(USA TODAY) — Along with the weather forecast and airport crowd, the national holiday checklist now routinely adds another staple: terrorist threat alert.
This July Fourth weekend is no exception, with federal intelligence agencies reminding local law enforcement “to remain vigilant during upcoming national holidays and military events due to the heightened threat of attacks.”
Such warnings around major holidays have become routine since 9/11, although federal agencies acknowledge there are no specific or credible threats to the United States this weekend.
Still, the July 4th holiday — with its patriotic symbolism — seems particularly vulnerable to possible terrorist attacks, most notably lone wolf assaults, wherever crowds gather for ballgames, concerts and firework displays.
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As Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was building up its chemical weapons arsenal with the help of a British firm, Margaret Thatcher’s government decided not to oppose it, fearing that otherwise it would be subjected to criticism.
In 1983, the British government learned about Saddam’s effort to produce mustard gas, but chose not to hamper it, partially because a British firm was involved, according to previously classified Foreign Office documents released this week to the National Archives in Kew, west London.
Britain’s public image was also on the line when the decision was taken, because of Weir Pumps’ involvement and a wider record.
(would that be all the child abuse scandals ? Leon Brittan Home Secretary 1983?)
For any readers who have questioned WHY we keep covering the Greek news – Paul Craig Roberts summarises the importance to all our lives
What we are witnessing today, is that after 2,500 years in the Western World only the current Greek government is interested in democracy. The Greek government, to the surprise and consternation of every other European government, has called a referendum for the Greek people to decide the fate of Greece. For resorting to democracy, the Greek government has been universally denounced in the Western World.
So much for Western democracy.
If the Greeks vote for their oppressors and against their own government, democracy in the EU will cease to exist.
2,500 years ago Greeks saved their independence from the Persian Empire. Sunday’s vote will tell us whether Greeks have again served liberty or whether they have succumbed to Washington’s Empire.
The fate of all Europeans and of Americans themselves will be settled on Sunday.
Freelance cameraman Juan Ramon Robles captured riveting video of riot police inside the station beating people who said they had nothing to do with the protests.
Robles won prizes for the footage of a bloodied young man and stunned commuter train passengers, and the images from the Atocha station went viral in Spain and around the world.
Today, he fears, such images might never be seen because of a new public security law that went into effect this week.
“This law is saying ordinary citizens have the right to record images only when the government authorizes it,”