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At least 20 dolphins found dead in Cape Cod area

January 17, 2012 by legitgov

At least 20 dolphins found dead in Cape Cod area 16 Jan 2012 At least 20 dolphins have died after washing up near several Cape Cod towns, an International Fund for Animal Welfare spokeswoman said Monday. Between 40 and 50 common and Atlantic white-sided dolphins have been found stranded close to the shore since Thursday, and the number will likely rise, said IFAW spokeswoman Kerry Branon. Some animals were released Monday near Provincetown, bringing the total number of animals saved to 19.

Hacker brings down Israeli bourse, El Al websites

January 17, 2012 by legitgov

Hacker brings down Israeli bourse, El Al websites 17 Jan 2012 A hacker brought down the websites of Israel's national carrier El Al and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) on Monday, raising fears of a wave of politically motivated cyber attacks. Both sites were affected early in the day, posting messages saying they had been taken down for "maintenance." By early afternoon the El Al site was back up, although the TASE website was still inaccessible. The websites of two small banks were also attacked, Israeli media reported. [Awesome!]

Israel's top court backs bar on Palestinian spouses

January 17, 2012 by legitgov

Israel's top court backs bar on Palestinian spouses 12 Jan 2012 Israel's top court has upheld a law denying citizenship to Palestinians married to Israelis, with one judge saying it helped the Jewish state fend off "national suicide". By a 6-to-5 vote, the Supreme Court late on Wednesday rejected petitions against the 2003 ban, which civil liberty groups denounced as racist for potentially forcing members of Israel's 20-percent Arab minority who wed Palestinians to emigrate.

Radioactive Concrete Is Latest Scare for Fukushima Survivors

January 17, 2012 by legitgov

Radioactive Concrete Is Latest Scare for Fukushima Survivors 16 Jan 2012 The Japanese government is investigating how radioactive concrete ended up in a new apartment complex in the Fukushima Prefecture, housing evacuees from a town near the crippled nuclear plant. The contamination was first discovered when dosimeter readings of children in the city of Nihonmatsu, roughly 40 miles from the reactors at Fukushima Dai-ichi, revealed a high school student had been exposed to 1.62 millisieverts in a span of three months, well above the annual 1 millisievert limit the government has established for safety reasons. Further investigation traced the radiation back to the student's three-story apartment building, where officials detected radioactive cesium inside the concrete. Radiation levels at the 6-month-old apartment were higher inside the building than outside.

Sunday Times: Mossad agents behind Iran scientist assassination

January 16, 2012 by legitgov

Sunday Times: Mossad agents behind Iran scientist assassination --The report further claimed that small groups of Israeli Mossad agents had carefully observed key areas in Tehran deemed relevant to the Roshan assassination. 16 Jan 2012 A Sunday Times report revealed Monday that Mossad agents were behind last week's assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist. According to the report, the assassination of Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan was similar to that seen in "espionage films" - planned over a period of many months, and including extensive surveillance and intelligence gathering. The Sunday Times quoted an unnamed Israeli sources who claimed that the killing was a precursor to a military strike, which would make rebuilding nuclear facilities more difficult for Iran, should they be bombed.

Killer flu doctors: US censorship is a danger to science

January 16, 2012 by legitgov

Killer flu doctors: US censorship is a danger to science --Dutch lab that created deadly bird flu virus attacks America for redacting its research. 16 Jan 2012 America should not be allowed to dominate the debate over who controls sensitive scientific information that could be misused in biowarfare terrorism, say the scientists who created a highly dangerous form of bird-flu virus in a study that has been partially censored by the US government. Ron Fouchier and Ab Osterhaus of Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam accept recommendations by the US government's National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, which said key details of their US-funded research should not be published because [US] bioterrorists may use the information to cause a bird-flu pandemic.

Obama's Office, CIA repeatedly accessed CLG H5N1 'secret lab' article

January 16, 2012 by legitgov

Obama's Office, CIA repeatedly accessed CLG H5N1 'secret lab' article Posted by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 17 Jan 2012 Executive Office of the President, U.S. government agencies and 'friends' such as The Boeing Co., have accessed CLG's post, "Kobe University lab creates 'novel' H5N1 in 'secret' lab" by Robert S. Finnegan. Barack Obama's Office accessed the article multiple times, according to CLG website logs.

Hackers shut down Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, El Al websites

January 16, 2012 by legitgov

Hackers shut down Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, El Al websites --The hack comes in the wake of a series of cyber attacks over the past two weeks. 16 Jan 2012 Hackers shut down both the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) and El Al's respective websites on Monday, one day after a hacker network threatened to carry out attacks on both sites. The network, which goes by the name "nightmare group," [actually, 'dream group'] was able to cause severe problems for both sites. By 10 A.M., TASE's website was only partially functioning, while El Al's website did not function at all.

Perry says urinating Marines were like fun-loving kids

January 16, 2012 by legitgov

Perry says urinating Marines were like fun-loving kids 16 Jan 2012 Republican presidential candidate, Texas Governor Rick Perry, has defended US Marines who were caught on video urinating on dead Taliban fighters. Mr Perry told CNN on the weekend that the urination incident was a case of "kids being kids." The Texas Governor also accused the US President Barack Obama's administration for their condemnation of the incident, which has infuriated some Muslims and has stirred anti-US sentiment in Afghanistan.

Officials: Error spurred false alarm at Tucson base

January 16, 2012 by legitgov

Officials: Error spurred false alarm at Tucson base 16 Jan 2012 The false report of a hostage incident that shut down Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson four months ago was the result of a misunderstanding rather than a hoax, a base spokesman says. During the Sept. 16 incident, which began about 9 a.m., SWAT teams were deployed from as far away as Phoenix. Base personnel were put in lockdown or evacuated for most of the day. Military flights were disrupted. Major streets were closed... Finally, the base commander, Col. John Cherrey, announced without explanation that the threat was over and no gunman or weapon had been found.

Kobe University lab creates 'novel' H5N1 in 'secret' lab

January 16, 2012 by legitgov

Kobe University lab creates 'novel' H5N1 in 'secret' lab --Emails from Kobe virologist and H5N1-H1N1 virus creator, Teridah Ernala Ginting --Story in e-mails: Kobe University PhD student Teridah Ernala confesses to creating H1N1-H5N1 "novel" viruses; Yoshihiro Kawaoka's virus thief Akiko Makino lies to Indonesian authorities to avoid arrest for attempted smuggling of H5N1 out of Indonesia, gives authorities another university as research facility she works for By Robert S. Finnegan 05 Jan 2012 This young Indonesian "scientist" through the years of our contact revealed to me the inner-workings of her "secret" lab at Kobe University and a new BSL-4 in Tokyo that was working on H5N1 and H1N1 viruses, among others. Kobe University does NOT officially have a BSL-4 lab, and yet this microbiologist was assigned by her professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka to work on recombinant H5N1 and H1N1 in a "secret" (her words) lab at their facility.

Campaign officials: Huntsman to quit US race

January 16, 2012 by legitgov

Campaign officials: Huntsman to quit US race 15 Jan 2012 Jon Huntsman, the former ambassador to China who tried to avoid partisan attacks during a presidential campaign that never connected with Republican primary voters, will withdraw Monday from the race for the nomination, his campaign manager told The Associated Press on Sunday. Campaign manager Matt David said Huntsman will announce his withdrawal at an event in South Carolina, site of the next primary vote. Huntsman will endorse Mitt Romney, campaign officials said.

Spanish judge reopens Guantanamo torture probe

January 15, 2012 by legitgov

Spanish judge reopens Guantanamo torture probe 13 Jan 2012 A Spanish judge on Friday re-launched an investigation into the alleged torture of prisoners held at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, one day after a British authorities launched a probe into CIA renditions to Libya. The twin developments demonstrated that while the Obama administration has stuck to its promise [the only one kept] not to investigate whether Bush regime officials acted illegally by authorizing the use of harsh interrogation techniques torture, other countries are still interested in determining whether Bush-era anti-terror practices violated international law.

Army brass knew WikiLeaks accused had serious issues

January 15, 2012 by legitgov

Army brass knew WikiLeaks accused had serious issues 16 Jan 2102 A formal recommendation that Bradley Manning face a court martial has sharpened demands that others also be held accountable for a mountain of classified diplomatic cables being dumped to WikiLeaks almost two years ago. Apart from a refusal by two junior officers to give evidence at Manning's recent pretrial hearing on the grounds they might incriminate themselves, the Pentagon's investigation appears almost entirely centred on what Manning, 24, might have done. Much less attention was given to the failings of a sophisticated, global intelligence system that allowed an unstable young man access to the US government's most secret dossiers.

Santorum secures key US evangelical backing

January 15, 2012 by legitgov

Santorum secures key US evangelical backing 13 Jan 2012 Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has received a powerful shot in the arm as top US evangelical leaders endorsed his White House bid ahead of a crucial South Carolina primary. The endorsement came after about 150 influential Christian conservative leaders met at a ranch outside of Houston, Texas, in hopes of rallying their forces around one candidate before the January 21 vote in the state where evangelicals and social conservatives make up 60 percent of the Republican electorate.

Michigan's Palisades nuclear plant may be named one of nation's 5 worst

January 15, 2012 by legitgov

Michigan's Palisades nuclear plant may be named one of nation's 5 worst --After hitting its 40-year life-span in 2011, its license was extended until 2031. The NRC spent 1,000 extra hours last year inspecting the plant. 15 Jan 2012 The Palisades nuclear power plant [owned by Entergy Nuclear Operations], which sits on the shores of Lake Michigan, could soon be downgraded by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to a status making it among the nation's five worst-performing nuclear plants after a year of accidents, unexpected shutdowns and safety violations. The regional head of the NRC said last week that if performance does not improve, the agency would not hesitate to shut down the plant.

False Flag

January 15, 2012 by legitgov

False Flag --A series of CIA memos describes how Israeli Mossad agents posed as American spies to recruit members of the terrorist organization Jundallah to fight their covert war against Iran. By Mark Perry 13 Jan 2012 Buried deep in the archives of America's intelligence services are a series of memos, written during the last years of President [sic] George W. Bush's administration, that describe how Israeli Mossad officers recruited operatives belonging to the terrorist group Jundallah by passing themselves off as American agents. According to two U.S. intelligence officials, the Israelis, flush with American dollars and toting U.S. passports, posed as CIA officers in recruiting Jundallah operatives -- what is commonly referred to as a "false flag" operation.

Tel Aviv municipality dismantles homeless tent encampment

January 15, 2012 by legitgov

Tel Aviv municipality dismantles homeless tent encampment 15 Jan 2012 The Tel Aviv municipality on Sunday morning dismantled the tent encampment in the city's Hatikva neighborhood, where 36 homeless people have been camping since the summer. The municipality said in a statement that it hopes the people in the encampment will leave peacefully "without the city exercising the authority given to it by the court to evacuate by force." The campers called on social activists to help them prevent the evacuation.

'Israel and U.S. postpone massive defense drill in fear of escalation with Iran'

January 15, 2012 by legitgov

'Israel and U.S. postpone massive defense drill in fear of escalation with Iran' 15 Jan 2012 Israel and the United States have postponed a massive joint defense exercise [codenamed Austere Challenge 12], which was expected to be carried out in the coming weeks, in order to avoid an escalation with Iran, Channel 2 reported on Sunday. According to an Israeli defense official, Washington wants to avoid causing further tensions in the region, especially in light of the sensitive situation that has been generated after various reports in the international media that the U.S. and Israel are preparing to strike Iran's nuclear facilities.

Suicide bomber kills 53 in Iraq

January 15, 2012 by legitgov

Suicide bomber kills 53 in Iraq 14 Jan 2012 At least 53 people were killed and over 135 wounded in a suicide bomb attack which targeted Shiite pilgrims in Iraq's Basra city Saturday as hundreds of thousands of Shiites converged in the holy city of Karbala. According to a police official, the attack occurred in the morning when a suicide bomber blew himself up near a police checkpoint. It occurred among a crowd of Shiite pilgrims who were marching toward a shrine in the town of Al-Zubair in Basra, a oil hub city around 550 km south of capital city Baghdad, Xinhua reported.

Iran accuses IAEA inspectors of helping assassins

January 15, 2012 by legitgov

Iran accuses IAEA inspectors of helping assassins 14 Jan 2012 Iran's Foreign Ministry has accused International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors of disseminating confidential information about its nuclear facilities. Press TV has reported a foreign ministry spokesman as saying that IAEA inspectors who arrived in Iran had identified Iranian scientists and given their names to other parties, with the intention of stopping Iran's scientific advancements. Tehran has now said it will pursue the case with international bodies.

Military Networks 'Not Defensible,' Says General Who Defends Them

January 15, 2012 by legitgov

Military Networks 'Not Defensible,' Says General Who Defends Them 12 Jan 2012 The Defense Department's networks, as currently configured, are "not defensible," according to the general in charge of protecting those networks. And if there's a major electronic attack on this country, there may not be much he and his men can legally do to stop it in advance. Gen. Keith Alexander, head of both the National Security Agency and the military's new U.S. Cyber Command, has tens of thousands of hackers, cryptologists, and system administrators serving under him. But at the moment, their ability to protect the Defense Department's information infrastructure -- let alone the broader civilian internet -- is limited. The Pentagon's patchwork quilt of 15,000 different networks is too haphazard to safeguard.

JPMorgan could lose $5 billion from PIIGS exposure: report

January 15, 2012 by legitgov

JPMorgan could lose $5 billion from PIIGS exposure: report 14 Jan 2012 JPMorgan Chase & Co could lose up to $5 billion from its exposure to Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain, Chief Executive Jamie Dimon said in an interview with Class CNBC, carried in Italian newspaper Milano Finanza on Saturday. Dimon said the bank was exposed to the five countries (PIIGS) to the tune of around $15 billion. [No worries, Jamie. Obusha will bail you out while simultaneously convincing sheeple (and most MSNBC pundits) that he stands with the '99 percent.']

US-led chopper crashes in Afghanistan

January 15, 2012 by legitgov

US-led chopper crashes in Afghanistan 15 Jan 2012 A helicopter operated by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has crashed in Logar province in eastern Afghanistan, Press TV reports. The incident took place in the Baraki district of eastern Logar province on Saturday.

Mortar shell injures 5 Afghan children

January 15, 2012 by legitgov

Mortar shell injures 5 Afghan children 15 Jan 2012 Five Afghan children have been injured in an incident during which an unexploded mortar shell blew up when they threw it into the fire while playing in the western province of Herat, Press TV reports. The incident took place in the Adraskan district of the province, located 640 kilometers (396 miles) west of the capital Kabul, on Saturday morning. Ahmad Farhad Raoufian, the governor of the Adraskan district, said that the injured children were taken to the hospital to receive medical treatment.

US-led soldier killed in Afghanistan

January 15, 2012 by legitgov

US-led soldier killed in Afghanistan 14 Jan 2012 A US-led foreign soldier has been killed in western Afghanistan and two other soldiers have been wounded in southern Afghanistan, Press TV reports. NATO said in a press release on Saturday that a soldier died as a result of non-combat related injuries in the west of the country on Friday. Meanwhile, two other soldiers sustained injuries in the south when a roadside bomb exploded.

Four GOP candidates blocked on Va. ballot bid

January 15, 2012 by legitgov

Four GOP candidates blocked on Va. ballot bid --Gingrich, Perry, Santorum, Huntsman won't be listed 13 Jan 2012 A judge has rejected a last-ditch bid by four Republican presidential candidates to get on Virginia's GOP primary ballot, leaving the March 6 contest only to front-runner Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul. In his ruling, federal District Court Judge John A. Gibney Jr. delivered a judicial spanking to the four candidates - former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. - saying their complaint amounts to sour grapes.

Scientists: UN Soldiers Brought Deadly Superbug to Americas

January 15, 2012 by legitgov

Scientists: UN Soldiers Brought Deadly Superbug to Americas --Haiti had never seen a case of cholera until the arrival of UN peacekeepers. [That's why they went there - to bring it.] 12 Jan 2012 Compelling new scientific evidence suggests United Nations 'peacekeepers' have carried a virulent strain of cholera -- a super bug -- into the Western Hemisphere for the first time. The vicious form of cholera has already killed 7,000 people in Haiti, where it surfaced in a remote village in October 2010. Leading researchers from Harvard Medical School and elsewhere told ABC News that, despite UN denials, there is now a mountain of evidence suggesting the strain originated in Nepal, and was carried to Haiti by Nepalese soldiers who came to Haiti to serve as UN peacekeepers after the earthquake that ravaged the country on Jan. 12, 2010 -- two years ago today.

AP source: House Republicans got discounted loans

January 15, 2012 by legitgov

AP source: House Republicans got discounted loans 14 Jan 2012 Two veteran House Republicans received discounted mortgage loans from the now-defunct Countrywide Financial Corp. under a VIP program, a congressional official said Friday. The discounts went to Reps. Howard McKeon and Elton Gallegly of California, said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the loans and requested anonymity. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been investigating whether members of Congress received VIP discounts. The Associated Press reported previously that four House members had received the discounts.

Israeli intelligence agents 'posed as CIA to recruit operatives against Iran's nuclear program'

January 14, 2012 by legitgov

Israeli intelligence agents 'posed as CIA to recruit operatives against Iran's nuclear program' --The operation - often called a 'false flag' operation - occurred during the presidency [sic] of George W. Bush. 14 Jan 2012 One of the main entities in the Israeli Intelligence Community has been placing its agents within the CIA to recruit operatives against Iran's nuclear program, according to a new report. Mossad officers posed as American CIA agents were recruiting for the Pakistani militant group Jundallah, the report says. The Foreign Policy report details how Mossad officers were equipped with U.S. passports and money, recruiting extremists 'under the nose of U.S. intelligence officers.'

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