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U.S. State Department Orders 160,000 Ebola Hazmat Suits

Bulk purchase prompts concerns about spread of deadly epidemic

Image Credits: ganatlguard, Flickr

by Paul Joseph Watson

The U.S. State Department has ordered 160,000 Hazmat suits for Ebola, prompting concerns that the federal government is anticipating the rapid spread of a virus that has already claimed an unprecedented number of lives.

In a press release posted by Market Watch, Lakeland Industries, a manufacturer of industrial protective clothing for first responders, announced that it had signaled its intention “to join the fight against the spread of Ebola” by encouraging other suppliers to meet the huge demand created by the U.S. State Department’s order of 160,000 hazmat suits.

“With the U.S. State Department alone putting out a bid for 160,000 suits, we encourage all protective apparel companies to increase their manufacturing capacity for sealed seam garments so that our industry can do its part in addressing this threat to global health,” states the press release.

The huge bulk ord…

Navy Illegally Hacking ‘All Civilian Computers’ in Several States

“So far as we can tell from the record, it has become a routine practice for the Navy…”

Image Credits: U.S. Navy / Flickr

by Mikael Thalen

The Navy’s primary law enforcement agency has been conducting illegal surveillance operations against countless civilian computers for the past several years, a federal appeals court found last week.

Documents obtained by the Courthouse News Service reveal a 2010 case in which a Naval Criminal Investigative Service Agent in Georgia used an advanced surveillance software program known as “RoundUp” to scan every civilian computer in Washington state for child pornography.

NCIS Agent Steve Logan was able to locate one suspect, Washington-resident Michael Dreyer, and immediately turned the information over to police, who subpoenaed Dreyer’s internet service provider with the FBI. Dreyer was charged in federal court after the officers, and Homeland Security at a later date, used the illegally-obtained data to acquire a search warrant for his house.

After Dr…

'We share the same prosecutor': Snowden, Assange & Dotcom team up

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In the first-ever gathering of the world’s leading whistleblowers, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden and journalist Glenn Greenwald joined internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom to discuss threats to privacy worldwide.

The whistleblowers came out in support of Dotcom's campaign against unaccountable surveillance by the NZ government, at an event to promote Dotcom’s Internet party at upcoming elections.

"We share the same prosecutor,' Assange told Dotcom, referring to attempts by authorities in Washington to extradite both men to face charges in the United States.

Assange accused the US of trying to enforce its laws worldwide. By trying to control other countries’ law enforcement systems, the US is “annexing other countries,” the whistleblower said.

 New Zealand is being effectively annexed - #Assange#MoT#IndependentNZ Our policy to change this:

— Internet Party (@InternetPartyNZ) September 15, 2014

The parti…

US envoy to Ukraine caught posting fake images on Twitter

US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt has been caught posting unverified images on his Twitter feed Monday, as he was showing off the ongoing US-Kiev military exercises in Ukraine.

Ambassador Pyatt first uploaded a picture of US and Ukrainian troops, which he said was taken in the morning at the military exercises in western Ukraine. Internet users quickly pointed out that the photo had already been published as early as July 31.

Военные учения в Западной Украине сегодня утром

— Geoffrey Pyatt (@GeoffPyatt) September 15, 2014

The ambassador then posted a picture of a German tank allegedly taking part in the drills. His tweet said that the Leopard 2 tank is taking part in Rapid Trident exercises near Lvov.

Возле Львова проводятся учения Rapid Trident! Вот, немецкий танк Leopard 2

— Geoffrey Pyatt (@GeoffPyatt) September 15, 2014

However, Twitter users found out that the posted image was actually taken from a YouTub…

US launches first ‘offensive’ airstrike on ISIS near Baghdad

A U.S. F/A-18C Hornet fighting plane, assigned to the "Argonauts" of Strike Fighter Squadron 147, rolls into a turn while flying on a combat mission over Iraq, in this photograph obtained on April 3, 2005. (Reuters)

The United States launched at least one airstrike against Islamic State militants near Baghdad on Monday, marking the expansion of the US military campaign against the extremist group. The airstrike was reportedly requested by Iraqi forces under attack.

According to US officials cited by the Associated Press, the airstrike was authorized after Iraqi security forces requested air power support as they engaged Islamic State (IS) fighters south of Baghdad.

An unnamed defense official, meanwhile, told NBC News that the most recent air attack near Baghdad was an “offensive” strike, and there was no suggestion that militants were making headway towards the country’s capital.

US Central Command confirmed the air strike and affirmed that it was part of a new phase in the …