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Edward Snowden's Espionage Charges Met In Hong Kong With Silence

HONG KONG Hong Kong was silent Saturday on whether a former National Security Agency contractor should be extradited to the United States now that he has been charged with espionage, but some legislators said the decision should be up to the Chinese government.

Edward Snowden, believed to be holed up in Hong Kong, has admitted providing information to the news media about two highly classified NSA surveillance programs.

CBS News senior correspondent John Miller, a former assistant deputy director of national intelligence, said on "CBS This Morning: Saturday" that the extradition treaty between the U.S. and Hong Kong has "been used a lot" and has been enforced since 1998.

"That's the good news, which is this won't be a rusty process," said Miller. "The complicating factor is it's a complicated process."

It is not known if the U.S. government has made a formal extradition request to Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong government had no immediate reaction to the charges against Snowden. Police Commissioner Andy Tsang, when asked about the development, told reporters only that the case would be dealt with according to the law. A police statement said it was "inappropriate" for the police to comment on the case.



U.S. Increasing Military Forces In Jordan

Washington (CNN) -- Due to security concerns in Jordan, which borders the Syrian civil war, a combat-equipped detachment of about 700 U.S. troops will remain in the country following training exercises that ended this week, President Barack Obama told Congress on Friday.

In a letter to comply with the War Powers Act, Obama notified Congress that the detachment staying behind at the request of the Jordanian government included "Patriot missile systems, fighter aircraft, and related support, command, control and communications personnel and systems."

"The detachment will remain in Jordan, in full coordination with the government of Jordan, until the security situation becomes such that it is no longer needed," Obama's letter said.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy also was continuing its longstanding deployment of three anti-ballistic missile ships is the eastern Mediterranean. The ships, with a total crew of about 1,000, carry Tomahawk cruise missiles to defend Israel from any attack by Iran.



Oh yeah...we got us a war a brewing. Y'all ready for this?

Ex-President Carter Seeks Weakened Sanctions on Terror Group

Former President Jimmy Carter is spearheading an effort to convince the United States to weaken sanctions on terrorist groups, The Hill reported.

Carter and other foreign policy experts sent a petition to Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday, asking him to exempt peace groups from policies that make it a crime to offer negotiation training and humanitarian law classes to terror groups.

“The Secretary of State can, and should, exempt peacebuilding activities from this counterproductive application of the law,” says the petition, initiated by The Charity and Security Network, which, according to its website claims “to protect civil society’s ability to carry out peacebuilding projects, humanitarian aid, and development work effectively and in a manner consistent with human rights principles and democratic values.”

“Doing so would open the door for professional peacebuilders to fully engage in helping to end armed conflicts and suffering around the world, while making the U.S. safer,” the petition continues.

The organization told The Hill that in the past, efforts to build bridges with the Taliban, Hamas and leftist guerillas in Colombia have all been thwarted.



more crazy shit from israelnationalnews...

Facebook Security Breach Exposes Six Million Email Addresses and Telephone Numbers

Facebook reported on Friday a bug in its system “that may have allowed some of a person’s contact information (email or phone number) to be accessed by people who either had some contact information about that person or some connection to them.”

The bug, which was reported via Facebook’s crowdsourced, White Hat security researcher program, was a part of one of Facebook’s data download tools. Facebook introduced the tool, named “Download Your Information”, allows users to do just that: It provides a history of your Facebook data since you joined the network, including Timeline data, contact information, photos and videos.

The social networking giant said about six million email addresses and telephone numbers were shared, but it noted that “no other types of personal or financial information were included and only people on Facebook — not developers or advertisers — have access to the DYI tool.” It is understood that the bug has been live since last week, but was deactivated as soon as it was reported and reviewed by the security team.

Part of the problem involved Facebook’s contacts importer tool, a way for the social giant to use your communications data to connect you with people you already know on the network. After you upload your contact data from sources like Gmail, Yahoo or other services, the bug would automatically correlate it with other contact information that exists on the network.

So for example, if you have the gmail address of “Veronica Smith” in your contacts and upload that to Facebook, it’ll match with Veronica’s Yahoo email address if in fact she has entered both on Facebook.



Exclusive: U.S. Secretly Providing Training For Syrian Rebels

By David S. Cloud and Raja Abdulrahim
Tribune newspapers
June 21, 2013, 10:07 a.m.
WASHINGTON — CIA operatives and U.S. special operations troops have been secretly training Syrian rebels with anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons since late last year, months before President Obama approved plans to begin directly arming them, according to U.S. officials and rebel commanders.

The covert U.S. training at bases in Jordan and Turkey, along with Obama’s decision this month to supply arms and ammunition to the rebels, have raised hopes among the beleaguered opposition that Washington ultimately will provide heavier weapons as well. So far, the rebels say they lack the weapons they need to regain the offensive in Syria’s bitter civil war.

The tightly constrained U.S. effort reflects Obama’s continuing doubts about getting drawn into a conflict that already has killed more than 100,000 people and the administration’s fears that Islamic militants now leading the war against President Bashar Assad could gain control of advanced U.S. weaponry.

The training has involved fighters from the Free Syrian Army, a loose confederation of rebel groups that the Obama administration has promised to back with expanded military assistance, said a U.S. official, who discussed the effort anonymously because he was not authorized to disclose details.



Guest Lineups For The Sunday News Shows

ABC's "This Week" - Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency; Reps. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas; Mike Kelly, R-Pa.; and Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii.


NBC's "Meet the Press" - Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Reps. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., and Mike Rogers, R-Mich.


CBS' "Face the Nation" - Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.


CNN's "State of the Union" - Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.


"Fox News Sunday" - Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Mike Lee, R-Utah; Gabriel Gomez, Republican nominee for Senate in Massachusetts

Russia Foreign Minister: Syria Peace Conference Could Be Derailed If US Pushes For No-Fly Zone

Source: Associated Press

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | ASSOCIATED PRESS | 2 hours, 1 minute ago in World

Russia's foreign minister said Friday that Washington is sending contradictory signals on Syria that could derail an international conference intended to end that country's civil war, warning that U.S. talk about a possible no-fly zone would only encourage the rebels to keep fighting.Sergey Lavrov also criticized demands that Syrian President Bashar Assad step down.

"Not because we like the regime, not because we want the regime to stay, but because it's for the Syrians to decide," Lavrov said in an interview. "And to say you must capitulate and deliver the power to us is just not realistic."

In addition, he dismissed allegations by the U.S., Britain and France that Assad's regime has used chemical weapons.

Putin also warned that if Assad steps down, that could lead to the vacuum of power that would be quickly filled by al-Qaida-connected rebels. "How can we avoid it? There are well-armed, and very aggressive," he said.

Read more: http://www.newser.com/article/da72926o2/russia-foreign-minister-syria-peace-conference-could-be-derailed-if-us-pushes-for-no-fly-zone.html

59 Percent Want Women To Be Eligible For The Military Draft

Nearly sixty percent of Americans believe women should be eligible for the military draft, according to a new poll released Friday.

The results come on the heels of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's decision to open up the ranks of the U.S. special operations forces to female soldiers, sailors and Marines.

Sixty-one percent of women polled by Florida-based CapitalSoup.com and the Mason-Dixon Polling and Research firm want the draft opened up to women, compared to 35 percent of men.

Only 35 percent of female voters believed the military draft should remain closed to women, according to the poll, released Friday.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/army/307047-poll-majority-of-americans-support-women-in-military-draft#ixzz2WsJUK7dC
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Egypt Islamists Mass In Cairo As Tensions Mount

AFP - Tens of thousands of Egyptian Islamists gathered for a show of strength in Cairo on Friday ahead of planned opposition protests against President Mohamed Morsi, highlighting the tense political divide in the Arab world's most populous state.

Carrying Egyptian flags and portraits of the president, they flooded into the large square outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in the Nasr City neighbourhood and into the surrounding avenues.

Islamist groups led by the powerful Muslim Brotherhood from which Morsi hails, had called for the rally ahead of planned June 30 protests to demand an early presidential election.

Morsi has been in office for just one year.

Inside the mosque, worshippers finished their prayers and broke out into chants of "Morsi is a president for all Egyptians" before joining the crowds on the streets.



Guard Who Killed Jewish Man At Kotel Says He Feared For His Life

Police: Guard suspected the man was a Palestinian terrorist.

An Israeli security guard shot dead a fellow-Israeli on Friday at one of Judaism's holiest sites, saying later he feared the man was a Palestinian terrorist because he had shouted "Allahu akbar" ("God is greatest" in Arabic), police said.

The court extended his remand in five days after the shooting at a restroom next to Jerusalem's Western Wall. The body of the victim, named Doron Ben-Shalush, 46, was found with 10 bullet holes.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Ben-Shalush had been pronounced dead at the scene. He said the guard, whose name has not been disclosed, had told investigators he had suspected the man was a Palestinian terrorist, and feared for his life.

"The fact he shouted Allahu Akbar, that seems to be why the security guard drew his weapon and fired a number of shots at him," Rosenfeld said, adding that the incident was still under investigation and there was a gag order on some details.


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