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Computer virus hits second energy firm

Computer systems at energy firm RasGas have been taken offline by a computer virus only days after a similar attack on oil giant Aramco.

The attacks come as security experts warn of efforts by malicious hackers to target the oil and energy industry.

The attack forced the Qatar-based RasGas firm to shut down its website and email systems.

RasGas, one of the world’s largest producers of liquid petroleum gas, said production was not hit by the attack.

The company said it spotted the “unknown virus” earlier this week and took desktop computers, email and web servers offline as it cleaned up.

The report comes only days after Saudi Arabia’s Aramco revealed it had completed a clean-up operation after a virus knocked out 30,000 of its computers. The cyber- assault on Aramco also only hit desktop computers rather than operational plant and machinery.

Both attacks come in the wake of alerts issued by security firms about a virus called “Shamoon” or “Disstrack” that specifically targets companies in the oil and energy sectors. [More…]

19 people shot in overnight shootings across Chicago

By Peter NickeasTribune reporter9:30 a.m. CDT, August 24, 2012

Nineteen people were shot across the South and West sides from Thursday evening through early Friday morning — 13 of them wounded over a 30-minute period, authorities say.

The overnight shootings peaked between 9:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. That’s when eight people, many of them teens, were shot at 79th Street and Essex Avenue about 9:30 p.m.

Then two men were wounded in the Ida B. Wells / Darrow Homes complex at about 9:25 p.m., police said. The men, 27 and 33, were shot in the 600 block of East 37th Street and taken to the University of Chicago Hospitals, police said. The younger man was shot in the head and the other in the right arm, Gaines said.

Around the same time, two other men were wounded in the arms in a drive-by shooting in the 2900 block of West 39th Place in the Brighton Park neighborhood.

About 15 minutes later, a 24-year-old man was shot in the leg and taken to Jackson Park Hospital from the 7200 block of South Jeffery Boulevard, Gaines said. He was treated and released. The man told police he was talking on his phone when he heard a single shot and realized he was wounded.

Earlier Thursday evening, four men were wounded in a shooting in the Little Village neighborhood about 5:20 p.m. Thursday, police said.

They were walking in the 3200 block of South Kedzie Avenue when at least one person inside a vehicle with three others opened fire, police said, hitting the group. Three 19-year-olds and a 22-year-old were wounded.

Just after midnight, a 17-year-old was shot in the back and taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition, police said. He was walking in the 7100 block of South Vincennes Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood when someone inside a passing car opened fire, police said.

Another 17-year-old was shot after 1:30 a.m. Friday in the 3500 block of West Grenshaw Street in the Homan Square neighborhood. He’s in good condition at Mount Sinai Hospital. Someone walked to him and started shooting, police said.

Thrive Movement – Documentary of Global Problems and Solutions

THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what’s REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream — uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.

If you value what is presented in this movie, please go to http://thrivemovement.com/ where you can support Thrive Movement by making a donation. You will also find more in-depth information on each of the subjects discussed in the movie, learn about Critical Mass initiatives supported by Thrive, and connect with others who are waking up and taking action.

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25 August 2012 – New York City – Shooting near Empire State Building

At approximately 9:00 AM, several people were shot near the Empire State Building. According to a 9:36 AM report in the New York Times:

Several people were shot by a man who was either inside or just outside the Empire State Building shortly after 9 a.m. on Friday, according to the police and the Fire Department. The shooter was killed by the police.

The precise number of people who were shot or their conditions was unknown, but several victims were being treated at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street.

The shooting caused a major traffic backup in the area with surrounding streets closed.

Interview with Hamas terrorist Ahlam Tamimi

Terrorists come from all religions, races, and nations. The above video is illustrative of the terrorist mindset with regard to bringing harm to their perceived enemy. The elation associated with a successful attack can also be witnessed in documentaries of war and military combat engagement.

Acts of war or terrorism are generally out of desperation when diplomacy has failed. In some cases, the disenfranchised turn to violence because they feel they don’t have a voice or equal influence through normal democratic mechanisms.

Hamas terrorist Ahlam Tamimi was dealt 16 life sentences in Israeli prison before she was released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal in October 2011. Tamimi masterminded the Sbarro Restaurant suicide bombing on August 9, 2011 which killed 16 Israelis and wounded 130. Promotion of the above video was viewed by some as propaganda to perpetuate a narrow demonized representation of Muslims.

Rutherford Instituted Defends Brandon J. Raub – A Pro-Liberty Activist Political Dissident Detained by the FBI

Brandon J. Raub, shown here, was detained by the FBI for questioning after posting comments on his Facebook page that suggest we live in a country where our freedoms are being eroded and government agents could preemptively arrest anyone, without having an specific charges, and detain people indefinitely.

Because of these outrageous statements, government agents came and arrested him without having any specific charges and he is now being detained under the authority of the NDAA.

Brandon Raub does not own a gun, however he does have a puppy that may pose as a threat to national security. Federal agents did not disclose if any contraband was found on Raub’s property such as American flags, copies of the Constitution, or copies of the Bill of Rights. Below is an official press release from the Rutherford Institute – the organization defending Raub.

UPDATE – 23 August 2012. Federal agents clearly stated their intention was to detain Raub for at least 30 days (possibly longer). However, as a result of social pressure, and by the order of Circuit Judge W. Allan Sharrett, Brandon Raub was released from custody. The release order from the judge stated, “The petition is so devoid of any factual allegations that it could not be reasonably expected to give rise to a case or controversy.” [source] A video from Raub’s primary defense attorney is below.

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ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE FROM THE RUTHERFORD INSTITUTE

Rutherford Institute Defends Marine Arrested, Incarcerated in Psych Ward & Detained Indefinitely for Posting Political Views, Song Lyrics to Facebook [source]

August 20, 2012

CHESTERFIELD, VA— The Rutherford Institute has come to the defense of a former Marine, 26-year-old Brandon Raub, who was arrested, detained indefinitely in a psych ward and forced to undergo psychological evaluations based solely on the controversial nature of lines from song lyrics, political messages and virtual card games which he posted to his private Facebook page. Although the FBI and Chesterfield County police have not charged Brandon Raub, a resident of Chesterfield County, Va., with committing any crime, they arrested Raub on Thursday, August 16, 2012, and transported him to John Randolph Medical Center, where he was held against his will due to alleged concerns that his Facebook posts were controversial and “terrorist in nature.” In a hearing held at the hospital, government officials disregarded Raub’s explanation that the Facebook posts were being interpreted out of context, sentencing him up to 30 days’ further confinement in a VA psych ward. In coming to Raub’s defense, Rutherford Institute attorneys are challenging Raub’s arrest and forcible detention, as well as the government’s overt Facebook surveillance and violation of Raub’s First Amendment rights.

“For government officials to not only arrest Brandon Raub for doing nothing more than exercising his First Amendment rights but to actually force him to undergo psychological evaluations and detain him against his will goes against every constitutional principle this country was founded upon. This should be a wake-up call to Americans that the police state is here,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. “Brandon Raub is no different from the majority of Americans who use their private Facebook pages to post a variety of content, ranging from song lyrics and political hyperbole to trash talking their neighbors, friends and government leaders.”

Brandon Raub, a former Marine who has served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, was detained by FBI agents and police officers at his home in Chesterfield County based upon the nature of content posted to his Facebook page in recent months. Like many Facebook users, Raub uses his Facebook page to post songs lyrics and air his political opinions, as well as engage in virtual online games with other users. On Thursday, August 16, police and FBI agents arrived at Raub’s home, asking to speak with him about his Facebook posts. They did not provide Raub with a search warrant. Raub was cooperative and agreed to speak with them. Without providing any explanation, levying any charges against Raub or reading him his rights, law enforcement officials then handcuffed Raub and transported him first to the police headquarters, then to John Randolph Medical Center, where he was held against his will. Outraged onlookers filmed the arrest and posted the footage to YouTube. Law enforcement officials have stated in press reports that Raub was not arrested. However, as attorney John Whitehead points out, if the police have put handcuffs on you and you’re being held against your will, that qualifies as an arrest. In a hearing before a special justice on August 20, government officials again pointed to Raub’s Facebook posts as the sole reason for their concern and for his continued incarceration. Ignoring Raub’s explanations about the fact that the Facebook posts were being read out of context and his attorney’s First Amendment defense, the special justice agreed that Raub should be incarcerated at a VA hospital for up to 30 more days. Rutherford Institute attorneys are working to challenge Raub’s detention and the highly unconstitutional nature of the government’s actions.

Press Contact:
Nisha Whitehead
(434) 978-3888 ext. 604
(434) 466-6168 (cell)
nisha@rutherford.org