11 Mar 2017

Congress told to brace for ‘robotic soldiers’
“There has been lot of speculation … about how soon it will be before robotic soldiers take the place of the fight in the kinetic world,” Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) asked the panel of cyber experts. “How soon will A.I. supplant the need … for all these human beings to be able to defend these networks and do what we do?” Healey answered that he expects the capability to be developed more quickly than anticipated.

Mass Graves Found Under Church-Run Orphanage
The remains of babies, ranging from new-born to three-years-old, have been found in the sewers of a former church-run home for unmarried mothers in Ireland, the government said on Friday. A report from an inquiry the government ordered in 2014 backed up a historian’s claim that up to 800 children may lie in an unmarked grave at the home.

Breaking: Malik Obama Tweets Alleged Barack Obama Birth Certificate in Kenya
Barack Obama’s brother Malik Obama tweeted out a birth certificate on Thursday allegedly belonging to his brother Barack. The certificate is from a hospital in Mombassa, Kenya.Baby Barack was a bouncing 7 pounds 1 ounce. The certificate says Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in Mombassa, Kenya.

Israel fears ISIS chemical attack in Europe
The National Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau is concerned that ISIS terrorists might be plotting to carry out chemical attacks in Europe in the coming months. The bureau intends to issue a travel advisory to…Israelis who are planning to vacation in Europe over the upcoming Passover holiday…The bureau is…concerned with the possibility that…foreign fighters there will return to their homes in Europe and carry out attacks along the lines of the truck attack in Berlin…with the possibility that ISIS would try to carry out a mass casualty chemical attack in a main European city…

UN: World facing greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945
The world is facing its largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, the United Nations says, issuing a plea for help to avoid “a catastrophe”. UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien said that more than 20 million people faced the threat of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria. Unicef has already warned 1.4m children could starve to death this year.

EU summit: Poland cries blackmail over subsidies
Polish PM Beata Szydlo has accused the French president of trying to blackmail her country, in a row over Thursday’s re-election of EU leader Donald Tusk. At the end of an EU summit, she said it was unacceptable for Francois Hollande to threaten to stop funds because Poland was “not behaving properly”. Poland had tried but failed to stop Mr Tusk’s re-election, and refused to endorse the summit’s joint statement.

State Department was ‘unaware’ of Mexico visit
Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray met senior White House aides without the State Department’s knowledge, according to an official. State Department acting spokesman Mark Toner said he was “unaware” the foreign minister was in Washington. The secretary of state typically receives foreign diplomats during visits to the nation’s capital.

Trump travel ban: Judge declines to reinstate ruling
A US judge has declined to issue an emergency order banning President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban. The ruling came from Seattle district judge James Robart, the same judge who had issued the order that in effect halted implementation of the first ban. Judge Robart said lawyers needed to file more extensive documentation.

Light war: space-based lasers among Beijing’s high-tech arms
China’s military is developing powerful lasers, electromagnetic railguns and high-power microwave weapons for use in a future “light war” involving space-based attacks on satellites. Beijing’s push to produce so-called directed-energy weapons aims to neutralize America’s key strategic advantage: the web of intelligence, communication and navigation satellites enabling military strikes of unparalleled precision expeditionary warfare far from US shores.

Mumps outbreaks reported across USA
Hundreds of cases of mumps have been reported across the country since the start of 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…Though cases of the mumps fluctuate each year from a few hundred to a few thousand, the high number of cases so early in 2017 has some health officials concerned.

Iran accuses Israel of hiring assassins to take out nuclear scientists
Iranian Envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Reza Najafi accused Israel on Thursday of being behind the assassinations of several scientists working on Iran’s nuclear energy plan. “While nuclear scientists all across the Middle East have been assassinated by the terrorists hired by this regime, the nuclear experts of this regime have access to the nuclear facilities of some countries of the region,” said Najafi.

Double suicide attack kills 40 in Damascus: report
At least 40 people were killed and dozens more wounded in an attack by two suicide bombers in Damascus on Saturday, Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV reported, in an attack the Syrian Observatory said targeted Shi’ite pilgrims. The attack took place near the Old City of Damascus. Al-Mayadeen, a Lebanon-based TV station, said the bombings targeted buses transporting pilgrims to the Bab al-Saghir cemetery near one of the seven gates of the Old City of Damascus.

US nukes just got a lot deadlier — and experts say it could cause Russia to attack
A recent report from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists details how the US massively upgraded the lethality of its submarine-based nuclear missiles — and US adversaries like Russia may be spooked to the point of considering countermeasures.

FBI Used Best Buy’s Geek Squad To Increase Secret Public Surveillance
Recently unsealed records reveal a much more extensive secret relationship than previously known between the FBI and Best Buy’s Geek Squad, including evidence the agency trained company technicians on law-enforcement operational tactics, shared lists of targeted citizens and, to covertly increase surveillance of the public, encouraged searches of computers even when unrelated to a customer’s request for repairs.

Jeff Sessions Asks All Remaining Obama-Appointed U.S. Attorneys To Resign
“As was the case in prior transitions, many of the United States Attorneys nominated by the previous administration already have left the Department of Justice. The Attomey General has now asked the remaining 46 presidentially appointed U.S. Attorneys to tender their resignations in order to ensure a uniform transition.” – DOJ

GOP Rep Mike Kelly: “Obama Is In Washington For One Reason Only, To Run A Shadow Government”
“President Obama himself said he was going to stay in Washington until his daughters graduated.  He’s only there for one purpose, and one purpose only, and that is to run a shadow government that is going to totally upset the new agenda.  It just doesn’t make sense.”

Trump invites Palestinian leader Abbas to White House: aide
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House, an Abbas spokesman said, after the two leaders spoke by phone for the first time since Trump took office.

China Warns Of Nuclear First Strike In Response To THAAD Deployment
China warns that it is reconsidering its policy not to use nuclear weapons against South Korea in response to the U.S. deploying the THAAD missile system and sending B-52 bombers to protect its ally.