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Oct 22 05:31

What Were Police Snipers Doing at a Pumpkin Festival?

To casual observers, the annual pumpkin festival in the small college town of Keene, New Hampshire, would seem like a harmless bit of seasonal fun. But to the local police, the event is apparently so threatening, it has to be monitored by military-style sniper units.

Photos and videos taken by partygoers at last weekend’s event—some of which were shot with the help of a private drone—show what appear to be teams of plainclothes officers stationed on rooftops, scanning the crowds below with binoculars and military-grade sniper rifles. The Keene Police Department refused to confirm whether it had dispatched the snipers or explain why the tactical units were necessary.

Oct 22 05:54

Deadly trade: Smuggling weapons into Syria

Oct 22 05:57

Supreme Court to decide if cops can access hotel registries without warrants

The Supreme Court is weighing in on another Fourth Amendment privacy case, this one concerning a Los Angeles ordinance requiring hotels to surrender guest registries to the police upon request without a warrant.

The justices agreed (PDF) Monday to hear Los Angeles' appeal of a lower court that ruled 7-4 that the law—meant to combat prostitution, gambling, and even terrorism—was unconstitutional. The law (PDF) requires hotels to provide the information—including guests' credit card number, home address, driver's license information, and vehicle license number—at a moment's notice. Several dozen cities, from Atlanta to Seattle, have similar ordinances.

Oct 22 06:02

UPDATE: Polk County woman indicted on 6 counts of voter fraud

A months-long investigation into alleged voter fraud in the August general election in Polk County, Tennessee has resulted in a six count indictment against Jo Ann Cronan.

In a news release issued by Stephen D. Crump, District Attorney General, the state alleges that Cronan paid individuals for their vote, bribing those individuals for their vote in violation of state law, according to a news release from District Attorney General's office.

Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, along with Investigator Rockholt served the arrest warrant from the Criminal Court of Polk County to Cronan. She was then was placed in custody and transported to the Polk County Justice Center.

Oct 22 06:06

(US-GA) Software Slows Vote Counting

According to a report by the Associated Press1 which raises more questions than it answers, new software was incorporated into Georgia’s Diebold touch-screen voting system in Spring 2005, slowing down the count for as much as 24 hours.

The AP reports:

Ballot-counting in next month’s Georgia elections may be slowed by security software, some local officials say.

The problem involves software given to Georgia by Diebold Elections Systems of Ohio, which has a $54 million contract to supply the state with touch-screen voting machines. The software was added to all voting machines last spring.

Oct 22 06:16

US Border Agent: We Are Not Ready For Ebola

A U.S. Border Agent is saying that his department has no policy in place to watch the borders for illegals entering who might be infected with Ebola.

Oct 22 06:17

Anger after video shows police officer arresting Brooklyn subway musician - after the cop recited the law saying he COULD be there

Musicians have rallied around a fellow subway performer who was arrested for playing at a Brooklyn subway stop - after the cop recited the law saying he WAS allowed to be there.

Andrew Kalleen, 30, was ejected from the G subway platform at the Lorimer Street-Metropolitan Avenue stop on Friday after calmly explaining to the officer that he was doing nothing illegal.

A video of the incident captured by straphangers waiting for a train shows a police officer approaching Kalleen and telling him he needed a permit to play there - which the musician disputes.

'I'm not going to argue with you,' the officer says calmly in response.

Oct 22 06:29

Israeli Forces Open Fire at Gaza Fishermen, Detain 5

Israeli forces detained five Gaza fishermen off the coast of Gaza City early Wednesday, an employee of a human rights group said.

The employee, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Ma'an that Israeli naval forces opened fire "heavily" on a group of Palestinian fishermen.

Israeli forces "forced a boat of five fisherman from the Bakr family to stop, detained them, and dragged the boat to an unknown location."
No injuries were reported.

Oct 22 06:43

Mass Surveillance Destroys Freedom

It’s longstanding. It’s institutionalized. It’s lawless. It has nothing to do with domestic or foreign threats. Or anything related to national security.

America’s only enemies are ones it invents. It spies globally. It watches everyone. It monitors allies. It’s for control.

Oct 22 06:53

TEPCO removing protective Fukushima canopy for most dangerous op yet

The protective dome over the defunct Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant’s Reactor 1 is being dismantled to prepare for the removal of nuclear fuel rods – one of the most difficult and dangerous tasks in the entire decommissioning process.

The canopy was installed by TEPCO, the plant’s operator, in 2011 to mitigate the damage done to the plant in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which led to one of the worst nuclear disasters in human history.

On October 22 it started to take the construction apart using a crane-mounted drill to make 30sq cm holes in one of the structure’s six panels, The Asahi Shimbun reports.

Oct 22 06:54

UK must “do more” to distance itself from US drone programme, says ex-GCHQ chief’s report

A report from a commission chaired by the former Director of GCHQ has called on the British Government to implement “safeguards” to ensure that UK drone personnel “remain compliant with international law.”

Oct 22 06:57

GMO backlash: Syngenta faces mounting lawsuits over genetically-modified seeds

Agribusiness giant Syngenta AG now faces lawsuits from farmers in 11 US states claiming the seed-and-chemical company’s sale of a genetically-engineered variant of corn yet to receive approval in China depressed market prices for the grain.

At issue is Syngenta’s 2009 release and distribution of its MIR162 genetically-modified corn known as Agrisure Viptera, which is engineered to fend off certain insects known to decimate corn crops. While approved for use in the United States, Chinese regulators have yet to sanction the export of Viptera.

Oct 22 06:58

Chicago Hospitals Monitoring 2 Sick Passengers From Liberia, CDC Not Testing For Ebola

Just when you thought it was safe to BTF-Ebola-Is-Fixed-Dip... ABC7 Chicago reports, two unrelated passengers (one child - vomiting, no fever; one adult - nausea, diarrhea, no fever) originating from Liberia became ill en route to O'Hare International Airport. The two patients are being monitored in isolation at The University of Chicago Medical Center and Rush University Medical Center but based on the latest reports and risk exposures (from the Chicago Ebola Resource Network), the CDC has determined not to test them for Ebola... (perhaps they are waiting for Ron Klain to start work tomorrow to give them the go-ahead).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I understand that the absence of a fever is seen as CDC as a sign the patient does not have Ebola and from the other symptoms these patients might be victims of airline food. However it has been established that 13% of patients with the current strain of Ebola do not present a faver.

This article does hammer home an obvious point. Ever since Obama named Ron Klain as the Ebola Czar, network news coverage of Ebola has vanished!

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