St. Petersburg Times | Feb 6, 2007
Law enforcement agents in the Urals have uncovered a mass grave containing the remains of up to 30 girls and women kidnapped and forced to work as prostitutes before being killed, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported Friday.
The grave was found outside the small town of Levikha, situated between the cities of Nizhny Tagil and Yekaterinburg.
Eight men aged 25 to 46 have been detained and charged with murder.
So far, 15 of the bodies have been identified. Forensics experts are working to establish the identity of the others.
Most of the victims went missing between 2002 and 2005. Those identified include a 15-year-old girl and her 13-year-old friend, both of whom disappeared in July 2005, Alexei Prokhorov, a senior Sverdlovsk region prosecutor, was quoted as saying.
The girls were reportedly lured to an apartment, raped and told they would have to work as prostitutes. Both refused and, like the other victims, were then killed, their bodies dumped in the forest. The eight men charged in the killings were based in Nizhny Tagil.
Infowars.net | Feb 6, 2007
A combination of leaked documents and public policy debate has recently revealed that the British government is preparing to use the 2012 Olympic games in London as a showcase for multiple big brother police state operations and technologies.
The London Telegraph reported on Sunday that a memo, entitled No 10 Policy Working Group on Security, Crime and Justice, Technological Advances, asks: “To what extent should the expectation of liberty be eroded by legitimate intrusions in the interests of security of the wider public?”
The document, drawn up by officials at the Home Office and sent to 10 Downing Street, explores ways of winning over public opinion to intrusive and liberty crushing methods of policing and surveillance and concludes: “Increasing [public] support could be possible through the piloting of certain approaches in high-profile ways such as the London Olympics.”
This is key as it shows that the overall agenda is to make people accept big brother per se, not to make them accept it in the short term to ensure security at the Olympic games. Once again it is clear that security is not the issue, the real agenda is control.
Some of the methods advanced by the memo include empowering police to scan postal packages, advancing CCTV systems to monitor individuals, tracking people’s movements via the electronic Oyster travel card system already in use in London and a massive extension of the national DNA database.
WOAY TV | Feb 6, 2007
New record lows have been set in at least four West Virginia cities as an arctic blast continues to grip the state ahead of an approaching storm.
The National Weather Service says the thermometer dipped to 16 below in Elkins, tying the record for February Sixth set in 1979.
The reading of four below in Parkersburg broke the mark of three below set in 1907. In Charleston, the low of one below broke the record of two above set in 1979. Beckley reached two below, tying the mark set in 1977.
Classes were called off or delayed in at least 21 counties Tuesday. Live greyhound and horse racing at two Northern Panhandle tracks tonight has been canceled. At least two dozen high school basketball games scheduled for Monday night were postponed.