New information boosts Gulf War vet’s campaign
A GULF War veteran believes a Freedom of Information request has proved soldiers were given “experimental” vaccines.
Since returning from the 1991 conflict, Andrew Coombes has suffered from a catalogue of illnesses including extreme fatigue, poor short-term memory, muscular and joint pains, gastric problems and skin irritations.
His complaints fall under the umbrella of Gulf War Syndrome, something which one in four veterans are reported to suffer from.
Andrew and many of his comrades believe it is untested vaccines designed to protect them against anthrax, which were administered ahead of their deployment, causing their ill health.
Thurrock Gazette | 26th May 2012
Words to avoid online to stop US agencies from spying on you
“Cloud”, “team” and “Mexico” – these are some of the words used by government spies to scour social networking sites and online media for evidence of threats to the US, it has emerged.
The intriguing list, released by the US Department of Homeland Security under the Freedom of Information Act, also includes obvious choices such as “attack”, “Al Qaeda”, “terrorism” and “dirty bomb”, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported.
Department chiefs were forced to release the manual following a House hearing over documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit which revealed how analysts monitor social networking sites and media organisations for comments that “reflect adversely” on the government.
Press Trust of India | 27th May 2012
Secret list of asbestos danger sites
THE State Government is keeping secret a list of schools, hospitals and public servant housing containing high risk asbestos.
The most recent asbestos management report, obtained under Freedom of Information, revealed there was asbestos at two Education Department sites that needed to be removed promptly and 141 where asbestos needed to be removed as soon as practicable.
SA Health had 37 sites flagged for asbestos removal and the Planning Department had 93 sites – most of which were houses occupied by teachers, police officers, medical staff and other government employees.
Sheradyn Holderhead | 27th May 2012
Fewer traffic wardens- but tickets every five seconds
A freedom of information request has revealed that a total of 6.8 million parking tickets were issued in 2011 – one every 4.6 seconds.
They raised a total of £234m for local councils.
The tickets were handed out despite a decline in the number of traffic wardens working across local authority areas, from 3,882 in 2010 to 3,693 in 2011.
Channel 4 | 25th May 2012