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The man who misled Congress on spying will pick Obama's intelligence review panel

August 15, 2013 by legitgov

The man who misled Congress on spying will pick Obama's intelligence review panel 12 Aug 2013 On Friday, President Obama promised to appoint an "independent group" of "outside experts" to review the government's surveillance programs. Today, the president formally ordered the formation of this group, giving us a sense for just how independent the group would be. The announcement doesn’t inspire confidence that the president is interested in truly independent scrutiny of the nation's surveillance programs. The panel will be chosen by, and report to, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Clapper [in]famously answered "no sir" when Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) asked whether the NSA collects information about millions of Americans. Clapper has since conceded that this answer was "clearly erroneous." [Update: In a Tuesday email, the White House says that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper will not, in fact, choose the members of the Review Group.]

I'm sorry that I hurt the United States': Bradley Manning apologizes in court

August 14, 2013 by legitgov

'I'm sorry that I hurt the United States': Bradley Manning apologizes in court 14 Aug 2013 Private Bradley Manning, convicted of handing state secrets to WikiLeaks, on Wednesday told the sentencing part of his court martial that he was sorry for his actions and for hurting the United States. "I'm sorry I hurt people. I'm sorry that I hurt the United States," he said. "I'm apologizing for the unexpected results of my actions. The last three years have been a learning experience for me." Manning says he understood what he was doing and the decisions he made. However, he says he did not believe at the time that leaking the information would cause harm.

Kan says he shouldn't be held criminally liable for Fukushima disaster

August 14, 2013 by legitgov

Kan says he shouldn't be held criminally liable for Fukushima disaster 14 Aug 2013 Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who led the government's 'response' to the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011, said Wednesday he shouldn't be held criminally liable for the crisis, sources said. Resident groups across Japan, mainly in Fukushima Prefecture, have filed complaints pressing for criminal charges to be levied against 40 people, including Kan and members of his Cabinet at the time, for alleged professional negligence resulting in injuries. The complainants have accused Kan and two of his ministers of failing to promptly order Tokyo Electric Power Co. to vent the reactors it was unable to safely shut down at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant to lessen their internal pressure before hydrogen explosions injured workers.

Egyptian security forces storm protesters' camps

August 14, 2013 by legitgov

Egyptian security forces storm protesters' camps 14 Aug 2013 Egyptian security forces stormed two sprawling sit-ins by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi shortly after dawn Wednesday, killing or injuring hundreds of people and igniting a wave of violent clashes across the country. Hours after the raids, Egypt's military-backed interim president declared a state of emergency, imposing a nighttime curfew on Cairo and 10 provinces and allowing security forces to arrest and detain civilians indefinitely without charge. The state of emergency took effect at 4 p.m. local time (10 a.m. EDT). Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was appointed vice president in the interim government last month, resigned to protest the violent crackdown.

Democrat Cory Booker wins New Jersey Senate primary

August 14, 2013 by legitgov

Democrat Cory Booker wins New Jersey Senate primary 13 Aug 2013 New Jersey Democrats chose Newark Mayor [and Wall Street troll] Cory Booker, a [media-created] rising party star, in Tuesday's special primary to seek a U.S. Senate seat this fall, while Republicans selected Steven M. Lonegan, the former mayor of Bogota, N.J. Booker has drawn national attention for his efforts to improve "Brick City" and his embrace of Twitter as a form of civic engagement. He is favored to replace Democratic Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, who died in June at 89. The winner will serve the remaining 15 months of Lautenberg's term.

After Sandy Hook, schools start the year with heightened security

August 14, 2013 by legitgov

After Sandy Hook, schools start the year with heightened security --Students may find new fences, surveillance cameras and lockdown drills when they return to school this week. 11 Aug 2013 As schools across Southern California prepare to open, teachers, parents and students will find increased security on their campuses, including surveillance cameras, more safety patrols, revised lockdown measures and fewer open gates. After the Newtown, Conn., shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December, new safety efforts swept through school districts. School boards across the nation reacted with increased spending on security and stronger efforts at elementary schools, in particular. In response to Newtown, school safety officers revised "active shooter" drills while keeping younger students in mind.

Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda

August 14, 2013 by legitgov

Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda --The government's hand is to be invisible to foreign audiences. 13 Aug 2013 In a campaign to improve its image abroad, the Israeli government plans to provide scholarships to hundreds of students at its seven universities in exchange for their making pro-Israel Facebook posts and tweets to foreign audiences. The students making the posts will not reveal online that they are funded by the Israeli government, according to correspondence about the plan revealed in the Haaretz newspaper. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office, which will oversee the programme, confirmed its launch and wrote that its aim was to "strengthen Israeli public diplomacy and make it fit the changes in the means of information consumption".

US Aid to Israel Jumps to $11 Million Dollars Per Day

August 14, 2013 by legitgov

Sequester *this:* US Aid to Israel Jumps to $11 Million Dollars Per Day 02 Apr 2013 The strength of the Jewish Lobby in Washington DC has been demonstrated once again with US President Barack Obama's approval of a new congressional bill which boosts US taxpayer donations to $11 million every day. Previously, this figure stood at "only" $8 million every day, but in terms of the now finalized "United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012," American taxpayers will [insanely] give an additional $40 billion in military funding to Israel over a ten-year period. The military aid package will automatically start when the current 10-year aid package (worth $30 billion), signed by President [sic] George W. Bush in 2007, comes to an end.

Jesse Jackson Jr jailed for misuse of campaign funds

August 14, 2013 by legitgov

Jesse Jackson Jr jailed for misuse of campaign funds 14 Aug 2013 Former US congressman Jesse Jackson Jr has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for misusing campaign funds. Jackson, 48, pleaded guilty in February to fraud after he spent $750,000 (£483,000) on Rolex watches, fur coats, mounted elk heads and other items. The Illinois Democrat's wife, Sandra Jackson, who pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns, was sentenced to one year in prison.

Air Force nuclear unit fails key security test

August 14, 2013 by legitgov

Air Force nuclear unit fails key security test 13 Aug 2013 An Air Force unit that operates one-third of the nation's land-based nuclear missiles has failed a safety and security inspection, marking the second major setback this year for a force charged with the military's most sensitive mission, the general in charge of the nuclear air force told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Lt. Gen. James M. Kowalski, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, said a team of "relatively low-ranking" [!?] airmen failed one exercise as part of a broader inspection, which began last week and ended Tuesday. He said that for security reasons he could not be specific about the team or the exercise.

Israel releases 26 veteran Palestinian priosners

August 14, 2013 by legitgov

Israel releases 26 veteran Palestinian priosners 14 Aug 2013 After waiting for hours in front of the main gate of Israel's Ofer detention center in Beitunia south of Ramallah early on Wednesday morning, families of 11 veteran Palestinian prisoners from the West Bank finally saw the front lights of buses carrying their children back to freedom after they served more than 20 years in Israeli jails. Crowds started to chant as they escorted the buses towards the Palestinian Authority's presidential compound in Ramallah where President Mahmoud Abbas was waiting to welcome the freed prisoners.

Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning 'aren't whistleblowers' - Australian AG

August 14, 2013 by legitgov

Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning 'aren't whistleblowers' - Australian AG 14 Aug 2013 Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning should not be regarded as whistleblowers as the information they made public did not expose government wrongdoing, the Australian attorney general said. Speaking on Tuesday to the Security in Government Conference in Canberra, Mark Dreyfus also defended Australia's own telecommunications interception programme. In his most direct comments to date on the impact of the Guardian's revelations about the US National Security Agency surveillance, Dreyfus expressed concern that Snowden's leaks might cause "long-lasting harm" to Australia's ability to "respond to the many threats that our nation faces". He stopped short of giving any detail on what harm the disclosures might have.

Egyptian police kill at least 30 in protest crackdown: Brotherhood

August 14, 2013 by legitgov

Egyptian police kill at least 30 in protest crackdown: Brotherhood 14 Aug 2013 Egyptian security forces killed at least 30 people on Wednesday clearing a camp of Cairo protesters who were demanding the reinstatement of deposed President Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood said. There was no immediate official confirmation of the deaths at Rabaa al-Adawiya, where thousands of Mursi supporters who have been gathered for six weeks awoke to an army operation and police helicopters circling the site. One witness said he saw 15 bodies at a field hospital beside the camp where bulldozers cleared the protesters' tents.

Llamas and goats keep grass cut at Chicago airport

August 14, 2013 by legitgov

Llamas and goats keep grass cut at Chicago airport 14 Aug 2013 Chicago's bustling O'Hare airport has hired a new crew to keep the grass cut: a herd of goats, sheep, donkeys and llamas. Yes, llamas. The llamas help protect the sheep and miniature goats from coyotes that roam the wooded areas near one of the world's busiest airports. The donkeys are also big and aggressive enough to keep predators away. And the entire chew crew works to keep the grounds clear of critters that can interfere -- or even endanger -- airport operations.

State Police Abruptly Cancel Appearances on Sandy Hook Shooting

August 14, 2013 by legitgov

State Police Abruptly Cancel Appearances on Sandy Hook Shooting --Report on shootings was expected to be done by end of June, but has been delayed to fall 13 Aug 2013 State police assigned to the investigation into the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre abruptly canceled speaking engagements in California and Texas scheduled for this week and have been ordered to focus on finishing the much-anticipated report on the shooting that left 20 first-graders and six women dead. Three state police officials were scheduled to be keynote speakers at conferences at Disneyland in Anaheim and in Dallas on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, but canceled both appearances. Two weeks ago, The Courant reported that state police and Newtown police were traveling throughout the country to discuss details of the shooting response at conferences from Maine to Las Vegas while releasing little information publicly in Connecticut.

Police Investigate Home Invasion in Newtown

August 14, 2013 by legitgov

Police Investigate Home Invasion in Newtown --Connecticut State Police are assisting Newtown Police with the investigation. 13 Aug 2013 Newtown police responded to a report of a home invasion on Berkshire Road Tuesday. Officers arrived at the home just before 9 a.m. It was not clear who reported the home invasion or if anyone at the house was injured. According to police, a dark-colored sedan with four doors was seen in the area traveling at a high rate of speed.

White House insists James Clapper will not lead NSA surveillance review

August 14, 2013 by legitgov

White House insists James Clapper will not lead NSA surveillance review --White House national security council insists Clapper's role would be 'limited' [?!]13 Aug 2013 The White House has moved to dampen controversy over the role of the director of national intelligence James Clapper in a panel reviewing NSA surveillance, insisting that he would neither lead it nor choose the members. Statements by Barack Obama and Clapper on Monday night were widely interpreted as the director of national intelligence being placed in charge of the inquiry, which the president had announced on Friday would be "independent". The apparent involvement of Clapper, who has admitted lying to Congress over NSA surveillance of US citizens, provoked a backlash, with critics accusing the president of putting a fox in charge of the hen house.

Israeli drone strikes northern Gaza

August 14, 2013 by legitgov

Israeli drone strikes northern Gaza 14 Aug 2013 An Israeli drone has carried out an airstrike on the northern Gaza Strip, which has been blockaded since June 2007, but there have been no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Fukushima Workers Exposed to Radiation From Spray

August 14, 2013 by legitgov

Fukushima Workers Exposed to Radiation From Spray 12 Aug 2013 Ten workers at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant were exposed to radiation from contaminated mist used to cool temperatures near a quake-proof building, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said. The workers were waiting for a bus when they were sprayed, according to Tepco, as the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant's operator is known. The workers' exposure above the neck was found to be as much as 10 becquerels per square centimeter. They were ordered to receive full body scans, which can detect exposure to their inner organs.

New Poll: De Blasio Is Now First Among Voters

August 14, 2013 by legitgov

New Poll: De Blasio Is Now First Among Voters 14 Aug 2013 In a jolt to the Democratic campaign for mayor, a new poll suggests that Bill de Blasio, the most liberal of the leading candidates, has vaulted into first place among likely voters. With one month to go until the Sept. 10 primary, Mr. de Blasio has now passed Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker [Bloomberg clone/ MSNBC troll], who had led in most polls for months, although her lead had already narrowed. Until a month or so ago, Mr. de Blasio had been mired in fourth place, about 10 points behind Ms. Quinn.

BP sues to get new contracts after oil spill

August 13, 2013 by legitgov

BP sues to get new contracts after oil spill 12 Aug 2013 [Terrorist group] BP is suing the U.S. government over a decision to bar the oil giant from getting new federal contracts to supply fuel and other services after the company pleaded guilty to manslaughter and other criminal charges related to the[ir] 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The Houston Chronicle reports British oil giant BP filed the lawsuit Monday in Houston federal court. BP says it is seeking an injunction that would lift an order by the Environmental Protection Agency that suspends the company from such contracts.

North Carolina governor signs voter ID bill

August 13, 2013 by legitgov

North Carolina governor signs voter ID bill 12 Aug 2013 North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory [R] on Monday signed into law a bill requiring voters to produce a photo ID when they go to the polls, and it was immediately met with legal challenges in federal court questioning its constitutionality. The new law brings sweeping changes to the state's election process by reducing the early-voting period by a week, abolishing same-day voter registration and ending straight-party voting. "With one stroke of the pen, McCrory has effectively reversed 30 years of progress and reinstated practices similar to the discriminatory 'Southern Strategy' adopted by the Republican Party in the '60s and '70s," said Congressman G.K. Butterfield, a former North Carolina Supreme Court justice. "Without question, today is a shameful day for Republicans in North Carolina."

CIA: Drones Document Count Would Damage National Security

August 13, 2013 by legitgov

CIA: Drones Document Count Would Damage National Security 12 Aug 2013 The CIA admitted late Friday it has a number of documents about drones, but told a federal court that disclosing even the number of documents it possessed would damage national security. The disclosure came around 11:00 p.m., hours after President Barack Obama held a press conference promising more transparency around national security issues. Government lawyers contended in the filing that providing additional information about the CIA's drones documents, as requested in American Civil Liberties Union v. Central Intelligence Agency, one of several drone-related lawsuits the ACLU has filed against the federal government, would imperil the homeland.

First 100 Pages of Aaron Swartz's Secret Service File Released

August 13, 2013 by legitgov

First 100 Pages of Aaron Swartz's Secret Service File Released 12 Aug 2013 After half-a-year of delays and roadblocks, the U.S Secret Service today released the first 104 pages of agency documents about the late coder and activist Aaron Swartz, including a brief report on Swartz's suicide less than three months before his scheduled trial. "On 1/11/13, Aaron Swartz was found dead in his apartment in Brooklyn, as a result of an apparent suicide," reads a January 17, 2013 Secret Service memo. "A suppression hearing in this had been scheduled for 1/25/13 with a trial date of 4/1/13, in U.S. District Court of the District of Massachusetts." The heavily redacted documents released today confirm earlier reports that the Secret Service was interested in a "Guerilla Open Access Manifesto" that Swartz and others had penned in 2008.

Sinkhole swallows part of Florida resort

August 13, 2013 by legitgov

Sinkhole swallows part of Florida resort 12 Aug 2013 A holiday resort near Disney World has been partially swallowed by the ground after a new sinkhole opened beneath the streets of Florida. Two buildings housing holidaymakers at the Summer Bay Resort in Clermont sank into a crater that grew to be 60 feet wide and 15 feet deep. Some 35 guests escaped or were evacuated after hearing windows cracking and feeling their floors give way. Some were forced to flee without their belongings.

10 exposed to radiation at Fukushima nuclear plant

August 12, 2013 by legitgov

10 exposed to radiation at Fukushima nuclear plant 12 Aug 2013 Ten workers at Japan's crippled nuclear plant were exposed Monday to small amounts of radiation while conducting cleanup activities, the plant's operator said. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it is still investigating how the workers were contaminated at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, but that it may have been from radioactive dust. It said small amounts of radiation were found on the workers' faces and hair. [All radiation is deadly - 'small amounts' is TEPCO propaganda. Either the workers were exposed to radiation--or not. Also, I notice that the global corporate-run media has replaced the word 'radioactive' with 'toxic.' At CLG, we change it back. --LRP]

NYPD's 'stop-and-frisk' practice is unconstitutional, judge rules

August 12, 2013 by legitgov

NYPD's 'stop-and-frisk' practice is unconstitutional, judge rules 12 Aug 2013 A judge ruled on Monday the New York Police Department's "stop-and-frisk" crime-fighting tactic unconstitutional, dealing a stinging rebuke to Mayor Michael Bloomberg [and Bloomberg clone, Wall Street troll Christine Quinn], who had argued the practice drove down the city's crime rate. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin called it "indirect racial profiling" because it targeted racially defined groups, resulting in the disproportionate and discriminatory stopping of tens of thousands of blacks and Hispanics while the city highest officials "turned a blind eye," she said. "No one should live in fear of being stopped whenever he leaves his home to go about the activities of daily life," Scheindlin wrote in her opinion.

Holder seeks to avert mandatory minimum sentences for some low-level drug offenders

August 12, 2013 by legitgov

Holder seeks to avert mandatory minimum sentences for some low-level drug offenders 12 Aug 2013 Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is set to announce Monday that low-level, nonviolent drug offenders with no ties to gangs or large-scale drug organizations will no longer be charged with offenses that impose severe mandatory sentences. The new Justice Department policy is part of a comprehensive prison reform package that Holder will reveal in a speech to the American Bar Association in San Francisco, according to senior department officials. He is also expected to introduce a policy to reduce sentences for elderly, nonviolent inmates and find alternatives to prison for nonviolent criminals.

Bovina, New York on 'Complete Lockdown'

August 12, 2013 by legitgov

Bovina, New York on 'Complete Lockdown' --From ny.gov: '...This is an ACTUAL LAW/SECURITY - NOT OTHERWISE CATEGORIZED ALERT...' [!?] --Lockdown in effect from 2:26 PM EDT Sunday until 2:26 AM EDT Monday --'44 square miles under lockdown' --Everyone urged to 'stay indoors, do not come out of your houses.' 11 Aug 2013 Ny.gov: LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY IN THE BOVINA AREA OF DELAWARE CO. ALL RESIDENTS SHOULD STAY INSIDE AND LOCK YOURS DOORS... According to a video post Sunday by DAHBOO77: 'As of time of posting, still no answers as to what exactly is going on, all residents ordered to stay indoors with doors locked!' [I knew the Boston bombings false flag would set a dangerous precedent of 'acceptability of martial law.']

Powerful roadside explosions kill five civilians in Afghanistan

August 12, 2013 by legitgov

Powerful roadside explosions kill five civilians in Afghanistan 11 Aug 2013 Two powerful roadside explosions have claimed the lives of at least five people in troubled southern Afghanistan, security sources say. Local security officials said that the civilians were killed in the roadside blasts that struck their cars in Uruzgan Province on Sunday. The victims include both women and children. Two others were also injured in the deadly incidents.

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