States on equal terms when Washington is ready, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday.

As for a new cold war, I have met with many colleagues and regional groups, and they told me that the Cold War had never ended and its winners had never given up attempts to use the situation in their own geopolitical interests,” the minister said.

What can be done in order to improve relations with the United States? We did not aggravate them either during the Magnitsky situation or when Snowden came out of the blue.

The Americans got very much offended and decided to postpone Barack Obama’s visit. So we did not aggravate relations and are doing everything we can to preserve channels of communication,” Lavrov said.

It was not us who abolished the presidential commission co-coordinated by the heads of the Russian and American foreign ministries. And the U.S. froze the work of the commission’s working groups,” he added.

These are practical things the U.S. rejected to punish us. We are prepared for fair and equal work. They sent us signals: we will work out the criteria which you will meet [for the sanctions to be lifted],” Lavrov said.

But this is not serious, he said. “As soon as our partner get ready [for the dialogue], they will be most welcome,” he added.

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#russia, #americans, #moscow, #sergei-lavrov, #united-nations, #united-states, #washington

' Military Court Acquit's Abu Qatada on Terrorism Charges '

#AceWorldNews – AMMAN – September 24 – A Jordanian military court on Wednesday acquitted radical Muslim preacher Abu Qatada on terrorism charges for his role in plotting attacks against Americans and Israelis.

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040276 britain abu qatada

The ruling, handed down by civilian judges presiding over the hearings, capped a lengthy legal odyssey for the cleric known for his fiery pro-al-Qaida speeches but who in recent months emerged as a harsh critic of the Islamic State militant group.

The court ruled there was insufficient evidence against Abu Qatada and his defence lawyer, Husein Mubaidin, said he expects his client to be released within hours.

Abu Qatada, described as a onetime lieutenant to Osama bin Laden, was charged with involvement in plans to target Israeli and American tourists and Western diplomats in Jordan in 2000 – the so-called “millennium plot.”

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#al-qaida, #americans, #amman, #islamic-state, #israelis, #jordanian, #military, #muslim, #preacher

ALBANY: ‘ Putting Profit Before People Has Dire Consequences in Peanut Butter Trial ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES(Albany) – September 20 – Food safety advocates say a guilty verdict in a rare federal food-poisoning trial should send a stern warning to anyone who may be tempted to place profits over people’s welfare AP reported. 

' Peanut Corporation of America'

‘ Peanut Corporation of America’

More than five years after hundreds of Americans got sick from eating salmonella-tainted peanut butter, the top executive in the company that owned the Georgia plant where it was made was convicted Friday of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, wire fraud and other crimes related the nationwide outbreak in 2008 and 2009.

U.S. prosecutors take aim against Peanut Corp. of America officials accused in conspiracy to sell tainted products.

Jury selection begins today in Albany, Ga., in the case against three former company officials accused of scheming to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine people, sickened more than 700 and prompted one of the largest food recalls ever.

The defendants are Stewart Parnell, PCA’s former chief executive; along with his brother,

Michael Parnell, a former company vice president; and Mary Wilkerson, the ex-manager of quality control.

Federal investigators found filthy conditions at the company’s Georgia plant and said the defendants fabricated certificates that claimed peanut product shipments were safe when tests showed otherwise.

The case is a rare federal prosecution linked to an outbreak of food poisoning. The Associated Press, Atlanta Business Chronicle reported. 

#ANS2014

#acenewsservices, #albany, #americans, #georgia, #salmonella-poisoning, #united-states

IRAQ WAR: ‘ Taking Steps Toward Boots on the Ground and Violating Pledges to American’s

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 20 –President Barack Obama’s military campaign against Islamic State group extremists has already crept beyond the narrow parameters he first outlined three months ago AP reported today.  

But military experts both inside and outside of the administration argue that even more may be needed for the mission to succeed, including embedding U.S. ground troops with Iraqi security forces who are on the front line of the fight against the violent militants.

Taking that step could put Obama dangerously close to violating his pledges to keep Americans out of combat in Iraq.

#ANS2014

#americans, #iraq, #militants, #president-barack-obama, #united-states, #washington

‘ Egyptian Adel Abdul Bary Pleading Guilty to Charges Connected to 1998 Bombings of Embassies ‘

#AceNewsServices – September 19 – An Egyptian man, Adel Abdul Bary, said on Friday he would plead guilty in New York to charges connected with the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, Reuters reported.

' Adel Abdul Bary on Trial '

‘ Adel Abdul Bary on Trial ‘

Bary, 54, said in court he would plead guilty to making a threat to use an explosive device and conspiracy to murder Americans.

The plea comes two months before he was set to face trial in a federal court alongside two co-defendants, Libyan Anas al-Liby and Saudi Khalid al-Fawwaz.

The bombings killed 224 people. Bary and Fawwaz helped disseminate statements of responsibility for the group, according to an earlier criminal indictment.

#ANS2014

#adel-abdul-bary, #americans, #anas-al-liby, #egyptian, #kenya, #khalid-al-fawwaz, #libyan, #new-york, #saudi, #tanzania, #us

‘ Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Interview Brands ISIS and US-led Coalition ‘

#AceNewsServices (Exclusive) TEHRAN – September 18 – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in an exclusive interview with NBC News’ Ann Curry, denounced ISIS for its savagery but also branded the U.S.-led coalition against the terror group as “ridiculous.”

' Video at Source Link '

‘ Video at Source Link ‘

Speaking from the presidential palace in Tehran ahead of his visit to the United Nations, Rouhani questioned President Obama’s decision to go after ISIS with air-strikes.

“Are Americans afraid of giving casualties on the ground in Iraq? Are they afraid of their soldiers being killed in the fight they claim is against terrorism?” Rouhani said.

“If they want to use planes and if they want to use unmanned planes so that nobody is injured from the Americans, is it really possible to fight terrorism without any hardship, without any sacrifice? Is it possible to reach a big goal without that? In all regional and international issues, the victorious one is the one who is ready to do sacrifice.

“Maybe it is necessary for air-strikes in some conditions and some circumstances,” he added. “However, air strikes should take place with the permission of the people of that country and the government of that country.”

Asked about the extremists’ beheading of American James Foley and Steven Sotloff and Briton David Haines, Rouhani said ISIS’ actions are at odds with Islamic tenets.

“They want to kill humanity,” he said. “And from the viewpoint of the Islamic tenets and culture, killing an innocent people equals the killing of the whole humanity. And therefore, the killing and beheading of innocent people in fact is a matter of shame for them and it’s the matter of concern and sorrow for all the human and all the mankind.”

But he also took issue with the American-led coalition, saying members include nations that helped ISIS with weapons and training.

He declined to name the countries.

He said Iran will give Iraq any support it requests for combating ISIS, but made a point of saying religious sites must be protected.

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#americans, #david-haines, #iran, #isis, #james-foley, #president-hassan-rouhani, #president-obamas, #steven-sotloff, #tehran, #terrorism, #us-led-coalition

VIETNAM: ‘ New Agreement to Allow American’s to Adopt Special Needs Children’

#AceWorldNews – VIETNAM – September 12 – Vietnam will soon allow Americans to adopt certain Vietnamese children, six years after a ban was imposed, AP reported, citing the US Embassy.

Under the new agreement, Americans will be able to adopt children with special needs and those over five.

Before the ban was imposed, there were allegations of widespread baby-selling in Vietnam and babies offered without their parents’ consent.

#ANS2014

#americans, #baby-selling, #ban, #special-needs, #us-embassy, #vietnam

WASHINGTON: ‘ NSA Legal Authority to Collect American Phone-Records Expires – Next ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 11 Today the National Security Agency’s (NSA) legal authority for collecting Americans’ phone records in bulk is scheduled to expire.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has a bill to end that program, but it could take weeks for him to convince Senate leaders to put this bill on the calendar.

In the meantime, the Obama administration is likely to ask for a secretive federal surveillance court to renew the agency’s powers.

#ANS2014

#americans, #data, #national-security-agencynsa, #phone-records, #united-states, #washington

` British Secret Services ` Threatened ‘ to ` Shut-Down ‘ the `Guardian ‘ as it was Publishing its Expose of US Surveillance ‘

#AceSecurityNews – LONDON – March 27 – British secret services threatened to shut down the Guardian newspaper as it was publishing its exposé of US massive surveillance based on Edward Snowden leaks.

The story was the most difficult piece of reporting the paper has ever done.

“We were threatened that we would be closed down. We were accused of endangering national security and people’s lives. It left us in a very difficult position,” Guardian deputy editor Paul Johnson told the Radiodays http://www.radiodayseurope.com/highlight/guardian%C2%B4s-inside-story-snowden-case Europe conference in Dublin.

A senior civil servant had told the paper’s editor, Alan Rusbridger, that the “prime minister, the deputy prime minister, the foreign secretary, the home secretary and the attorney general have got a problem with you,” Johnson said, as cited by the Irish Times.

The attitude of the British authorities was a sharp contrast to that of the Americans, he said.

In the US Snowden leaks led to a nationwide debate on surveillance and privacy while in the UK the authorities just assumed that national security trumps press freedom.

Read More: Press Freedom – RT News – http://on.rt.com/tyy7u1

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#edward-snowden, #americans, #british, #dublin, #guardian, #irish-times, #london, #press-freedom, #radiodays, #uk, #us

#AceHealthNews says THE HEALTHCARE PR BLITZ THAT WASN’T…

#AceHealthNews says THE HEALTHCARE PR BLITZ THAT WASN’T – Instead all we really got was that Healthcare.gov lady. Emily Swanson and Mark Blumenthal: “It looked like the ‘health insurance ad wars’ were about to heat up. But the long-anticipated ad campaign to sell Obamacare has not started yet, according to a series of polls conducted by The Huffington Post and YouGov. In mid-December, the Wall Street Journal reported that there would be a ‘coming blitz of insurance ads’ aimed at Americans now eligible to purchase health insurance through the new exchanges created as part of the health reform law. The new slew of ads would be a ‘step up from an already heated-up marketing push’ already underway. So far, however, few people seem to have been subjected to the PR blitz. The Huffington Post and YouGov conducted a series of three weekly polls on Dec. 18-19,Dec. 27-28 and Jan. 2-3. The data from those surveys, combined with ad tracking information provided by Kantar Media, showed little change in the number of health care ads Americans recalled seeing towards the end of 2013. Each survey found that most Americans remembered seeing ads for health insurance, and many remembered seeing those favoring or opposing the new health care law during the previous month. But the percentage of people who reported seeing each type of ad remained stable over the course of the three surveys.” [HuffPost]

#americans, #december, #healthcare, #healthcare-gov, #huffingtonpost, #kantar-media, #mark-blumenthal, #obamacare, #yougov

#AcePressRelease FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE for the first time…

#AcePressRelease – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE for the first time in history, most members of Congress are millionaires, according to a new analysis of personal financial disclosure data by the Centre for Responsive Politics.

Of 534 current members of Congress, at least 268 had an average net worth of $1 million or more in 2012, according to disclosures filed last year by all members of Congress and candidates. The median net worth for the 530 current lawmakers who were in Congress as of the May filing deadline was $1,008,767 — an increase from last year when it was $966,000. In addition, at least one of the members elected since then, Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), is a millionaire, according to forms she filed as a candidate. (There is currently one vacancy in Congress.)

Last year only 257 members, or about 48 percent of lawmakers, had a median net worth of at least $1 million.

Members of Congress have long been far wealthier than the typical American, but the fact that now a majority of members — albeit just a hair over 50 percent — are millionaires represents a watershed moment at a time when lawmakers are debating issues like unemployment benefits, food stamps and the minimum wage, which affect people with far fewer resources, as well as considering an overhaul of the tax code.

“Despite the fact that polls show how dissatisfied Americans are with Congress overall, there’s been no change in our appetite to elect affluent politicians to represent our concerns in Washington, said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Centre. “Of course, it’s undeniable that in our electoral system, candidates need access to wealth to run financially viable campaigns, and the most successful fundraisers are politicians who swim in those circles to begin with.”

#americans, #crp, #lawmakers, #members-of-congress, #millionaire, #washington

#AceWorldNews says according to the latest post on…

#AceWorldNews says according to the latest post on CMD – Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos’ recent purchase of the Washington Post has brought him and his giant retail and technology corporation increased attention in recent months. But his latest initiative promoting the use of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as drones, to deliver his company’s products has drawn scrutiny and criticism from numerous parties. One of the main questions everyone is asking is how commercial drones will affect Americans’ privacy rights.

#amazon, #americans, #cmd, #drones, #jeff-bezos, #privacy-rights, #security, #washington-post

“#Liberty and #Security in a Changing World”

Richard A. Clarke

Richard A. Clarke (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceSecurityNews says  Transmittal Letter to President Obama presenting the “Final Report Here” consisting of 234 pages ,so a further post will be provided very shortly about my thoughts and feelings. Though l thought a copy link would be useful to all my friends and readers.

Dear Mr. President:

We are honoured to present you with the Final Report of the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies. Consistent with
your memorandum of August 27, 2013, our recommendations are designed to protect our national security and advance our foreign policy while also respecting our long-standing commitment to privacy and civil liberties, recognizing our need to maintain the public trust (including the trust of our friends and allies abroad), and reducing the risk of unauthorized disclosures.

We have emphasized the need to develop principles designed to create strong foundations for the future. Although we have explored past and current practices, and while that exploration has informed our recommendations, this Report should not be taken as a general review of,
or as an attempt to provide a detailed assessment of, those practices. Nor have we generally engaged budgetary questions (although some of our
recommendations would have budgetary implications). We recognize that our forty-six recommendations, developed over a relatively short period of time, will require careful assessment by a wide range of relevant officials, with close reference to the likely consequences.
Our goal has been to establish broad understandings and principles that can provide helpful orientation during the coming months, years, and decades.

We are hopeful that this Final Report might prove helpful to you, to Congress, to the American people, and to leaders and citizens of diverse nations during continuing explorations of these important questions.

Richard A. Clarke
Michael J. Morell
Geoffrey R. Stone
Cass R. Sunstein
Peter Swire

 

#acesecuritynews, #americans, #barack-obama, #cass-sunstein, #communication, #geoffrey-r-stone, #michael-morell, #national-security-agency, #peter-swire, #richard-clarke, #united-states

“Marist Poll says 68% of Americans Expect No Budget Deal by Shut Down Deadline”

#AceWorldNews says WASHINGTON -A Congressional budget deal expected this week might not be a grand bargain to solve the country’s long term fiscal woes, but it is largely what Americans want, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll.

The likely deal would ease the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester, with more defense and domestic spending, no major cuts in popular programs and no big tax increases – all what majorities of American voters prefer, according to the survey.

Negotiators have until Friday to reach an agreement, and return to work this week close to a deal that would spend about $1 trillion a year for the next two fiscal years on budget items such as education, environmental and transportation programs that are subject to annual approval from Congress. The rest of the federal budget, including such programs as Social Security, is on autopilot and does not need approval from Congress each year.

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