(WASHINGTON) #NSA Program Treasure Map: The Supreme Court ruled on Friday that US authorities must obtain a warrant to tap cellphone towers for personal location data, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. said in a court document: “ As they look to exploit the Internet of ALL Things (IOT) to spy on everyone’s devices #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – This ruling destroys NSA program Treasure Map,” Binney said on Friday. “This is their program to locate every device on the network all the time: Binney said the ruling was also historic because it appeared the Supreme Court was starting to catch up with the enormous advances in cyber and surveillance technologies of recent decades……………..As a result of the decision, Binney added, perhaps the Supreme Court will not be “bamboozled” by lies from the NSA, FBI, and Justice Department related to collecting and using content and meta-data on US citizens………Senator Patrick Leahy said in a press release on Friday that the Supreme Court rescued Congress from a failed attempt to protect cellphone users from government snoopers #AceNewsDesk reports
The Internet of Things
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NSA Official Says Agency Looks to Exploit Internet of Things for Spying

Whistleblower Explains How US Court Ruling to Affect NSA ‘Treasure Map’ Project

The US Supreme Court ruling upholding the right to digital privacy will destroy the National Security Agency’s “Treasure Map” project which is designed to map the entire global internet to locate all devices on earth, former NSA Technical Director and whistleblower Bill Binney told Sputnik.

However, he added, US lawmakers cannot rely on justices forever to keep privacy rights intact amid seismic shifts in digital technology…………William Binney worked for the NSA for 36 years, retiring in 2001 as the technical director of world military and geopolitical analysis and reporting. He designed and created many of the NSA’s collection systems and later exposed major aspects of the agency’s blanket surveillance programs…………Sputnik: Whistleblower explains how #US court ruling to affect @NSAGov ‘treasure map’ project https://t.co/IRY3s47DQRhttps://t.co/Bwdb9XtHFE

A sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade
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NSA Gave Japan Access to Secret Internet Surveillance Program in 2013 – Reports

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SONY PICTURES UPDATE: ‘ NORTH KOREA PROPOSES JOINT INVESTIGATION WITH US INTO CYBER-ATTACK ‘

#AceWorldNews – NORTH KOREA:Dec.21 – North Korea proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of “serious” consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyber-attack.

The proposal was seen by analysts as a typical ploy by the North to try to show that it is sincere, even though it knows the U.S. would never accept its offer for a joint investigation.

The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails.

One month later, the Obama administration confirmed what many had suspected:

The North Korean government was behind the punishing breach. U.S. officials are promising a response, unspecified so far.

#ANS2014 

#cyber-attack, #us

SOUTH KOREA: ‘ FISHERMEN RECOVER 11 MORE BODIES FROM BERING SEA WHERE TRAWLER SANK ‘

#AceWorldNews – UPDATE: – SOUTH KOREA – Dec.03 – Fishermen have recovered 11 more bodies from the western Bering Sea Wednesday in the area where a South Korean fishing ship sank earlier this week, AP said.

The bodies appear to be from the ship lost Monday in waters near Russia, a Foreign Ministry official said.

Coast guard helicopters from Russia and the US and at least five fishing ships were searching for the more than 50 missing people on board the trawler.

One fisherman’s body was recovered Monday and seven fishermen were rescued.

#ANS2014 

#russia, #bodies, #fishermen, #trawler, #us

AFGHANISTAN: ‘ APPROVES US & NATO AGREEMENTS ALLOWING TROOPS TO STAY IN COUNTRY ‘

#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – Nov.28 – Afghanistan’s upper house of parliament approved two agreements on Thursday with the US and NATO, allowing about 12,500 troops to remain in the country, AFP said.

The lower house of parliament approved the Bilateral Security Agreement with the US, and a similar pact with NATO, on Sunday.

President Ashraf Ghani signed the deals on his first day in power, while previous president, Hamid Karzai, had vigorously resisted the move.

#ANS2014 

#agreements, #nato, #troops, #us

WASHINGTON: ‘ KERRY CANCELS PLANS SUGGESTING HOPE FOR NUCLEAR DEAL ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – Nov.21 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry canceled plans Friday to pull back from talks with Iran about the country’s nuclear program – a shift that suggested some hope of movement on the protracted negotiations.

Kerry is staying in Vienna to continue negotiations with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and others at the negotiating table, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

#ANS2014

#negotiations, #nuclear-programme, #us

‘ OBAMA SAYS HE WANTS TO EXTEND VISA’S FOR CHINESE STUDENTS, TOURISTS AND BUSINESS ‘

#AceWorldNews – BEIJING – Nov.10 – President Obama made the remarks at the APEC CEO Summit in Beijing on Monday as reported by USA today. 

He said the U.S. and China need to work together to deepen economic ties.

The president announced that he wants to extend existing visa for Chinese students, tourists and business people.

Obama said student visas will be extended to five years, and business and tourist visas to 10 years.

Obama will also visit Burma and Australia this week.

#ANS2014 

#beijing, #china, #summit, #us

YEMEN: ‘ GOVERNMENT IS SET TO BE SWORN INTO POWER DESPITE GPC OPPOSITION ‘

#AceWorldNews – YEMEN – Nov.09 – A new Yemeni government is set to be sworn in Sunday, despite opposition from the General People’s Congress (GPC), the ruling party in the country’s parliament led by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and the Houthis, a powerful Shia rebel group that controls much of south Yemen.

'President Ali Abdullah Saleh '

‘President Ali Abdullah Saleh ‘

After President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi announced his new government on Friday, the Houthis and GPC rejected it, with Saleh criticizing it as “unrepresentative.” GPC leaders announced they would pull their members out of the new cabinet, and have ousted President Hadi from the party leadership.

' General People's Congress in Benghazi '

‘ General People’s Congress in Benghazi ‘

Saleh, who is thought to have tacitly supported the Houthi insurgency, accused Hadi of soliciting UN sanctions against him and two Houthi leaders for attempting to destabilize the country.

After seizing the capital, Sanaa, in September, the Houthis demanded that Hadi appoint a new government, criticizing the regime for its close cooperation with a conservative Sunni Islamist party.

Meanwhile, sectarian violence between Houthis and Sunni Al-Qaeda militias continues to ravage the country.

On Saturday, Al-Qaeda took responsibility for killing dozens of Houthis in twin attacks in central Yemen.

#ANS2014 

#al-qaeda, #sanctions, #us, #yemen, #yemeni

MANILA: ‘ US MARINE ACCUSED OF MURDER OF TRANSGENDER WOMAN MOVED TO MILITARY HQ ‘

#AceWorldNews – PHILIPPINES (Manila) – October 22 – A US Marine accused of murdering a transgender woman was moved to the Philippines’ military headquarters Wednesday, AFP said, citing officials.

US Marine Accused of Murder of Transgender Woman Moved to Manila Miltary HQ

US Marine Accused of Murder of Transgender Woman Moved to Manila Miltary HQ 

US helicopter delivered Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton to Camp Aguinaldo in Manila and will be jointly guarded by American and local troops, according to military chief General Gregorio Catapang.

“He will be detained in a 28-cubic-meter van that was installed inside the facility and he will be sleeping in a military-type cot bed with an air conditioning system,”Catapang said.

Police said Pemberton was the last person seen with the victim, Jennifer Laude, a transgender 26-year-old also known as Jeffrey.

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#american, #manila, #philippines, #us

‘ WHO SAY TEN OF THOUSANDS OF EBOLA VACCINES COULD BE AVAILABLE FOR TESTING BY JANUARY ‘

#AceWorldNews – GENEVA – October 21 – Tens of thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines could be available for “real-world” testing in West Africa as soon as January as long as they are deemed safe, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday.

Dr Marie Paule Kieny, an assistant director general for WHO, said clinical trials that are either under-way or planned in Europe, Africa and the U.S. are expected to produce preliminary safety data on two vaccines by December.

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#africa, #ebola, #europe, #geneva, #us, #vaccines, #west-africa, #world-health-organisation-who

LIBYA: ‘ UN SECURITY COUNCIL TO USE RESOLUTION 2174 TO APPLY INDIVIDUAL SANCTIONS ‘

#AceNewsServices – LIBYA(Benghazi) – October 19 – The governments of the US and four European allies – the UK, France, Germany and Italy – have called for an end to the ongoing violence in Libya that they “strongly condemn”.

Their joint statement, released on Saturday, said that there was “no military solution” to the crisis and, in accordance with a UN Security Council resolution 2174 on ceasefire in Libya, the countries “stand ready to use individual sanctions.”

Dozens of people have been killed recently during three days of conflict in the eastern city of Benghazi in fighting between Islamist militias and government forces. 

#ANS2014

#benghazi, #france, #germany, #italy, #libya, #uk, #us

‘ Ali Khamenei Accuses Western Countries of Instigating a Rift Among Muslims by “Creating the ISIS in Iraq and Syria ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (New York) – October 18 – On the day before the most crucial round of Iran’s diplomatic talks with world powers on achieving a solution to the impasse of its nuclear program, Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei has found time again to bash the Western countries involved in the talks by accusing them of instigating a rift among Muslims by “creating the ISIS in Iraq and Syria.” 

Behrooz Behbudi, Founder of the Centre for a Democratic Iran, Comments:

Behrooz Behbudi, Founder of the Centre for a Democratic Iran, Comments:

“The evil Britain has created the ISIS and al Qaeda to confront the Islamic republic of Iran and the Islamic awakening across the world,” Khamenei claimed in a speech on Monday.

Khamenei’s paranoia of “the enemy”

Khamenei’s paranoia of “the enemy”

https://soundcloud.com/dr-behrooz-behbudi/khameneis-paranoia-of-the-enemy

“America, Zionism, and especially the veteran expert of spreading divisions – the wicked government of Britain – have sharply increased their efforts of creating divisions between the Sunnis and Shia,” he said. 

The speech, marking the Shia Muslim religious holiday of Eid Al Ghadir, was posted on his website, where he has also published video footage showing his recovery from a recent prostate surgery.

The Centre for a Democratic Iran, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to promote and pursue an independent, peaceful and democratic Iran, followed these events with great interest.

CDI Founder, Behrooz Behbudi, offered his thoughts:

“In parallel with every foreign and domestic policy that the self-declared moderate administration of Hassan Rouhani has been taking to get Iran out of the socio-economic calamities that the eight years of Ahmadinejad rule has created, one can clearly see a deliberate hard-line policy by Khamenei to derail a return by Iran and the Iranians to peace and prosperity, however minimal given Rouhani’s allegiance to the regime. 

However, Khamenei’s “radicalism” and ranting against Western powers is in fact a facade that is aimed at concealing his political and leadership weaknesses, as well as demonstrating his paranoia about the roots of the problems among the Muslims of the Middle East. 

In raging against the US and Britain in his speech Khamenei is deliberately acting as a political player to distance himself from the behind the scene deals that his regime officials are making with world powers, with the help of the Russians as their mediators. 

Islamic State is undoubtedly a threat to the peace and security of the Middle Eastern nations as well as the West, as we have watched their barbaric acts with horror on our TV screens. 

However, by claiming that “the ISIS has been set up to confront the Islamic republic,” Khamenei – who incidentally refers to himself as the Caliph of Shia Muslims – wants us to forget that a similar type of extremist ideology in the name of Islam has for long actually been practiced by the very regime that he leads in Iran.

Furthermore, it is a well-known fact among Iran’s political forces that Khamenei owes his leadership status more to behind the scene power broking tactics by former president Rafsanjani than anything else, as his credentials as a cleric have never been accepted by Iran’s religious establishment, a complex that he has long concealed by advocating his bankrupted “political Islam”.

Since ascending to power and turning into an absolute religious leader and skilled political player, Khamenei has managed to dominate the political scene of Iran by empowering the Revolutionary Guard, the Basij militias and the security and intelligence organs of the regime around his “anti-American-Israeli” paranoia.

In reality, as world powers begin a new round of negotiations with the Islamic republic over the nuclear issue, they are effectively trying to reach a deal with another fundamentalist “Islamic State” that is ruling Iran with Khamenei at its Caliph in the name of the medieval system of Velayat-e Faqhi, or the Islamic government.

The irony remains however that Western powers are at the same time mulling over whether to involve the military forces of this dictatorship in Iran to help them overthrow the barbarism of the ISIS in its neighboring country in an act of appeasement to Khamenei and his associates in the Revolutionary Guard.

You cannot ask one dictator to join your forces to fight against another dictator in defence of freedom and humanity. 

NEW YORK, October 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

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#ali-khamenei, #britian, #iraq, #isis, #islamic-state, #middle-east, #muslims, #new-york, #syria, #united-states, #us

TEHRAN: ‘ MULLING OVER UNITED STATES PROPOSAL ON ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM – REPORTS ‘

#AceWorldNrews IRAN (Tehran) – October 17  – Iran is reportedly mulling a compromise over its nuclear program, suggested by the United States, AP reports.

The proposal, detailed by two unnamed diplomats, would allow Tehran to keep more uranium enrichment centrifuges than previously demanded by the US if the country agrees to shrink its stockpile of low-enriched uranium.

Iran is reportedly in talks with Russia about possibly moving its stockpile.

The number of centrifuges left intact has become a major sticking point for negotiators, with Iran insisting on maintaining some 10,000 while the US looks to limit the number to a few thousand and increase the amount of time it would take to develop a bomb.

Source: AP – USA Today – RT 

#ANS2014

#aceworldnews, #iran, #tehran, #united-states, #us

WASHINGTON: ‘ Chemical Weapons Were Recovered or Destroyed in Iraq following 2003 Invasion but Pentagon Chose to keep it Top Secret ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – October 15 – About 5,000 chemical weapons were recovered or destroyed in Iraq following the 2003 invasion but the Pentagon chose to keep the findings top secret, it has emerged.

U.S. troops DID find chemical weapons in Iraq - but Pentagon kept it secret: Discovery of 5,000 warheads and shells 'was hushed up because they were not weapons of mass destruction'

U.S. troops DID find chemical weapons in Iraq – but Pentagon kept it secret: Discovery of 5,000 warheads and shells ‘was hushed up because they were not weapons of mass destruction’

An investigation by The New York Times has revealed that U.S. forces happened across the hidden caches of warheads, shells and aviation bombs between 2004 and 2011.

Cache: Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians prepare unexploded ordnance for demolition at a safe disposal area near Baghdad in 2003. It has now been revealed that about 5,000 chemical weapons were found in Iraq between 2004 and 2011 but the public was never told

Cache: Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians prepare unexploded ordnance for demolition at a safe disposal area near Baghdad in 2003. It has now been revealed that about 5,000 chemical weapons were found in Iraq between 2004 and 2011 but the public was never told

But the information wasn’t made public for several embarrassing reasons including the fact some of the weapons were U.S.-made, troops were seriously injured discovering them, plus they had been sitting dormant since the 1980’s and therefore didn’t support President George W. Bush’s rationale for going to war.

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#pentagon, #united-states, #us, #washington

TURKEY: ‘ Denial by Ankara Allowing Washington to Use its Bases Leads to Speculation ‘

#AceWorldNews – TURKEY (Ankara) – October 13 – Ankara has denied allowing Washington to use its bases against Islamic State militants, AFP said.

There is no new agreement with the US about Incirlik, a Turkish government official said of an air base in southern Turkey that the US wants to use to launch air strikes.

“Negotiations are continuing” based on Turkish conditions previously laid out, the source added.

US officials had earlier said Turkey would also host training for “moderate” Syrian rebels.

#ANS2014

#syrian, #ankara, #islamic-state, #turkey, #turkish, #us

UNITED STATES: ‘ TOP MILITARY COMMANDER NO FLY-ZONE OVER DAMASCUS MAY BE PART OF CAMPAIGN ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – October 13 – Even though Islamic State militants in Syria have no aircraft to speak of, the US’s top military commander says establishing a no-fly zone may be part of the campaign.

Such a move is what US allies, including Turkey, have been pressing for.

The possible establishment of a no-fly zone over northern Syria was hinted at by Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey.

“Do I anticipate that there could be circumstances in the future where that would be part of the campaign? Yeah,” he told ABC’s This Week program.

The general added that in response to the bombing campaign the IS are learning to blend in with the population and hide from the coalition attacks.

“An enemy adapts and they’ll be harder to target. Yeah, they know how to maneuver and how to use populations and concealment,” he said.

Earlier, US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel indicated that there was a possibility for a no-fly zone in Syria, as per Ankara’s request.

“We have discussed all these possibilities and will continue to talk about what the Turks believe they will require,” The New York Times reported him as saying.

Sources: RT – NYT – ABC – AP 

#ANS2014

#damascus, #islamic-state, #syria, #turkey, #united-states, #us

CHINA: ‘ Surpasses US in Terms of Purchasing Power to become largest in the World ‘

#AceWorldNews – CHINA – October 12 – China has surpassed the US in terms of GDP based on purchasing power parity (PPP), becoming the largest in the world by this measure, International Monetary Fund estimates show.

' Chinese Purchasing Power Outstrips United States. Though United States has greater GDP'

‘ Chinese Purchasing Power Outstrips United States. Though United States has greater GDP’

In 2014 China reached $17.6 trillion or 16.48 percent of the world’s purchasing-power-adjusted GDP, while the US made slightly less, 16.28 percent or $17.4 trillion, the FT reported citing IMF data.

PPP is recognized as the best way to compare the size of economies rather than using volatile exchange rates, which rarely reflect the true cost of goods and services. Thus a trillion US dollars are worth a lot more in China than in the US.

On the purchasing power basis, China is overtaking the US right about now and becoming the world’s biggest economy, according to the forecast.

The US has been the global leader since overtaking the UK in 1872. Most economists previously thought China would pull ahead in 2019.

According to IMF estimates, in 2015 the gap between China and the US will increase to almost a trillion dollars: Chinese GDP PPP will amount to $19.23 trillion against $18.286 trillion in the US.

However in terms of a real GDP the United States remains the undisputed world leader with $16.8 trillion output, significantly outpacing China with $10.4 trillion.

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#china, #gdp, #imf, #international-monetary-system-imf, #ppp, #purchasing-power-parity, #uk, #us

NORTH AMERICA: ‘ Task-Force Recommends Prioritising Canada-Mexico-US Foreign Policy ‘

#AceNewsServices  NORTH AMERICA: On October 02 a new CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report, North America: Time for a New Focus, asserts that elevating and prioritizing the Canada-Mexico-U.S. relationship offers the best opportunity for strengthening the United States and its place in the world.

“It is time to put North America at the forefront of U.S. policy,” the report says. “The development and implementation of a strategy for U.S. economic, energy, security, environmental, and societal cooperation with its two neighbours can strengthen the United States at home and enhance its influence abroad.”

The Task Force proposes a comprehensive set of recommendations for deepening North American integration, concentrating on four pivotal areas—energy, economic competitiveness, security, and community. These include:

ENERGY: 

Capitalizing on North America’s promising energy outlook. The North American countries need a regional energy strategy to strengthen the continent’s energy infrastructure, expand energy exports, support Mexico’s historic reforms, improve safety, and encourage harmonized policies to promote energy conservation and reduce carbon emissions.

“For economic, environmental, and diplomatic reasons, the Task Force recommends that the U.S. government encourage increased energy connections with Canada and Mexico. The U.S. government should approve additional pipeline capacity, including the Keystone XL pipeline,” the report says. “The Task Force also proposes that the United States end restrictions on energy exports, including oil and LNG (liquefied natural gas).”

ECONOMIC: 

Bolstering economic competitiveness through the freer movement of goods and services across borders. Upgrading infrastructure and policies across borders would interconnect national economies securely and efficiently. Recognizing trilateral economic interests, the United States should also include Canada and Mexico in its negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and other free trade agreements.

“The United States’ ability to compete in a dynamic and competitive world economy would be strengthened by enhanced economic ties with Canada and Mexico,” the report explains. “The Task Force recommends working toward the free and unimpeded movement of goods and services across North America’s common borders.”

SECURITY: 

Strengthening security through a unified continental strategy and “continuous border innovation.” While working toward the goal of a unified security strategy for North America, the United States and Canada should support Mexican efforts to strengthen the democratic rule of law, dismantle criminal networks, contribute to the development of resilient and cohesive communities, and reduce arms smuggling and drug consumption.

“The United States should shift from border-centric security toward a strategy of combining perimeter protection with security in depth through the use of intelligence, risk assessment, shared capabilities, and joint actions throughout the region,” the report says.

IMMIGRATION: 

Fostering a North American community through comprehensive immigration reform, workforce development, and the creation of a mobility accord to facilitate the movement of workers. The U.S. Congress should pass comprehensive immigration reforms. To better aid the movement of North American workers, the three countries should also create a North American Mobility Accord, expand visas for skilled workers, streamline recognition of professional credentials, and develop a regional educational innovation strategy.

“The Task Force strongly recommends the passage of comprehensive federal immigration reform that secures U.S. borders, prevents illegal entry, provides visas on the basis of economic need, invites talented and skilled people to settle in the United States, and offers a pathway to legalization for undocumented immigrants now in the United States,” the report says.

CHAIRED BY: 

Chaired by David H. Petraeus, retired U.S. Army general and chairman of the KKR Global Institute, and Robert B. Zoellick, former president of the World Bank Group and chairman of Goldman Sachs’s International Advisors, the Task Force is composed of a diverse and distinguished group of experts that includes former government officials, scholars, and others. The project is directed by CFR Senior Fellow for Latin America StudiesShannon K. O’Neil.

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#canada, #canada-mexico-us, #economic, #energy, #immigration, #mexico, #north-america, #security, #us

UNITED STATES: ‘ Debt to GDP Ratio Nearly Exceeds Group of Seven and Going Upward ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – The U.S. debt-to-GDP ratio has nearly grown to the Group of Seven (G7) average, a dramatic increase from 2000 when it was lower than most other G7 countries, according to this new progress report and scorecard from the Council on Foreign Relations Renewing America initiative.

Infographic_Balance_Owed_rev

At its current rate, the U.S. debt-to-GDP ratio will be higher than all G7 countries except Japan by 2040.

While other large wealthy countries have been cutting their entitlement programs, the United States has left Medicare and Social Security mostly untouched. Recent U.S. budget cuts have instead focused on discretionary spending, which goes toward areas such as education, infrastructure, and research and development—all of which constitute investments in future economi

By 2040, public debt is projected to top 110 percent, equal to the highest levels reached during the Second World War,” Renewing America Associate Director Rebecca Strauss writes. “And absent any policy changes it will likely keep climbing after-ward into uncharted territory for the United States.”

Americans will have to make difficult choices to get the public debt load under control. Sequestration, which took effect in 2013, only affected government spending projected to decline as a share of GDP.

Meanwhile, U.S. policy-makers left cutting entitlements or increasing tax revenues largely off the table, despite the fact that entitlements will account for nearly all new federal spending in the future.

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#debt, #deficits, #g7, #gdp, #group-of-seven, #investments, #united-states, #us

PENTAGON: ‘ US Troops Could Come into Contact with Ebola Virus When Working in Liberia in Mobile Labs ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (Washington) – Several dozen U.S. troops could come into contact with Ebola while testing for the deadly disease in Liberia, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

The highly trained troops will help operate seven mobile labs, where they could be working with the blood of infected patients, Army Gen. David Rodriguez said. The new details on the military’s response to Ebola reveals a riskier operation than previously announced by the White House, surfacing fresh concerns of troops entering high-risk zones.

The U.S. response did not previously involve military members helping to diagnose patients, though Rodriguez maintained that troops will be adequately protected against the disease.

“I am confident that we can ensure our service members’ safety and the safety of their families and the American people,” Rodriguez, who leads the U.S. Africa Command, said at a Pentagon briefing.

U.S. troops are already running three mobile testing labs, doubling Liberia’s lab capacity, and plan to set up four more. The labs will receive up to 100 samples per day from local clinics and will be able to give a diagnosis in hours, instead of several days.

Military personnel who work in the laboratories are trained “at the very, very high level,” Rodriguez said. He added that the troops will wear protective suits and be constantly monitored.

“They will be the primary ones that come in contact with anybody,” he added.

During the briefing, Rodriguez said the military’s trained health workers could come into contact with infected patients. But he later corrected the record, stressing that military personnel would work only with samples.

Pentagon officials say as many as 4,000 U.S. troops will deploy to West Africa to contain the spread of the virus, which has killed 3974 people, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and could infect as many as 1.4 million.

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#africa, #ebola, #liberia, #pentagon, #united-states, #us, #washington

UNITED STATES: ‘ Self-Guided and Unmanned Swarm Boats Ready to Join Navy ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Norfolk) – Self-guided unmanned patrol boats that can leave warships they’re protecting and swarm and attack potential threats on the water could join the Navy’s fleet within a year, defence officials say, adding the new technology could one day help stop attacks like the deadly 2000 bombing of the USS Cole off Yemen.

The Arlington-based Office of Naval Research demonstrated the autonomous swarm boat technology over two weeks in August on the James River near Fort Eustis in Virginia – not far from one of the Navy’s largest fleet concentration areas.

It said the Navy simulated a transit through a strait, just like the routine passage of U.S. warships through the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.

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#navy, #norfolk, #persian-gulf, #strait-of-hormuz, #swarm-boats, #united-states, #us, #virginia, #yemen