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Undercover Cop Draws Gun on Protesters in Oakland

December 12, 2014 by legitgov

Undercover Cop Draws Gun on Protesters in Oakland 11 Dec 2014 An undercover police officer, who had been marching with demonstrators, aims his gun at protesters after some in the crowd attacked him and his partner in Oakland, California on Wednesday. The man was identified as an officer with the California Highway Patrol, according to the Oakland Police Department. Police said more than 100 demonstrators marched through Oakland and Berkeley, which has a history of social activism, to protest grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men.

Ferguson protesters win injunction to stop cops using tear gas

December 12, 2014 by legitgov

Ferguson protesters win injunction to stop cops using tear gas 12 Dec 2014 A federal judge ruled Thursday that police can no longer use tear gas on protesters without declaring an illegal assembly, giving them fair warning and time to vacate the area.  The temporary restraining order comes just weeks after the last rounds of heavy protest in Ferguson in response to a St. Louis County grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown Jr. A group of protesters had filed the lawsuit asking for a restriction on police use of tear gas and excessive force during demonstrations.

Jamie Dimon himself called to urge support for the derivatives rule in the spending bill

December 12, 2014 by legitgov

Jamie Dimon himself called to urge support for the derivatives rule in the spending bill 11 Dec 2014 The acrimony that erupted Thursday between President Obama and members of 'his own party' largely pivoted on a single item in a 1,600-page piece of legislation to keep the government funded: Should banks be allowed to make risky investments using taxpayer-backed money? The very idea was abhorrent to many Democrats on Capitol Hill. And some were stunned that the White House would support the bill with that provision intact, given that it would erase a key provision of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation, one of Obama's signature achievements. But perhaps even more outrageous to Democrats was that the language in the bill appeared to come directly from the pens of lobbyists at the nation's biggest banks, aides said. The provision was so important to the profits at those companies that J.P.Morgan's chief executive Jamie Dimon himself telephoned individual lawmakers to urge them to vote for it, according to a person familiar with the effort.

Under pressure, Lockheed opens up about secret weapons unit

December 12, 2014 by legitgov

Under pressure, Lockheed opens up about secret weapons unit 10 Dec 2014 Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon's No. 1 weapons supplier, has rarely felt the need to blow its horn about its secrecy-shrouded crown jewel - until now. "Skunk Works," Lockheed's business for developing weapons outside the company's main chain of command, is starting to lift the veil in a sign of fierce pressure to win new orders and protect its brand as military budgets shrink...Most of the 100 buildings and 3 million square feet of floor space at the site are off-limits, and photography and audio recordings are strictly forbidden, but a tour last month offered a glimpse of some projects.

Major storm knocks out power, disrupts flights in California

December 12, 2014 by legitgov

Major storm knocks out power, disrupts flights in California 12 Dec 2014 A Pacific storm pummeled drought-parched northern and central California on Thursday with heavy rain and high winds, knocking out power to tens of thousands of homes, disrupting flights, washing out roads and prompting school closures in the Bay Area. Some 240 departing and incoming commercial flights were canceled at San Francisco International Airport by late morning, and others were delayed for more than two hours, airport managers said.

Democracy-killing Pacific trade pact chances 'significantly' better than 50-50: Obama

December 12, 2014 by legitgov

Heads up! Democracy-killing Pacific trade pact chances 'significantly' better than 50-50: Obama --One focus of criticism has been proposals allowing companies to take cross-border legal action against governments. 11 Dec 2014 Chances that U.S. negotiators can bring home a strong trade deal with Asia-Pacific countries are now much better than 50-50, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday. "I'm much more optimistic about us being able to close out an agreement with our TPP partners than I was last year," he said at a meeting of the President's Export Council...Some lawmakers in Obama's own the Democratic party oppose fast-track, worried about the impact of trade on jobs.

Mother jailed for promoting terrorism on Facebook

December 12, 2014 by legitgov

Mother jailed for promoting terrorism on Facebook 11 Dec 2014 An "extremist" mother-of-six who took pictures of her toddler son holding a toy gun and daydreamed about sending his eight-year-old brother to fight jihad when he grows up has been jailed for five years and three months for promoting terrorism on social media. Runa Khan revealed her views on Facebook, encouraging Muslim women to urge male relatives to fight and posting a picture of a suicide vest. She also praised an article giving tips on how to prepare young children for jihad and unwittingly passed a route to Syria to an undercover police officer.

Vermont GMO Supporters Decry Federal Bill Targeting State Level Legislation

December 11, 2014 by legitgov

Vermont GMO Supporters Decry Federal Bill Targeting State Level Legislation 11 Dec 2014 A hearing of the subcommittee on Health of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce was held in Washington Wednesday regarding a federal bill that, if passed, would pre-empt Vermont's new GMO food labeling law. Supporters of Vermont's law are protesting what they say is an effort to deny citizens access to information. House bill 4432, sponsored by Kansas Republican Representative Mike Pompeo, would require the definition of a bio-engineered organism, require any labeling to disclose the material difference between GMO food and comparable marketed food, and preempt any except identical state or local regulations. Subcommittee member, California Democrat Henry Waxman, countered that states must be allowed to make decisions that are right for their citizens. [*Suddenly,* hypocritical sacks of GOP garbage decry states' rights--when their corporate overlords require a different outcome.]

Militants rock US airbase in southern Yemen

December 11, 2014 by legitgov

Militants rock US airbase in southern Yemen 11 Dec 2014 Reports say a powerful explosion has rocked a military airbase in southern Yemen that hosts US forces and is an operation center for the American drone raids in the Arab country. Witnesses said mortar fire hit the Al-Anad base in Lahij Province early Thursday. The base is mainly occupied by forces from the United States and Europe. Al-Qaeda-linked militants have claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was in retaliation for a recent US rescue operation against one of their hideouts.

Torture report reveals how Poland objected to CIA's secret jail on its soil - but became 'flexible' after being bought off

December 11, 2014 by legitgov

Torture report reveals how Poland objected to CIA's secret jail on its soil - but became 'flexible' after being bought off with large cash payment --Former Polish president admits country gave permission for CIA prison 10 Dec 2014 The U.S. Senate Committee's torture report has claimed Poland initially objected to the CIA's secret prison on its soil but became 'flexible' after being bought off with a large sum of money. After denying the fact for years, former Polish president Aleksander Kwasniewski today admitted that Poland had granted the CIA permission to run the secret prison, but insisted his officials had not authorized illegal treatment or torture of its inmates. Human rights groups believe at least eight terror suspects were held at a Polish prison codenamed 'Blue', including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed - the self-proclaimed [under torture] mastermind of the 9/11 attacks [inside job].

Elizabeth Warren to Dems: Kill the bill

December 11, 2014 by legitgov

Elizabeth Warren to Dems: Kill the bill 10 Dec 2014 Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called on Democrats in the House to use their leverage and reject a bipartisan GOP-crafted spending bill to keep the government open until a measure tucked inside rolling back a piece of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law is removed. "Who does Congress work for?" Warren said in a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon. "Does it work for the millionaires, the billionaires, the giant companies with their armies of lobbyists and lawyers, or does it work for all the people?" Warren’s call went further than House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who said Wednesday that she is "deeply troubled" by the banking measure.

Bereft polar bear appears stranded on an iceberg in stunning set of images

December 11, 2014 by legitgov

Alone with no-bear to go! Bereft polar bear appears stranded on an iceberg in stunning set of images 10 Dec 2014 This solitary polar bear cuts a forlorn figure lying alone on an ice floe at dusk. With his face resting on the edge of the ice he appears lost in thoughts of happier times. Although they have sometimes been seen playing together for hours at a time, or even sleeping in an embrace, polar bears lead solitary lives. Far out on the Arctic ice, they trek alone from island to island, swimming in freezing seas and hunting the seals on which they survive.

6 motherless polar bear cubs shot [by sociopaths] in Taloyoak, Nunavut

December 11, 2014 by legitgov

6 motherless polar bear cubs shot [by sociopaths] in Taloyoak, Nunavut --All of the bears were hungry and looking for food. 10 Dec 2014 People in Taloyoak, Nunavut, are baffled that young polar bears are roaming into the community without their mothers. [So, the terrorists *shoot them?*] Since late September, six young bears have been shot after coming into town. The smallest bear was the size of a large dog; the largest was about two metres long.

Democrats fail to curb corporate overseas tax-shifting inversions in spending bill

December 11, 2014 by legitgov

Democrats fail to curb corporate overseas tax-shifting inversions in spending bill 10 Dec 2014 Democratic lawmakers wanted to use a year-end spending bill to punish U.S. companies that moved their tax addresses overseas by barring them from getting government contracts. It didn't work. In the end, all the Democrats got was new language that may not affect any companies and a renewed provision that has proved ineffective in the past. The policy is a victory for companies including Medtronic Inc. and Tyco International Plc, which have millions of dollars in U.S. contracts and will be able to keep their business with the government. Medtronic is moving its tax address to Ireland next year and Tyco completed an inversion in 1997.

Torture-Linked CIA Officials Face Future Stuck in U.S.

December 11, 2014 by legitgov

Torture-Linked CIA Officials Face Future Stuck in U.S. 10 Dec 2014 CIA officials linked to brutal interrogation tactics in a U.S. Senate report on torture may be prosecuted or sued overseas for their conduct, a threat that may keep them confined to the U.S. for the rest of their lives. "The reality is that none of the individuals involved, particularly those whose names are known, should ever travel outside the United States again," said Beth Van Schaack, who teaches international criminal justice and human rights at Stanford University. She noted the potential for suits in foreign courts under "expansive principles of jurisdiction."

AOL Relegating CLG Newsletters to the Spam Bin

December 11, 2014 by legitgov

AOL Relegating CLG Newsletters to the Spam Bin --Google marking every CLG Newsletter as spam again, too Posted by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 10 Dec 2014 CLG has been informed that AOL has decided that the most recent CLG Newsletters are 'spam.' CLG subscribers: If you use AOL (*or* Google) as your email provider, please go to your spam bin to retrieve these recent editions:
CIA torture report summary released; Secret US court extends NSA surveillance rules in current form 10 Dec 2014
Allies to deploy 1,500 troops to Iraq: US general 9 Dec 2014
Congress gives Native American lands to foreign mining company with new NDAA 7 Dec 2014

Kerry asks Congress for authority to conduct military campaign against ISIS outside of Iraq and Syria, including deployment of ground troops

December 10, 2014 by legitgov

Kerry asks Congress for authority to conduct military campaign against ISIS outside of Iraq and Syria - including deployment of ground troops - just in case 10 Dec 2014 Secretary of State John Kerry asked Congress on Tuesday for new war powers in the fight against the Islamic State, but said lawmakers should not limit U.S. military action to Iraq and Syria or prevent President Barack Obama from deploying ground troops if he later deems them necessary...The White House said on Wednesday that there is actually one instance in which the president already did 'commit ground troops...in a combat role in Syria.' Over the summer Obama ordered a rescue mission of American hostages, and that included boots on the ground, the president's spokesman, Josh Earnest, said. If Congress were to ban 'the use of combat troops, the president's hands would be tied, and he wouldn't be able to order a mission like that' in the future, Earnest claimed.

U.S. spending bill blocks potential protections for sage-grouse

December 10, 2014 by legitgov

U.S. spending bill blocks potential protections for sage-grouse --Environmentalists say greater sage-grouse populations have fallen sharply in the past 50 years. 10 Dec 2014 In a victory for oil and gas industry advocates terrorists, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the U.S. government most of next year would block the Obama administration from protecting several species of birds found in western states. The proposed compromise spending bill would prohibit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from listing the greater sage-grouse as endangered or threatened and stop the service from working to implement protections for the Gunnison sage-grouse, which the agency listed as threatened last month. Republicans successfully negotiated a number of policy provisions into the measure [as usual, because useless, sycophantic DemocRATs *always* roll over].

Congress threatening imperiled Greater Sage-Grouse in new spending bill

December 10, 2014 by legitgov

Quick action! Congress threatening imperiled Greater Sage-Grouse in new spending bill --Protect the Greater Sage-Grouse 10 Dec 2014 The Greater Sage-Grouse is an iconic species of the western landscape. Although its population once numbered 16 million, it is estimated that as few as 400,000 birds remain in the wild today. Now, Congress is attempting to derail efforts underway to protect this imperiled species. Please urge President Obama to veto harmful language in the omnibus spending bill and protect the Greater Sage-Grouse and the habitat it needs across the American West.

Preemptive nuclear strike omitted from Russia's new military doctrine - reports

December 10, 2014 by legitgov

Preemptive nuclear strike omitted from Russia's new military doctrine - reports 10 Dec 2014 The new draft of the Russian military doctrine doesn't provide for the possibility of a preemptive nuclear strike, news agencies report quoting unnamed sources in the Defense Ministry. "The renewed draft of the military doctrine would not have a reservation for preventive nuclear strikes on potential enemy. Article 198 of the document is very precise on the conditions under which Russia can use the nuclear weapons," a person involved in the preparation of the new doctrine told the Interfax on Wednesday. "It would become possible if the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Russian Federation are under threat."

$1.1T spending bill, a gift to GOP and corporations, slashes EPA, bank, pension, and campaign finance regulations

December 10, 2014 by legitgov

$1.1T spending bill, a gift to GOP and corporations, slashes EPA, bank, pension, and campaign finance regulations --Republicans won a new concession exempting many agricultural agri-terrorists' projects from clean water rules 10 Dec 2014 Democratic support for a huge, $1.1 trillion spending bill funding every corner of government faded Wednesday as liberal lawmakers erupted over a provision that weakens the regulation of risky financial instruments and another that allows more money to flood into political parties...Top Democrats were lining up to vote against the measure. "I'm not going to support it. I've already found lots of provisions that are against the public interest," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. "I find it surprising that some people are threatening to shut down the government in order to extract big benefits for big banks at the expense of consumers and taxpayers."

U.S. agency offers legal immunity to Ebola vaccine makers

December 10, 2014 by legitgov

U.S. agency offers legal immunity to Ebola vaccine makers 9 Dec 2014 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday offered liability protections to drugmakers rushing to develop Ebola vaccines and urged other countries to follow suit. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell made the announcement as part of the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act in a move aimed at encouraging the development and availability of experimental Ebola vaccines. The declaration provides immunity under U.S. law against legal claims related to the manufacturing, testing, development, distribution, and administration of three vaccines for the [Pentagon's] Ebola virus.

CIA torture report sparks prosecution calls

December 10, 2014 by legitgov

CIA torture report sparks prosecution calls 10 Dec 2014 The UN and human rights groups have called for the prosecution of US officials involved in what a Senate report called the "brutal" CIA interrogation of 'al-Qaeda' suspects. A top UN human rights envoy said there had been a "clear policy orchestrated at a high level". 'Criminal charges' - UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism Ben Emmerson said that senior officials from the [illegitimate] administration of George W Bush who planned and sanctioned crimes must be prosecuted, as well as CIA and US government officials responsible for torture such as waterboarding.

U.S. top court rejects worker pay for security-screening time

December 10, 2014 by legitgov

U.S. top court rejects worker pay for security-screening time 9 Dec 2014 The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a victory to employers over worker compensation, ruling that companies do not have to pay employees for the time they spend undergoing security checks at the end of their shifts in a case involving an Amazon.com Inc warehousing contractor. The court decided by a 9-0 vote that employees of Integrity Staffing Solutions facilities in Nevada, where Amazon merchandise is processed and shipped, cannot claim compensation for time spent undergoing screening - up to half an hour a day, according to the workers...The high court reversed an April 2013 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which had found that the screenings were an integral part of the warehousing job done for the benefit of the employer and should be compensated.

FBI, DHS warning local lawmen of possible terrorist reaction to CIA torture report

December 10, 2014 by legitgov

FBI, DHS warning local lawmen of possible terrorist reaction to CIA torture report 9 Dec 2014 Authorities are putting federal, state and local law enforcement officials on alert after the Senate released the report detailing CIA torture and interrogation techniques. A joint FBI/Dept. of Homeland Security bulletin issued Tuesday afternoon warned that the Senate report could spark reaction from homegrown violent extremists and other terrorist groups.

How the CIA Tried to 'Break' Prisoners in 'The Salt Pit'

December 10, 2014 by legitgov

How the CIA Tried to 'Break' Prisoners in 'The Salt Pit' 9 Dec 2014 One of the first "black sites" where suspected al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] terrorists were interrogated after the 9/11 terror attacks was a secret, underground CIA prison outside Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's critical report on the CIA tactics released Tuesday paints a stark portrait of the facility known as "The Salt Pit" in intelligence circles -- a veritable dungeon where some of the most hardened al-Qaeda members were sent to be broken.

Ex-CIA Operative Says Prison Was Punishment for Whistleblowing on Torture

December 10, 2014 by legitgov

Ex-CIA Operative Says Prison Was Punishment for Whistleblowing on Torture 9 Dec 2014 Former CIA officer John Kiriakou is the only CIA employee connected to its interrogation program to go to prison. But he was prosecuted for providing information to reporters, not for anything connected to waterboarding or other actions that today's Senate Intelligence Committee report calls [and is] "torture." No other person connected to the program has been charged with a crime, after the Justice Department said their actions had been approved legally or that there was not sufficient admissible evidence in a couple cases of potential wrongdoing, even in light of the death of two detainees prisoners in the early 2000s. Today the Justice [sic] Department said that the Senate Intelligence report didn't provide new information that would lead them to reopen any of the old cases.

Georgia Executes Robert Holsey After Supreme Court Denies IQ Appeal

December 10, 2014 by legitgov

Georgia Executes Robert Holsey After Supreme Court Denies IQ Appeal 9 Dec 2014 A death-row inmate in Georgia was killed by lethal injection Tuesday night after a last minute plea to the the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay was rejected. Lower courts had already rejected Robert Wayne Holsey's legal team's arguments that an intellectual disability and the fact that his trial lawyer was an alcoholic meant he should get a reprieve..."Robert Wayne Holsey is an intellectually disabled African-American man who was represented at trial by a chronic alcoholic who was more concerned about avoiding his own criminal prosecution than defending his client against the death penalty," his current lawyer, Brian Kammer, had said before the execution, which was carried out at 10:51 p.m. ET -- an hour after the court rejected the plea.

CIA torture report reveals tactics worse than agency let on: Al Qaeda suspects were kept awake in 'stress positions' for 180 hours, waterboarded until vomiting

December 10, 2014 by legitgov

CIA torture report reveals tactics WORSE than agency let on: Al Qaeda suspects were kept awake in 'stress positions' for 180 hours, waterboarded until vomiting and unconscious and one died of hypothermia chained naked to a floor --At one facility, known as the 'Cobalt' facility or the 'dungeon', the CIA made certain detainees who had broken feet or legs to stand in stress-inducing positions --CIA paid $80M to psychologists with no experience in interrogation or al-Qaeda 9 Dec 2014 The CIA tortured 'al-Qaeda' suspects with rectal feeding, waterboarding and threats to harm their children and sexually abuse their mothers, according to a long-delayed and highly controversial Senate report published on Tuesday. One suspect died of hypothermia while naked chained to a floor while at least five detainees were rectally-fed their meals as a method of behavioral control at 'black sites' or the Guantanamo military base in Cuba. One interrogator told another detainee that he would never go to court, 'because we can never let the world know what I have done to you'.

20 key findings about CIA interrogations

December 9, 2014 by legitgov

20 key findings about CIA interrogations 9 Dec 2014 Almost 13 years after the CIA established secret prisons to hold and interrogate [torture] detainees, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the CIA's programs listing 20 key findings. Click a statement for a summary of the findings.

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