Judge ‘manipulated’ 9/11 attacks case, court document alleges

(Secret orders, secret communications between the White House and the judge in the case. The deliberate destruction of key evidence commissioned by the government and sanctioned by the judge. All this surrounding the prosecution of the “architect” of 9/11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a man who was tortured into confessing to practically everything ever done to US interests abroad. Keep in mind, KSM was actually working for the US government when he was fighting Charlie Wilson’s war in Afghanistan back in the 80s.)

from the Guardian

The judge overseeing the premiere military tribunal at Guantánamo Bay effectively conspired with the prosecution to destroy evidence relevant to defending the accused architect of the 9/11 attacks, according to a scathing court document.

Army Col James Pohl, who this week at Guantánamo is presiding over a resumption of pretrial hearings in the already troubled case, “in concert with the prosecution, manipulated secret proceedings and the use of secret orders”, the document alleges, preventing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s defense team from learning Pohl had permitted the Obama administration to destroy the evidence.

… According to the defense filing, six months after Pohl issued an evidence-preservation order at the defense’s behest and over the prosecution’s objections, the judge “authorized the government to destroy the evidence in question”. Pohl’s reversal of course was “the result of secret communications between the government and Judge Pohl, which he conducted without the knowledge of defense counsel”, the motion asserts.

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Facebook using people’s phones to listen in on what they’re saying, suggests professor

(Oh yeah, it’s a good thing the 12 guys at the NSA don’t have access to your personal communications. Now it’s only Facebook, Google, Progressive, Samsung, General Motors, X-Box, Microsoft, any security system provider you have at your home or Arnold Schwarzenegger and his cell phone app can listen in to your conversations whenever they want. And that’s much better, right? So thank you “Edward Snowden” and Glen Greenwald for all that wonderful work you did.)

from the Independent

Facebook could be listening in on people’s conversations all of the time, an expert has claimed.

The app might be using people’s phones to gather data on what they are talking about, it has been claimed.

Facebook says that its app does listen to what’s happening around it, but only as a way of seeing what people are listening to or watching and suggesting that they post about it. 

The feature has been available for a couple of years, but recent warnings from Kelli Burns, mass communication professor at the University of South Florida, have drawn attention to it.

Professor Burns has said that the tool appears to be using the audio it gathers not simply to help out users, but might be doing so to listen in to discussions and serve them with relevant advertising. She says that to test the feature, she discussed certain topics around the phone and then found that the site appeared to show relevant ads.

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Egyptair MS804 and Malaysian Airlines MH370: Is Something Dreadfully Wrong with the Arleigh Burke-class Guided Missile System?

by Scott Creighton (H/T Anon and Tim)

Yesterday I wrote about Navy.mil removing an article from their website which detailed an Africom navel exercise that was taking place when Egyptair Flight MS804 went down in the same location it disappeared. Readers have pointed out that the article is back up on the Navy website with a different posting date and article number along with a rather remarkable edit.

After having a look at the new version of the official story from the Navy and comparing what happened with Flight MS804 to Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, it occurs to me that there may actually be something very wrong with the missile guidance systems on our Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers and someone may be trying to avoid having a meddlesome researcher figure it out.

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