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BP seeks settlement with oil spill plaintiffs group

February 28, 2012 by legitgov

BP seeks settlement with oil spill plaintiffs group 28 Feb 2012 BP Plc is seeking to settle a lawsuit over the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill by tapping a $14 billion fund it set aside to compensate fishermen and businesses harmed by the disaster, lawyers familiar with the talks said. In exchange, the claimants, represented by a group called the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, would drop their lawsuit in a court case scheduled to start in New Orleans on March 5. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier delayed the trial by a week on Sunday to allow talks between BP and the PSC, which represents fishermen, oystermen, hoteliers and restaurateurs who say their livelihoods were damaged by the April 20, 2010, explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and subsequent oil spill.

Anonymous hackers: Police arrest 25 in four countries

February 28, 2012 by legitgov

Anonymous hackers: Police arrest 25 in four countries 28 Feb 2012 Police in Latin America and Europe have arrested 25 suspected members of the Anonymous hacking group, according to Interpol. The authorities in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain carried out the arrests and seized 250 items of IT equipment and mobile phones, Interpol says. Spanish authorities say four people were arrested as part of the operation in Spain, in Madrid and Malaga. Two of them remain in custody, while the other two, including a minor, were released on bail. [Obviously, Anonymous, it's time for you to visit the Interpol website.]

War games: Tel Aviv missile drill

February 28, 2012 by legitgov

US tax dollars at work: War games: Tel Aviv missile drill 27 Feb 2012 Preparing for escalation? Security officials are taking the threat of long-range rockets being fired at central Israel from the Gaza Strip seriously, and have decided to hold a drill to prepare for such scenario. The exercise, to be held in the Tel Aviv area next month, will simulate rocket attacks on central Israel that are not undertaken in the framework of an all-out regional war, unlike previous missile drills. The "Hit to the Heart" drill will be held on March 14 in the form of a war game held by senior officials and simulating rocket attacks launched without prior warning.

Va. Senate kills bill repealing vaccine mandate

February 28, 2012 by legitgov

Hypocritical GOP sociopaths/DemocRATs think forced mercury-laden, squalene-filled vaccines are not government intrusion: Va. Senate kills bill repealing vaccine mandate 28 Feb 2012 Legislation repealing a requirement that girls receive a vaccine to prevent a sexually transmitted, cancer-causing virus that causes Guillain-Barre Syndrome was killed for this year when the Senate voted 22-17 Monday to send the bill back to committee and carry it over to 2013. Republicans John Watkins of Powhatan County and Frank Wagner of Virginia Beach joined all 20 Senate Democrats in rejecting the bill. Del. Kathy Byron, R-Campbell County, sponsored the measure to repeal the [insane] 2007 law mandating the human papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccine before girls reach sixth grade... California recently passed a law allowing children as young as 12 to be vaccinated without their parents' consent.

Virginia Senate approves contentious ultrasound bill

February 28, 2012 by legitgov

Virginia Senate approves contentious ultrasound bill 28 Feb 2012 The Virginia Senate voted Tuesday for a scaled-back version of a contentious proposal that would require women to undergo external ultrasounds before abortions, but not the transvaginal ones. The 21-19 vote in the Republican-controlled Senate - mostly along party lines - came after Gov. Robert F. McDonnell asked legislators to soften the bill following protests on Capitol Square and mocking on national television. McDonnell, an abortion opponent who had said he would sign the bill, asked lawmakers to amend the measure after it became clear the original legislation would have required a vaginal ultrasound in most cases.

Federal Money Linked to NYPD's Muslim Surveillance Program

February 28, 2012 by legitgov

Federal Money Linked to NYPD's Muslim Surveillance Program 27 Feb 2012 The Associated Press reports that the New York Police Department's controversial program to monitor Muslim neighborhoods and organizations was funded, at least in part, by White House grants meant to pay for the drug war. The money was given to the NYPD through the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, which was established years ago to fight gangs and drug trafficking. After September 11, 2001, however, local authorities were permitted to redirect some of that money to fight terrorism. The HIDTA has given out around $2.3 billion over the last 10 years, with about $135 million given to officials in the New York/New Jersey metro area.

Scientific evidence unearthed by Scottish legal review undermines Lockerbie case

February 28, 2012 by legitgov

Another historical narrative baked in a CIA false flag bites the dust: Scientific evidence unearthed by Scottish legal review undermines Lockerbie case --Secret legal files show that conviction in aircraft bombing case would probably have been overturned. 27 Feb 2012 Fresh scientific evidence unearthed by a Scottish legal review undermines the case against the man convicted of being responsible for the Lockerbie aircraft bombing, an investigation for Al Jazeera has found. The Scottish Criminal Case Review Commission (SCCRC) report details evidence that would probably have resulted in the verdict against Abdel Baset al-Meghrahi, a Libyan man convicted of carrying out the bombing of Pan-Am flight 103 in 1988, being overturned. 'Lockerbie: Case Closed', a documentary to be aired on Al Jazeera on Monday, examines the evidence uncovered by the SCCRC as well as revealing fresh scientific evidence which is unknown to the commission but which comprehensively undermines a crucial part of the case against the man known as the Lockerbie bomber.

WikiLeaks releases first 200 of 5m Stratfor emails

February 28, 2012 by legitgov

WikiLeaks releases first 200 of 5m Stratfor emails 27 Feb 2012 WikiLeaks has released the first 200 of a cache of 5m emails obtained from the servers of Stratfor, a US-based intelligence firm. The emails originated not from a whistleblower, but instead from a series of hacking attacks against Stratfor in December 2011, carried out by the online activist collective Anonymous. Anonymous apparently passed the emails to WikiLeaks in the weeks following the attack. The whistleblowing website then recruited, according to its statement, 25 media partners to work on the document cache.

Obama using Espionage Act to 'silence and prosecute federal workers' - NYT

February 28, 2012 by legitgov

Obama using Espionage Act to 'silence and prosecute federal workers' - NYT 27 Feb 2012 The Obama administration, which promised during its transition to power that it would enhance "whistle-blower laws to protect federal workers," has been more prone than any administration in history in trying to silence and prosecute federal workers. The Espionage Act, enacted in 1917 to punish those who gave aid to US enemies, has been used six times since the current president took office. In the most recent case, John Kiriakou, a former C.I.A. officer who became a Democratic staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was charged under the Espionage Act with leaking information to journalists about other C.I.A. officers, some of whom were involved in the agency's interrogation program, which included waterboarding. For those of you keeping score, none of the individuals who engaged in or authorized the waterboarding of terror suspects have been prosecuted, but Mr. Kiriakou is in federal cross hairs, accused of talking to journalists and news organizations, including The New York Times.

France and Germany evacuate staff from Afghanistan

February 28, 2012 by legitgov

France and Germany evacuate staff from Afghanistan 26 Feb 2012 France and Germany have announced the withdrawal of staff supervisors from Afghan ministries. Following last week's shooting of US members of NATO forces in Kabul, the French and German ambassadors in Afghanistan were told by their respective governments to make arrangements for some staff to leave. Advisors who have been helping to rebuild public institutions in Afghanistan will be amongst the first to go.

Report: Gov't 'collapsed' during Japan nuclear crisis

February 28, 2012 by legitgov

Report: Gov't 'collapsed' during Japan nuclear crisis 27 Feb 2012 Today, a report revealed the chaos between Japan's leaders during the Fukushima nuclear crisis. "The normal lines of authority completely collapsed," Tetsuro Fukuyama, the prime minister's adviser, told investigators. With little information from the plant, Fukuyama said that the government thought that a nuclear meltdown was impending, and feared that a massive cloud of radiation would force the evacuation of 30 million people in the Tokyo region. As a last-ditch effort, the Japanese government discussed "suicide squad" made up of men over 65 years old to ascertain the damage first hand. Fukuyama said he would lead the group.

Murdoch tabloid established 'network of corrupted officials', police chief says

February 28, 2012 by legitgov

Murdoch tabloid established 'network of corrupted officials', police chief says 27 Feb 2012 Rupert Murdoch's flagship tabloid, the Sun, established a "network of corrupted officials" and created a "culture of illegal payments", the police officer leading the investigation into bribery and hacking at News International has alleged. On a day of dramatic developments surrounding the investigations into the tycoon's newspapers, Sue Akers, the deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan police, told the Leveson inquiry into press standards there had been "multiple payments" by the Sun to public officials of thousands of pounds, and one individual received £80,000 in alleged corrupt payments over a number of years.

1 dead, 4 wounded in Ohio school shooting

February 27, 2012 by legitgov

1 dead, 4 wounded in Ohio school shooting 27 Feb 2012 A teenager described as a bullied outcast at his suburban Cleveland high school opened fire in the cafeteria Monday morning, killing one student and wounding four others before being caught a short distance away, authorities said. A student who witnessed the attack close-up said it appeared the gunman was targeting a group of students sitting at a cafeteria table and that the one who was killed was trying to duck under the table. Panicked students screamed and ran through the halls after the gunfire broke out at the start of the school day at 1,100-student Chardon High, about 30 miles from Cleveland.

CLG Needs Your Help 27 Feb 2012

February 27, 2012 by legitgov

CLG Needs Your Help 27 Feb 2012 Unlike the Pentagon, which can ask Congresscritters for $100 million dollars any time the US wants to wage new undeclared wars for Exxon Mobil and BP, CLG needs the help of its readers to exist. Please consider making a donation to CLG so that we can continue our news service. Click HERE to donate online please mail a check, money order, etc. to the CLG: Citizens for Legitimate Government (CLG), P.O. Box 1142, Bristol, CT 06011-1142. Contributions to CLG are not tax deductible.

Rick Santorum expected to get Secret Service protection

February 27, 2012 by legitgov

Rick Santorum expected to get Secret Service protection 27 Feb 2012 Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is expected to get Secret Service protection Tuesday, according to an administration official with knowledge of the plan. The campaign of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich requested Secret Service protection last week and is awaiting word on whether he will receive the security, a person close to the campaign said Sunday. Secret Service protection is given to each major party's presidential nominee but can be provided earlier if the Homeland Security Department approves a campaign's request.

NATO airstrike kills four Afghan civilians

February 27, 2012 by legitgov

NATO airstrike kills four Afghan civilians --The victims were reportedly bombed twice while herding sheep in the snow. 26 Feb 2012 A US-led NATO airstrike carried out by French troops has claimed the lives of four Afghan civilians, including children. The airstrike targeted Kapisa’s Tagab district, leaving another four people injured. The attack comes less than two weeks after another US-led strike killed eight Afghan civilians in the same province. The victims were reportedly bombed twice while herding sheep in the snow. [*Sociopaths.*]

Nine killed in Afghan airport bomb, NATO base attacked

February 27, 2012 by legitgov

Nine killed in Afghan airport bomb, NATO base attacked 27 Feb 2012 A suicide car bomber killed at least nine people in an attack on a military airport in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, officials said, the latest incident of violence and protests since copies of the Koran were 'inadvertently' burned at a NATO base last week. ...The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack as "revenge" for the Koran burning. Anti-Western fury has deepened significantly since the desecration of the Muslim holy book at the main NATO base in Afghanistan.

U.S. opening up airspace to use of drones

February 27, 2012 by legitgov

U.S. opening up airspace to use of drones --Currently, UAVs can only fly in restricted airspace zones controlled by U.S. military 23 Feb 2012 Legislation passed by Congress last week gives the Federal Aviation Administration until Sept. 30, 2015, to open the nation’s skies to drones. The first step comes in 90 days when police, firefighters and other civilian first-response agencies can start flying UAVs weighing no more than 4.4 pounds, provided they meet still-to-be-determined requirements... By May 2013, the next class of drones, those weighing less than 55 pounds, can fly the nation's skies, according to provisions of the FAA bill passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama last week.

UK prepares for military strike against Iran: The Sun

February 27, 2012 by legitgov

UK prepares for military strike against Iran: The Sun 26 Feb 2012 The United Kingdom has reportedly drawn up plans to send hundreds of troops and an extra nuclear submarine to the Persian Gulf amid escalating war threats against the Islamic Republic. "MoD planners went into overdrive at the start of the year. Conflict is seen as inevitable as long as the regime (Iran) pursue their nuclear ambitions," The Sun quoted a senior Whitehall official as saying on Sunday. "Britain would be sucked in whether we like it or not," the official added. The report said a military attack against Iran is "a matter of when not if... with 18 to 24 months the likely timescale."

WikiLeaks begins publishing 5 million emails from STRATFOR

February 27, 2012 by legitgov

WikiLeaks begins publishing 5 million emails from STRATFOR 26 Feb 2012 Today (27 Feb) WikiLeaks began publishing The Global Intelligence Files – more than five million emails from the Texas-headquartered "global intelligence" company Stratfor. The emails date from between July 2004 and late December 2011. They reveal the inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such as Bhopal's Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defense Intelligence Agency. Stratfor... emails reveal private intelligence staff who align themselves closely with US government policies and channel tips to the Mossad – including through an information mule in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Yossi Melman, who conspired with Guardian journalist David Leigh to secretly, and in violation of WikiLeaks' contract with the Guardian, move WikiLeaks US diplomatic cables to Israel.

'US to announce aerial blockade on Syria'

February 27, 2012 by legitgov

'US to announce aerial blockade on Syria' 25 Feb 2012 The Pentagon is readying for the possibility of intervention in Syria, the newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported Saturday, citing a US military official. According to the official, the intervention scenario calls for the establishment of a buffer zone on the Turkish border, in order to receive Syrian refugees. The measure would pave the way for the US to declare an aerial blockade on Syria. The next step in the reported US Department of Defense plan would be to appoint a team of UN observers to monitor the 'humanitarian' military aid, and enter Syria. They would need aerial protection, which would eventually lead to an aerial blockade.

Anonymous claims hacking of Ontario police chiefs' website

February 26, 2012 by legitgov

Anonymous claims hacking of Ontario police chiefs' website 25 Feb 2012 A cyber attack on the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police's website has only bolstered the organization's support for the government's controversial online surveillance bill, a spokesman said Saturday. The association took down the site after it was hacked late Friday afternoon by people claiming to be linked to the group Anonymous, association spokesman Joe Couto said. The identity of those responsible for the attack has not been confirmed [LOL! That's because they don't know who they are.], but activists allied to the loose-knit Anonymous movement had threatened to target federal Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and others over the Harper government's controversial online surveillance bill.

Bin Laden's compound demolished

February 26, 2012 by legitgov

Bin Laden's compound demolished 26 Feb 2012 The security forces along with the local administration on Sunday completed demolishing the compound, where Al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] chief Osama bin Laden was killed by US seals raid on May 2, 2011. According to residents, the demolition team conducted its work under heavy security which was started to raze the compound Saturday night without giving prior notice. A large team of police and soldiers set up an outer cordon around the compound to keep spectators away.

Kim Jong-un threatens powerful strike against South Korea if provoked

February 26, 2012 by legitgov

Jong-un threatens powerful strike against South Korea if provoked 26 Feb 2012 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un threatened to launch a powerful retaliatory strike against South Korea if provoked, state media said Sunday, a day before the start of annual South Korean-U.S. military drills that Pyongyang calls an invasion rehearsal. South Korean and U.S. officials have said that the 12-day, largely computer-simulated war games set to start Monday are defensive in nature.

17 Guard Company Leaders Removed in Abuse Probe

February 26, 2012 by legitgov

17 Guard Company Leaders Removed in Abuse Probe 24 Feb 2012 More than a dozen leaders from a National Guard company deployed on a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo have been removed from the unit following an Army investigation into allegations about harsh tactics used to initiate junior troops, the commander of U.S. Army Europe said Thursday. "The ones pulled out were all NCOs and officers. Right now, we have a total of 17," Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling said in an interview with Stars and Stripes. "Some have committed more serious offenses than others." Among those reassigned was the commander of the company, which is from Georgia's 3rd Squadron, 108th Cavalry Regiment, Hertling said.

Army Could Replace Contractors With Soldiers to 'Re-Green' Service

February 26, 2012 by legitgov

Army Could Replace Contractors With Soldiers to 'Re-Green' Service 24 Feb 2012 The Army needs to fix a system that gives soldiers more credit for operational positions than for "career-broadening" assignments, said Gen. Bob Cone, head of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command. He also said he wants today's soldiers to begin retaking the places now held by civilians and contractors in the "institutional Army" so they can directly pass on what they've learned in Iraq and Afghanistan. Cone wants to shape a postwar Army that will continue to change after more than a decade of fighting.

2 U.S. officers shot dead in Afghan Interior Ministry

February 26, 2012 by legitgov

2 U.S. officers shot dead in Afghan Interior Ministry 25 Feb 2012 Two American military officers were shot and killed Saturday inside an Afghan government ministry, according to Afghan news reports. In a statement, NATO's International Security Assistance Force confirmed the deaths of two service members in Kabul, without disclosing their nationalities. Afghanistan's Tolo television identified the two as Americans, and the Interior Ministry said two "international colleagues" had been killed on its premises.

Report: U.S. warns Syria's neighbors of rogue WMDs after Assad ouster

February 26, 2012 by legitgov

Report: U.S. warns Syria's neighbors of rogue WMDs after Assad ouster 25 Feb 2012 The United States is coordinating with Syria's neighbors to safeguard Syrian President Bashar Assad's [alleged] stockpile of weapons of mass destruction in the event Assad is ousted by popular unrest, Foreign Policy reported on Friday. Assad's reported stockpile of chemical and biological weapons has been a cause for concern ever since the onset of his 11-month violent crackdown on [CIA-backed] opposition protests. Earlier this month, 'opposition sources' reported that Syria's military has begun stockpiling chemical weapons and equipping its soldiers with gas masks near the city of Homs. [Next, we'll be hearing that 'Assad is pulling babies from their incubators' because that propaganda worked so well the first time it was disseminated.]

Iran military official: Only burning White House can make up for burning Koran

February 26, 2012 by legitgov

Iran military official: Only burning White House can make up for burning Koran 25 Feb 2012 The Muslim world should not accept an apology issued by U.S. President Barack Obama over the burning of Korans in an American base in Afghanistan, a top Iranian military commander said on Saturday, adding that nothing short of "burning the White House can relieve the wound of us." Obama's Thursday apology in a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai sought to quell spiraling furor among Afghans, who have been protesting the act for five straight days, after Afghan workers found charred copies of the Muslim holy book on a military base near Kabul.

U.S. Agencies See No Move by Iran to Build a Bomb

February 26, 2012 by legitgov

U.S. Agencies See No Move by Iran to Build a Bomb 25 Feb 2012 Even as the United Nations' nuclear watchdog said in a new report Friday that Iran had accelerated its uranium enrichment program, American intelligence analysts continue to believe that there is no hard evidence that Iran has decided to build a nuclear bomb. Recent assessments by American spy agencies are broadly consistent with a 2007 intelligence finding that concluded that Iran had abandoned its nuclear weapons program years earlier, according to current and former American officials. The officials said that assessment was largely reaffirmed in a 2010 National Intelligence Estimate, and that it remains the consensus view of America's 16 intelligence agencies.

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