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US ally Saudi Arabia declares all atheists are terrorists in new law to crack down on political dissidents

January 17, 2015 by legitgov

No 'Je suis Charlie' or media coverage at all for psycho Saudi Arabia: US ally Saudi Arabia declares all atheists are terrorists in new law to crack down on political dissidents | 1 Apr 2014 | Saudi Arabia has introduced a series of new laws which define atheists as terrorists, according to a report from Human Rights Watch. In a string of royal decrees and an overarching new piece of legislation to deal with terrorism generally, the Saudi King Abdullah has clamped down on all forms of political dissent and protests that could "harm public order"....To that end, King Abdullah issued Royal Decree 44, which criminalises "participating in hostilities outside the kingdom" with prison sentences of between three and 20 years, Human Rights Watch said.

US, UK want to tackle 'technical issues' of accessing encrypted private information

January 17, 2015 by legitgov

US, UK want to tackle 'technical issues' of accessing encrypted private information | 17 Jan 2015 | Western intelligence agencies must be able to intercept any communications in order to thwart potential terror attacks being hatched by extremist groups, and this must be done without violating citizens' rights, US and British leaders said. British authorities don't need "backdoors" into the websites and communication protocols used for online conversations, Cameron added. Instead, he said: "We believe in very clear front doors through legal processes that should help to keep our countries safe."

US troops training Syrian 'moderates' could top 1,000 - Pentagon

January 17, 2015 by legitgov

US troops training Syrian 'moderates' could top 1,000 - Pentagon | 17 Jan 2015 |  The Pentagon announced that a mission to train the "moderate" Syrian opposition may involve over 1,000 US troops. The first soldiers may flow into the region in a month, while the trained fighters may return to Syria to "fight ISIS" by the end of 2015. The earlier announced number suggested 400 pairs of US boots on the ground in countries neighboring Syria, where the training will take place. However, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters in a press briefing on Friday that the total number "could approach 1,000." "It might even exceed that. I can't rule that out," Kirby added.

Romney Signals Interest in 2016 Run for President

January 17, 2015 by legitgov

Romney Signals Interest in 2016 Run for President | 17 Jan 2015 | Mitt Romney made it clear publicly on Friday night what he has spent the last week conveying in private to Republicans across the country: He is considering another presidential campaign. "I'm giving some serious consideration to the future," Mr. Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, told a group of Republicans gathered here for the party's winter meeting. Speaking below deck on the Midway, an aircraft carrier converted to a floating museum in the San Diego harbor, Mr. Romney criticized President Obama and sketched out a three-pronged campaign platform should he seek the presidency for a third time.

Supreme Court to Decide Marriage Rights for Gay Couples Nationwide

January 17, 2015 by legitgov

Supreme Court to Decide Marriage Rights for Gay Couples Nationwide | 16 Jan 2015 | The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether all 50 states must allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, positioning it to resolve one of the great civil rights questions in a generation before its current term ends in June. The decision came just months after the justices ducked the issue, refusing in October to hear appeals from rulings allowing same-sex marriage in five states. That decision, which was considered a major surprise, delivered a tacit victory for gay rights, immediately expanding the number of states with same-sex marriage to 24, along with the District of Columbia, up from 19.

Terror cell warning as Europe scrambles to handle threats

January 16, 2015 by legitgov

Terror cell warning as Europe scrambles to handle threats | 16 Jan 2015 | European counterterrorism agencies scrambled Friday to assess the potential danger of a complex and growing terrorism threat exposed by the arrests of more than a dozen people with suspected links to Islamic extremists. As many as 20 sleeper cells of between 120 and 180 people could be ready to strike in France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, a Western intelligence source told CNN. European Union and Middle East intelligence agencies had identified an "imminent threat" to Belgium, and possibly also to the Netherlands, the source told CNN.

Rev Al Sharpton calls for emergency Hollywood meeting over 'insulting' absence of black actors among nominees

January 16, 2015 by legitgov

Oscars race row: Rev Al Sharpton calls for emergency Hollywood meeting over 'insulting' absence of black actors among nominees | 16 Jan 2015 | Reverend Al Sharpton has said the Oscar nominations are 'appallingly insulting' and compared Hollywood to the Rocky Mountains, saying the higher you get 'the whiter it gets'. Rev Sharpton has called for an emergency Hollywood meeting to discuss possible action around the Academy Awards, after no black actors or actresses received nominations. He was due to meet allies and colleagues to discuss plans for before or during the February 22 ceremony. [Al Sharpton should win for best actor in an attempt to appear outraged in a television farce. --MDR]

UK and US to Stage Cyber War Games to Test Banks

January 16, 2015 by legitgov

Heads up! This is fertile false flag ground: UK and US to Stage Cyber War Games to Test Banks | 16 Jan 2015 | Britain and the US will stage cyber "war games" together to boost both countries' resistance to cyberattacks. During talks in Washington David Cameron and President Barack Obama also agreed to set up of a joint "cyber cell" to defeat execute cyberattacks, the White House said in a statement. The unprecedented amount of intelligence co-operation and information sharing between the two nations topped the agenda of the talks. Plans to force social media companies to share secret information were also expected to be discussed.

UK and US Announce Joint Anti-Terror Push

January 16, 2015 by legitgov

UK and US Announce Joint Anti-Terror Push | 16 Jan 2015 | Britain and the US are to establish a new joint group to counter violent extremism, Barack Obama and David Cameron have announced. Speaking after talks with the President at the White House, the Prime Minister said the US and UK are united in their drive to fight "poisonous and fanatical ideology". The announcement came amid heightened fears of a fresh terror attack in the wake of the Paris attacks which left 17 people dead and the arrest of over two dozen people in anti-terror raids in Belgium, Germany and France. They have also agreed to stage cyber "war games" to boost both countries' resistance to cyber attacks.

2014 officially the hottest year on record

January 16, 2015 by legitgov

2014 officially the hottest year on record | 16 Jan 2015 | The year 2014 - after shattering temperature records that had stood for hundreds of years across virtually all of Europe, and roasting parts of South America, China and Russia - was the hottest on record, with global temperatures 1.24F (0.69C) higher than the 20th-century average, US government scientists said on Friday. A day after international researchers warned that human activities had pushed the planet to the brink, new evidence of climate change global warming arrived. The world was the hottest it has been since systematic records began in 1880, especially on the oceans, which the agency confirmed were the driver of 2014's temperature rise. The global average temperatures over land and sea surface for the year was 1.24F (0.69C) above the 20th-century average, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) and Nasa reported. [See also: 15 of the hottest spots around the world in 2014.]

'CIA killed prisoners, made it look like suicide' - Guantanamo guard

January 16, 2015 by legitgov

'CIA killed prisoners, made it look like suicide' - Guantanamo guard | 15 Jan 2015 |A former Guantanamo Bay prison guard and Marine explained in details what makes him believe three problematic detainees were killed at CIA black site in Guantanomo and their death was covered up as a triple suicide. Army Staff Sergeant Joseph Hickman was on duty at the notorious prison camp when the three men died, and insists the official version of events is "impossible," he told Vice News. The three men were Salah Ahmed Al-Salami, 37, from Yemen, Mani Shaman Al-Utaybi, 30, from Saudi Arabia, and Yasser Talal Al-Zahrani, 22, also from Saudi Arabia. None of them had been charged with any crime.

At least a dozen people detained in detained in Paris over attacks

January 16, 2015 by legitgov

At least a dozen people detained in detained in Paris over attacks | 16 Jan 2015 At least a dozen people have been detained in the Paris region overnight in connection with last week's shootings, the city prosecutor's office said Friday. The individuals arrested are suspected of providing logistical support for the attacks. The arrests were made in the Grigny and Fleury-Merogis neighborhoods, and those arrested were in Amedy Coulibaly's entourage, the Paris prosecutor's spokesperson said.

Pentagon to deploy 400 troops to train Syrian 'rebels'

January 16, 2015 by legitgov

Ah, then came the dawn. Pentagon to deploy 400 troops to train Syrian 'rebels' | 16 Jan 2015 | The U.S. military is planning to deploy more than 400 troops to help train Syrian rebels to fight explode the Islamic State, along with hundreds of U.S. support personnel, a Pentagon spokesman told Reuters on Thursday. The U.S. military has not yet identified where it will draw its forces from for the training mission, expected to begin in the spring at sites outside Syria, Colonel Steve Warren said. Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have offered to host the training.

German police arrest two Salafist suspects in raid

January 16, 2015 by legitgov

German police arrest two Salafist suspects in raid | 16 Jan 2015 | German police said on Friday they had arrested two people following a raid on 11 properties linked to radical Islamic Salafists, shortly after Belgian police killed two men during similar raids against an Islamist group. The arrests followed investigations which have been going on for several months into five Turkish citizens aged 31 to 44, who are suspected of "preparing a serious act of violence against the state in Syria" and money laundering, police said.

'Second Paris' averted by hours: Commandos swoop on cell before imminent attack on local station

January 16, 2015 by legitgov

'Second Paris' averted by hours: Belgian police HQ under armed guard after two suspected ISIS jihadists are killed as commandos swoop on cell before imminent attack on local station --Residents heard shots and explosions, including machine gun fire, as masked officers swooped on the apartment | 15 Jan 2015 | Belgium's police HQ was last night under armed guard after anti-terror commandos shot dead two suspected Islamic State jihadis and arrested a third in an eastern town. Shots and explosions were heard, including machine gun fire, as heavily armed, masked officers moved against the alleged cell in the eastern town of Verviers, which is some 70 miles from Brussels. 'A second Paris has been avoided,' an official from Belgium's ministry of justice was quoted as saying, with reports claiming the jihadis had planned to launch attacks on police in the country.

Pope Francis on Charlie Hebdo attack: 'You can't make fun of faith'

January 16, 2015 by legitgov

Pope Francis on Charlie Hebdo attack: 'You can't make fun of faith' | 15 Jan 2015 | Pope Francis, speaking of last week's deadly attacks by Islamist militants in Paris, has defended freedom of expression, but said it was wrong to provoke others by insulting their religion and that one could "expect" a reaction to such abuse. Aboard a plane from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, the pontiff also gave one of his clearest statements to date on climate change, saying that he believed that man was primarily responsible and had "gone too far," and that he hoped this year's Paris conference would take a courageous stand to protect the environment. Asked about the relationship between freedom of religion and freedom of expression, Francis, who has condemned the Paris terrorist attacks, said: "You can't provoke, you can't insult the faith of others, you can't make fun of faith."

Edward Snowden to speak to Hawaii conference

January 16, 2015 by legitgov

Edward Snowden to speak to Hawaii conference | 15 Jan 2015 | NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will be the feature speaker at the upcoming ACLU Hawaii First Amendment Conference. However, Snowden will not make an appearance in person and will speak through a video link from Moscow, Russia. Snowden, who used to live in Hawaii, worked for consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and rented a home in Waipahu. Snowden is known for leaking classified information from the National Security Agency...The Davis Levin First Amendment Conference will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center on Feb. 14.

Saudi blogger faces next 50 lashes as government ignores global protests

January 16, 2015 by legitgov

Saudi blogger faces next 50 lashes as government ignores global protests | 14 Jan 2015 | Raif Badawi, the Saudi liberal convicted of publishing a blog, has been told he will again be flogged 50 times on Friday -- the second part of his 1,000-lash sentence which also includes a 10-year jail term. The US, Britain and other western governments had all called for the punishment to be dropped but there has been no sign of any diplomatic action against Riyadh. Badawi will be given 50 more lashes outside a mosque in his home city of Jeddah unless a Saudi prison doctor determines he is not yet fit to face the punishment owing to injuries sustained last Friday. If nothing changes, he will be flogged every Friday for the next 19 weeks.

Two killed in Belgium anti-terror raids

January 16, 2015 by legitgov

Two killed in Belgium anti-terror raids | 15 Jan 2015 | Two people were killed Thursday while police conducted an anti-terrorism operation in eastern Belgium. In a press conference Thursday, Belgium's federal prosecutor reported that suspects opened fire in Verviers as police conducted their raid, and they were "neutralized." The raid was conducted in coordination with 10 search warrants executed throughout the country. Searches were taking place in Molenbeek, Brussels and Vilvorde, a federal official told ABC News.

More than three quarters of flu vaccines this year have been ineffective

January 16, 2015 by legitgov

More than three quarters of flu vaccines this year have been ineffective | 15 Jan 2015 | More than three quarters of people who had the flu vaccine this year will get the virus anyway, a new study has found. The percentage of effective injections - 23 per cent - is one of the worst performances since the government started tracking how well vaccines work in the 2004-2005 season. The effectiveness has ranged from 10 to 60 per cent effective. #Useless #PharmaTerrorism

Mom to ISIS 'Leave our children alone' has similar tone to CIA's Nayirah tale of 'babies pulled from incubators'

January 16, 2015 by legitgov

Mom to ISIS 'Leave our children alone' has similar tone to CIA's Nayirah tale of 'babies pulled from incubators' By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org | 15 Jan 2015 | Remember this earlier US false flag, to engender support for the US bombing of Iraq in 1991?

'Nayirah al-Ṣabaḥ was in tears during her testimony. It was later revealed that she was the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States and that her testimony could not be verified. On October 10, 1990, Nayirah was the last to testifylie at the Caucus. In her oral testimony, she stated: 'I volunteered at the al-Addan hospital with twelve other women who wanted to help as well. I was the youngest volunteer...While I was there I saw the Iraqi soldiers come into the hospital with guns. They took the babies out of the incubators, took the incubators and left the children to die on the cold floor. [crying] It was horrifying.' Although Nayirah did not specify how many babies were in the incubators in her oral testimony, in the written testimony distributed by [PR strategists] Hill & Knowlton, it read "While I was there I saw the Iraqi soldiers come into the hospital with guns, and go into the room where 15 babies were in incubators." The testimony was not given under oath.

The US wants to expand its drone war in Syria. Mother of American teen tells ISIS: 'Leave our children alone!' | 14 Jan 2015 | The suburban Chicago mother of a 19-year-old American facing a terrorist charge for trying to join Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants accused the group on Tuesday of brainwashing youths into joining their ranks via social media. And she declared, "Leave our children alone!" Mohammed Hamzah Khan's mother cried softly as she read her statement in a federal courthouse lobby in Chicago.

Russia's President Putin Signs GMO Labeling Liability Law

January 16, 2015 by legitgov

This is why Monsanto's whores, the US government, keeps attacking Russia and its allies: Russia's President Putin Signs GMO Labeling Liability Law | 3 Jan 2015 | Russian President Vladimir Putin [an actual leader who *cares* about the citizens of Russia, unlike the Wall Street dirt-bags running the US] has signed the Russian Federation Code of Administrative Offences into law, including a new article establishing liability for the violation of mandatory requirements for the labeling of food products that contain GMOs. Putin signed the new bill on the last day of 2014 TASS news agency reported. The bill which was submitted by the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) imposes fines for vague or unclear labeling on food products containing genetically modified ingredients.

Chief constable warns against 'drift towards police state'

January 15, 2015 by legitgov

Chief constable warns against 'drift towards police state' [I think the horse has left the barn on this one! Need 'V'...] | 5 Dec 2014 |The battle against extremism could lead to a "drift towards a police state" in which officers are turned into "thought police", one of Britain’s most senior chief constables has warned. Sir Peter Fahy, chief constable of Greater Manchester, said police were being left to decide what is acceptable free speech as the efforts against radicalisation and a severe threat of terrorist attack intensify. It is politicians, academics and others in civil society who have to define what counts as extremist ideas, he says...Fahy stressed he supported new counter-terrorism measures unveiled by the government last week, including bans on alleged extremist speakers from colleges.

Paris policewoman injured outside President Hollande's palace after 'driver deliberately knocked her down'

January 15, 2015 by legitgov

Paris policewoman injured outside President Hollande's palace after 'driver deliberately knocked her down' --Unclear whether hit and run is linked to the terror attacks in French capital | 15 Jan 2015 | A policewoman has been deliberately knocked down and injured by a driver outside President Hollande's palace in central Paris. Witnesses have said the motorist aimed at the officer outside the Élysée Palace and two people have been arrested. A reporter on BFM TV in France said the car had been driving the wrong way along a one-way system before ramming the policewoman and knocking her to the floor overnight.

U.S. Secret Service dumping senior officials after security lapses

January 15, 2015 by legitgov

U.S. Secret Service dumping senior officials after security lapses | 15 Jan 2015 | The U.S. Secret Service will remove four senior officials while another has opted to retire, the latest shake-up after a series of security lapses at the agency charged with protecting the president, an agency official said on Wednesday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed Acting Director Joseph Clancy had told the four assistant directors who oversee the agency's missions of protection, investigations, technology and public affairs that they must leave their jobs. The departures represent a house-cleaning within top management.

German who spied for CIA stole list of 3,500 German spies' names

January 15, 2015 by legitgov

German who spied for CIA stole list of 3,500 German spies' names | !5 Jan 2015 | A German intelligence officer, who was arrested last summer for spying for the United States, may have given his American handlers information on the real identities, as well as operational aliases, of nearly 3,500 German intelligence operatives. In July, Germany expelled the Central Intelligence Agency station chief in Berlin, following the arrest of Marcus R., a 31-year-old, low-level clerk at the Bundesnachrichtendienst, or BND, Germany's external intelligence agency. He was believed at the time to have spied for the CIA for approximately two years, and to have supplied the American spy agency with around 200 classified German government documents in exchange for around €25,000 -- approximately $30,000.

Inspector general: Some NY police use chokehold as first response

January 15, 2015 by legitgov

Inspector general: Some NY police use chokehold as first response | 12 Jan 2015 | A new inspector general blasted the New York City Police Department on Monday for failing to punish officers who used banned chokeholds on citizens, sometimes as a first response in a confrontation. The first official report by police Inspector General Philip Eure comes a month after New York was shaken first by a grand jury's decision not to indict an NYPD officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner... It looked at 10 recent cases in which the NYPD's Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), an independent agency tasked with investigating excessive force claims, concluded officers used chokeholds, which are banned by Police Department regulations.

The CIA Will Not Discipline Anyone for Spying on Senate Torture Probe

January 15, 2015 by legitgov

The CIA Will Not Discipline Anyone for Spying on Senate Torture Probe | 14 Jan 2015 | A CIA inquiry has cleared spy agency employees of wrongdoing in a dispute with the Senate Intelligence Committee over allegations CIA officials inappropriately accessed documents prepared by Senate investigators probing the agency's use of brutal interrogation techniques torture. In a statement issued by the CIA on Wednesday, the head of the inquiry, former U.S. Senator Evan Bayh, said an "Agency Accountability Board" which he chaired at the request of CIA Director John Brennan had found that "no discipline was warranted" for five agency employees. However, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who chaired the Intelligence Committee during its investigation of the CIA's post-September 11, 2001, detention and interrogation program, expressed dissatisfaction with the inquiry's result.

Flight at Rome Fiumicino airport evacuated over bomb threat

January 14, 2015 by legitgov

Flight at Rome Fiumicino airport evacuated over bomb threat | 14 Jan 2015 | The passengers of a Niki flight to Vienna from Fiumicino airport in Rome have been disembarked after a man told the pilot he had a bomb in his luggage. The plane was isolated for security checks which found no explosive devices on board. Over 80 passengers of a Niki Airbus A320 to Vienna were evacuated over a suspected bomb threat after a man of Slovenian nationality reportedly told the captain that he boarded the plane with a bomb in his luggage, local media report.

Ohio Man Is Charged With Plotting to Bomb U.S. Capitol, After Meeting With Undercover FBI Operative

January 14, 2015 by legitgov

Ohio Man Is Charged With Plotting to Bomb U.S. Capitol, After Meeting With Undercover FBI Operative | !4 Jan 2015 | An Ohio man was arrested Wednesday and accused of planning to attack the U.S. Capitol, U.S. officials told NBC News. But the officials said the man, identified as Christopher Cornell, 20, was dealing with an undercover agent the entire time and was never in a position to carry out his plan. The officials said that starting in August, Cornell began posting comments on Twitter in support of ISIS under an alias, Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah. Shortly after those posts began appearing, the FBI sent an undercover operative to meet with him.

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