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Would-be Chicago backpack bomber gets 23 years

May 30, 2013 by legitgov

Would-be Chicago backpack bomber gets 23 years 30 May 2013 A young Lebanese immigrant was sentenced Thursday to 23 years in prison for placing a backpack he believed contained a powerful bomb along a bustling city street near the Chicago Cubs' baseball stadium. Sami Samir Hassoun's sentencing in federal court in Chicago came little more than a month after bombs concealed in [Craft International] backpacks exploded at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding hundreds more. In imposing the sentence, the judge invoked the specter of the Boston Marathon, saying had Hassoun's bomb been real, it would have made Boston look like a minor incident by comparison.

President Barack Obama targeted in 3rd threatening letter

May 30, 2013 by legitgov

President Barack Obama targeted in 3rd threatening letter 30 May 2013 President Barack Obama was the targeted recipient of a letter suspected of containing ricin, following similar letters sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg... A law enforcement source told ABC News that the letter to the president had an anti-gun control message along with a suspicious substance, similar to two letters recently sent to Bloomberg. The Secret Service confirmed the apparent link among the letters. The two letters addressed to the mayor had a Shreveport, La. postmark, according to a statement on the postal union's website.

Three more people die of novel coronavirus in Saudi Arabia

May 30, 2013 by legitgov

US bioterrorists are busy little bees: Three more people die of novel coronavirus in Saudi Arabia 30 May 2013 Saudi health authorizes say three more people have died from a deadly new respiratory virus related to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in the country. Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health announced on Thursday that the three victims, aged between 24 and 60, were suffering from chronic diseases, including kidney failure. They had been hospitalized a month ago. Thirty people have died globally from the novel coronavirus. The novel coronavirus, also known as nCoV-EMC, is a cousin of SARS.

Officials: Man who knew Boston bombing suspect was unarmed when shot

May 30, 2013 by legitgov

Officials: Man who knew Boston bombing suspect was unarmed when shot 29 May 2013 A Chechen man who was fatally shot by an FBI agent last week during an interview about one of the Boston bombing suspects was unarmed, law enforcement officials said Wednesday. An air of mystery has surrounded the FBI shooting of Ibragim Todashev, 27, since it occurred in Todashev's apartment early on the morning of May 22. The FBI said in a news release that day that Todashev, a former Boston resident who knew bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed during an interview with several law enforcement officers. The FBI has provided few other details, saying that the matter is being investigated by an FBI review team that may not finish its probe for several months.

Sandy Hook Report Put Off

May 30, 2013 by legitgov

Sandy Hook Report Put Off --Release possible in September --Unit involved in the investigation, said part of delay is redacting FBI reports 29 May 2013 State police said Wednesday that the final investigative report on the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown may not be released until the end of September. Danbury State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky, who's in charge of the investigation, said in January that the report wouldn't be released until June at the earliest, so the new forecast continues a pattern in which information on the case has been delayed in its release or withheld outright. State police have been criticized for releasing little information to the public about the investigation while at the same time discussing the case at conferences across the country.

Secret Service: Ricin letter to White House intercepted

May 30, 2013 by legitgov

Secret Service: Ricin letter to White House intercepted 30 May 2013 The Secret Service says a letter similar to ones sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been intercepted by a White House mail screening facility. The agency says the letter has been turned over to the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force for testing and investigation.

Head of company overseeing leaking nuclear tanks at Hanford to step down

May 30, 2013 by legitgov

Head of company overseeing leaking nuclear tanks at Hanford to step down 29 May 2013 The head of the contracting company responsible for containment tanks found to be leaking radioactive liquid at the Hanford, Wash., Nuclear Reservation announced his retirement Wednesday. The head of the contractor overseeing cleanup operations at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina will replace Mike Johnson, president and project manager of Washington River Protection Solutions, or WRPS, Johnson said in an email message to employees obtained by NBC station KING of Seattle. WRPS has been the subject of extensive federal scrutiny since it was learned in February that at least six of 177 underground tanks housing highly radioactive nuclear waste at the site were leaking.

Father of Chechen killed in Florida says FBI murdered him

May 30, 2013 by legitgov

Father of Chechen killed in Florida says FBI murdered him --'They murdered him to keep him from talking.' 30 May 2013 After FBI agents questioned Ibragim Todashev for hours on end about one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, his father alleged Thursday, they murdered him to keep him from talking. Abdulbaki Todashev, who applied Thursday for a U.S. visa so that he can pick up his son's body in Orlando, where he died, said that he has heard nothing from U.S. officials about the May 22 shooting. Despite earlier accounts of the incident, two law enforcement officials told The Washington Post on Wednesday that Todashev was not armed. He was shot seven times.

Judge rejects legal challenges by accused Colorado theater gunman

May 30, 2013 by legitgov

Judge rejects legal challenges by accused Colorado theater gunman 29 May 2013 A Colorado judge rejected challenges on Wednesday to the state's insanity defense statute and death penalty law by accused movie theater spree gunman James Holmes, resolving a key legal hurdle in the sensational case. Lawyers for Holmes, accused of killing 12 moviegoers and wounding dozens more in a rampage last July, had argued that the state's insanity law was unconstitutional because it forces their client to cooperate with court-appointed psychiatrists. They also contended that compelling the 25-year-old former neuroscience graduate student to reveal information to mental health experts that could be used against him at trial violates his constitutional right against self-incrimination. But Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos Samour disagreed.

Friend of Boston bombing suspect unarmed when killed by FBI

May 30, 2013 by legitgov

Friend of Boston bombing suspect unarmed when killed by FBI 30 May 2013 Ibragim Todashev, who was killed during an FBI interview last week, was unarmed when he was fatally shot, fueling speculation that his association with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was enough, in the eyes of police, to be fatal. The death of Ibragim Todashev has been shrouded in mystery since he was mortally wounded during an interview with FBI agents on May 22. Before Wednesday's admission that the 27-year-old was unarmed at the time of his death, investigators offered conflicting accounts of what happened in Todashev's final minutes.

Soldier Is Expected to Plead Guilty in Afghan Massacre

May 29, 2013 by legitgov

Soldier Is Expected to Plead Guilty in Afghan Massacre 29 May 2013 Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the soldier charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians in what is considered the deadliest war crime by a single American soldier in the post-9/11 [itself a US war crime] era, will plead guilty to avoid the death penalty, his lawyer said Wednesday. In a brief interview as he rushed into a meeting with Sergeant Bales, John Henry Browne, the lawyer, said military prosecutors at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash., had agreed to the plea, which could be made before a military judge next week. A spokesman for the base, Lt. Col. Gary Dangerfield, said he could not confirm whether a deal had been struck or whether the two sides were in negotiations over a plea. But he said a plea hearing had been tentatively scheduled for next Wednesday.

Obama to Pick Former Bush Official to Lead F.B.I.

May 29, 2013 by legitgov

Obama to Pick Former Bush Official to Lead F.B.I. --Obusha picks James Comey, a Republican and former hedge fund executive, to lead the F.B.I. 29 May 2013 President Obama plans to nominate James B. Comey, a former hedge fund executive and a former senior Justice Department official under President [sic] George W. Bush, to replace Robert S. Mueller III as the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a person with knowledge of the selection. The Obama administration had initially hoped to announce the nomination several weeks ago, but delayed it after the Boston Marathon bombings.

U.S. Shuts Currency Exchange Allegedly Tied to $6B in Money Laundering

May 29, 2013 by legitgov

U.S. Shuts Currency Exchange Allegedly Tied to $6B in Money Laundering 28 May 2013 In conjunction with Costa Rican authorities and Spanish police, U.S. law enforcement participated in a joint operation on Friday to arrest the founder of Liberty Reserve S. A., a private digital currency exchange service based in Costa Rica. U.S. authorities accused the currency exchange of facilitating $6 billion worth of money laundering, calling it a "bank of choice for the criminal underworld." Today, the website domain is resolving again but a notice on the homepage states: "THIS DOMAIN NAME HAS BEEN SEIZED by the United States Global Illicit Financial Team."

Attack on Red Cross in eastern Afghanistan kills one guard

May 29, 2013 by legitgov

Attack on Red Cross in eastern Afghanistan kills one guard 29 May 2013 Insurgents attacked the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Wednesday, killing an Afghan guard in the second major assault on a humanitarian organization in less than a week. Seven staff members, believed to be the total number of foreign workers at the ICRC in Jalalabad, were rescued by Afghan police during the attack, which involved a suicide bomber and three gunmen, an Interior Ministry spokesman said. Police carried away the blood-soaked body of the guard who was shot dead at the beginning of the assault, which started when the suicide bomber detonated explosives at the ICRC gate at 5:30 p.m. (1300 GMT).

Russian Pacific Fleet enters the Mediterranean in challenge to West

May 29, 2013 by legitgov

Russian Pacific Fleet enters the Mediterranean in challenge to West 28 May 2013 For the first time in a decade, a large combat fleet from Russia's Pacific Fleet based in Vladivostok in the Russian Far East is joining other Russian warships in the Mediterranean on a combat patrol. To deploy large warships thousands of miles away from East Asia to the Middle East demonstrates President Vladimir Putin's resolve to resume Russia's military and strategic glory of the past by challenging the collective military power of the West. [It's about time.]

US assassination drone kills seven in northwest Pakistan

May 29, 2013 by legitgov

US assassination drone kills seven in northwest Pakistan 29 May 2013 At least seven people have been killed in an attack by a US assassination drone in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region, local officials say. The incident took place early Wednesday after the US drone fired two missiles at a house in Chashma village near Miranshah, a town in the North Waziristan district. The strike was the first such move since Pakistan's recent general elections won by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League.

Obama Asks Pentagon for Syria No-Fly Zone Plan

May 29, 2013 by legitgov

USociopaths trolling for new wars for BP, ExxonMobil and Israel: Obama Asks Pentagon for Syria No-Fly Zone Plan 28 May 2013 Along with no-fly zone plans, the White House is considering arming parts of the Syrian opposition and formally recognizing the Syrian opposition council, reports Josh Rogin. The White House has asked the Pentagon to draw up plans for a no-fly zone inside Syria that would be enforced by the U.S. and other countries such as France and Great Britain, two administration officials told The Daily Beast. The request was made shortly before Secretary of State John Kerry toured the Middle East last week to try and finalize plans for an early June conference between the Syrian regime government and 'rebel' leaders [aka cannibals, rapists and terrorists] in Geneva.

FBI used Photoshop in Boston bombings evidence: Investigative journalist

May 29, 2013 by legitgov

FBI used Photoshop in Boston bombings evidence: Investigative journalist 29 May 2013 An investigative reporter has revealed that the image released by the FBI as evidence on one of the suspects of the Boston Marathon bombings was doctored with a computer software such as Photoshop. The FBI image was put forth as evidence that 19-year old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who the police took into custody on April 19 after a day of intense searching that shut down major parts of Boston, arrived at the scene of the bombing with a backpack but left without it. Comparing pictures he took of the scene with the photo released by the FBI, reporter Ralph Lopez of The Digital Journal suggests the FBI photo shows clear evidence of being made with Photoshop.

NY Mayor Bloomberg Gets 'Ricin-Laced' Letters

May 29, 2013 by legitgov

NY Mayor Bloomberg Gets 'Ricin-Laced' Letters --Police officers are showing symptoms of ricin poisoning after handling the letters, which initially tested positive for the toxin. 29 May 2013 Police say two anonymous letters sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have tested positive for traces of the deadly poison ricin. The threatening letters were opened on Friday in New York at the city's mail facility, and on Sunday in Washington DC at the headquarters of a nonprofit Mr Bloomberg supports, Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Both were addressed to Mr Bloomberg and contained threats related to the gun control debate. Police say preliminary testing indicated the presence of ricin.

Threatening letter to NY Mayor Bloomberg tests positive for ricin

May 29, 2013 by legitgov

Threatening letter to NY Mayor Bloomberg tests positive for ricin 29 May 2013 Preliminary tests indicate ricin was found in letters sent this past weekend to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, New York deputy police commissioner Paul Browne said Wednesday. Browne said the letter to Bloomberg contained a threat to the mayor and referenced the debate on gun laws. Some of the emergency services workers who touched the letter are being examined after they showed minor symptoms of ricin exposure on Saturday, he said.

Chinese firm in $4.7bn takeover of US pork giant Smithfield Foods

May 29, 2013 by legitgov

Mega barf alert *and* gag me with a chainsaw: Chinese firm in $4.7bn takeover of US pork giant Smithfield Foods --There have been recent reports of contamination of the Chinese meat supply from a bird-flu outbreak. Shuanghui, also known as Shineway, is China's largest pork producer and is part owned by an investment firm run by Goldman Sachs. 29 May 2013 China's Shuanghui International has made a $4.7bn bid to takeover Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer, in what would be the biggest takeover of a US company by a Chinese firm to date -- if it passes regulatory hurdles. The deal is likely to run into heavy opposition in Washington, where a series of Chinese takeovers have been blocked by politicians and regulators. A takeover would give Smithfield entry into China, one of the biggest and fastest growing markets for pork. Smithfield, too, has been challenged by safety and work practice issues. The first confirmed case of H1N1 swine flu during the 2009 flu pandemic was a five-year-old boy living near a Smithfield subsidiary in Mexico. More than 600 residents living near the plant in La Gloria, Veracruz, were infected with a mysterious respiratory illness.

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, an Independent, to switch to Democratic party

May 29, 2013 by legitgov

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, an Independent, to switch to Democratic party --The party change will be Chafee's second: He was elected to the Senate as a Republican and to the governorship as an Independent. 29 May 2013 Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee will switch to the Democratic party, according to a new report. Chafee, elected as an Independent in 2010, "absolutely intends to switch his party registration" ahead of his 2014 reelection bid, sources told Politico.

Bachmann Says She Won't Seek House Re-Election in 2014

May 29, 2013 by legitgov

Bachmann Says She Won't Seek House Re-Election in 2014 29 May 2013 U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann, a former Republican presidential hopeful and an exponent of the anti-tax Tea Party movement, said she won't run for re-election and may consider future opportunities in politics. "I have decided next year I will not seek a fifth congressional term," Bachmann, of Minnesota, said today in a video posted on her website. Bachmann, 57, dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination last year after a sixth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses.

George Zimmerman's relevant past

May 29, 2013 by legitgov

George Zimmerman's relevant past 28 May 2013 Thanks to Florida's incredible sunshine laws, we know a few relevant things about [alleged Trayvon Martin murderer, George] Zimmerman. In July 2005, he was arrested for "resisting officer with violence." The neighborhood watch volunteer who wanted to be a cop got into a scuffle with cops who were questioning a friend for alleged underage drinking. The charges were reduced and then waived after he entered an alcohol education program. Then in August 2005, Zimmerman's former fiance sought a restraining order against him because of domestic violence... Meanwhile, over the course of eight years, Zimmerman made at least 46 calls to the Sanford (FL) Police Department reporting suspicious activity involving black males. We also know that Witness No. 9 accused Zimmerman of molesting her when they were children. The relative's revelation is appalling but irrelevant. What most folks don't know is that Witness No. 9 made an explosive allegation against her cousin. "I know George. And I know that he does not like black people," she told a Sanford police officer during a telephone call in which she pleaded for anonymity.

Mirror of EDL donors addresses leak

May 29, 2013 by legitgov

Mirror of EDL donors addresses leak --Addresses of People who have donated to the English Defence League 27 May 2013 @EDL & BNP; its not over yet, this was just the starter, the main course is yet to come... secure your sites, give me a challenge, this was way too easy. Greets to: Luit - Hex00010 - ZCompany Hacking Crew - Spider - d0ped - TaZii - PAKBugs - ZombiE_KsA - TheSin - -null- - ApendiX & everyone else.  We Do the Exposing. ... - TriCk aka Saywhat? - TeaMp0isoN

An Airborne Transmissible Avian Influenza H5 Hemagglutinin Seen at the Atomic Level

May 29, 2013 by legitgov

An Airborne Transmissible Avian Influenza H5 Hemagglutinin Seen at the Atomic Level 02 May 2013 Recent studies have identified several mutations in the hemagglutinin (HA) protein that allow the highly pathogenic avian H5N1 influenza A virus to transmit between mammals by airborne route. Here, we determined the complex structures of wild-type and mutant HAs derived from an Indonesia H5N1 virus bound to either avian or human receptor sialic acid analogs. (Abstract)

Doctors of 'The Hartford Consensus' Draft Plan to Help Cities, Towns Prepare for Mass Shootings

May 29, 2013 by legitgov

Doctors of 'The Hartford Consensus' Draft Plan to Help Cities, Towns Prepare for Mass Shootings --The eight-member committee met two weeks before the Boston Marathon bombing [Holy coincindence, Batman!] 27 May 2013 A Hartford Hospital trauma physician met with doctors from the FBI, the Navy, the Dallas SWAT team, the New Orleans Police Department and elsewhere one day in April to begin work on a plan to help cities and towns better prepare for a mass shooting. The idea was hatched by the American College of Surgeons in response to the shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The group of doctors has become known as The Hartford Consensus, a committee of eight people from medicine, the military and law enforcement. Committee member Dr. Alex Eastman, who is the interim chief of the trauma center at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas as well as a lieutenant on the Dallas police SWAT team, said The Hartford Consensus is an effort to "put on paper what we all know needs to be done."

Obama Stiffs Chris Christie's Democratic Opponent

May 29, 2013 by legitgov

Obama Stiffs Chris Christie's Democratic Opponent [Right, any chance Obusha can burn a Democrat or Democratic principles - he's all in.] 28 May 2013 While traveling to New Jersey today, President Barack Obama stiffed the Democratic opponent of Republican governor Chris Christie. Obama did not meet privately with Barbara Buono, the Democratic candidate. But he did walk along the Jersey Shore boardwalk with Christie.

Explosion at Disneyland, Toontown evacuated - police

May 29, 2013 by legitgov

Explosion at Disneyland, Toontown evacuated - police --Bomb squad from Orange County Sheriff's Department responding 28 May 2013 (CA) Police were evacuating people Tuesday evening at Disneyland's Toontown after a report of an explosion that appeared to have involved dry ice, authorities said. No injuries were reported in the blast, which was called in about 5:30 p.m, Sgt. Robert Dunn of the Anaheim Police Department said. He said the dry ice appeared to have been placed in a plastic bottle.

Huge explosion as CMX freight train, carrying sodium chlorate, derails

May 28, 2013 by legitgov

Huge explosion as CMX freight train, carrying sodium chlorate, derails 28 May 2013 A freight train plowed into a garbage truck and derailed near the US city of Baltimore, triggering a fire and a massive explosion that injured a driver and was reportedly felt for miles.  Television footage showed several train cars lying on their side and engulfed in flames, along with the mangled remains of the truck that may have tried to cross the tracks as the train passed. Thick black smoke billowed out from some of the derailed train cars and stretched across the area; some chemicals including a fluoride material were burning. CSX Transportation, the cargo carrier that operates the train, said in a statement that one of the cars that derailed contained sodium chlorate, which is classified by the US Transportation Department as a hazardous material.

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