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0 British Army steps in as London 2012 defense plan falls short

 With just 16 days before the Olympic Games kick off in London, there's been a major hitch in the much-hyped security plans. Thousands of extra British soliders have had to be drafted in after a private firm failed to supply promised guards. The company's been paid almost 300 million pounds - but hasn't trained enough staff. RT's Sara Firth has more.

0 $50 Million Stealth Ship Sold for $2.5 Million, Headed to Scrap Heap

If any of you out there were still holding out to buy the first ever stealth ship, then your boat has set sail. The IX-529, or Sea Shadow to its friends, has been sold for a measly $2.5 million. 
The IX-529

Sadly, the once top secret experimental vessel won’t be plying the seas anymore: It’s headed to that big scrap heap in the sky.
Originally built in 1985 by Lockheed Martin, the Sea Shadow was intended to test whether the same technologies that spawned the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter could be applied to naval vessels as well. Built in secret for $50 million, the Sea Shadow demonstrated that it could not only evade radar and sneak up on other ships, but that it could survive intense storms thanks to its twin-hull design.
Finally unveiled to the public in 1993, the Sea Shadow never went into production and was little more than an (extremely cool looking) experiment. Interestingly, its fate intersected another storied secret naval craft, the Hughes Mining Barge or HMB-1. A submersible drydock barge, the HMB-1 was used to house the Sea Shadow during construction, and ferried the secret boat to and from sea trials far from prying eyes.
For the HMB-1, its time with the Sea Shadow was an encore career. It had already made its name being used in Project Azorian (incorrectly referred to as “Project Jennifer”), a top secret CIA operation which raised the downed Soviet submarine K-129 in 1974.
With limited space onboard and no real practical use beyond experimentation, the Navy attempted to give the Sea Shadow to any interested museum. However, they found no takers and the two craft were sent to the Suisun Bay mothball fleet. Then in April, the  General Services Administration’s auction site listed the two craft for sale for an opeing bid of $100,420under the condition that the Sea Shadow be scrapped.
In the end, the California-based Bay Ship & Yacht Co. won the auction with a final bid around $2.5 million. In an interview with the Sacramento Bee, Bay Ship & Yacht Co. general managerAlan Cameron described his dismay in scrapping such a unique vessel.
“We don’t think we’re going to make money on Sea Shadow at all [...] In fact, it would have been wonderful if we could have just floated it out of there and given it to somebody.”
The HMB-1, however, is free to be repurposed which the Bay Ship & Yacht Co. apparently intends to do. According to the Bee, HMB-1 will become a floating drydock for servicing ships.
But though the Sea Shadow will be gone, it will sure not be forgotten. It will live on in our dreams, in our memories, and as the inspiration for that stealth ship in Tomorrow Never Dies.
(Sacramento Bee via NOSInt, image via Wikipedia)

0 Sudan blames Zionist-American plot for unrest

Sudan accused unnamed "Zionist institutions" on Sunday of fanning anti-government protests as it tries to snuff out disturbances which echo Arab Spring unrest elsewhere.
For two weeks, anti-austerity protesters have been calling for the resignation of the government of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, one of Africa's longest serving leaders.
President Omar Hassan al-Bashir
Sudan lost three-quarters of its oil revenue after South Sudan gained independence last year, forcing the government to impose cuts that have hit Sudanese who were already grappling with soaring inflation and a weakening currency.
"Zionist institutions inside the United States and elsewhere... are exploiting the latest economic decisions to destabilize the security and political situation," the state-linked Sudanese Media Centre quoted presidential assistant Nafie Ali Nafie as saying.
Nafie said the government had evidence of collusion between rebel groups in Darfur, politicians in arch-foe South Sudan and Zionist institutions in the United States to sabotage Sudan. He did not present the evidence.
The demonstrations have rarely gathered more than a few hundred people at a time, but have been an added pressure for Bashir's government, already trying to contain the economic crisis and multiple armed insurgencies.
Police used teargas to put down protests in Khartoum on Friday.
The Sudanese Commission for Defence of Freedoms and Rights estimated on Sunday that 1,000 people had been arrested since the protests began.
Demonstrators have chanted the widespread Arab Spring refrain: "The people want the downfall of the regime".
Unusually, there was no official ceremony on Saturday to mark the 23rd anniversary of Bashir's bloodless coup.
Instead, Bashir attended the opening of a shopping mall in central Khartoum. Sudanese media reported the state would donate 20 percent of revenues from the mall to the poor.
Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes in Darfur, charges Sudan has dismissed as baseless and politically motivated. (Additional reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Matthew Tostevin)

0 "How U.S. Taxpayers Fund The Taliban" Congressman Walter Jones

July 10, 2012 C-SPAN