To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Expandable Garden Hose Reaches 50 Feet and Weighs About One Pound!
Date: Wed Jun 26 03:59:54 MDT 2013
President Obama warned Thursday that the United States will take "all necessary steps" to protect the American people as he urged North Korea to end its belligerence -- amid fresh concerns that the regime is preparing for a missile launch.North Korea delivered a fresh round of rhetoric Thursday with claims it had "powerful striking means" on standby for a launch. A U.S. official confirmed to Fox News that the North Koreans briefly raised a mobile missile launcher they have positioned on the east coast. That launcher is holding a Musudan missile -- it was raised for a short time and then lowered, in what could have been part of a pre-launch test.Obama discussed the North Korean crisis following a meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Obama said he wants to "resolve" the issues with Pyongyang "diplomatically.""Now is the time for North Korea to end the kind of belligerent approach that they've been taking and to try to lower temperatures," he said.But the president added: "The United States will take all necessary steps to protect its people and to meet our obligations under our alliances in the region."Earlier in the day, several U.S. officials testified on North Korea's military capabilities. Top U.S. intelligence officials said they believe Kim Jong Un is using threats to win concessions on foreign aid rather than trying to start a war.The Defense Intelligence Agency also concluded that North Korea probably has advanced its propriations Committee suggested Nixon should fire officials involved in overseeing and sharing information from the driver's license database. And U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer sent letters to various federal officials demanding answers about the information gathering."This is a big breach of public trust and confidence," said Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which has been holding hearings on the topic.Republicans asserted that state officials had violated a Missouri law making it a misdemeanor to disclose information about concealed gun permit holders. But members of Nixon's administration insisted the information was appropriately shared among law enforcement agencies and could legally be done so again, though they added that any future requests for such data would undergo extra scrutiny."There's nothing in the law that prevents (a federal investigator) from getting that information in batch form," said Andrea Spillars, deputy director of the Department of Public Safety, which oversees the Highway Patrol.But Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, suggested the release of the full database didn't fall under an acceptable law enforcement function."I believe that it crosses the line between law enforcement activity to profiling through intelligence gathering," he said.As recently as last week, Nixon had brushed aside questions about the emerging controversy involving