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Costa Rica to investigate US anti-Cuba program

August 24, 2014 by legitgov

Costa Rica to investigate US anti-Cuba program 22 Aug 2014 The Costa Rican government will investigate undercover U.S. programs operated from the Central American country and using its citizens in a ploy to destabilize the government in Cuba, the director of intelligence and security said Friday. Mariano Figueres told The Associated Press that the new administration, which took office May 8, has found no records or information from their predecessors about the U.S. Agency for International Development [CIAciopaths]  project, which starting in 2009 sent young Venezuelans, Costa Ricans and Peruvians to Cuba in hopes of stirring opposition to the island's government.

Barack Obama orders probe of police use of military hardware

August 24, 2014 by legitgov

Barack Obama orders probe of police use of military hardware [Yeah, but knowing Obama, he'll keep every last ounce of it.] 24 Aug 2014 President Barack Obama has ordered an investigation into whether it is "appropriate" for the US military to sell battle-grade hardware to local police. The order follows widespread criticism of local authorities' use of military gear in Ferguson, Missouri after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. Police there met protests with a massive show force - body armor-clad officers perched on armored trucks toting stun grenades and assault rifles - thanks to their access to such US military hardware.

Gaza tower collapses after Israel strike, several injured

August 24, 2014 by legitgov

Gaza tower collapses after Israel strike, several injured 23 Aug 2014 The Tel Aviv regime has bombed a 12-story residential building in the center of the beleaguered Gaza Strip, leaving several wounded. The Zafer Tower, located in Tel al-Hawa neighborhood in southern Gaza City, was toppled by Israel's warplanes on Saturday. Two missiles hit the tower within seconds causing a massive fireball, which was followed by smoke billowing into the sky. The strikes, which shook the neighboring high-rises in the area, brought down entire tower with 44 apartments.

White House Officials Will Attend Michael Brown Funeral

August 24, 2014 by legitgov

White House Officials Will Attend Michael Brown Funeral 23 Aug 2014 Three White House officials will attend Michael Brown's funeral Monday on behalf of the Obama administration, a White House official told NBC News. Assistant to the President and White House Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Marlon Marshall and Heather Foster, an advisor to the public engagement office will be at the ceremony for the unarmed teenager who was shot dead by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer on Aug. 9.

Starve or surrender: Cut off all food and water to Gaza, says Israeli general

August 24, 2014 by legitgov

The US complains about ISIS? US tax dollars are funding Israel's *daily* war crimes and 9/11s in Gaza: Starve or surrender: Cut off all food and water to Gaza, says Israeli general 23 Aug 2014 Israeli Major-General Giora Eiland has urged that all food and water be cut off to Gaza's nearly 1.8 million Palestinian residents -- a major war crime and precisely the "starve or surrender" policy which the United States has condemned when used in Syria. Eiland, the Israeli government's former national security advisor, argues that Gaza should be considered an enemy "state." "Since Gaza is in fact a state in a military confrontation with us, the proper way to put pressure on them is to bring to a full stop the supplies from Israel to Gaza, not only of electricity and fuel, but also of food and water," he wrote in a Hebrew-language op-ed on Mako, a website affiliated with Israel's Channel 2 television.

NORAD conducting exercise Tuesday in Washington area

August 23, 2014 by legitgov

NORAD conducting exercise Tuesday in Washington area 19 Aug 2014 If you're in the Washington area Tuesday morning and hear low-flying helicopters or planes overhead, don't be alarmed: It's an exercise [that we hope doesn't *go live*]. The North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, will conduct a national-level test between 10 and 11:30 a.m. to practice intercept and identification procedures, a public information officer said...A regional NORAD exercise, called Falcon Virgo, took place after midnight Tuesday, the officer, Capt. Jennifer Stadnyk, said.

UK ambassador 'lobbied senators to hide Diego Garcia role in rendition'

August 23, 2014 by legitgov

UK ambassador 'lobbied senators to hide Diego Garcia role in rendition' 16 Aug 2014 Logs released under the Freedom of Information Act have reinforced claims that the UK lobbied to keep its role in the CIA's torture and interrogation programme out of what is expected to be a damning Senate report. They show that the UK ambassador to the US met members of the Senate select committee on intelligence 11 times between 2012 and 2014 – as they were investigating the CIA's rendition programme...The revelation has prompted fresh concern that the government lobbied for key parts of the report referring to Diego Garcia, a British territory in the Indian Ocean leased to the US as a military base, to be redacted.

Canadian intelligence chief concerned by citizens joining militant groups

August 23, 2014 by legitgov

Canadian intelligence chief concerned by citizens joining militant groups --Says: 'Well over 100 Canadians' have joined militant groups 23 Aug 2014 Canadians who go abroad to join militant groups such as Islamic State (Isis) pose a threat on their return home and could use their foreign contacts to set up networks in Canada, the country's intelligence director said on Saturday. Michel Coulombe, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, wrote in a Globe and Mail article that "well over 100 Canadians", both men and women, have left the country to join groups such as al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] and al-Shabaab. "The most obvious national security threat is the one posed by extremists who return," Coulombe said.

Small sub-glacial volcanic eruption starts under icecap of Dyngjujökull glacier

August 23, 2014 by legitgov

Small sub-glacial volcanic eruption starts under icecap of Dyngjujökull glacier 23 Aug 2014 Scientists at the Icelandic Met Office believe that a small sub-glacial volcanic eruption has now started under the icecap of Dyngjujökull glacier in the Northern part of Vatnajökull glacier. Because of this the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police has raised the alert phase to emergency phase. At the same time the Met Office has raised the aviation colour code from orange to red resulting in the air space above the eruption site being closed.

Bomb attacks leave over 40 dead across Iraq

August 23, 2014 by legitgov

Bomb attacks leave over 40 dead across Iraq 23 Aug 2014 Security and police officials say at least 41 people have been killed when multiple bomb explosions ripped through several cities in conflict-stricken Iraq. On Saturday, three car bombs killed 21 people and wounded 118 others in the northern city of Kirkuk, situated 236 kilometers (147 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad. Two of the bombs went off near buildings under construction that were used as observation positions by Kurdish security forces, while the third struck the entrance to a market.

Icelandic Volcano Starts to Erupt

August 23, 2014 by legitgov

Icelandic Volcano Starts to Erupt 23 Aug 2014 Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has begun erupting under the country's largest glacier after a week of seismic activity rattled the area with thousands of earthquakes, the country's Meteorological Office said. The eruption prompted Iceland to raise its aviation alert level to red – the highest level on a five-point scale – indicating the threat of "significant emission of ash into the atmosphere". Seismic data indicates that magma from the volcano is melting ice beneath the Dyngjujokull icecap on the Vatnajokull glacier, Met Office volcanologist Melissa Pfeffer said.

FBI, Homeland Security Bulletin Asks Police to Be Aware of ISIS

August 23, 2014 by legitgov

The mother of all false flags -- to justify illegal NSA surveillance and the US militarized police state -- is surely on the way: FBI, Homeland Security Bulletin Asks Police to Be Aware of ISIS --U.S. law enforcement has been intensifying efforts to identify Islamic State sympathizers 22 Aug 2014 Federal authorities sent a bulletin to U.S. law enforcement Friday in light of the threat concerning militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to CBS News. The bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI cites no known threat to the U.S. homeland, but reminds law enforcement to be alert and aware of the ISIS [I-CIA-SIS] threat, CBS reported. U.S. law enforcement has been intensifying efforts to identify Islamic State sympathizers who could help export the group's brand of violent jihad to the United States.

War Drums: ISIS is 'rapidly developing a method of blowing up a major US city,' senator warns as Hagel says military must 'get ready' for action

August 23, 2014 by legitgov

Heads up! A big, fat 'I-CIA-SIS' false flag is likely in the works: WAR DRUMS: ISIS is 'rapidly developing a method of blowing up a major US city,' senator warns as Hagel says military must 'get ready' for action 22 Aug 2014 A U.S. senator warned on Thursday that ISIS, the militant terror group sweeping across Iraq, aims to destroy an American population center and is working on a plan to do it. 'They're crazy out there and they're rapidly developing a method of blowing up a major U.S. city and people just can't believe that's happening,' Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe told the Fox-25 television in Oklahoma City...The warnings came...on the heels of a press briefing where Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the U.S. military's job is to 'get ready' for whatever battle might lie ahead. ISIS is 'as sophisticated [Mossad-trained] and well-funded as any group that we have seen,' Hagel said, appearing alongside Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey.

Lawyers of Marathon Bombing Suspect Tsarnaev Ask for Dismissal of Indictment

August 23, 2014 by legitgov

Lawyers of Marathon Bombing Suspect Tsarnaev Ask for Dismissal of Indictment 23 Aug 2014 Lawyers of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who stands accused of the bombings in Boston, have filed a motion to dismiss the indictment due to irregularities in the selection of grand juries, the Boston Globe reported. Defense attorneys are concerned over the manner in which the grand juries were selected in 2011 and 2013...In addition, about 5 percent of 400 summonses sent to form a pool of potential jurors trying Tsarnaev's case have been returned by the postal service as undeliverable.

Kurdish oil tanker spotted off Israel

August 23, 2014 by legitgov

Kurdish oil tanker spotted off Israel 21 Aug 2014 A tanker carrying crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan reappeared unladen on 19 August nearly 30 km from the coast of Israel, Reuters Live AIS ship tracking system showed. Al-Quds newspaper reported that this is the second time that the Kamari oil tanker has appeared in the region during the past two weeks loaded with Kurdish oil. The monitoring system showed the Kamari partially unloaded north of Egypt's Sinai on 17 August before turning off its satellite communication device until 19 August.

Hamas executes 18 suspected Israeli informers in Gaza

August 23, 2014 by legitgov

Hamas executes 18 suspected Israeli informers in Gaza 22 Aug 2014 Hamas has executed 18 Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel after three of its own military commanders were killed Thursday in an Israeli airstrike that may have been conducted on the basis of intelligence given by informants. Eleven of the suspected informers were killed Friday at an abandoned Gaza police station following a hastily arranged trial and sentencing.

Court OKs Barring High IQs for Cops

August 22, 2014 by legitgov

Lest we forget: Court OKs Barring High IQs for Cops 8 Sep 2000 A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court's decision that the city did not discriminate against Robert Jordan because the same standards were applied to everyone who took the test...The U.S. District Court found that New London had "shown a rational basis for the policy." In a ruling dated Aug. 23, the 2nd Circuit agreed.

Ferguson Feeds Off the Poor: Three Warrants a Year Per Household

August 22, 2014 by legitgov

Ferguson Feeds Off the Poor: Three Warrants a Year Per Household 22 Aug 2014 Three times a month--one day and two nights--the City Council chamber also serves as home to the incredibly busy and extremely profitable Ferguson [Missouri] municipal court. A report issued just last week by the nonprofit lawyer's group ArchCity Defenders notes that in the court's 36 three-hour sessions in 2013, it handled 12,108 cases and 24,532 warrants. That is an average of 1.5 cases and three warrants per Ferguson household. Fines and court fees for the year in this city of just 21,000 people totaled $2,635,400. The sum made the municipal court the city's second-biggest source of revenue.

First trucks with Russian aid reach Lugansk, E. Ukraine

August 22, 2014 by legitgov

First trucks with Russian aid reach Lugansk, E. Ukraine 22 Aug 2014 Moscow has accused Kiev of placing political interests above humanity, adding that it is confident it made the right decision to order a convoy with Russian humanitarian aid to proceed to the conflict zone without waiting for further Ukrainian permission. The first trucks in the Russian humanitarian convoy have arrived in Lugansk, leaders of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Lugansk confirmed to RIA Novosti...On Friday morning, several dozen Russian trucks crossed the Ukrainian border and started moving towards Lugansk, after Moscow ordered the convoy to proceed, without waiting for further permission from [the illegitimate government installed in] Kiev.

London teenager charged with preparing to commit acts of terrorism

August 22, 2014 by legitgov

London teenager charged with preparing to commit acts of terrorism 21 Aug 2014 A 19-year-old has appeared in court, accused of being in possession of a hammer and knife wrapped in what was described as an Islamic flag. Brustchom Ziamani appeared at Westminster magistrates court on Thursday, charged with preparing to commit acts of terrorism on or before 19 August. The teenager, whose address was given as the Samuel Lewis Trust Estate on Warner Road in Camberwell, remained standing during the brief hearing, where he was dressed in a black T-shirt bearing the words "Call of Duty" – an apparent reference to the computer game of that name. Ziamani, who has been charged with engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts contrary to section 5(1) of the Terrorism Act 2006, laughed when the word "jihad" was said in court.

IDF Activates 10,000 Additional Reservists

August 22, 2014 by legitgov

IDF Activates 10,000 Additional Reservists 21 Aug 2014 Following a number of targeted strikes in Gaza that led to the deaths of a number of senior Hamas commanders, the IDF has received the ministerial green light to activate 10,000 reservists from various units including the Homefront Command, intelligence, the air force and others. Some of those being called up were activated with Tzav 8 emergency orders at the beginning of Operation Protective Edge and have since been demobilized.

469 Gaza children killed, over 370,000 need 'psychosocial aid' - UNICEF

August 22, 2014 by legitgov

469 Gaza children killed, over 370,000 need 'psychosocial aid' - UNICEF 22 Aug 2014 At least 469 children have been killed and over 3,000 injured in Gaza since the start of the Israeli offensive, a senior UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) official said, adding that more than 370,000 Palestinian kids require "immediate psychosocial first aid." Nine children have died in Gaza violence since Wednesday, the chief of UNICEF's Gaza field office, Pernilla Ironside, said at a press conference on Thursday in New York.

Islamic State militants pose 'biggest threat' to US

August 22, 2014 by legitgov

Islamic State militants pose 'biggest threat' to US 22 Aug 2014 Islamic State militants are the most dangerous threat the US has faced in recent years, Washington has warned. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said US air strikes had helped to break the Islamist advance in Iraq, but the militants could be expected to regroup. America's top general Martin Dempsey stressed that IS could not be defeated without attacking their base in Syria.

US sailors prepare for fresh legal challenge over Fukushima radiation

August 21, 2014 by legitgov

US sailors prepare for fresh legal challenge over Fukushima radiation 20 Aug 2014 On 25 August, a district court judge in San Diego will decide whether 110 US navy sailors and marines - can proceed with a $1bn lawsuit that accuses Tepco of failing to avoid the accident and of lying about the levels of radiation from the stricken reactors, putting US personnel at risk. Some 77,000 US navy sailors and marines took part in the huge relief effort after Japan's cascading disasters, called Operation Tomodachi, or friend. The 110 sailors suing Tepco represent only a small fraction of that number, and the lawsuit does not have the support of the US navy establishment.

Class, race and the police killing in Ferguson, Missouri

August 21, 2014 by walden9

The World Socialist Website grossly misses on race and class: Class, race and the police killing in Ferguson, Missouri 21 Aug 2014 [I]n his [Jabbar's] emphasis on the centrality of class, not race, as the basic social division--in Ferguson and in the country as a whole--he is entirely correct.

[The SEP is consistently reductionist and lacking in nuance and an understanding of the complexities of race and class in the U.S. and elsewhere. Any astute Marxist obsever can see that being Black in America represents a particular class predicament; Blacks are not only super-exploited when they do labor, but more importantly, they are more often than other groups barred from labor processes entirely in the first place. Generally an abject part of the class, representing as they do a disproportionate part of the "reserve army of the proletariat," as well as its prison population, Blacks are seen as more expendable than other workers. They are vilified with much greater ferocity. They are relegated to uselessness in the social order. What is not fully grasped, written or spoken about is the structural abjection of inner-city, non-working proletarian Blacks. What we are witnessing is the complete abjection, the ejection from the processes of social reproduction and labor that makes especially Black men appear to be nothing but a nuisance, nothing but a disturbance, nothing but an unnecessary blot on the social horizon -- which needs, according to the class structure, to be eradicated. The very presence of dispossessed Black men underscores the contradiction of capitalism that both needs and does not need whole swaths of the population, that would dispose of whole populations who have been deemed unnecessary and thus whose presence represents an irritation to the social structure. The poverty of Blacks both enables the police to deny them their humanity and right to exist, and demands the attention of a social order that would annihilate them en masse did it not contradict what the ruling class and the social order believes about itself. This creates in "law enforcement" (i.e. the enforcement of the law of political economy) both an alibi and an actual urge to obliterate them. When confronted with this other that has no place in the social body, the police act accordingly, according to the laws of capital, that is. The use value of non-capitalists is labour, and the labour of many Blacks has been refused. This refusal is visited on Blacks by the police whose cues come from the ruling ideology and nothing else. Thus the continuous murders of Blacks and Black men in particular. Racism is not merely an attitude, it is a means of striating and relegating a whole mass population to its place, or non-place, in the social body. -- Michael Rectenwald]

Navy kicks out 34 for cheating on nuclear training tests; 10 others under criminal investigation

August 21, 2014 by legitgov

Navy kicks out 34 for cheating on nuclear training tests; 10 others under criminal investigation 20 Aug 2014 At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the admiral in charge of the Navy's nuclear reactors program told The Associated Press. The number of accused and the duration of cheating are greater than was known when the Navy announced in February that it had discovered cheating on qualification exams by an estimated 20 to 30 sailors seeking to be certified as instructors at the nuclear training unit at Charleston, South Carolina. Students there are trained in nuclear reactor operations to prepare for service on any of the Navy's 83 nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers.

Terrorist beheadings could happen in Australia, Tony Abbott warns as he pushes tougher security laws

August 21, 2014 by legitgov

Terrorist beheadings could happen in Australia, Tony Abbott warns as he pushes tougher security laws 21 Aug 2014 Horrific acts of terrorism such as the "truly sickening and utterly evil" beheading of journalist James Foley could happen in Western countries including Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said. Speaking in Melbourne on Thursday morning, Mr Abbott said the revelation that Mr Foley's killer appeared to be British was a reminder that such atrocities were not distant events. Mr Abbott said the murder of the American journalist - the online video of which has now been authenticated by US intelligence agencies - bolstered the case for stronger counter-terrorism laws and resourcing.

US official: Military has been asked to send more troops to Iraq

August 21, 2014 by legitgov

As predictable as rain: US official: Military has been asked to send more troops to Iraq 20 Aug 2014 The State Department has asked the Pentagon to send additional troops to Iraq, according to a U.S. official. The official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, said that the number of personnel requested is fewer than 300...The State Department wants additional security personnel to be stationed "in and around Baghdad," according to the official. The official would not say specifically where the troops would go.

Special operations contractors deploy to St. Louis area

August 21, 2014 by legitgov

Special operations contractors deploy to St. Louis area 20 Aug 2014 [We] spoke to a staff member with Asymmetric Solutions this afternoon who made the following statement: "It's sad to see what's happening to a great city. Our duty was very simple. We provide bodyguard service all over the country and overseas. A private citizen came to us that was concerned for their safety traveling to the area..." -- Jack, Staff Member, Asymmetric Solutions...Asymmetric Solutions has posted three additional tweets in an attempt to clarify their mission in the St. Louis, Missouri area while remaining coy about the client identity. The operation is for "escort detail augment for individual".

Officer That Threatened to Kill Journalists Removed After ACLU Calls Him Out

August 21, 2014 by legitgov

Officer That Threatened to Kill Journalists Removed After ACLU Calls Him Out 20 Aug 2014 Tuesday night, Missouri State Highway patrolman, Ray Albers was caught on camera pointing his weapon at journalists and threatening to kill them. When asked to identify himself, he responded, "Go f@#k yourself." On Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri sent a letter to Colonel Ron Replogle, the Missouri State Highway Patrol superintendent, requesting the identity of the offending officer and his removal. With a rapid response, a Missouri State Highway Patrol representative on Wednesday afternoon contacted the ACLU to report that the officer had been identified and removed from duty in Ferguson. Per standard operating procedure, he is on paid vacation, i.e., suspension.


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