06 Aug 2012
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Shooting suspect was US Army psy-ops specialist: Pentagon 06 Aug 2012 The gunman suspected of attacking a temple in Wisconsin and killing six people was a former US Army “psychological operations specialist,” the Pentagon said Monday. Wade Michael Page, who was himself shot dead by police during the incident, was a 40-year-old who had served between April 1992 and October 1998, ending his career at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He received his basic training in Fort Sill, Oklahoma before being moved to Fort Bliss in Texas. Fort Bragg, where he finished his career, is home to many of the US Army’s airborne units and its Special Operations Command.
Wisconsin shooting suspect former Fort Bragg U.S. soldier 06 Aug 2012 The gunman who killed six people at a Sikh temple in southern Wisconsin was a former U.S. serviceman, a law enforcement official said on Monday, and a monitor of extremists said the shooter had links to racist groups. The gunman, identified as Wade Michael Page, shot dead six people and seriously wounded three, including a police officer, at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin on Sunday as worshippers prepared for religious services. Police shot dead the gunman. Although the identity of the tall, bald, white suspect in his 40s was not officially released, Fox News said Page, 40, was a former soldier. Page at one time was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Fox said, citing unnamed sources.
7 Dead at Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis.; Officials Believe ‘White Supremacist’ Behind ‘Domestic Terrorism’ 05 Aug 2012 Seven people were shot and killed today at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., in what officials are treating as a case of domestic terrorism. Though police have not given any details on the identity or motive of the shooter, or released the identities of the victims, sources have told ABC News the shootings are the work of a “white supremacist” or “skinhead.” This evening, the FBI and a bomb squad arrived at a home in Cudahy, Wis., near Oak Creek, and ABC News Milwaukee affiliate WISN reported the action appeared to be related to the temple shootings earlier in the day. Authorities also were trying to trace a single, semiautomatic handgun recovered at the scene, sources told ABC News.
Wisconsin shooting to be considered ‘domestic terrorism’ –27 agencies [!] responded and assisted with tactics, investigation –Will likely prosecute under US Patriot Act –Witness: Alleged shooter had ‘9/11 tattoo.’ [?] Authorities treating Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting as domestic terror incident 05 Aug 2012 The FBI is handling criminal investigation on the incident. Police, SWAT teams converged on the Sikh temple. ATF is involved. [Guess we’re not going to learn the suspect’s name until USociopaths purge every tie they ever had with him, so we can’t troll social media for ‘oddities.’ Just once I’d like to see one of these shooter’s lawyers call a press conference and say, ‘my client was under mind-controlled by the US government when he carried out his crimes.’ –LRP]
Fire at Joplin mosque for second time this summer 06 Aug 2012 Firefighters are investigating the second fire at an Islamic mosque in Joplin this summer. The fire was reported early Monday at the Islamic Society of Joplin. KODE-TV reports the entire mosque was engulfed in flames shortly after firefighters arrived. The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office says the fire marshal has been called in to investigate. A fire at the same building on July 4 was determined to be arson.
Joplin Islamic Mosque in Flames Again 06 Aug 2012 The Islamic Mosque in Joplin is on fire for the second time this summer. Firefighters were called to the mosque on Black Cat Rd. around 3:30 Monday morning. When crews arrived, the west side of the building was on fire, but it quickly spread. The entire mosque is engulfed in flames. The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the fire marshal has already been called in to investigate. Another fire, which was deemed arson, was reported at the same building July 4th. Authorities released surveillance video of the suspect, but no arrests have been made.
Fighter jets intercept small plane near Washington, D.C. 05 Aug 2012 Two F-16 fighter jets intercepted a small airplane near Washington, D.C. Saturday after the pilot failed to respond to radio communications, military officials said on Sunday. The aircraft was later allowed to proceed when contact was established. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said the incident happened at around 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) when a Beechcraft King Air airplane approached the Washington Metropolitan Area and failed to respond to repeated radio communications.
Obama is considering executive-order option on cybersecurity 04 Aug 2012 Senate Republicans recently blocked cybersecurity legislation, but the issue might not be dead after all. The White House hasn’t ruled out issuing an executive order to strengthen the nation’s defenses against cyber attacks if Congress refuses to act. “In the wake of Congressional inaction and Republican stall tactics, unfortunately, we will continue to be hamstrung by outdated and inadequate statutory authorities that the legislation would have fixed,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in an emailed response to whether the president is considering a cybersecurity order.
4 Afghans, 2 New Zealand soldiers killed in Taliban ambush in Bamiyan 05 Aug 2012 Taliban-led insurgents killed two New Zealand soldiers and four Afghan intelligence officers Saturday in an ambush in the peaceful central province of Bamiyan, local officials said Sunday. The intelligence officers, members of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s spy agency, had received a report of explosives and IEDs stockpiled in the Baghak area of Shibar district and mounted an operation to seize them, said Abdul Rahman Ahmadi, the spokesman for the Bamiyan’s governor. But the Taliban were waiting to ambush the officers, Ahmadi said.
Blast on pipeline stops Iraq oil flows to Turkey – officials 06 Aug 2012 An explosion overnight on the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline, which carries about a quarter of Iraqi crude exports, has knocked out flows and repairs are expected to take up to 10 days, Turkish Energy Ministry officials said on Monday. The blast occurred in Mardin province, north of Turkey’s border with Syria, the officials said on condition of anonymity. The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) was behind the attack, according to Firat news agency, which is close to the rebels.
GOP National Committee chair calls Harry Reid ‘dirty liar’ over Romney tax returns 06 Aug 2012 The head of the Republican National Committee called Senate majority leader Harry Reid a ‘dirty liar’ on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday morning. Reince Priebus made the comments about Reid during a discussion of Reid’s claims that presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney has not paid income taxes for the past 10 years. “As far as Harry Reid is concerned, listen, I know you might want to go down that road. I’m not going to respond to a dirty liar who hasn’t filed a single page of tax returns himself. (He) complains about people with money but lives in the Ritz Carlton here down the street,” Priebus said… Later in the show, columnist George Will compared Reid’s comments to those of Eugene McCarthy.