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The rush to flee Yemen's capital

8 April 2015 Last updated at 18:11 BST

Little is going in or out of Yemen's war-torn capital Sanaa these days, apart from Air India.

The airline has been running rescue missions for its own nationals and for foreigners from more than 26 countries.

The BBC's Orla Guerin flew with them from Djbiouti to Yemen - a 4 hour round trip.


A truly dangerous meeting of minds

In the winter of 2003 jihadist turned MI5 spy Aimen Dean attended a lecture by Anwar al-Awlaki, a man he had never heard of but who would become an inspiration to Islamist extremists throughout the world. Also listening, and taking notes, were three of London's 7/7 bombers.

In a converted flat on the first floor of a building in the Black Country town of Dudley, about 30 men were gathered to hear a lecture by an American visitor who was building a reputation as an inspirational jihadist scholar.

In the audience were three men who would go on to launch suicide bomb attacks in London just over 18 months later, but also an undercover informant for the Security Service, MI5.

What happened behind the closed doors of this private meeting offers a rare insight into the battle between British Islamist extremism and the spies who fought against them. It was a battle which would erupt with bloodshed on the streets of London in the summer of 2005.


Just for the emoprogs still trying to pretend al-Awlaki was a good guy...You fucking know who you are...

How the U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House

Washington (CNN)Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.

While the White House has said the breach only affected an unclassified system, that description belies the seriousness of the intrusion. The hackers had access to sensitive information such as real-time non-public details of the president's schedule. While such information is not classified, it is still highly sensitive and prized by foreign intelligence agencies, U.S. officials say.

The White House in October said it noticed suspicious activity in the unclassified network that serves the executive office of the president. The system has been shut down periodically to allow for security upgrades.

The FBI, Secret Service and U.S. intelligence agencies are all involved in investigating the breach, which they consider among the most sophisticated attacks ever launched against U.S. government systems. ​The intrusion was routed through computers around the world, as hackers often do to hide their tracks, but investigators found tell-tale codes and other markers that they believe point to hackers working for the Russian government.


(Snowden+Greenwald were unavailable for comment)

John Oliver just exposed a very big lie surrounding Edward Snowden

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden spoke with HBO's John Oliver in Moscow recently, and one exchange stood out amid the discussion of Hot Pockets and nude photos.

"How many of those documents have you actually read?" Oliver asked, referring to the estimated 200,000 NSA documents Snowden stole and turned over to journalists in Hong Kong.

"I have evaluated all of the documents in the archive," Snowden replied.

"You've read every single one?"

"Well, I do understand what I turned over."


U.S. Deports Salvadoran General Accused in ’80s Killings

Source: The New York Times

After a 16-year legal battle, a former defense minister of El Salvador once embraced by Washington as a close ally during the civil war there in the 1980s, was deported on Wednesday after immigration courts found that he had participated in torture and killings by troops under his command.

The officer, Gen. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, is the highest-ranking foreign official to be deported under laws enacted in 2004 to prevent human rights violators from seeking haven in this country. The expulsion culminates persistent efforts by rights advocates to hold General Vides accountable for his role in the 1980 murders of four American churchwomen, one of the most notorious crimes by the Salvadoran armed forces in that era.

General Vides landed at the international airport in Comalapa, El Salvador just after 12:30 p.m., one of dozens of Salvadoran deportees aboard an Immigration and Customs Enforcement charter flight, according to Mauricio Silva, a spokesman for the Salvadoran immigration agency. The general had been detained by immigration authorities in the United States since March 25.

The deportation “sends an enormously important message to El Salvador and the rest of the world that we are not going to harbor people who committed these violations even when at the time they appeared to be supporting U.S. policy,” said R. Scott Greathead, a lawyer who represented William Ford, the brother of Sister Ita Ford, one of the murdered churchwomen. Mr. Ford died in 2008.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/09/us/us-deports-salvadoran-general-accused-in-80s-killings.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=second-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

Pittsburgh DUers...I don't want to be 'that guy', but I have to ask:

What the hell with the Pens?? They've been in freefall and are about to miss the playoffs?

Haven't you been doing your job and cheering them on? I can't do all the cheering here in Virginia...

Glenn Greenwald still running damage control to prop up his myth


Shorter Greenwald: Evidently the only reason some of us don't think Edward Snowden is Christ on the cross is because there's a Dem in the White House...It's one of his whinier, wussier talking points so I know he doesn't have anything left...

Russia may offer gas price discount, loans to Greece

Source: Reuters

MOSCOW, April 7 (Reuters) - Russia may offer Greece a discount on gas deliveries and new loans when Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visits Moscow this week, the Kommersant business daily reported on Tuesday, citing one source in the Russian government.

A Kremlin spokesman said last week that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Tsipras planned to discuss economic ties and EU sanctions on Moscow when they meet for talks, which Kommersant said would take place on Thursday.

"We are ready to consider the issue of a gas price discount for Greece," the newspaper said quoting an unnamed Russian government source.

Russia's state-controlled producer Gazprom declined to comment. The Energy Ministry also declined to comment.

The source said that in exchange for the discount and some unspecified loans, Russia would want access to Greek assets. The source did not name any specific assets.

Read more: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/russia-may-offer-gas-price-060104152.html

And now the *other* shoe drops...

Silk Road Boss' First Murder-For-Hire Was His Mentor's Idea

The allegation that the Silk Road’s Dread Pirate Roberts attempted to pay for six murders has loomed over the story of that massive online drug market. How could the pseudonymous figure preaching non-violent, libertarian ideals stoop to commissioning the paid killings of half a dozen people?

Now a newly revealed chat log from the case sheds light on how the first of those paid murder attempts appears to have arisen. The logs show it was not the creator of the Silk Road who first suggested enlisting the services of a hit man, but rather his top advisor and mentor.

Earlier this week, a trove of new records from the Silk Road pre-trial hearings was unsealed, including logs of January 2013 instant-message conversations that prosecutors say were pulled from the laptop of Ross Ulbricht at the time of his arrest. In February, Ulbricht was convicted of being the Dread Pirate Roberts, Silk Road’s creator and owner. But the recorded conversations, along with the other sealed documents, had been kept secret throughout Ulbricht’s trial earlier this year to avoid compromising an investigation that led to the arrest Monday of two federal agents on corruption charges.

In the 21-page IM chat log, which occurred over the anonymous IM service Torchat, the Silk Road’s Dread Pirate Roberts carries out conversations with his staffer Inigo, a supposed drug-dealing associate named Nob (who we now know was actually undercover DEA agent Carl Force), and a figure named Cimon, also known as Variety Jones, whom Ulbricht had described in his journal as his “mentor” and advisor. The conversations revolve around $350,000 worth of bitcoin that had been stolen from the Silk Road, which Dread Pirate Roberts and Inigo believed had been taken by Silk Road staffer Curtis Clark Green. (In fact, it seems the bitcoins had been allegedly stolen by rogue Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges, using Green’s account—one of the criminal charges for which Bridges was arrested Monday.)


On John Oliver, Edward Snowden Says Keep Taking Dick Pics

John Oliver is worried that you don’t care about government surveillance because you have no idea what it is. After doing an informal poll of passersby in Times Square, who for the most part had no idea who whistle-blower Edward Snowden was, Oliver said Sunday, “It seems like we’ve kind of forgotten to have a debate over what Snowden leaked.”

The best person to explain why surveillance should upset the American people, John Oliver reasoned, is “the most famous hero and/or traitor in recent American history” Edward Snowden himself. So Oliver and crew traveled to Russia to sit down with him.

Before the interview, Oliver used his introduction to prime viewers with random analogies (he likened Julian Assange—the creator of Wikileaks—to a “sandwich bag full of biscuit dough wearing a Stevie Nicks wig) and his plain-spoken approach to explain why government surveillance matters. And matters now. The Patriot Act is up for reauthorization on June 1, and John Oliver doesn’t want you to forget it.

Specifically, one part of the Patriot Act that is expiring is called Section 215. It is what gives the government the authority ask companies to hand over “any tangible things” that pertain to terrorism.

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