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U.S. Drones Stir Outrage In Iraq; Fleet May Grow

January 30, 2012 by legitgov

U.S. Drones Stir Outrage In Iraq; Fleet May Grow --Program by State Dept. Is Seen as an Affront to Sovereignty 30 Jan 2012 The State Department is operating a small fleet of surveillance drones in Iraq to help protect the United States Embassy and consulates, as well as American personnel mercenaries. Some senior Iraqi officials expressed outrage at the program, saying the unarmed aircraft are an affront to Iraqi sovereignty. The program was described by the department's diplomatic security branch in a little-noticed section of its most recent annual report and outlined in broad terms in a two-page online prospectus for companies that might bid on a contract to manage the program. It foreshadows a possible expansion of unmanned drone operations into the diplomatic arm of the American government; until now they have been mainly the province of the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency. [Just shoot them down - problem solved.]

Park service to crack down on Occupy DC camps

January 30, 2012 by legitgov

Park service to crack down on Occupy DC camps --Demonstrators vow to continue vigil at two sites in DC 30 Jan 2012 The National Park Service plans to crack down Monday on what it calls "sleeping activity" at two longstanding camps established by Occupy DC demonstrators in the nation's capital. The service notified protesters on Friday that they "may be subject to arrest and their property subject to seizure as evidence" if there are evident "camping violations" by around noon Monday. The demonstrators say they will defend their sites.

Park Police tase Occupy D.C. protester Sunday

January 30, 2012 by legitgov

Park Police tase Occupy D.C. protester Sunday 29 Jan 2012 An Occupy D.C. protester was tased Sunday afternoon at McPherson Square, as Park Police were handing out fliers about the upcoming Monday deadline on overnight camping. Park Police Sergeant David Schlosser tells WTOP the man got angry about the fliers and confronted officers about the ban. Schlosser says officers used a taser on the man when he wouldn't comply with police orders. Police arrested him and took him to the hospital, after he informed them about a previous medical condition.

Oakland Mayor: Convicted Occupy Protesters Should Pick Up Garbage

January 30, 2012 by legitgov

Oakland Mayor: Convicted Occupy Protesters Should Pick Up Garbage --Arrests may top 400 --Several journalists were detained along with protesters. 29 Jan 2012 Officials said Sunday that arrests from the Occupy Oakland protests the day before could reach 400 and vowed to seek restitution from those [police agents] who vandalized City Hall. Mayor Jean Quan said the city would seek monetary damages from protesters. In addition, the mayor said she would pursue "restorative justice" by asking that those deemed guilty be put to work picking up garbage and removing graffiti in East Oakland. [A garbage-picking assignment? Is Quan working with Newt Gingrich? Anonymous, get busy!]

Obama administration using loophole to quietly sell arms package to Bahrain

January 30, 2012 by legitgov

Obama administration using loophole to quietly sell arms package to Bahrain 27 Jan 2012 President Barack Obama's administration has been delaying its planned $53 million arms sale to Bahrain due to human rights concerns and congressional opposition, but this week administration officials told several congressional offices that they will move forward with a new and different package of arms sales -- without any formal notification to the public. The congressional offices that led the charge to oppose the original Bahrain arms sales package are upset that the State Department has decided to move forward with the new package.

Audit: US Defense Department can't account for billions for Iraq

January 30, 2012 by legitgov

Mission accomplished! Audit: US Defense Department can't account for billions for Iraq --'The bulk of the records are missing.' 29 Jan 2012 The U.S. Defense Department cannot account for about $2 billion it was given to cover Iraq-related expenses and is not providing Iraq with a complete list of U.S.-funded reconstruction [sic] projects, according to two new government audits. The reports come from the office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. The Iraqi government in 2004 gave the Department of Defense access to about $3 billion to pay bills for certain contracts, and the department can only show what happened to about a third of that, the inspector general says in an audit published Friday.

FBI will Monitor Social Media using Crawl Application

January 29, 2012 by legitgov

FBI will Monitor Social Media using Crawl Application 29 Jan 2012 The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking for a better way to spy on Facebook and Twitter users. The Bureau is asking companies to build software that can effectively scan social media online for significant words, phrases and behavior so that agents can respond. A paper posted on the FBI website asks for companies to build programs that will map sentiment and wrongdoing. "The application must be infinitely flexible and have the ability to adapt quickly to changing threats to maintain the strategic and tactical advantage," the Request for Information said. The tool would be used in "reconnaissance and surveillance missions, National Special Security Events (NSS) planning, NSSE operations, SOIC operations, counter intelligence, terrorism, and more."

Pentagon Seeks Mightier Bomb vs. Iran

January 29, 2012 by legitgov

Pentagon Seeks Mightier Bomb vs. Iran 28 Jan 2012 Pentagon war planners have concluded that their largest conventional bomb isn't yet capable of destroying Iran's most heavily fortified underground facilities, and are stepping up efforts to make it more powerful, according to U.S. officials briefed on the plan. The 30,000-pound "bunker-buster" bomb, known as the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, was specifically designed to take out the hardened fortifications built by Iran and North Korea to cloak their [alleged] nuclear programs. Doubts about the MOP's effectiveness prompted the Pentagon this month to secretly submit a request to Congress for funding to enhance the bomb's ability to penetrate deeper into rock, concrete and steel before exploding, the officials said. [Hopefully, the Pentagon will test it on itself.]

Mass arrests at Occupy Oakland protest

January 29, 2012 by legitgov

Mass arrests at Occupy Oakland protest 28 Jan 2012 Police arrested hundreds of Occupy protesters for failing to disperse Saturday night. Police Sgt. Christopher Bolton said the arrests came after protesters marched through downtown Oakland a little before 8 p.m. Saturday, with some of them entering a YMCA building. Meanwhile, about 100 police officers surrounded City Hall while others were swept the inside of the building to see if any protesters broke in. More help from other police agencies was also on the way, with busloads of Alameda County sheriff's deputies arriving in the downtown area late Saturday.

Yemen president arrives in US

January 29, 2012 by legitgov

Yemen president arrives in US 29 Jan 2012 The Yemeni President Dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh, is in the United States for medical treatment. He arrived on Saturday and is expected to stay for an unspecified time although the Yemeni Embassy in Washington told CNN he would return to Yemen in February. Saleh's plane arrived in the US after a brief touchdown in the United Kingdom for refueling.

Fitch downgrades credit ratings of five EU nations

January 29, 2012 by legitgov

Fitch downgrades credit ratings of five EU nations 27 Jan 2012 Fitch Ratings Friday downgraded the sovereign credit ratings of five euro currency countries - Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Belgium and Cyprus, contending they lack financing flexibility in the face of the regional debt crisis. Italy, the euro area's third-largest economy, was cut two levels to A- from A. The rating on Spain was also lowered two notches, to A from AA-. Ratings on Belgium, Slovenian and Cyprus were also lowered, while Ireland's rating was maintained.

Doctor who led us to bin Laden was CIA agent, says US

January 29, 2012 by legitgov

Doctor who led us to bin Laden was CIA agent, says US --Imprisoned CIA asset ran fake health scheme to get DNA evidence that al-Qa'ida leader was in house 29 Jan 2012 The United States has confirmed publicly for the first time that a Pakistani doctor long suspected of 'collecting vital evidence' before the assassination of Osama bin Laden was indeed working for them. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta told 60 Minutes on CBS that Shakil Afridi helped provide proof that the compound in Abbottabad to which they had tracked a Bin Laden courier, was indeed sheltering the al-Qa'ida leader. Bin Laden was killed, and a much-embarrassed Pakistan arrested Dr Afridi for acting for a foreign intelligence service. He has been in jail since, on suspicion of treason.

Police use tear gas on Oakland Occupy protesters

January 29, 2012 by legitgov

Police use tear gas on Oakland Occupy protesters --Police declared 'unlawful assembly' after marchers tore down perimeter fences at vacant Henry Kaiser Convention Center 28 Jan 2012 Oakland police used tear gas and "flash" grenades Saturday to break up an estimated 2,000 Occupy protesters after some demonstrators started throwing objects at officers and tearing down fencing. There were at least 10 arrests and no reports of serious injuries. Oakland officials say about 250 people were in the group when the protest started on the city's streets around noon, with demonstrators threatening to take over the vacant center. The crowd had grown to about 2,000 hours later, KCBS-AM reported.

Fmr. Homeland Security Sec Ridge calls for Regime Change in Iran

January 29, 2012 by legitgov

Fmr. Homeland Security Sec Ridge calls for Regime Change in Iran 28 Jan 2012 "Regime change, regime change, regime change." That is what Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge (R-Bush/Home Depot wh*re) said Saturday in an interview with Fox News, referring to the Obama Administration's need to take action against Iran. A United Nations nuclear agency team is traveling to Tehran to investigate the progress of the country's uranium enrichment.  Ridge, the former governor of Pennsylvania warned that inaction from the administration could be detrimental to our U.S. long term security, in recent Fox News op-ed.

Oakland police fire tear gas, flash grenades on Occupy protesters

January 28, 2012 by legitgov

Oakland police fire tear gas, flash grenades on Occupy protesters 28 Jan 2012 Oakland police used tear gas and "flash" grenades Saturday to break up an estimated 2,000 Occupy protesters after some demonstrators started throwing objects at officers and tearing down fencing. There were at least 19 arrests, but no reports of serious injuries. Police declared an unlawful assembly after marchers tore down perimeter fences at the vacant Henry Kaiser Convention Center.

Obama hosts George H.W. and Jeb Bush at White House

January 28, 2012 by legitgov

Mega barf alert *and* gag me with a chainsaw: Obama hosts George H.W. and Jeb Bush at White House 27 Jan 2012 Unbeknownst to the press<, President Obama met Friday evening with former president George H.W. Bush and his son, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, in the Oval Office. White House officials did not list the meeting on the president's schedule but released a photo on Flickr. According to the photo's time stamp, the meeting occurred shortly after 5 p.m., about the time the president returned to the White House from a fundraiser. The Bushes are in town to attend the exclusive Alfalfa Club dinner Saturday, an annual get-together for Washington power brokers that Obama also is scheduled to attend, according to the Associated Press.

US, South Korea to hold joint military exercises

January 28, 2012 by legitgov

US, South Korea to hold joint military exercises 27 Jan 2012 The United States and South Korea are to hold annual military exercises on the Korean peninsula soon, the first since the recent change of leadership in North Korea. On Friday, the U.S. and South Korea militaries announced the annual exercises would go ahead. This year two military exercises are planned. A command post exercise, named "Key Resolve" involving 2,100 U.S. personnel, including 800 coming from Japan and elsewhere, as well as 200,000 South Korean troops, is to start on February 27.

Talks Signal Possible US Return to Philippines

January 28, 2012 by legitgov

Talks Signal Possible US Return to Philippines 26 Jan 2012 The United States and the Philippines are discussing ways to re-establish a U.S. military presence in the Philippines, officials said. Such a step would be in line with the Obama regime's new policy pivot toward the Asia-Pacific region in face of China's growing military might, The Washington Post said Wednesday. The newspaper reported officials involved in preliminary negotiations said the two governments are favorably inclined toward such an arrangement -- which would come about two decades after the United States had to close its bases in the Philippines. [The Nosey Parker of the universe aka the US is trolling for more countries to annoy/invade/occupy. Hopefully, the resistance in the Philippines (and everywhere else) will become busy little bees!]

British soldier shot dead by insurgents in Afghanistan

January 28, 2012 by legitgov

British soldier shot dead by insurgents in Afghanistan 27 Jan 2012 Britain's military says a UK soldier has been shot dead by insurgents in southern Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defence says the soldier from 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment was shot on Friday during a foot patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province.

Subpoenas issued to financial firms in expanded probe

January 28, 2012 by legitgov

Subpoenas issued to financial firms in expanded probe 27 Jan 2012 The Justice Department issued civil subpoenas to 11 financial institutions as part of a new effort to investigate misconduct in the packaging and sale of home loans to investors, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday. Holder declined to provide specifics, including the names of the firms. The Obama administration has received heat from left-leaning activist groups that believe a separate effort to investigate misconduct in processing foreclosures and servicing home loans may not be rigorous enough to extract a meaningful settlement.

FBI staged 'hit' in NC beheading plot

January 28, 2012 by legitgov

FBI staged 'hit' in NC beheading plot 27 Jan 2012 An FBI agent testified Friday that investigators faked photographs to make it look like a witness in a North Carolina terror case had been murdered. The revelation came in a preliminary hearing in Wilmington for Shkumbin Sherifi - who is accused of plotting to murder witnesses who testified against his older brother Hysen Sherifi. Hysen Sherifi was sentenced to 45 years earlier this month in what prosecutors described as a conspiracy to attack the Marine base at Quantico, Va., and targets abroad.

Navy sending commando 'mothership' to Middle East

January 28, 2012 by legitgov

Navy sending commando 'mothership' to Middle East 27 Jan 2012 The Pentagon is rushing to send a large floating base for commando teams to the Middle East as tensions rise with Iran, 'al-Qaeda' in Yemen and Somali pirates, among other threats. In response to requests from U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, the Navy is converting an aging warship it had planned to decommission into a makeshift staging base for the commandos. Unofficially dubbed a "mothership," the floating base could accommodate smaller high-speed boats and helicopters commonly used by Navy SEALs, procurement documents show.

U.S. falls to 47th in press freedom rankings after Occupy crackdown

January 28, 2012 by legitgov

U.S. falls to 47th in press freedom rankings after Occupy crackdown 26 Jan 2012 Sweeping protests around the world made it an extremely difficult year for the media, and tested journalists as never before, the annual report into press freedom reveals. The annual report by Reporters Without Borders has been released, showing the United States fell 27 points on the list due to the many arrests of journalists covering Occupy Wall Street protests. The slide in the United States places it just behind Comoros and Taiwan in a group with Argentina and Romania.

Anonymous TKOs UFC's White

January 28, 2012 by legitgov

Anonymous TKOs UFC's White --Anonymous logos appeared briefly on the UFC's website and traffic was redirected to a site associated with Anonymous. 27 Jan 2012 UFC president Dana White went toe-to-toe with the hacker collective Anonymous on Thursday night on Twitter and ended up on the receiving end of a brutal punch. White's personal information, including his Social Security number, cellphone number, address, geographical coordinates of his residence, net worth, was published online moments after his dust up with Anonymous. The UFC's website was also hacked for the second time in a week.

Secret Service probes image of bullet-ridden Obama on Facebook

January 28, 2012 by legitgov

Secret Service probes image of bullet-ridden Obama on Facebook 27 Jan 2012 A post on the Facebook page of a veteran Peoria police sergeant depicting the photo of seven Centennial High School students in Peoria, four with guns and one holding up a T-shirt with a bullet-riddled image of President Barack Obama, was brought to the U.S. Secret Service's attention by a citizen and an "appropriate follow-up" is being conducted, a Washington D.C-based spokesman for the federal agency told The Republic Friday. Max Milien, spokesman for the Secret Service, described the Facebook post in the category of "unusual direction of interest," which would merit an agency follow-up.

Regulators say flood barriers may not protect TVA's nuclear plants

January 27, 2012 by legitgov

Regulators say flood barriers may not protect TVA's nuclear plants --Sand baskets considered 'temporary fix' 26 Jan 2012 Sand baskets that the Tennessee Valley Authority installed at dams to protect its nuclear plants from a worst-case flood could fail, according to a federal nuclear oversight group. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the baskets are not capable of standing up to the impact of debris barreling down the Tennessee River in a massive flood. "There is potential for this debris to damage the baskets or push the individual baskets apart, causing a breach," an NRC letter dated Wednesday to TVA says. "There would be no time to repair the baskets because the flood would already be in progress." [Insert eye-roll *here.*

Prosecutors Ordered to Identify NYC Terror Witness

January 27, 2012 by legitgov

Prosecutors Ordered to Identify NYC Terror Witness --Judge allows government to provide name under protective order barring defense from disclosing it to public 25 Jan 2012 A judge gave federal prosecutors until a week from Wednesday to give up the name of a witness they say was recruited for a chilling, al-Qaida[al-CIAduh]-sanctioned plot for suicide bombers to attack the New York City subways with explosives made from beauty supplies. Lawyers for alleged plotter Adis Madunjanin had demanded to know the identity of the man, referred to only as John Doe in court papers, before Madunjanin goes to trial later this year. District Judge Raymond Dearie said Madunjanin's lawyers had a right to know the name.

Ex-BP worker files whistleblower suit over cleanup

January 27, 2012 by legitgov

Ex-BP worker files whistleblower suit over cleanup 25 Jan 2012 A former BP employee has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the company, claiming he was fired for airing concerns about the cleanup of Mississippi's shoreline after the Gulf oil spill. In a federal suit filed last Friday in New Orleans, August Walter claims one of his BP bosses manipulated data on shoreline cleanup and didn't give the Coast Guard "the true status" of what substances needed to be cleaned. Walter, a Covington, La., resident who helped develop BP's cleanup plans in Mississippi after the 2010 spill began, claims in the suit that he was fired last month in retaliation for complaining that BP wasn't following environmental regulations and was "picking and choosing what oil to pick up."

'No radiation fears' in Fukushima for Louvre works

January 27, 2012 by legitgov

'No radiation fears' in Fukushima for Louvre works --'Radiation levels inside the exhibition room averaged 0.05 microsieverts per hour.' 26 Jan 2012 A Fukushima museum official on Thursday played down concerns in France about the possible contamination of artworks soon to be loaned to the nuclear hit region by the Louvre. The Paris museum plans to send 24 pieces to Japan, including to Fukushima prefecture, home to the stricken nuclear plant, in a show of solidarity with the disaster-hit country. Museum officials are now removing a contaminated lawn as part of their efforts to reduce levels of radioactivity ahead of the exhibition, said Tetsuo Sakai, head of the Fukushima museum.

LAPD and Special Forces Conduct Military Maneuvers In the Skies Above Downtown LA

January 27, 2012 by legitgov

LAPD and Special Forces Conduct Military Maneuvers In the Skies Above Downtown LA --The LAPD said the purpose of the training was in part to ensure the military's ability to operate in urban environments. 25 Jan 2012 The Los Angeles Police Department teamed with military special operation forces Wednesday evening to conduct multi-agency tactical exercises in the skies above downtown LA. Many questioned what was going on Wednesday night as a Black Hawk helicopter and four OH-6 choppers – or "Little Birds" – flew over the city, at one point hovering just above the US Bank building downtown and later flying low over the Staples Center as the Lakers played inside. [Bye-bye, Posse Comitatus!]

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