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What happens to the kids of the Russian/American ‘illegals’?

All of the couples have children….

Some of the couples where not even married…..

Some of the kids where born in the US…

The ‘parents’ may want the children to return to Russia….

The children probably never knew their parents where ‘illegals’….

And have never know anything except America….

What will happen to the children of the suspects jailed this week on accusations of spying?

The four couples imprisoned this week all have children, whose ages range from 1 year old to adulthood — children who now face separation from their parents, as well as allegations that their parents are not who they said they were.

The youngest are the children of suspects Michael Zottoli and Patricia Mills, who appeared in court Friday in Arlington Virginia. The two boys, ages 1 and 3, were briefly in the care of the county’s Department of Human Services, said spokesman Kurt Larrick, but are now being cared for by family friends.

In a court filing Friday, prosecutors said that “Mills has instructed the friend to arrange for her Russian family members to take custody of the children and take the children to Russia.” The filing added that Mills said she has no relatives in the United States, and “her parents, brother, and sister still live in Russia.”

In Montclair, New Jersey, the two daughters of suspects Richard and Cynthia Murphy are both grade-schoolers. Neighbors told that the girls like to ride their blue bikes and have water fights, and both have done well in school. A spokeswoman for the New Jersey Department of Children and Families declined to comment on whether the agency had helped place the children, and said it gets involved in cases only if asked to.

Suspects Vicky Pelaez and Juan Lazaro, of Yonkers, New York, have a teenage son. Pelaez also has an older son in his 30s, who is presumably old enough to take care of a younger half-brother if necessary. He described the situation this week as “scary” and “horrible,” telling CNN on Friday, “they are both of them innocent.”

Pelaez has been offered bail, meaning she might be able to return home, with electronic monitoring.


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In Russian ‘Illegal’s’ case…… 2 more identify themselves as Russian Citizens……

Prosecutors  have indicated that two of the group have owned up to their real names and histories…

The Judge in New York let Vicky Perez go home under house arrest because she never used a false identity and she IS an American…..

The judge also made it plain that she wanted to know who the people locked up REALLY where…

With the 11th of the crew gone missing…..

Any of the incarcerated people that could let loose will have to own up to their background…


The provable case….. at its best right now…. seems to be about money laundering and false identities……

Something Customs could easily handle….

They don’t need the judge……

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan say that two more of the suspected Russian agents arrested last weekend gave statements to the F.B.I. in which they waived their Miranda rights and admitted to being Russian citizens who had been living under false identities in the United States.

The two, living under aliases of Michael Zottoli and Patricia Mills, prosecutors say, are a married couple who most recently lived in Arlington, Va. They have two young sons.

They and a third defendant, known as Mikhail Semenko, are scheduled to appear for bail hearings on Friday afternoon before a magistrate judge in Federal District Court in Alexandria, Va.

Writing to the judge before the hearings, prosecutors asked the judge to deny the three bail, citing many of the same arguments they made in Manhattan on Thursday in bail hearings for three other suspected agents. Two of those agents were denied bail, while the third will be allowed to serve a form of house arrest if she meets certain conditions.

On Friday, prosecutors said there was “little doubt that, if released, the conspirators could call upon substantial and sophisticated resources to assist them.”

“They are skilled deceivers who have repeatedly betrayed those closest to them and would readily do so again, by fleeing,” the office of Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan, wrote……


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One of the Russian/American ‘illegal’s’ makes bail…..

Vicky Pelaez was granted bail by a US Federal Judge in New York causing prosecutors to react in alarm……

Under $250,000 bond she allowed to return to home to stay and agreed to be fitted with an electronic monitoring device…

Prosecutors are alarmed because this action by the judge is sure to weaken the seriousness of their case….

The Department of Justice is now leaking more of the information of the case as it tries to define the 10 in the United States…

The 11th suspect, who went by the name, Chritopher Metsos, has disappeared in Cyprus after posting bail….

Embarrassing that countries law enforcement people ……

He was the paymaster and controller of the ring of so-called illegals and the US officials are  furious at the his disappearance…

It appears he was definitely a spy who disappeared…..

U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis granted $250,000 bail to Vicky Pelaez with home incarceration and electronic monitoring. He denied bail to Richard and Cynthia Murphy.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Farbiarz had argued that the defendants, often using fake names, had repeatedly engaged in surreptitious global travel. Ms. Pelaez had traveled to Peru, prosecutors said, where she allegedly received cash from a Russian official.

But her lawyer, John M. Rodriguez, countered that Ms. Pelaez had not been covert. “What’s so secret about taking a passport in your own name [and] traveling to Peru, a country you lived in?” he asked.

That reasoning appeared to help persuade Magistrate Ellis, who said Ms. Pelaez was different from the other defendants.

“She does not appear to be a trained agent, she is a United States citizen; no indication in anything that I read that she has used any legends or false identities,” he said.

The judge said that to be convinced the defendants wouldn’t flee, he had to at least be sure of their identities. He denied bail to the Murphys, who are allegedly Russian nationals who have been living under assumed names, because he “just doesn’t know who those defendants are.”

Prosecutors are considering their options for appealing.

“Not one scintilla of state secrets or classified material was ever obtained, and nothing was ever passed,” Winston Lee, Ms. Murphy’s defense lawyer, said in court.


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Not again!…..The Woman involved with Al Gore in Oregon has the the stained pants!…and DNA results…..

Al Gore was really pissed at his boss Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky affair…

Now the is a report that a Portland massage theripist that allleges a sexual assault has DNA evidence in gthe form a stain on pants…

The police say they will REOPEN the investigation….

First keeping the stained dress for his old boss…

Now keeping the stained pants for him?

What is this world coming to with politicians?

Police announced that they “will re-open and investigate a Portland massage therapist’s allegations that former Vice President Al Gore sexually assaulted her at a downtown hotel in October 2006,” the Portland Oregonian reports.

Said a Gore spokesman: “Further investigation into this matter will only benefit Mr. Gore.”

The moves comes as the woman told the National Enquirer that she demanded a full police investigation of her complaint. The woman is photographed holding the black pants she wore that night. She’s quoted saying she paid for a DNA analysis…….


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Wonder Woman gets a DC Comics ‘make over’…..

Wonder Woman in her classic (art by Nicola Scott) and new (art by Jim Lee) looks.

[ Wonder Woman in her classic (art by Nicola Scott) and new (art by Jim Lee) looks. ]

The classic dark haired beauty is being reintroduced after having a contemporary ‘makeover’…..

After 69 years of fighting crime in her trademark red-and-gold bustier and star-studded hip-huggers, Wonder Woman is getting a modern-day makeover.

In the latest issue of the iconic super heroine’s comic book series, which hit stores Wednesday, she is sporting a new, darker, more modern costume that would take away Superman’s super-breath.

“It’s a new contemporary look that matches the storyline of the series,” Dan DiDio, co-Publisher of DC Comics, told the News. “We wanted to reinvigorate a character that has had a [look developed] in the 1940s for the current audience and hopefully attract a new audience.”


Not bad looking for being 70 tears old……..

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Mom freed from jail for refusing to send kid to visit convicted rapist dad…….

File this one under I can’t believe this ???

The New York Daily News has a story that’s should  go national….

It seems that a knucklehead judge put Sukhwant Herb in the Rikers Island Jail for 19 days because she refused to send her 9 Year son to visit his father who is a CONVICTTED serial rapist…..

The father of the child won visitation rights in Arizona where he is incarcerated…..

Brooklyn Family Court Judge Robin Sheares finally cut Herb loose only after the Daily News spotlighted the story…..

This judge should be in another line of work……

Sukhwant Herb

[ Sukhwant Herb ]

Herb sat in the courtroom, stone-faced, during the brief procedure, in which she was released into her lawyer’s custody and ordered to return to court July 29.

Sheares tossed Herb into jail after she violated the order – having a change of heart after originally agreeing to it – without offering bail consideration.

The judge’s move, and comments in court, sparked outrage in the city’s legal community, especially since Herb was not charged with a crime and has no criminal record.

Tuesday night, Herb’s lawyer Dale Frederick said he will demand Sheares be removed for the the case.

Seon Jonas, 31, the father of Herb’s son, was convicted in 2003 of raping three women in Phoenix. He obtained the visitation order last year.


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The Case of the Russian Sleeper Agents that became Americans…..

Ok….Bravo for the FBI!

Bravo for the US Dept of Justice!…..

They just rounded up Russian/Americana’s  that where  sent here as illegal immigrants to spy on the US…

Except for one thing….

It seems that they didn’t….

This is the second day of this story…

And quite frankly….

It isn’t much of a story….

The New York Times is out with a piece today that describes the group as not much of spys…

As a matter of fact…

The US government DOESN’t CHARGE them with spying……

The whole thing is so bad …

White House Press Secretary Gibbs is playing it off as a ‘law enforcement manner’……

Putin (ex-KGB Colonel ) isn’t even really mad at the timing on the whole thing……

And it seems like he’s playing it off also……

The worst thing for these people is that they will lose their jobs….

One was making #130,000 a year, another $80,000…….

The only thing missing in more than a decade of operation: actual secrets to send home to Moscow.

The assignments, described in secret instructions intercepted by the F.B.I., were to collect routine political gossip and policy talk that might have been more efficiently gathered by surfing the Web. And none of the 11 people accused in the case face charges of espionage, because in all those years they were never caught sending classified information back to Moscow, American officials said.

“What in the world do they think they were going to get out of this, in this day and age?” said Richard F. Stolz, a former head ofC.I.A. spy operations and onetime Moscow station chief. “The effort is out of proportion to the alleged benefits. I don’t just understand what they expected.”

As cold war veterans puzzled over the rationale for Russia’s extraordinary effort to place agents in American society, both Russian and American officials signaled that the arrests would not affect the warming of relations between the countries.

At a meeting with former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday,Vladimir V. Putin, the prime minister and a former spy himself, said, “Your police have gotten carried away, putting people in jail.” But he played down the episode: “I really expect that the positive achievements that have been made in our intergovernmental relations lately will not be damaged by the latest events.”

The White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, struck a similar note. “I do not believe that this will affect the reset of our relationship with Russia,” he said. “We have made great progress in the past year and a half working on issues of mutual concern.” Asked if the White House found it offensive for its partner to be spying on the United States, he said the case was “important,” but a law enforcement matter.


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The US Charges 10 as Russian Sleeper spys in New York…….

A sketch depicts defendants Anna Chapman, left, Vicky Pelaez, "Richard Murphy," "Cynthia Murphy" and "Juan Lazaro" in Manhattan federal court.

[ A sketch depicts defendants Anna Chapman, left, Vicky Pelaez, “Richard Murphy,” “Cynthia Murphy” and “Juan Lazaro” in Manhattan federal court. ]

If this sticks…..

Well …..WTF?

First….. why publicize the whole thing?

This sstuff goes on all the time….

Politically it’s gonna be a embarrassment for Obama who just got finished take Medvedev for hamburgers?

Did the FBI want the spotlight?

Did the US Attorney?

Did Holder?

Did the White House sign-off on this?

When did they tell Obama?

A ring of 10 Russian “moles” operated a spy ring in the US for years, using New York as a favored location for passing cash and electronic gear in Cold War scenarios right out of a James Bond movie, federal investigators said today.

The suspects, most of them married couples with children, were told by Moscow to become “Americanized,” infiltrate “policymaking circles” and pass secrets to Moscow.



Among details from court documents filed in Manhattan today:

— A senior Russian spy, who used the name “Christopher Metsos,” served as go-between and moneyman for agents across the country. In one case he buried cash in upstate Wurtsboro that was dug up two years later by a Yonkers couple who joined the ring.

— Metzos turned over an orange bag of cash to a Russian government official in May 2004 when they passed one another on a stairway at the Forest Hills LIRR stop. Other hand-overs and meetings between spies occurred in coffee shops in midtown and Fort Greene, Brooklyn, a Sunnyside, Queens restaurant and a subway entrance at Columbus Circle.

— One of two married spies from Montclair, N.J., who used the name “Cynthia Murphy,” told Moscow in February 2009 that she had “several work-related personal meetings” with a prominent New York financier, who was a big campaign fundraiser. “Of course, he is a very interesting target,” Moscow replied.

— Spies based on Boston gave their handlers in May 2006 information about changes at the head of the CIA that they said came from a well-connected “former legislative counsel for the US Congress,” they told Moscow.

— The Boston spies also boated in 2004 that one of their agents had talks with a US nuclear expert about research on bunker-buster warheads.


Obama not happy about arrests……

The alleged agents were directed to gather information onnuclear weapons, American policy toward Iran, C.I.A.leadership, Congressional politics and many other topics, prosecutors say. The Russian spies made contact with a former high-ranking American national security official and a nuclear weapons researcher, among others. But the charges did not include espionage, and it was unclear what secrets the suspected spy ring — which included five couples — actually managed to collect.

After years of F.B.I. surveillance, investigators decided to make the arrests last weekend, just after an upbeat visit to President Obama by the Russian president, Dmitri A. Medvedev, said one administration official. Mr. Obama was not happy about the timing, but investigators feared some of their targets might flee, the official said.

Criminal complaints filed in Federal District Court in Manhattan on Monday read like an old-fashioned cold war thriller: Spies swapping identical orange bags as they brushed past one another in a train station stairway. An identity borrowed from a dead Canadian, forged passports, messages sent by shortwave burst transmission or in invisible ink. A money cache buried for years in a field in upstate New York.

But the network of so-called illegals — spies operating under false names outside of diplomatic cover — also used cyber-age technology, according to the charges. They embedded coded texts in ordinary-looking images posted on the Internet, and they communicated by having two agents with laptops containing special software pass casually as messages flashed between them.

Neighbors in Montclair, N.J., of the couple who called themselves Richard and Cynthia Murphy were flabbergasted when a team of F.B.I. agents turned up Sunday night and led the couple away in handcuffs. One person who lives nearby called them “suburbia personified.” Others worried about the Murphys’ elementary-age daughters, who were driven away by a family friend…..

The “Illegals Program”…….

Prosecutors said the “Illegals Program” extended to other countries around the world. Using fraudulent documents, the charges said, the spies would “assume identities as citizens or legal residents of the countries to which they are deployed, including the United States.

Illegals will sometimes pursue degrees at target-country universities, obtain employment, and join relevant professional associations” to deepen false identities.

One message from bosses in Moscow, in awkward English, gave the most revealing account of the agents’ assignment. “You were sent to USA for long-term service trip,” it said. “Your education, bank accounts, car, house etc. — all these serve one goal: fulfill your main mission, i.e. to search and develop ties in policymaking circles and send intels [intelligence reports] to C[enter].”

It was not clear what the intelligence reports were about, though one agent was described as meeting an American government employee working in a nuclear program. The defendants were charged with conspiracy, not to commit espionage, but to fail to register as agents of a foreign government, which carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison; 9 were also charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years. They are not accused of obtaining classified materials.


Note.….Something tells me Attorney General Holder is gonna lose points on this one, which looks like good media story but a weak case (look at what they charged with….most not even with spying, )…..Prediction…..

Holder has consistently caused pain for the administration in his actions…..The NYC trial…The Terrorist questioning saga…..

Do not be at all surprised if he doesn’t make it past 2012…….

Just a thought……

Update …..A 11th ‘illegal’ was caught in Europe this morning…..

As they roll up the network ….expect more arrests……

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Alexi Giannoulias called to testify at Blago trial……

One thing was promised in the Blago trial…

A lot of powerful politician’s would be named in conversation…

And theatre….

The Democratic candidate for the US Senate seat from Illionis will be the first big name to

testify in the ex-Governor’s federal corruption trial……

U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias said Sunday that he has been subpoenaed to testify at the corruption trial of ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The first-term Illinois treasurer, a Democrat who’s locked in a contentious race for President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat with Republican Congressman Mark Kirk, told The Associated Press that he was subpoenaed by Blagojevich’s defense team.

Giannoulias’ name was mentioned briefly last week during Blagojevich’s trial. Former Blagojevich chief of staff John Harris was heard on federal wiretaps mentioning that Giannoulias had called about Obama’s old seat on behalf of someone else. Blagojevich is heard telling Harris not to meet with Giannoulias about the matter.

Giannoulias told the AP that he introduced a friend of Obama’s to Tom Balanoff, an official with the Service Employees International Union. The friend, Valerie Jarrett, allegedly was Obama’s choice to replace him in the Senate after he was elected president.

Prosecutors say Blagojevich sought favors from the White House in return for Jarrett’s appointment and delivered the message through Balanoff.

Blagojevich, 53, has pleaded not guilty to charges that he schemed to get a large payoff, a high-paying job after he left office or a big campaign contribution in exchange for the Senate seat. He also has pleaded not guilty to conspiring to launch a racketeering scheme using the power of the governor’s office.

If convicted, he could face up to $6 million in fines and a sentence of 415 years in prison, although he is certain to get much less time under federal guidelines.

”Tom Balanoff reached out to me to get in touch with Valerie because he didn’t know how to get a hold of her, and I put the two of them together,” Giannoulias said.

He said he also attended an informal meeting between Jarrett and Balanoff shortly after Obama’s election but ”didn’t really participate in it” and doesn’t remember what they talked about. He said he never talked to Obama or Blagojevich about the matter.

On a federal wiretap tape, Blagojevich tells Harris not to meet with Giannoulias about the seat.


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The Supreme Court limits the government’s use of ‘honest services’ charges against business employee’s….

In a complicated ruling the court struck down parts of the charges against Exxon  Boss Jeffery Skilling and Media Boss Conrad Black….

While not throwing out their convictions in whole …

The court ruled that if business people make mistakes in judgment calls and companies lose money…

Those mistakes should not chargeable as crimes…….

This DOES NOT apply to fraud…..

Both cases will return to Appeals Courts for further review……

The high court, in opinions by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, found fault with a federal law that gives prosecutors the authority to bring cases against executives who deprive companies of their honest services.

The rulings could have a significant impact on some white-collar crime prosecutions. The honest-services law has been a darling of government lawyers because it is broadly worded and gives them room to prosecute a wide range of conduct.

Justice Ginsburg said the honest-services law should be confined only to cover fraud schemes involving bribery and kickbacks. Justice Ginsburg said parts of Mr. Skilling’s conviction were flawed, but said the flaws did not necessarily require reversal of his conviction on conspiracy charges.

Based on the court’s ruling in the Skilling case, Justice Ginsburg said in a second opinion that the jury instructions in Conrad Black’s case were incorrect.

The court expressed no opinions on whether the errors in the Skilling and Black prosecutions were harmless, and instead ordered lower courts to consider those issues.

In a second part of the court’s Skilling opinion, the justices rejected the Enron executive’s other attack on his conviction, based on the argument that he did not receive a fair trial.

Mr. Skilling’s lawyers had contended that the economic damage Enron wreaked on its home city of Houston had so poisoned the jury pool that his trial should have been moved elsewhere. At the very least, Mr. Skilling argued, the trial judge should have scrutinized potential jurors more closely to guard against possible bias. Jury selection in the case lasted just five hours.

Justice Ginsburg said that Mr. Skilling failed to establish that actual bias infected the jury that tried him.

The court’s 51-page Skilling opinion produced different lineups of justices on different legal questions. Five justices joined Justice Ginsburg in ruling that Mr. Skilling’s honest-services conviction was flawed. Another three justices, led by Justice Antonin Scalia, concurred in that result, but would have gone further and invalidated the federal honest-services statute as unconstitutionally vague.


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The Blago Trial……Did you know where the Governor was?


An aide has testified…

And that caused more problems….

And actions……

At the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, former aide Bradley Tusk described the governor’s “unusual management style, which left major decision-making to aides,” the New York Times reports.

Tusk described how he often struggled to track Blagojevich down in odd locations said he would sometimes sign or veto bills without talking to the governor.

Said Tusk: “It was sometimes difficult to reach him. He was not always engaged in the process.”


I see where his defense seems to be going……

The guy IS crazy……In this file photo, Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his wife arrive at the Federal Court building in Chicago. A racetrack owner testified Monday at Blagojevich's corruption trial that he was pressured to donate to the then-governor's campaign.

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DSD……Can Obama shut down the internet?

Can Obama Shut Down the Internet?

Philip Shenon – Fri Jun 18, 2:06 am ET

NEW YORK – A new bill rocketing through Congress would give the president sweeping powers to police the Web for national-security reasons. Could this be a way to block WikiLeaks?
Is cyberspace about to get censored?
Confronting threats ranging from Chinese superhackers to the release of secret documents on WikiLeaks and other whistleblowing websites, the Obama administration may be on the verge of assuming broad new powers to regulate the Internet on national-security grounds.
The powers are granted to the White House under a bipartisan bill that was introduced in the Senate only last week but is already moving quickly through Congress toward passage. The legislation has generated considerable buzz on tech blogs—but drawn little notice so far by major news organizations.
“The way it seems to be worded, the bill could easily represent a threat to free speech,” said Wayne Crews of the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
The bill would grant President Obama the power to declare a “national cyber-emergency” at his discretion and force private companies tied to the Web, including Internet service providers and search engines, to take action in response—moves that could include limiting or even cutting off their connections to the World Wide Web for up to 30 days.
While the bill’s sponsors say it is intended to create a shield to defend the United States and its largest companies from the growing threat of cyberattacks, civil-liberties activists tell The Daily Beast they fear the bill could give the White House the ability to effectively shut down portions of the Internet for reasons that could prove to be politically inspired.
“We have seen through recent history that in an emergency, the Executive Branch will interpret grants of power very broadly,” said Gregory Nojeim of the Center for Democracy and Technology, a group that promotes Internet freedom. He said the bill, which he described as moving “at lightning speed in congressional terms,” was too loosely worded in its definition of which companies would be regulated and what they would be required to do in an emergency.
Wayne Crews, vice president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free-enterprise think tank, said he believed the bill was so broadly worded that it might even allow the White House to take aim at whistleblowing websites that were believed to pose a national-security threat, such as WikiLeaks, in the guise of a “cyber-emergency.”
“That would be a concern of mine,” Crews tells The Daily Beast. “The way it seems to be worded, the bill could easily represent a threat to free speech.”…

…continued at:

This from GovernmentSecurity.Org……..

Not so long ago, a simulated cyber attack showed the unpreparedness of the United States to deal effectively with such an occurrence. When the officials “playing” the roles of various decision-makers tried to shutdown cell phone and Internet services to prevent a cascading effect, they discovered that federal agencies actually don’t have the authority to do so, and that companies providing these services might be unwilling to do it when asked.This was by no means the first time that this fact occurred to high-positioned government officials – it is easy for the government and its administration to think they have a better shot at coordinating a unified response if such an attack occurs. And, they could be right.

But the thing that the public fears the most is the possibility of the government misusing laws that would allow it to take over civilian networks in the name of security.

A while back, two bills were introduced into the U.S. Senate that – if passed – would have made it possible for the President to access private Internet data and control cybersecurity in the private sector, and even give him the authority to shutdown the Internet in case of a cyber emergency. The bills were stripped of that provisions when the public raised its voice in opposition.

But, law-makers might yet win, since it seems that every year a similar bill will try to be introduced. It reminds me a little of braking into a safe – a combination will work eventually.

According to Wired, this latest combination is sponsored by Senators Lieberman and Collins, and aims at giving the DHS the authority to take over civilian networks in case of an “imminent cyber threat.” So, if the President declares that such a thing is happening, the DHS should “develope and coordinate emergency measures or actions necessary to preserve the reliable operation, and mitigate or remediate the consequences of the potential disruption, of covered critical infrastructure.”

Also, “the owner or operator of covered critical infrastructure shall comply with any emergency measure or action developed by the Director”.

As regards the issue of how long this measures can remain in place, the answer is: indefinitely. The actual period is supposedly 30 days tops, but the interval can be extended a month at a time for as long as the federal government deems it necessary.

More…click above on GovermentSecurity.Org

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Fremont, Nebraska bans illegal immigrants…….

After Arizona….

The Prairie fire against immigration has caught…

And IS spreading…..

The law is bound to be challenged and throwout…

It bans housing for illegal immigrants, requiring notifications to police and private citizens to check  federal sources for the status of those suspected of being illegally in the country…..

But as in Arizona it main purpose is a statement and a  message to those it could apply to…

‘We don’t want you here’….

The struggle begins on this story…..

Residents of a small city in eastern Nebraska voted Monday to banish illegal immigrants from jobs and rental homes, defying an earlier decision by the city’s leaders and setting off what is all but certain to be a costly and closely watched legal challenge.

In Fremont , a meat-packing town of about 25,000 people, unofficial results from The Associated Press late Monday showed that 57 percent ofvoters approved a referendum barring landlords from renting to those in the country illegally, requiring renters to provide information to the police and to obtain city occupancy licenses, and obliging city businesses to use a federal database to check for illegal immigrants.

Opponents of the new law, including some business and church leaders, had argued that the City of Fremont simply could not afford the new law, which is all but certain to be challenged in court. In a flurry of television commercials and presentations by opponents in the final days before Monday’s vote, opponents said paying to defend such a local law would require a significant cut in Fremont city services or a stiff tax increase — or some combination of the two.

“There were a lot of tears in this room tonight,” said Kristin Ostrom, an opponent who gathered with others in an old V.F.W. building to await the results. “Unfortunately, people have voted for an ordinance that’s going to cost millions of dollars, and that says to the Hispanic community that the Anglo community is saying they are not welcome here. They thought they were coming to a small-town community with small-town values.”

But advocates argued that federal authorities had failed to enforce their own immigrationrestrictions, leaving places like Fremont — with a small but growing Hispanic population — to take care of such matters themselves. They complained that illegal immigrants were causing an increase in crime, taking jobs that would once have gone to longtime residents, and changing the character of their quiet city, some 30 miles of farm fields from Omaha.


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The New York City Times Square Bombing case is over….Shahzab pleas guilty to 10 charges….

An angry Faisal Shahzad shocked prosecutors and court room observers today in a New York US Federal Court when he decided to plead guilty to the governments 10 changes in its indictment against him for his failed attempt to blow up a jeep in New York’s Times Square…..

Shahzab  indicated Monday morning to his attorney that he wished to plead to the charges…

He spend more than a half an hour admitting in open court Federal Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum how and what he did to set up the incident….

He is expected to receive a life sentence under US Federal law sentencing guidelines….

He advised the court that he did his actions in response to the US actions in Afghanistan….

And that there would be more people like him out to hurt America…

He’s correct…..

Mr. Shahzad’s plea came on a day when he was to be arraigned on the recent indictment. But when the hearing began at midday, Mr. Weinstein and a prosecutor, Brendan R. McGuire, left for about 15 minutes for a meeting with Judge Cedarbaum. The judge then returned and announced that the parties had asked that the hearing be delayed until later that day.

When court resumed just after 4:30, it quickly became clear that Mr. Shahzad would plead guilty.

The judge told him that the first charge he faced was attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. How do you plead? the judge asked.

“I do plead guilty to this charge,” Mr. Shahzad said.

“I gather you want to plead guilty to all of them,” the judge said later.

“Yes,” Mr. Shahzad said.

Throughout the session, Mr. Shahzad did not raise his voice and answered the judge’s questions straightforwardly. There were also no outbursts from the spectators. At one point, Mr. Shahzad said he wanted to read “a small statement,” but Judge Cedarbaum told him to wait.

When he tried again later, she said: “Please, don’t read it. I want to know what happened. Tell me what you did.”

Mr. Shahzad said he became an American citizen last spring and left for Pakistan in June. He spent six months with family in Peshawar, he said, and left in December with a couple of friends to join the Taliban in Waziristan.

He was there for 40 days, and he said he spent 5 days receiving bomb training from Tehrik-i-Taliban. It was there that he developed his bomb plot, he said. “I made a pact with them,” he said.

He returned to the United States in February, he said, carrying about $8,000 in cash, half from the Taliban. Later he needed more money, he said, adding, “They sent it to me twice,” once in March and once in April.

Mr. Shahzad described building three explosive devices in his home in Bridgeport, Conn., and placing them inside the Nissan Pathfinder that he later drove to Times Square. He said the main component of the device was a fertilizer-based bomb held in a gun cabinet in the Pathfinder’s trunk. If that bomb did not work, his plans were to detonate propane gas cylinders and to start a fire in the car with gasoline.

He set the device to explode in about five minutes, he said, and then walked away. The bombs did not go off.


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There where 52 people shoot over the weekend in Chicago……

Oh, Snap!

Is it the Wild West out there?


At least 52 people were shot over the weekend in Chicago–seven of them fatally. Police are blaming gangs for most of the widespread incidents.

The Chicago Tribune reports that after Friday’s severe storms through Monday at 6:30 a.m., violence erupted throughout the city.

Saturday night and early Sunday, at least six people were shot near the annual Puerto Rican festival in Humboldt Park. A 15-year-old girl was among the injured.

A Shakespeare District lieutenant told theSun-Times Media Wire that the girl was not seriously injured. “She’ll be fine,” the lieutenant said. “She just got caught in crossfire, unfortunately.”

Another bulk of violence occurred late Sunday into early Monday morning–when at least 18 people were shot, the Tribune reports–including a 1-year-old girl.


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The US Supreme Court Upholds barring any ‘material support’ to designated terrorist groups….

That means you can be charged with aiding terrorism even if you are traing or teaching them things about non-terrorist subjects…..

It is against the law to knowing COMUNICATE WITH a defined terrorist organization…… period……

The court ruled 6 to 3 that Congress and the executive branch had legitimate reasons for barring “material support” to foreign organizations deemed to be terrorist in the USA Patriot Act.

Those challenging the law “simply disagree with the considered judgment of Congress and the executive that providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization — even seemingly benign support — bolsters the terrorist activities of that organization,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority.

“That judgment, however, is entitled to significant weight, and we have persuasive evidence before us to sustain it.”

He was joined by the court’s conservatives — Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. — as well as its most liberal member, retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

Justice Stephen G. Breyer took the relatively unusual step of reading his dissent from the bench, saying the court had abandoned its role of protecting individual liberties under the First Amendment because of national security threats Congress did not adequately justify.


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