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Radioactive fluid leaks at French nuclear reactor

April 6, 2012 by legitgov

Radioactive fluid leaks at French nuclear reactor 05 Apr 2012 Radioactive cooling fluid leaked at a French nuclear reactor Thursday following two fires, but the spillage was collected in special tanks, officials said. A reactor at the power plant in Penly on the English Channel near the port of Dieppe shut down automatically after two small fires broke out Thursday, the plant's operator EDF said. Firefighters easily extinguished the blazes but a cooling pump was damaged, in turn causing a joint to leak radioactive water into collection tanks located inside the reactor building, EDF said.

F/A-18 Navy jet crashes into apartments in Virginia

April 6, 2012 by legitgov

F/A-18 Navy jet crashes into apartments in Virginia 06 Apr 2012 A Navy jet crashed Friday into some apartments near Virginia Beach, Virginia, sending flames and thick black smoke into the air, a military spokesman and a witness said. At least two people were hurt Friday, a hospital spokeswoman said. The pilot and a person who was on the ground were being treated for injuries, but the nature and extent of those injuries were not immediately clear, the spokeswoman said. Two apartment buildings were on fire, CNN affiliate WTKR reported, citing witnesses. The F/A-18 was from Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

'Long Live Zimmerman' Spray-Painted On Ohio State's Black Cultural Center

April 6, 2012 by legitgov

'Long Live Zimmerman' Spray-Painted On Ohio State's Black Cultural Center 06 Apr 2012 Officials say graffiti spray-painted on the wall of a black cultural center at Ohio State University likely stems from the nationwide unrest over the fatal shooting of a black Florida teenager. The graffiti painted early Thursday said "Long Live Zimmerman." Columbus media outlets report that officials believe it's a reference to George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain accused of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., in February. Larry Williamson, executive director of The Frank W. Hale Black Cultural Center, wants the person that did this brought to justice.

CIA agent who publicly opposed waterboarding charged with leaking classified secrets to journalists

April 6, 2012 by legitgov

CIA agent who publicly opposed waterboarding charged with leaking classified secrets to journalists 06 Apr 2012 A high profile CIA agent made famous by his public opposition to waterboarding has been indicted by a grand jury for leaking government secrets to reporters. John C. Kiriakou is accused of telling journalists the name of another operative and his role in the capture of 'al-Qaida' financier Abu Zybaydah shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks. The indictment of Kiriakou, returned by a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, is part of an aggressive Justice Department crackdown on leakers and is one of a half-dozen such cases opened during the Obama administration. [Too bad Obusha doesn't prosecute the waterboarders instead of the leakers. --LRP]

LulzSec hacker pleads guilty

April 6, 2012 by legitgov

LulzSec hacker pleads guilty 05 Apr 2012 LulzSec hacker Cody Kretsinger has pleaded guilty to charges of taking part in an extensive computer breach against Sony. Kretsinger, 24, pleaded guilty in a California federal court to one count each of conspiracy and unauthorised impairment of a protected computer in a deal with prosecutors. "I joined LulzSec, your honour, at which point we gained access to the Sony Pictures website," Kretsinger, who went by the hacking moniker "Recursion," told the judge after entering his guilty plea. Kretsinger faces up to 15 years in prison but it is thought likely he will receive a much lower sentence.

Rush Limbaugh: Olbermann a '$50 lampshade'

April 6, 2012 by legitgov

Rush Limbaugh: Olbermann a '$50 lampshade' 05 Apr 2012 Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday mocked Keith Olbermann for referring to himself as a "$10 million chandelier" this week, by using a different household item to describe the recently fired TV host – "a $50 lampshade." In an appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman" Tuesday night, Olbermann - whose show on Current TV was terminated last week – told the comedian that he considered himself a "$10 million chandelier" that didn't have the proper house to be put in. "Keith, you are not a $10 million chandelier. You're the guy wearing a $50 lampshade sitting in the corner of the room that nobody else wants to go in," Limbaugh said, according to a transcript of his show.

CFTC orders JPMorgan to pay $20 million in Lehman case

April 5, 2012 by legitgov

CFTC orders JPMorgan to pay $20 million in Lehman case 04 Apr 2012 The Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Wednesday that JPMorgan Chase & Co will pay $20 million to settle charges that it unlawfully handled customer segregated funds at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc... In the Lehman case, the CFTC said that for about 22 months, ending with Lehman's bankruptcy in September 2008, JPMorgan had improperly extended intra-day credit to Lehman Brothers based in part on customers' segregated funds Lehman had deposited at the bank. JPMorgan also violated rules by refusing to release customers' segregated funds for nearly two weeks after the bankruptcy, the CFTC said.

Tepco Reports Another Radioactive Water Leak at Fukushima Plant

April 5, 2012 by legitgov

Tepco Reports Another Radioactive Water Leak at Fukushima Plant --'The site had plastic pipes to transfer radioactive water.' --Tepco has about 100,000 tons of highly radioactive water accumulated in basements at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear station. 05 Apr 2012 Tokyo Electric Power Co. said as much as 12 tons of radioactive water leaked from a pipe at its crippled Fukushima nuclear station, the second such incident in 11 days at the same pipeline, raising further doubts about the stability of the plant. Part of the water may have poured into the sea through a drainage ditch, Osamu Yokokura, a spokesman for the utility, said by phone. "There will be similar leaks until Tepco improves equipment," said Kazuhiko Kudo, a research professor of nuclear engineering at Kyushu University, who visited the plant twice last year as a member of a panel under the Nuclear and Industry Safety Agency.

In rare interview, terrorism suspect wanted in US since 2004 urges Britain to put him on trial

April 5, 2012 by legitgov

In rare interview, terrorism suspect wanted in US since 2004 urges Britain to put him on trial 04 Apr 2012  terrorism suspect wanted in the United States and held for almost eight years in a U.K. jail as he awaits extradition urged authorities Thursday to put him on trial in Britain - speaking publicly after the BBC won a legal battle to interview him in prison. Babar Ahmad told the broadcaster that he had suffered a "nightmare fighting extradition for the past eight years," and insisted that he has never been properly questioned about the offenses he is alleged to have committed. Ahmad, 38, has been detained in Britain since 2004 on a U.S. warrant and is accused of running websites used to raise money for terrorists, and of supplying terrorists with gas masks and night vision goggles. He has not faced charges in Britain, but has been held without trial for the longest period of any British citizen detained since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks the United States.

TVA ups Watts Bar reactor cost to $4.5 bln, online 2015

April 5, 2012 by legitgov

TVA ups Watts Bar reactor cost to $4.5 bln, online 2015 --Reactor cost up from $2.5 billion estimate 05 Apr 2012 U.S. government-owned Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) said on Thursday it now sees the new reactor at the Watts Bar 2 nuclear power plant in Tennessee online between September and December 2015 at a higher estimated cost of $4 billion to $4.5 billion. In February, TVA said the 1,180-megawatt Watts Bar 2 project was running over budget and behind schedule. Watts Bar is one of five new reactors the industry expects to complete by 2020 as part of a slow-moving [disastrous] nuclear renaissance in the United States.

Death penalty 'trial' of 5 9/11 suspects to resume at Guantanamo

April 5, 2012 by legitgov

Death penalty 'trial' of 5 9/11 suspects to resume at Guantánamo 05 Apr 2012 The Pentagon on Wednesday cleared the way for a death-penalty 'trial' against five Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, captives charged with planning the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks [inside job]. Retired Navy Vice Adm. Bruce MacDonald, who is in charge of military tribunals, signed off on the capital trial against suspected mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, 46, and four accused co-conspirators. The men will jointly face charges of terrorism, hijacking aircraft, conspiracy and murder in violation of the law of war, among other charges, in the system set up by President [sic] George W. Bush within months of the attack, and then modified by President Obama in 2009.

AP: Complaint says KBR knew of Iraq toxin

April 5, 2012 by legitgov

AP: Complaint says KBR knew of Iraq toxin 04 Apr 2012 A military contractor knew an Iraqi water treatment plant's lax environmental standards let a toxic chemical contaminate the area, but never disclosed it to Oregon National Guard soldiers who were sickened, the soldiers said in a complaint filed Wednesday. The complaint in U.S. District Court in Oregon alleges Kellogg, Brown and Root knew about the presence of sodium dichromate at the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant months before the date they originally gave in testimony and depositions. Sodium dichromate is an anticorrosive compound that can cause skin and breathing problems and cancer.

Gunmen attack western Afghanistan base killing 10

April 5, 2012 by legitgov

Gunmen attack western Afghanistan base killing 10 06 Apr 2012 Kabul Gunmen attacked an outpost of a government-sponsored militia and killed 10 members of the security force in western Afghanistan, officials said Thursday. The Taliban are targeting Afghan and Nato security forces as they fight to assert their power and undermine US efforts to try to build the Afghan military. In other violence, a suicide bomber struck a bazaar in a north-eastern district yesterday, killing two people and wounding 16 others.

Anonymous hacker denies being FBI snitch

April 5, 2012 by legitgov

Anonymous hacker denies being FBI snitch --Pastebin post allegedly written by pro-Occupy suspect also claims poor treatment by agents 05 Apr 2012 Federal agents have arrested a Texas man believed to be involved in the CabinCr3w hacking group, an Anonymous-like collective that gained infamy for attacking the website of the Texas Department of Public Safety and for its online attacks in support of the Occupy protesters. Higinio Ochoa, 30, of Galveston, was arrested by the FBI on March 20 and charged with unauthorized access to a protected computer. The March 15 criminal complaint alleges that Ochoa, who went by the Twitter handle @Anonw0rmer, took part in hacking the websites of the Alabama and Texas departments of public safety in February. Despite the bust, Ochoa denied actually helping the FBI, according to a Pastebin post he allegedly wrote.

ACLU: Most police track phones' locations without warrants

April 5, 2012 by legitgov

ACLU: Most police track phones' locations without warrants 03 Apr 2012 Don't want the police or your local government to know where you are? Then put your cell phone in airplane mode or turn it off. New evidence from the American Civil Liberties Union shows that phone location tracking has also become a surprisingly common tool of law-enforcement investigations -- with, but often without, a warrant. The ACLU recently obtained records from over 200 police departments and other law enforcement agencies around the U.S. They found that "virtually all" of these agencies track the location of cell phones with data supplied by wireless carriers.

Eight Afghan local police forces killed in Farah province

April 5, 2012 by legitgov

Eight Afghan local police forces killed in Farah province 05 Apr 2012 At least eight Afghan policemen have been killed in an attack carried out by Taliban militants in Afghanistan's western Farah province, Press TV reports. Local officials say the militants attacked a police outpost in Khaki Safed district late on Wednesday. Mohammad Younes Rasouli, the deputy governor of Farah, told Press TV that "about 50 Taliban militants opened fire on a security checkpoint, killed the soldiers and took their car and weapons."

Israel seeks multi-year US missile defense aid

April 5, 2012 by legitgov

Israel seeks multi-year US missile defense aid --Defense official says Israel looking for multi-year budget program which will not require annual administration approval 04 Apr 2012 Israel is in talks with the US about increasing its financial aid for Israeli missile defense programs and establishing a multi-year budget program which will not require annual administration approval. Israel receives an estimated $3 billion annually from the US under a 10-year memorandum of understanding signed in 2007. Last month, the Pentagon said it would request additional funds for Israel's Iron Dome budget. The US previously approved a $205 million infusion for Iron Dome systems, though it is unclear whether that amount would be matched in the new budget cycle. [Too bad we can't get single-payer health care in the US - or even get a bridge repaired - because taxpayers instead have to fund Israel's 'defense.' --LRP]

CIA Committed 'War Crimes,' Bush Official Says

April 5, 2012 by legitgov

CIA Committed 'War Crimes,' Bush Official Says 04 Apr 2012 A top adviser to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned the Bush administration that its use of "cruel, inhuman or degrading" interrogation techniques like waterboarding were "a felony war crime." Also, newly obtained documents reveal that State Department counselor Philip Zelikow told the Bush team in 2006 that using the controversial interrogation techniques were "prohibited" under U.S. law - "even if there is a compelling state interest asserted to justify them." Zelikow argued that the Geneva conventions applied to al-Qaida - a position neither the Justice Department nor the White House shared at the time. That made waterboarding and the like a violation of the War Crimes statute and a "felony," Zelikow tells Danger Room. Asked explicitly if he believed the use of those interrogation techniques were a war crime, Zelikow replied, "Yes."

Nuclear centrifuge project to move ahead

April 5, 2012 by legitgov

GOP/Obusha doling out billions in corporate welfare while the sociopaths quietly push to eliminate Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid: Nuclear centrifuge project to move ahead 30 Mar 2012 A giant nuclear centrifuge project in southern Ohio will move forward despite a setback in Congress this week, uranium enrichment company USEC said Friday. Congress's failure to act on a long-term transportation bill means that a $106 million research and development grant for the American Centrifuge Project remains in limbo. The grant is a stopgap measure while the company seeks $2 billion in Department of Energy loan guarantees to expand the [insane] project. President Obama supported the project when he campaigned in southern Ohio in 2008 and has included an additional $150 million in research funding in his 2013 budget.

Delta flight attendant removed from plane at Buffalo airport

April 4, 2012 by legitgov

Delta flight attendant removed from plane at Buffalo airport --Flight delayed three hours; TSA officer at security checkpoint observed irregular behavior 04 Apr 2012 A Delta Airlines flight attendant at Buffalo Niagara International Airport was not allowed to fly this morning after he was spotted acting in a manner that a security officer deemed unfit for flight, according to authorities. A TSA officer at a security checkpoint noticed the male flight attendant's irregular behavior and alerted Delta Airline personnel, Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said.

US announces $10 million reward for Pakistani militant

April 4, 2012 by legitgov

US announces $10 million reward for Pakistani militant 03 Apr 2012  The United States has placed a $10 million bounty on Haafiz Saeed, the founder of militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba that India blames for the horrendous 2008 [US-staged] terror attack in Mumbai. The reward for capturing Saeed, who now runs a charity organization Jamaat-ud-Dawa in Pakistan, was announced by US Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman in the Indian capital Monday. The reward was later posted on the website of the US government's Rewards for Justice [sic].

Darwin welcomes first tranche of US marines

April 4, 2012 by legitgov

Darwin welcomes first tranche of US marines --The number of US troops rotating through Darwin during the dry season will increase in coming years, to reach 2500 by 2017. 04 Apr 2012 Australia's defence minister has dismissed suggestions the nation is acting as America's "deputy sheriff", after welcoming hundreds of US marines to Darwin. On Wednesday about 200 US marines who arrived in Darwin were officially welcomed by Defence Minister Stephen Smith. Australia was described as America's deputy sheriff by a commentator in 2004 to describe the close relationship between the John Howard-led government and the US.

US draws up plans for nuclear drones

April 4, 2012 by legitgov

US draws up plans for nuclear drones --Technology is designed to increase flying time 'from days to months', along with power available for weapons systems 02 Apr 2012 American scientists have drawn up plans for a new generation of nuclear-powered drones capable of flying over remote regions of the world for months on end without refuelling. The blueprints for the new drones, which have been developed by Sandia National Laboratories - the US government's principal nuclear research and development agency - and defence contractor Northrop Grumman, were designed to increase flying time "from days to months" while making more power available for operating equipment, according to a project summary published by Sandia. [Hopefully, civilians will still be able to blow them out of the sky!]

Man arrested for Planned Parenthood bombing

April 4, 2012 by legitgov

Man arrested for Planned Parenthood bombing 03 Apr 2012 A Wisconsin man faces federal charges after a bombing of a Planned Parenthood clinic in eastern Wisconsin. The FBI says 50-year-old Francis Grady is charged with arson of a building used in interstate commerce and intentionally damaging a facility that provides reproductive health services. Grady was arrested Monday evening. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday.

Zimmerman hires 2nd lawyer

April 4, 2012 by legitgov

Zimmerman hires 2nd lawyer 04 Apr 2012 George Zimmerman has hired a second attorney who will work alongside his first lawyer, Craig Sonner, Local 6 has learned. Defense attorney Hal Uhrig has been practicing for more than 30 years in the Orlando area. He told Local 6 he feels comfortable that the evidence surrounding the shooting of Trayvon Martin does not support an indictment of Zimmerman. Uhrig says a lot of evidence has not been released to the public. He said Sonner is still the lead counsel, but he said he joined the team and brought him firm along, with their resources and staff.

DOJ must explain Obama healthcare remarks

April 4, 2012 by legitgov

DOJ must explain Obama healthcare remarks 04 Apr 2012 A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Justice Department to write a letter describing the administration's position on the judiciary's power to overturn laws. A judge on the three-judge 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the department to provide a letter of "at least three pages, single-spaced, no less," detailing the department's understanding of the judiciary's power to overturn unconstitutional laws by noon CDT Thursday, a United Press International review of an audio recording of the oral arguments indicated. Judge Jerry Smith, appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, ordered the department Tuesday to make sure the letter specifically address comments President Barack Obama made Monday that he was "confident" the Supreme Court would not "take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step" of overturning the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Boston appeals court to hear challenge to federal Defense of Marriage Act

April 4, 2012 by legitgov

Boston appeals court to hear challenge to federal Defense of Marriage Act 04 Apr 2012 An appeals court in Boston is set to hear arguments in a legal battle over a law that denies federal benefits to married gay couples. The 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, and prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. In 2010, a federal judge in Massachusetts declared a key section of the law unconstitutional. Gay marriage is legal there.

Olbermann compares himself to a $10 million chandelier at Current TV

April 4, 2012 by legitgov

Olbermann compares himself to a $10 million chandelier at Current TV 04 Apr 2012 Keith Olbermann said he "screwed up" by taking a job with Current TV, but he plans to make the channel pay for firing him. In Olbermann's first TV interview since he was dismissed last week by Current, he was asked by David Letterman to assess his chances of getting any money due him. After reportedly signing a five-year, $50 million contract with Current, he was there less than a year. The studio for his show, "Countdown," was inadequate, Olbermann claimed, and he lost access to a car service because of an unpaid bill.

French police launch new swoops on suspected Islamists

April 4, 2012 by legitgov

French police launch new swoops on suspected Islamists 04 Apr 2012 Elite French police arrested 10 suspected Islamists in early morning raids on Wednesday in several cities, including Marseille, a police source said. The DCRI domestic intelligence service, supported by elite RAID and GIPN commandos, also carried out arrests in the southern cities of Pau and Valence, and the northeastern town of Roubaix, the source said. The raids follow the arrest of 19 people on March 30 a week after police snipers shot dead al Qaeda[al-CIAduh]-inspired gunman Mohamed Merah, who killed three Jewish school children, a rabbi and three soldiers in a spate of attacks around Toulouse. "Those arrested have a similar profile to Mohamed Merah," a local police source said. "They are isolated individuals, who are self-radicalized", the source said.

Secret justice plan crumbles: Clegg says he'll block it, report by MPs and peers damns it

April 4, 2012 by legitgov

Secret justice plan crumbles: Clegg says he'll block it, report by MPs and peers damns it and now ministers are close to a U-turn 03 Apr 2012 Plans for a huge extension of 'secret justice' are close to ruin after Nick Clegg warned the Prime Minister he cannot support them as they stand...  The Daily Mail has led criticism of Government plans to allow so-called 'closed material procedures', in which cases are conducted behind closed doors, in any civil or inquest hearing. Defendants or claimants will not be allowed to be present, know or challenge the case against them and must be represented by a security-cleared special advocate rather than their own lawyer. The procedure is currently used in tiny numbers of immigration and deportation hearings, but the Green Paper proposes giving ministers sweeping powers to order closed hearings whenever they feel the public interest is threatened.

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