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'Back to the 19th century': Mysterious techno breakdown hits Gitmo 9/11 tribunal

August 24, 2013 by legitgov

'Back to the 19th century': Mysterious techno breakdown hits Gitmo 9/11 tribunal [Yeah, it's called *censorship.*] 24 Aug 2013 Defense lawyers for Guantanamo detainees asked the judge in the military tribunal on Friday to suspend pretrial hearings as mysterious computer glitches are just the latest technological setbacks to complicate the legal proceedings. Defense lawyers for Guantanamo detainees asked the military tribunal judge to suspend pretrial hearings as mysterious computer glitches have made their job a 'hot mess' forcing some of them to draft motions with pen and paper. "We're basically put back in the 19th century," Army Major Jason Wright, who represents the alleged mastermind of the terrorist attacks, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, said on Friday, as quoted by Reuters. "It takes about five to 10 times what it would normally take to do defense functions."

Order sought for Newtown gunman's school records

August 24, 2013 by legitgov

Order sought for Newtown gunman's school records 24 Aug 2013 Connecticut's attorney general wants a judge to order Newtown school officials to release the records of the [*alleged*] gunman who killed 26 people at an elementary school, including 20 first-grade students. Attorney General George Jepsen wants Adam Lanza's school records to be released to the state child advocate office so its Child Fatality Review Panel can examine the Dec. 14 attack. The panel reviews unexpected and unexplained child fatalities.

Syrian 'rebels' use toxic chemicals against govt troops near Damascus - state media

August 24, 2013 by legitgov

Syrian 'rebels' use toxic chemicals against govt troops near Damascus - state media 24 Aug 2013 [US-funded] Syrian 'rebels' have used chemical weapons against regime forces in the Damascus suburb of Jobar, where soldiers discovered stockpiles of toxic poisoning antidotes, state media reports. According to SANA citing "an official source" suffocation cases among army soldiers have been reported. The source told the agency that army unit pushed into the area, where soldiers were attacked, and seized a warehouse containing material labeled 'Made in KSA' as well as a large number of protective masks. In addition, the army discovered a stockpile of chemical poisoning antidotes with 'The Qatari-German Company for Pharmaceutical Industries' label on them.

Tepco Raises Alarm on Fukushima Nuclear Crisis

August 24, 2013 by legitgov

Tepco Raises Alarm on Fukushima Nuclear Crisis 24 Aug 2013 The operator of Japan's wrecked nuclear power plant sounded the alarm on the gravity of the deepening crisis of containment at the coastal site on Friday, saying that there are more than 200,000 tons of radioactive water in makeshift tanks vulnerable to leaks, with no reliable way to check on them or anywhere to transfer the water. Tepco has built nearly 1,000 tanks at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex to store as many as 335,000 tons of contaminated radioactive water, the product of coolant pumped into the reactors to keep their cores from overheating, and groundwater pouring into their breached basements at a rate of 400 tons a day. This week, Tepco said one tank had sprung a huge leak. On Friday, Tepco presented an even starker view of the situation, acknowledging that as much as 220,000 tons of that water is stored in makeshift steel tanks similar to the one that is leaking.

NSA Officers Sometimes Spy on Love Interests

August 24, 2013 by legitgov

NSA Officers Sometimes Spy on Love Interests 23 Aug 2013 National Security Agency officers on several occasions have channeled their agency's enormous eavesdropping power to spy on love interests, U.S. officials said. The practice isn't frequent... [Yeah, right!] but it’s common enough to garner its own spycraft label: LOVEINT. Spy agencies often refer to their various types of intelligence collection with the suffix of "INT," such as "SIGINT" for collecting signals intelligence, or communications; and "HUMINT" for human intelligence, or spying.

U.S. preps for possible cruise missile attack on Syrian gov't forces

August 24, 2013 by legitgov

U.S. preps for possible cruise missile attack on Syrian gov't forces 23 Aug 2013 CBS News has learned that the Pentagon is making the initial preparations for a cruise missile attack on Syrian government forces. We say "initial preparations" because such an attack won't happen until the president gives the green light. And it was clear during an interview on CNN Friday that he is not there yet. "If the U.S. goes in and attacks another country, without a U.N. mandate and without clear evidence that can be presented," the president told CNN, "then there are questions in terms of whether international law supports it -- 'do we have the coalition to make it work?' Those are considerations that we have to take into account."

Robert Bales sentenced to life in prison for Afghanistan massacre

August 24, 2013 by legitgov

Robert Bales sentenced to life in prison for Afghanistan massacre 23 Aug 2013 A military jury has sentenced a US soldier who massacred 16 Afghan civilians last year to life in prison without a chance of parole. The decision came on Friday in the case against Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, who pleaded guilty in June in a deal to avoid the death penalty for one of the worst atrocities of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Bales took the witness stand on Thursday and apologized for the pre-dawn attack in March 2012, describing it as an act of cowardice. The father of two from Lake Tapps, Washington was serving his fourth combat deployment when he left his outpost at Camp Belambay, in Kandahar province, in the middle of the night to attack two villages. Closing arguments ended on Friday, leaving jurors to consider whether the 40-year-old's life sentence should include the possibility of parole.

Bob Filner agrees to resign

August 24, 2013 by legitgov

Bob Filner agrees to resign 23 Aug 2013 After six weeks of heated controversy over the sexual harassment charges against him, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has agreed to resign, CBS News confirms. The San Diego City Council on Friday voted 7-0 to accept Filner's resignation as part of a deal his lawyers struck with the city attorney over a sexual harassment suit against him. As part of the deal, Filner will stay in office until Aug. 30. After Filner last month declined to resign -- instead opting to spend two weeks at a behavioral counseling clinic -- the public pressure against the mayor intensified.

Deadly new MERS virus traced to Egyptian tomb bat

August 24, 2013 by legitgov

Deadly new MERS virus traced to Egyptian tomb bat 21 Aug 2013 A deadly new virus that has killed 47 people has been traced to an Egyptian Tomb Bat, researchers reported on Wednesday. The virus causes Middle East respiratory syndrome, MERS for short, and it’s sickened 96 people with links to the Middle East -- most of them in Saudi Arabia. It's a coronavirus, a distant relative of the SARS virus that caused a global outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2003.

Syria blames rebels for alleged chemical attack

August 24, 2013 by legitgov

Syria blames rebels for alleged chemical attack --Foreign fighters are using 'the most extreme weapons,' official says 22 Aug 2013 Foreign fighters and their international backers [CIA] are to blame for a purported chemical weapons attack near Damascus that the opposition says killed at least 100 people, Syria's deputy prime minister Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil told The Associated Press. The statement came as government forces continued to target rebel terrorist strongholds where the alleged attack occurred with airstrikes and artillery for a second day, violence that was likely to complicate any swift investigation into the mysterious circumstances surrounding the deaths. Jamil said foreign militants carried out the attack with the backing of Israel and supporters in the West in a bid to thwart efforts to hold an international peace conference to end the Syrian bloodshed.

Nidal Hasan convicted of Fort Hood killings

August 24, 2013 by legitgov

Nidal Hasan convicted of Fort Hood killings 23 Aug 2013 Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who opened fire on dozens of soldiers at Fort Hood., Tex., was found guilty Friday of murdering 13 people, taking him one step closer to becoming the first active-duty soldier to be executed in more than 50 years. Hasan, who acted as his own attorney but demonstrated little interest in mounting a defense, was convicted on 13 charges of premeditated murder and 32 of attempted murder by a panel of senior officers. The case will now move to a sentencing phase, during which more witnesses may be called and the 42-year-old major could testify before a punishment is handed down.

Pentagon considering strikes on Syria: Officials

August 23, 2013 by legitgov

Pentagon considering strikes on Syria: Officials 23 Aug 2013 In response to recent allegations of chemical attacks [actually carried out by US-funded 'rebels'] in Syria, the Pentagon has begun refining its military options for possible strikes in the Middle Eastern country, US officials said. Officers at the Pentagon said they were updating target lists for potential airstrikes on a number of government and military installations in Syria, should President Barack Obama give the green-light to a military assault, officials said Thursday, according to the Wall Street Journal. The military options being revised at the Pentagon range from possible strikes on Syrian military "delivery capabilities and systems" to command-and-control facilities and artillery batteries, officials said.

Chicago Police, Using 'Heat List,' Go Door-to-Door and Warn Listees Not to Commit Crime

August 23, 2013 by legitgov

Holy fascist police state, Batman! Chicago Police, Using 'Heat List,' Go Door-to-Door and Warn Listees Not to Commit Crime --Officials generate analysis to predict who will likely be involved in crime 23 Aug 2013 With the help of mathematical analysis, Chicago police hope to home in on people it believes are most at risk of shooting someone or being shot themselves. The strategy calls for warning those on the heat list individually that further criminal activity, even for the most petty offenses, will result in the full force of the law being brought down on them. The effort, funded by a federal grant from the National Institute of Justice [sic], is formally known as Two Degrees of Association -- an acknowledgment of the importance of the interconnections among those involved in crime. Police officials said they came up with a heat list of about 420 names through a computer analysis, weighting numerous risk factors to come up with a ranking of people who in the worst cases were more than 500 times more likely than average to be involved in violence.

NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies

August 23, 2013 by legitgov

NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies --Prism companies include Google and Yahoo, says NSA [LOL, of course NSAssociate Google and Yahell are on the NSA taxpayer-funded spying dole! That's why Gmail and Yahoo keep *relegating CLG Newsletters to the spam bin* despite repeated requests by people to *stop doing that* and why Google+ will not allow CLG to have a page.] 23 Aug 2013 The National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to cover the costs of major internet companies involved in the Prism surveillance program after a court ruled that some of the agency's activities were unconstitutional, according to top-secret material passed to the Guardian. The technology companies, which the NSA says includes Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook, incurred the costs to meet new certification demands in the wake of the ruling from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (Fisa) court. The October 2011 judgment, which was declassified on Wednesday by the Obama administration, found that the NSA's inability to separate purely domestic communications from foreign traffic violated the fourth amendment.

Bradley Manning Uncovered U.S. Torture, Abuse, Soldiers Laughing As They Killed Innocent Civilians

August 23, 2013 by legitgov

Bradley Manning Uncovered U.S. Torture, Abuse, Soldiers Laughing As They Killed Innocent Civilians 21 Aug 2013 Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, the intelligence analyst convicted of making public thousands of secret documents, was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison. But the files Manning sent to the website WikiLeaks remain on the Internet for anyone to read, and their impact on the world may be debated for as long as he remains in prison... Here are some of the documents and revelations Manning leaked to the world from the small, sensitive, compartmented information facility in Iraq where he worked as an intelligence analyst from 2009 to 2010.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's resignation in the works - Reports

August 23, 2013 by legitgov

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's resignation in the works - Reports 22 Aug 2013 San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, accused of sexually harassing women, will resign if the San Diego City Council accepts a proposed mediation agreement, local TV stations reported Thursday. The resignation would be effective Friday, according to the stations, including CNN affiliate KGTV. "It is still our understanding that his resignation is part of the deal that the San Diego City Council needs to sign off on during tomorrow's closed session," an official familiar with the negotiations told CNN.

Ron Paul: Manning 'should be released'

August 23, 2013 by legitgov

Ron Paul: Manning 'should be released' 22 Aug 2013 Former Rep. Ron Paul believes that Chelsea Manning -- previously known as Bradley Manning -- has done enough time in custody for the WikiLeaks scandal and should be released. Paul, who made his comments at a Reddit AMA session on Thursday, agreed that Manning should've been punished for practicing civil disobedience and breaking the law, but Manning's time served until now, as well as the other factors in the case, should prompt Manning's release.

Fukushima leak is 'much worse than we were led to believe'

August 23, 2013 by legitgov

Fukushima leak is 'much worse than we were led to believe' --There are no accurate figures for radiation levels. 22 Aug 2013 A nuclear expert has told the BBC that he believes the current water leaks at Fukushima are much worse than the authorities have stated. Mycle Schneider is an independent consultant who has previously advised the French and German governments. He says water is leaking out all over the site and there are no accurate figures for radiation levels. Meanwhile the chairman of Japan's nuclear authority said that he feared there would be further leaks.

Justice Department sues Texas over voter ID law

August 23, 2013 by legitgov

Justice Department sues Texas over voter ID law 22 Aug 2013 The Justice Department on Thursday redoubled its efforts to challenge state voting laws, suing Texas over its new voter ID measure as part of a growing political showdown over electoral rights. The move marked the latest bid by the Obama administration to counter a Supreme Court ruling that officials have said threatens the voting rights of minorities [and the elderly and the poor]. It also signaled that the administration will probably take legal action in voting rights cases in other states, including North Carolina, where the governor signed a voter ID law this month.

UK terror law watchdog promises rapid report on David Miranda detention

August 23, 2013 by legitgov

UK terror law watchdog promises rapid report on David Miranda detention --Met police launch criminal investigation 22 Aug 2013 Britain's anti-terror laws watchdog is to investigate whether laws were used "lawfully, appropriately and humanely" when police detained David Miranda at Heathrow airport for nine hours. David Anderson QC, the government's independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, who held talks with the Met police this week, will focus on schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act of 2000, which lets police detain people at ports and airports without grounds for suspicion. The move by Anderson will also raise questions for Theresa May, the home secretary, who was given advance notice of the detention of Miranda and who endorsed the police decision.

FBI granted power to delay citizenship for Muslims, ACLU report says

August 22, 2013 by legitgov

FBI granted power to delay citizenship for Muslims, ACLU report says --Covert program set up by George W Bush and continued under Barack Obama (of course) allows US to profile law-abiding Muslim as 'national security concerns', report says 21 Aug 2013 A covert national security programme allows the FBI and US immigration authorities the power to indefinitely delay immigration benefits to Muslims and those from Muslim countries, according to an investigation by the American Civil Liberties Union. The previously unknown programme, which began in 2008 under George W Bush to identify those with links to terrorism, has continued under President Obama to blacklist law-abiding applicants and profile Muslims as "national security concerns", according to the ACLU. Migrants who have travelled through or lived in areas of known terrorist activity, wired money back to their families, attended a mosque of interest to the FBI or even given a voluntary interview to the agency, can be labelled "national security concerns", the report, published on Wednesday, says.

News of chemical weapons attack in Syria published one day before massacre happened - Report

August 22, 2013 by legitgov

News of chemical weapons attack in Syria published one day before massacre happened - Report 22 Aug 2013 The Islamic politics and cultural website Islamic Invitation Turkey claims that several videos were uploaded one day before the reports on chemical weapons use near Damascus in Syria. This evidence shows that the terrorists massacred people then recorded the scenes to deceive the world, but they gave themselves away. Terrorists in Syria uploaded the video of their crimes in East Ghouta, Damascus, on August 20, 2013, and then blamed the Syrian government for the attack early on August 21, 2013, says the IIT website. This evidence supposedly shows the massacre by terrorists in Syria and their struggle to convince the public that the Syrian government is behind the massacre. The terrorists uploaded the videos before the massacre and their so-called allegation of the time when the chemical weapons attack by the Syrian Army occurred.

Bradley Manning: I want to live as a woman

August 22, 2013 by legitgov

Bradley Manning: I want to live as a woman 22 Aug 2013 Bradley Manning, the Army private sentenced to military prison for leaking classified documents, revealed he intends to live out the remainder of his life as a woman. "I am Chelsea Manning. I am female," the Army private wrote in a statement read on TODAY Thursday. "Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition." Manning, 25, was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday after having been found guilty of 20 charges ranging from espionage to theft for leaking more than 700,000 documents to the WikiLeaks website while working in Iraq in 2010.

Nasdaq resumes trading after three-hour shutdown

August 22, 2013 by legitgov

Nasdaq resumes trading after three-hour shutdown 22 Aug 2013 Trading resumed on the Nasdaq exchange after a three-hour shutdown that halted trading in such high-profile companies such as Apple, Microsoft and Facebook. A problem affecting quote dissemination starting at 12:14:03 ET froze trading in all securities in the longest shutdown at the exchange in recent memory. Despite the freeze, Nasdaq that it would not cancel orders.

US 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria, blame it on Assad govt': Report

August 22, 2013 by legitgov

US 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria, blame it on Assad govt': Report 30 Jan 2013 The Obama administration gave green signal to a chemical weapons attack plan in Syria that could be blamed on President Bashar al Assad's regime administration and in turn, spur international military action in the devastated country, leaked documents have shown. A new report, that contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence, showed a scheme 'approved by Washington'. As per the scheme 'Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to use chemical weapons,' the Daily Mail reports.

DHS developing facial-scanning technology for police

August 22, 2013 by legitgov

DHS developing facial-scanning technology for police 21 Aug 2013 The Department of Homeland Security is testing surveillance technology that could someday allow law enforcement to scan crowds with video cameras and ID people by their faces -- in [oh but] another advancement that could raise major privacy concerns. The department acknowledged Wednesday that testing is still in the works, and claimed it is "not ready for deployment," following a report in The New York Times about progress being made in the facial-scanning push. The department for years has faced challenges to its screening procedures at U.S. airports, which have been criticized as invasive.

China bird flu analysis finds more virus threats lurking

August 22, 2013 by legitgov

China bird flu analysis finds more virus threats lurking 21 Aug 2013 A deadly new bird flu virus in China evolved from migratory birds via waterfowl to poultry and into people, and there are other bird flu viruses circulating that could follow the same path, scientists have found. The study - an analysis of the evolutionary history of the H7N9 bird flu that has so far killed 44 people - identified several other H7 flu viruses circulating in birds that the researchers said "may pose threats beyond the current outbreak". While none of the additional H7 strains they detected has yet been found in humans, some are able to infect other mammals such as ferrets, the researchers said, suggesting a jump to humans may be possible.

Compassionate rescue team saves the life of paralyzed wolf trapped in icy river

August 22, 2013 by legitgov

Compassionate rescue team saves the life of paralyzed wolf trapped in icy river 03 Sep 2012 A severely injured wolf was rescued from the icy waters of the Limentra, in Camugnano, Italy. He was in a state of hypothermia and appeared close to death. The wolf was malnourished, his hind limbs were paralyzed and his body was riddled with 35 lead pellets. The dramatic rescue was undertaken on January 9, 2012, by police and conservation officers from the Monte Adone Centre for Conservation and Research of Exotic and Wild Fauna.

Illinois zoos, agencies conducting bird flu disaster drills

August 22, 2013 by legitgov

Illinois zoos, agencies conducting bird flu disaster drills --The exercise involves an imaginary employee leaking sensitive information on a personal Facebook page --Research included watching the virus outbreak movie 'Contagion' as 'field research.' 21 Aug 2013 As a zoo CEO drives to work, a radio news segment announces that dead birds were reported in a park near the zoo. In this hypothetical scenario involving the Lincoln Park Zoo, the CEO arrives at the office to find a flurry of voice mails from reporters. But before there is a chance to respond, the phone rings: The H5N1 virus has been confirmed as the cause of the birds’ deaths in the park. It is not yet known if the bird-flu strain can spread to humans... From Tuesday through Thursday this week, eight zoos and aquariums in Illinois are participating in the Zoo Animal Health Network exercise on communication during emergencies, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and state and other agencies. [Heads up! US government drills have a tendency to 'go live' -- as on 9/11 and with the 'Boston bombings,' etc.]

NSA misrepresented scope of data collection to secret court

August 22, 2013 by legitgov

NSA misrepresented scope of data collection to secret court 21 Aug 2013 The Obama administration on Wednesday declassified opinions from a secret court that oversees government surveillance showing the National Security Agency was broadly collecting domestic Internet communications of Americans and misrepresenting the scope of that effort to the court. The three opinions include one from October 2011 by U.S. District Judge John Bates, who scolded government lawyers that the NSA had, for the third time in less than three years, belatedly acknowledged it was collecting more data than it was legally allowed to. "NSA acquires valuable information through its upstream collection, but not without substantial intrusions on Fourth Amendment protected interests," Bates wrote.

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