Politics


Shocking government plan to access citizens’ bank statements, health data and phone records revealed by bombshell leaked letter

29th April 2018

Ministers are planning to make it easier for the government to spy on its own citizens, a leaked document has revealed.

As it stands, the Australian Federal Police and Australian Security Intelligence Organisation need a warrant from The Attorney-General to access Australians’ emails, bank records and text messages.

But ministers are reportedly planning to amend the Intelligence Services Act of 2001 to allow Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and Defence Minister Marise Payne to give the orders without the country’s top lawyer knowing.

The intelligence – which could include financial transactions, health data and phone records – would be collected by a government spy agency called the Australian Signals Directorate.

The plan was revealed by a leaked letter from Home Affairs Secretary Mike Pezzullo to Defence Secretary Greg Moriarty.

The top secret letter, written in February and seen by The Sunday Telegraph, details a plan to ‘hack into critical infrastructure’ to ‘proactively disrupt and covertly remove’ cyber-enabled criminals including child exploitation and terror networks.

In March, the plan was outlined in a ministerial submission signed by Mike Burgess, the chief of the Australian Signals Directorate.

It states: ‘The Department of Home Affairs advises that it is briefing the Minister for Home Affairs to write to you (Ms Payne) seeking your support for a further tranche of legislative reform to enable ASD to better support a range of Home Affairs priorities.’

But a proposal to change the law has not yet been made

A spokesman for the Defence Minister Ms Payne said: ‘There has been no request to the Minister for Defence to allow ASD to counter or disrupt cyber-­enabled criminals onshore.’

‘It would give the most powerful cyber spies the power to turn on their own citizens,’ the source said.

 

 

 

source/read more: https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/they-could-turn-on-us-shocking-government-plan-to-access-citizens-bank-statements-health-data-and-phone-records-revealed-by-bombshell-leaked-letter/ar-AAwtlpM?ocid=spartandhp

Russia Says It Told U.S. Where in Syria It Was Allowed to Bomb

23 April 2018

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has claimed that Moscow dictated where U.S., British and French forces were allowed to attack in the weekend’s air strikes on suspected Syrian chemical weapons facilities, Sky News reported.

Coalition forces destroyed three storage and production sites in response to an alleged April 7 chemical attack on civilians that killed at least 40 people in the rebel-held city of Douma, near Damascus.

Russia, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, denied that a chemical attack took place. Investigators from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were trying to reach Douma to establish what happened but were struggling to gain access.

According to Lavrov, Russia had been in contact with the coalition in the days leading up to the attack, dictating its “red lines” beyond which air strikes would be considered unacceptable. Russian officials had previously warned that any attacks on Syrian territory would result in Russian retaliation.

“There were military leadership contacts between generals, between our representatives and the coalition leadership,” Lavrov told state news agency RIA. “They were informed about where our red lines are, including red lines on the ground, geographically. And the results show that they did not cross these red lines.”

The U.S. and Russia use a so-called “deconfliction” telephone-line communication channel to avoid accidental clashes in Syria. The country has become a congested war zone in which multiple nations are fielding forces to pursue differing interests. It is likely the line was used in the run-up to the weekend’s attacks, but for the two sides to be discussing the acceptability of specific targets would be unusual.

hough the attacks were lauded as “precise and overwhelming” by a Pentagon spokesman, the military admitted it was unlikely that it would be able to completely stop Assad’s chemical program…

 

 

 

 

source/read more: http://www.newsweek.com/now-russia-says-it-told-us-where-syria-it-was-allowed-bomb-895204?amp=1

Infowars’s Alex Jones blasts Trump over airstrikes: ‘He’s crapping all over us’

14th April 2018

Infowars founder Alex Jones ripped into President Trump on Friday night after the president authorized military airstrikes in Syria, saying the decision made him “sick.”

“If he had been a piece of crap from the beginning, it wouldn’t be so bad,” a visibly emotional Jones said of Trump. “We’ve made so many sacrifices and now he’s crapping all over us. It makes me sick.”

Jones said the decision to strike Syria was especially painful because Trump had been “doing so good.”

“Trump’s now a fraud,” Jones later said. “Done.”

“F— Trump,” he vented Friday.

The conspiracy theorist, who interviewed Trump in 2015 during the presidential race, said in January that the president had called him several times in the previous months but he missed the calls.

His comments late Friday came after Trump announced he had ordered “precision strikes” against Syria in retaliation for an apparent chemical weapons attack last weekend by the forces of Syrian leader Bashar Assad

 

 

 

source/read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/383141-infowars-alex-jones-cries-over-trump-airstrikes-hes-crapping

Russia says it has IRREFUTABLE evidence that actors staged the chemical attack in Syria

14th April 2018

RUSSIA has evidence that foreign actors staged the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Mr Lavrov said in a press conference on Friday: “We have irrefutable evidence that this was yet another performance and that security services of a country which is trying to be in the frontlines of the Russophobic campaign were involved in this performance.”

He announced that Russian experts had examined the site of the alleged attack in the city, and found no trace of chemical weapons.

But Mr Lavrov failed to mention the country he alleges is spearheading a Russo-phobic campaign with the “fabrication”.

The foreign minister’s comments come after the US and several of its allies accused Damascus of using chemical gas during an offensive in Douma, killing up to 70 people.

US President Donald Trump also accused Russia and Iran of aiding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and promised to make a decision within 48 hours on his response to the alleged chemical weapons attack, threatening to launch “nice and new” missiles at Syria.

According to the foreign minister, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) experts left to Syria “not very quickly, without excessive enthusiasm” and only under pressure from Russia and Syria.

And in a press conference on Friday, Russia’s UK Ambassador, Alexander Yakovenko claimed the UK-funded White Helmets are “famous for staging attacks” in Syria.

He said:”Syrian authorities were immediately blamed for the so-called attack, no proof was presented and no questions were asked.

“I think the conclusions were based on social media. Russian services for security visited the incident and didn’t find any kind of substances there, no traces of chemical poisoning were found in local hospitals.

“We are interested in meeting experts there to carry out necessary tests.”

He added: “At the request of the Syrian government, OPCW experts will be on ground tomorrow. We would like them to visit the place of the alleged incident and take samples, not just studying social media images and stories.”

The foreign minister has accused a state of spearheading a Russo-phobic attack
Prime Minister Theresa May has said it is highly likely that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government was responsible for the attack.

Mrs May said on Wednesday: “All the indications are that the Syrian regime was responsible…”

 

 

 

source/read more; https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/945645/russia-syria-chemical-attack-usa-actors-staged

Los Angeles painting city streets white in bid to combat climate change

11th april 2018

California officials are hoping their latest attempt to stem the rising tides of climate change leads to a more socially conscious — and cooler — summer.

Officials in Los Angeles have been painting streets white to reduce the effect of urban “heat islands” and combat the effects of climate change.

The LA Street Services began rolling out the project last May, which preliminary testing shows has reduced the temperature of roadways by up to 10 degrees. The project involves applying a light gray coating of the product CoolSeal, made by the company GuardTop.

“CoolSeal is applied like conventional sealcoats to asphalt surfaces to protect and maintain the quality and longevity of the surface,” according to the company website. “While most cool pavements on the market are polymer based, CoolSeal is a water-based, asphalt emulsion.”

While each coasting could can last up to seven years, they are also pricey, with the estimated cost of $40,000 per mile, the L.A. Daily News reported.

CoolSeal does pass the California skid test in addition to the slip test for wet traction, and is applied in two coats, each 50 microns thick, over an asphalt roadway or a slurry-sealed asphalt roadway, according to the streets department.

By reducing the temperature of the city streets, officials say it can help reduce temperatures in the neighborhoods where the sealant is applied.

With its numerous streets and freeways, Los Angeles suffers from the “heat island” effect, which causes urban regions to become warmer than their rural surroundings, forming an “island” of higher temperatures.

“Heat islands occur on the surface and in the atmosphere,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency. “On a hot, sunny summer day, the sun can heat dry, exposed urban surfaces, such as roofs and pavement, to temperatures 50–90°F hotter than the air1, while shaded or moist surfaces—often in more rural surroundings—remain close to air temperatures.”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who may make a run for president in 2020, has used the project as part of an overall plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city by 45 percent below 1990 levels by 2025.

 

 

 

source/read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/04/10/los-angeles-painting-city-streets-white-in-bid-to-combat-climate-change.html