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ISIS seizes control of key Iraqi city Ramadi as government forces pull back

May 18, 2015 by legitgov

ISIS seizes control of key Iraqi city Ramadi as government forces pull back --Pentagon: Coalition will support efforts to 'take back' Ramadi | 18 May 2015 | The key Iraqi city of Ramadi [I-CIA-SIS] fell to ISIS on Sunday after government security forces pulled out of a military base on the west side of the city, officials said. The ISIS advances came after militants detonated a series of morning car bomb blasts, Mayor Dalaf al-Kubaisy and a high-ranking Iraqi security official said. The explosions forced Iraqi security forces and tribal fighters to retreat to the city's east, they said.

'Okinawa without US bases': 1000s march against foreign military presence in Japan

May 18, 2015 by legitgov

'Okinawa without US bases': 1000s march against foreign military presence in Japan | 17 May 2015 | Thousands have been marching in Okinawa and across Japan in protest against the planned relocation of a US military base in Okinawa. The protesters criticized the Japanese government, who appear to be turning a deaf ear to the locals. The protests began on Friday with about 1,200 people in Okinawa, as the island marked the 43rd anniversary of its reversion to Japanese sovereignty, and continued into Sunday gathering thousands of people.

Saudi Arabia 'to get nuclear weapons'

May 18, 2015 by legitgov

Saudi Arabia 'to get nuclear weapons' | 17 May 2015 | Saudi Arabia has taken the "strategic decision" to acquire "off-the-shelf" atomic weapons from Pakistan, risking a new arms race in the Middle East, according to senior American officials. The move by the Gulf kingdom [of terrorists], which has financed much of Islamabad's nuclear programme over the past three decades, comes amid growing anger among Sunni Arab states over a deal backed by President Barack Obama, which they 'fear' could allow their arch foe, Shi’ite Iran, to develop a nuclear bomb. The agreement, which is due to be finalised by the end of next month and involves the permanent members of the UN security council and Germany, is designed to roll back part of Tehran's nuclear programme in return for an easing of UN sanctions.

Restaurant shoot-out in Waco, Texas, leaves nine dead, 18 wounded

May 18, 2015 by legitgov

Restaurant shoot-out in Waco, Texas, leaves nine dead, 18 wounded | 17 May 2015 | A noon-hour shootout Sunday involving rival motorcycle gangs and Waco law enforcement officers left nine people dead and at least 18 wounded at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Central Texas Marketplace, with a veteran Waco police spokesman calling the crime scene the bloodiest he has ever seen. The melee reportedly started in a Twin Peaks restroom and quickly spread to the bar and spilled into the parking lot, where an estimated 100 bikers with allegiances to as many as five gangs had gathered. Multiple police sources confirmed that the Bandidos and Cossacks were two of the five gangs involved.

US ally Saudi Arabia performs 84th beheading in 2015

May 18, 2015 by legitgov

US ally Saudi Arabia performs 84th beheading in 2015 [Saudi beheadings, GOOD - ISIS beheadings, BAD. Got it?] | 17 May 2015 | A Pakistani national sentenced to death for drug smuggling has been decapitated in Saudi Arabia, AFP reports. This brings the number of executions since the start of the year to 84 -- almost as much as for the whole of 2014. Earlier this week, another Indonesian domestic worker, Siti Zainab, was beheaded, despite claims that the woman was mentally ill. Since King Salman [Grade 'A' sociopath] ascended to the Saudi throne, after the death of his predecessor King Abdullah on January 15, 2015, executions, including those of foreign nationals, in the country have stepped up, raising concern in the international community [except in the US].

Downed military aircraft at Bellows Air Force Base, emergency crews responding

May 17, 2015 by legitgov

Downed military aircraft at Bellows Air Force Base, emergency crews responding | 17 May 2015 | Honolulu firefighters and emergency crews are responding to a downed military aircraft at Bellows Air Force Base. Initial reports indicate that several people are injured, and sources say at least two are critically wounded. The aircraft reportedly had 21 people on board, including four crew members, when it went down around 11:30 a.m. Plumes of thick, black smoke can be seen for miles in the Kailua area.

Officials: Saudi-Led Coalition Airstrikes Resume in Yemen

May 17, 2015 by legitgov

Officials: Saudi-Led Coalition Airstrikes Resume in Yemen | 17 May 2015 | Yemeni security officials and witnesses say Saudi-led coalition airstrikes [war crimes] targeting Shiite rebels have resumed in the southern port city of Aden after the end of a five-day humanitarian ceasefire. The ceasefire expired at 11 p.m. Sunday (2000 GMT, 4 p.m. EDT), and the coalition airstrikes hit rebel positions and tanks in several neighborhoods of Aden, the officials said. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media, and the witnesses requested anonymity because they feared reprisals.

US special forces kill Isis commander and capture wife in Syria raid

May 17, 2015 by legitgov

US special forces kill Isis commander and capture wife in Syria raid --Pentagon spokesman tells Guardian: 'No one's going to Gitmo' | 16 May 2015 | US special operations forces have killed an Islamic State commander through a dramatic and secretive raid into Syria and have taken a woman prisoner, the first US-held detainee of the war against Isis [I-CIA-SIS] and a move that places immediate stress on one of Barack Obama's signature wartime policies. Ashton Carter, the US defense secretary, confirmed on Saturday that Obama ordered the elite troops to raid a location in eastern Syria and "capture" an Isis figure, Abu Sayyaf. Unusually, Carter said the raid also targeted the man's wife, identified as Umm Sayyaf. [I wonder what Obama and the US corporate-run media would say about a raid on US soil by Syrian special forces?]

US man claims to have hacked into plane and altered its flight path

May 17, 2015 by legitgov

US man claims to have hacked into plane and altered its flight path | 17 May 2015 | A US man has admitted to hacking a plane’s computer systems and slightly altering its course. The FBI has confirmed that in February Chris Roberts, a US security researcher, hacked the in-flight entertainment systems on several flights and on one flight gained access to the plane's thrust management computer and briefly changed its course. In a warrant application filed in April, FBI agent Mark Hurley said that Mr Roberts made noticeable changes to the aircraft.

US killer drone strike kills at least 5 in Pakistan

May 17, 2015 by legitgov

US killer drone strike kills at least 5 in Pakistan | 16 May 2015 | A US assassination drone strike has killed at least five people in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region near the border with Afghanistan, Pakistani security authorities said. "The US drone fired two missiles targeting a militant compound, killing four rebels," an unidentified Pakistani security official told AFP on Saturday. The attack took place in the Warokey Mandi area of the Shawal district in North Waziristan, where the Pakistani military forces have been operating against Taliban and al-Qaeda[al-CIAduh]-linked militants since last June.

Blast near Kabul airport kills 3, injures 18

May 17, 2015 by legitgov

Blast near Kabul airport kills 3, injures 18 | 17 May 2015 | At least three people have been killed -- including a foreign national -- and 18 others wounded in a powerful bomb explosion in an area near the international airport in the Afghan capital, Kabul. According to reports, the Sunday attack near the Hamid Karzai International Airport claimed the lives of two women and a foreign staffer with the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL). The target of the attack was reportedly a convoy of foreign forces.

3 Anti-Nuclear Activists Released From Federal Prison

May 17, 2015 by legitgov

3 Anti-Nuclear Activists Released From Federal Prison --Activists had spent two years in prison | 16 May 2015 | An 85-year-old nun [Sister Megan Rice] and two fellow Catholic peace activists [Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed] who vandalized a uranium storage bunker were released from prison on Saturday, their lawyer said. The trio was ordered released by a federal appeals court on Friday. The order came after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati last week overturned their 2013 sabotage convictions and ordered resentencing on their remaining conviction for injuring government property at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.

Vaccine critics protest at California Democratic convention

May 16, 2015 by legitgov

Vaccine critics protest at California Democratic convention | 16 May 2015 | (Anaheim) Hundreds of opponents of a controversial [insane] state measure [SB277] requiring vaccinations for nearly all schoolchildren rallied outside the California Democratic Party's annual convention on Saturday. With the bill moving to the state Assembly, the activists called on lawmakers to reject the measure, saying it infringes on their freedom. "We're not going away!" they chanted. (Video)

Israeli troops attack rally, wound five in West Bank

May 16, 2015 by legitgov

Israeli troops attack rally, wound five in West Bank | 16 May 2015 | Israeli troops have attacked Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank city of Nablus, wounding five people, including an Italian journalist and a Palestinian photographer working for international news agencies. Israeli troops fired rubber bullets and tear gas grenades to disperse Palestinian demonstrators marking the Nakba (Catastrophe) Day, who resisted the attack by throwing rocks and stones at the Israeli forces, Palestinian sources said on Saturday. On Friday, 21 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli troops who fired tear gas as well as rubber and live bullets at protesters marking the 'Nakba Day.'

FBI investigates report that projectile Amtrak train before crash, as it's revealed two other trains were also struck that night

May 16, 2015 by legitgov

FBI investigates report that projectile hit windshield of Amtrak train moments before crash...as it's revealed TWO other trains were also struck that night --Conductor on derailed train said she overheard Amtrak Train 188 engineer Brandon Bostian report on the radio that his train was hit in the windshield --Moments later, at 9.21pm on Tuesday, the train derailed killing eight --At 9.05pm Tuesday, a different Amtrak train reported being struck in a window by an unknown object --At 9.10pm Tuesday, a northbound SEPTA regional rail train reported it had been 'hit by a rock or shot at' in the windshield --All three incidents happened within a few miles of 30th Street Station along the same stretch of track outside [sic - in] Philadelphia | 16 May 2015 | The FBI is investigating a report that the Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night was struck in the windshield by a projectile moments before it derailed, killing eight and injuring 200. The new claim on Friday comes as investigators revealed that two other trains had suffered cracked windows after being hit by unknown objects just minutes before the deadly crash and only a few miles apart.

Tepco May Need to Dump Fukushima Radioactive Water Into Sea, UN Says

May 16, 2015 by legitgov

Tepco May Need to Dump Fukushima Radioactive Water Into Sea, UN Says | 15 May 2015 | Tokyo Electric Power Co. should consider discharging water contaminated radiated by the Fukushima Daiichi reactor meltdowns into the Pacific Ocean, the International Atomic Energy Agency said. More than four years after the nuclear power-plant disaster in Japan, the United Nations agency renewed pressure for an alternative to holding the tainted radioactive water in tanks and offered to help monitor for offshore radiation. Previous releases of Fukushima contamination radiation into the Pacific have drawn protests by Japanese fishermen and environmental groups.

FBI to Examine Amtrak Train After Crew Reports Projectile May Have Hit It

May 16, 2015 by legitgov

FBI to Examine Amtrak Train After Crew Reports Projectile May Have Hit It --Investigators face tough task of unraveling mystery of why train accelerated from more than 70 miles per hour to 106 mph over 65 seconds | 15 May 2015 | The FBI will examine the windshield and front end of an Amtrak train involved in a deadly derailment this week after the train's crew reported that it may have been hit by a projectile, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday. NTSB member Robert Sumwalt said the information came as investigators interviewed three of the train's crew members, including engineer Brandon Bostian. An assistant conductor on the Amtrak train heard through her radio a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority commuter train's engineer report that he thought his train "had been hit by a rock or shot at," and heard Mr. Bostian say that his own Amtrak locomotive may have been hit by something as well.

Philadelphia train may have been hit by projectile before wreck

May 16, 2015 by legitgov

Philadelphia train may have been hit by projectile before wreck | 15 May 2015 | The Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia and a separate commuter train in the vicinity may have been hit by projectiles of some kind shortly before the wreck, a U.S. transportation safety official said on Friday, after investigators interviewed members of the Amtrak crew...An assistant conductor told NTSB investigators on Friday that she heard the engineer, 32-year-old Brandon Bostian, talking by radio with the driver of another train from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). The other driver reported that his windshield had been cracked by a projectile that he believed was either fired from a gun or thrown at the train.

Poland pays $250,000 to victims of CIA rendition and torture

May 15, 2015 by legitgov

Poland pays $250,000 to victims of CIA rendition and torture | 15 May 2015 | Poland is paying a quarter of a million dollars to two terror suspects tortured by the CIA in a secret facility in this country - prompting outrage among many here who feel they are being punished for American wrongdoing. Europe's top human rights court imposed the penalty against Poland, setting a Saturday deadline. So far no US officials have been held accountable, but the European court of human rights has shown that it does not want to let European powers that helped the programme off the hook. The court also ordered Macedonia in 2012 to pay 60,000 Euros ($68,000/£43,000) to a Lebanese-German man who was seized in Macedonia on erroneous suspicion of terrorist ties and subjected to abuse by the CIA.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty in Boston Marathon Bombing

May 15, 2015 by legitgov

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty in Boston Marathon Bombing | 15 May 2015 | A federal jury on Friday condemned [patsy] Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for setting off bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured hundreds more in the worst terrorist attack [false flag] on American soil since Sept. 11, 2001. The jury of seven women and five men, which last month convicted Mr. Tsarnaev, 21, of all 30 charges against him, 17 of which carry the death penalty, took more than 14 hours to reach its decision. It was the first time a federal jury had sentenced a terrorist to death in the post-Sept. 11 era, according to Kevin McNally, director of the Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel Project, which coordinates the defense in capital punishment cases.

Islamic State seizes capital of Iraq's largest province

May 15, 2015 by legitgov

Islamic State seizes capital of Iraq's largest province | 15 May 2015 | Islamic State fighters took control of key sites Friday in the heart of Ramadi, capital of Iraq's largest province, in what appeared to mark a significant blow to a U.S.-backed military campaign to retake territory from the militants...A senior police official, Maj. Omar Khamis al-Dahl, said the death toll includes more than 60 police. It [Ramadi's fight] also could restore a major foothold for the Islamic State less than 70 miles west of Baghdad in the crucial Anbar Province, which has been the scene of bloodshed and seesaw battles since the U.S.-led invasion more than 12 years ago.

Verdict reached in Tsarnaev penalty phase in Boston bombing 'trial'

May 15, 2015 by legitgov

Breaking: Verdict reached in Tsarnaev penalty phase in Boston bombing 'trial' | 15 May 2015 | Jurors have reached a decision in penalty phase of Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's 'trial.' [Tsarnaev's backpack didn't match the image of the bomb backpack released by the FBI, but I guess Tsarnaev's 'lawyer' didn't bother to inquire about that fact.]

Senate Advances Bill to Give Obama 'Trade' Negotiating Power

May 15, 2015 by legitgov

Senate Advances Bill to Give Obama 'Trade' Negotiating Power --"I'd like to thank the president," Mitch McConnell said. | 14 May 2015 | The U.S. Senate advanced [65-33 vote] a measure allowing President Barack Obama to expedite approval of trade corporate takeover agreements, a bill with bipartisan support in that chamber that may run into strong opposition from House Democrats. A rebellion Tuesday among Senate Democrats seeking the currency provision previews what may be fiercer battle ahead between Democrats and House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican...Thirteen DemocRATs joined with Republicans to advance Thursday's measure.

Sellafield nuclear waste storage safety limit relaxed following accident

May 15, 2015 by legitgov

Sellafield nuclear waste storage safety limit relaxed following accident --Critics accused ONR of breaking their promises and putting Sellafield's profits before safety. | 14 May 2015 |Safety limits on the storage of some of the world's most dangerous nuclear wastes at Sellafield in Cumbria have been relaxed after an accident knocked out a treatment plant. The government's safety watchdog, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), has permitted the private company that runs Sellafield to breach legal restrictions on the amount of hot, high-level radioactive waste that can be kept in tanks. The limits are likely to be exceeded by up to 350 tonnes between April 2014 and July 2016.

Former Los Angeles sheriff's officials charged in jail probe

May 15, 2015 by legitgov

Former Los Angeles sheriff's officials charged in jail probe | 15 May 2015 | The case of the vanishing inmate at the Los Angeles County jail nearly went all the way to the top. The former second-in-command of the nation's largest sheriff's department and a high-ranking official who was supposed to investigate crimes by deputies surrendered Thursday on charges they hid an FBI jailhouse informant to hinder a federal investigation into abuse by guards. "The scheme to obstruct justice rose to the executive level of the Sheriff's Department," Acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie Yonekura said. "Both men were aware that there was rampant abuse at the jail, and both men were aware that the internal investigations of that abuse were insufficient."

Stuxnet-induced crash? Amtrak train accelerated over 30 mph in 65 seconds, brakes only slowed it 4 mph

May 15, 2015 by legitgov

Stuxnet-induced crash? Amtrak train accelerated over 30 mph in 65 seconds, brakes only slowed it 4 mph [No proof--but someone has to ask. Any engineers 'on board?' --Lori Price, www.legitgov.org | 14 May 2015 | Today, we read: NTSB: Amtrak Train Accelerated 30 MPH Within About 1 Minute Before Wreck --In a period of just over a minute, an Amtrak train accelerated from 70 mph to more than 100 mph before it skipped the tracks and crashed in Philadelphia this week, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB has also reviewed video from a forward-facing video recorder, which showed that 65 seconds before the recording cut off at the time of the crash, the speed was above 70 mph. The speed accelerated above 80 mph within 22 seconds, 90 mph within another 12 seconds, and 100 mph within another 15 seconds. The speed topped out at 106 mph as it entered the curve - where the speed limit drops to 50 mph, NTSB member Robert Sumwalt said earlier. He could not say whether the engineer manually accelerated the train or whether it was automated. Sumwalt said the engineer applied the emergency brakes moments before the crash but slowed the train to only 102 mph by the time the locomotive's black box stopped recording data.

5 Big Banks Expected to Plead Guilty to Felony Charges, but Punishments May Be Tempered

May 14, 2015 by legitgov

5 Big Banks Expected to Plead Guilty to Felony Charges, but Punishments May Be Tempered | 13 May 2015 |For most people, pleading guilty to a felony means they will very likely land in prison, lose their job and forfeit their right to vote. But when five of the world's biggest banks plead guilty to an array of antitrust and fraud charges as soon as next week, life will go on, probably without much of a hiccup. The Justice [sic] Department is preparing to announce that Barclays, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and the Royal Bank of Scotland will collectively pay several billion dollars and plead guilty to criminal antitrust violations for rigging the price of foreign currencies, according to people briefed on the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

House GOP Approves Cuts to Amtrak Budget Despite Crash

May 14, 2015 by legitgov

House GOP Approves Cuts to Amtrak Budget Despite Crash --GOP bill would cut Amtrak's budget by $251 million | 13 May 2015 | A Republican-controlled House panel on Wednesday approved deep spending cuts to Amtrak's budget just hours after a deadly crash in Philadelphia. The Appropriations Committee backed a $55 billion transportation and housing measure after rejecting Democratic attempts to boost spending on Amtrak by more than $1 billion, including $556 million targeted for the railroad's Northeast corridor, site of the derailment. The vote was 30-21 along party lines.

Court won't reveal money details of CIA torture program

May 14, 2015 by legitgov

Court won't reveal money details of CIA torture program | 14 May 2015 | A federal judge has rejected a reporter's lawsuit seeking to reveal more financial details about the CIA's detention and interrogation program for terror suspects. U.S. District Court James Boasberg ruled Thursday that the spy agency had the right to keep the information classified as intelligence "sources and methods," even though many other details of the controversial program were made public in December in the executive summary of a Senate Intelligence Committee report. Boasberg said disparate treatment of the details was evidence of the rigor of the decision-making on what to make public and what needed to be withheld.

California State Senate approves anti-democratic school vaccine bill

May 14, 2015 by legitgov

Pharma-fascism on steroids: California State Senate approves anti-democratic school vaccine bill | 14 May 2015 | State senators [25-10 vote] have passed a controversial bill aimed at increasing California's school immunization rates. The bill approved Thursday would prohibit parents from seeking vaccine exemptions for their children because of religious or personal beliefs. SB277 by Democratic senators Ben Allen of Santa Monica and Richard Pan of Sacramento would make medical waivers available only for children who have health problems, forcing unvaccinated children to be homeschooled.

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