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Snowden revelations will continue, says Assange

July 1, 2013 by legitgov

Snowden revelations will continue, says Assange 30 Jun 2013 Julian Assange, the founder of the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks, said Sunday that even as Edward J. Snowden remained in diplomatic limbo at a Moscow airport, the disclosures from the classified documents he took as a National Security Agency contractor would continue. "Look, there is no stopping the publishing process at this stage," Assange said on the ABC News program "This Week." Assange, speaking from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London where he has been ensconced for more the a year after being granted asylum, praised Snowden's actions and compared his plight with his own. He said Snowden was likely to be indicted by a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Va., that Assange said was "made up of the CIA, Pentagon."

Former NSA, CIA director: 'The United States does conduct espionage'

July 1, 2013 by legitgov

Former NSA, CIA director: 'The United States does conduct espionage' 30 Jun 2013 "The United States does conduct espionage," and the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution protecting the privacy of American citizens "is not an international treaty," former CIA and National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden said Sunday on "Face the Nation," after a German magazine cited secret intelligence documents to charge U.S. spies of bugging European Union offices. Earlier Sunday, top German official Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger accused the United States of using "Cold War" methods against its allies. Her statement came in response to a report in the German news weekly Der Spiegel, which, citing some of the top-secret documents leaked by former government contractor Edward Snowden, claimed the NSA had eavesdropped on EU offices in Washington, New York and Brussels.

Inner workings of a top-secret spy program

July 1, 2013 by legitgov

Inner workings of a top-secret spy program 29 Jun 2013 The National Security Agency’s PRISM program, which collects intelligence from Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Apple and other tech giants, is "targeted" at foreigners. But it also collects the e-mail, voice, text and video chats of an unknown number of Americans -- "inadvertently," "incidentally" or deliberately if an American is conversing with a foreign target overseas. Here are new details on how the program works, from top-secret documents and interviews.

E.U. fury on allegations of U.S. spying

July 1, 2013 by legitgov

E.U. fury on allegations of U.S. spying 30 Jun 2013 European leaders reacted with fury on Sunday to allegations in a German magazine that the United States had conducted a wide-ranging effort to monitor European Union diplomatic offices and computer networks, with some saying that they expected such surveillance from enemies, not their closest economic partner. It was the latest fallout from National Security Agency information apparently leaked by Edward Snowden, a former NSA contractor whose detailing of classified information on the agency’s programs has shined a rare light on U.S. surveillance efforts that range far wider than previously understood.

NSA collected US email records in bulk for more than two years under Obama

June 30, 2013 by legitgov

NSA collected US email records in bulk for more than two years under Obama --Secret program launched by Bush continued 'until 2011' --Fisa court renewed collection order every 90 days --Current NSA programs still mine US internet metadata 27 Jun 2013 The Obama administration for more than two years permitted the National Security Agency to continue collecting vast amounts of records detailing the email and internet usage of Americans, according to secret documents obtained by the Guardian. The documents indicate that under the program, launched in 2001, a federal judge sitting on the secret surveillance panel called the Fisa court would approve a bulk collection order for internet metadata "every 90 days". A senior administration official confirmed the program, stating that it ended in 2011. The collection of these records began under the Bush regime's wide-ranging warrantless surveillance program, collectively known by the NSA codename Stellar Wind. According to a top-secret draft report by the NSA's inspector general - published for the first time today by the Guardian - the agency began "collection of bulk internet metadata" involving "communications with at least one communicant outside the United States or for which no communicant was known to be a citizen of the United States".

Secret-court judges upset at portrayal of 'collaboration' with government

June 30, 2013 by legitgov

Secret-court judges upset at portrayal of 'collaboration' with government 30 Jun 2013 Recent leaks of classified documents have pointed to the role of a special court in enabling the government's secret surveillance programs, but members of the court are chafing at the suggestion that they were collaborating with the executive branch. A classified 2009 draft report by the National Security Agency's inspector general relayed some details about the interaction between the court's judges and the NSA, which sought approval for the Bush regime's top-secret domestic surveillance programs. The report was described in The Washington Post on June 16 and released in full Thursday by The Post and The Guardian. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, the former chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, took the highly unusual step Friday of voicing open frustration at the account in the report and court's inability to explain its decisions.

Alleged Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza was a vegan and 'talented student' who earned mostly As

June 30, 2013 by legitgov

Alleged Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza was a vegan and 'talented student' who earned mostly As 30 Jun 2013 In September of his eighth-grade year, Adam Lanza was wracked by anxiety, his mother told doctors. So intense were the feelings that Nancy Lanza drove him to the emergency room at Danbury Hospital for an evaluation... But the trouble was not with his performance in the classroom, according to his seventh-grade report cards from Newtown Middle School and St. Rose of Lima. The first three marking periods of his seventh-grade year were spent at Newtown Middle School where he earned mostly A's. Teachers described him as having a "positive attitude," being "fully engaged, respectful" and "eager to succeed." And he was praised not just for academics -- he earned an A in gym class, and his band teacher called him a "talented student." Medical records state that Lanza was vegan, meaning he did not consume any animal products, by the time he was 13. [Exactly. Sandy Hook was a false flag, six ways to Sunday. --LRP]

U.S. bugged EU offices, computer networks: Der Spiegel

June 30, 2013 by legitgov

U.S. bugged EU offices, computer networks: Der Spiegel 29 Jun 2013 The United States has bugged European Union offices and gained access to EU internal computer networks, according to secret documents cited in a German magazine on Saturday, the latest in a series of exposures of alleged U.S. spy programs. Der Spiegel quoted from a September 2010 "top secret" U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) document that it said fugitive former NSA contractor Edward Snowden had taken with him, and the weekly's journalists had seen in part. The document outlines how the NSA bugged offices and spied on EU internal computer networks in Washington and at the United Nations, not only listening to conversations and phone calls but also gaining access to documents and emails. The document explicitly called the EU a "target".

Meat from cattle infected with bovine tuberculosis is being sold to consumers

June 30, 2013 by legitgov

Meat from cattle infected with bovine tuberculosis is being sold to consumers --Meat from cattle infected with TB is being sold in the UK 30 Jun 2013 The Government has sold more than £35 million worth of meat from cattle infected with bovine TB in the last six years, it can be revealed. Once the meat makes its way into the shops it is undistinguishable from beef from healthy animals. It means that beef available on the high street may have come from cows slaughtered because they were infected with bovine TB.

TB cattle entering human food chain: report

June 30, 2013 by legitgov

Mega barf alert: TB cattle entering human food chain: report 29 Jun 2013 (UK) Tens of thousands of diseased cattle slaughtered because they have bovine tuberculosis are being sold for human consumption, a report said. The Sunday Times reported that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was selling the carcasses although some experts consider this may be a risk to human health. Raw meat from about 28,000 cows a year with bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is being sold to caterers and food processors, where it may be served in schools, hospitals and the military, the report said.

South Africans burn Obama's poster

June 30, 2013 by legitgov

South Africans burn Obama's poster 29 Jun 2013 Anti-U.S. protesters burned posters of U.S. President Barack Obama in the South African city of Johannesburg, ahead of his visit to the city on Saturday. Protesters also burned miniature U.S. flags outside the University of Johannesburg Soweto campus, expressing their anger at the U.S. government's foreign policy. Demonstrators expressed their opposition to Washington's support for the Israeli government, the killing of innocent civilians in U.S. drone strikes, and the continuing operation of the U.S.-run Guantanamo Bay prison. Some protesters compared the Obama administration's support for the Israeli government to apartheid in South Africa.

Supreme Court petitioned to reimpose California gay marriage ban

June 30, 2013 by legitgov

Supreme Court petitioned to reimpose California gay marriage ban 29 Jun 2013 Opponents of gay marriage filed a long-shot petition on Saturday with the Supreme Court asking the justices to immediately halt same-sex weddings taking place in California since Friday, when an appeals court lifted a 5-year-old ban on gay matrimony. Marriage ceremonies of gay and lesbian couples went ahead after a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco removed its stay of a trial judge's order striking the gay marriage ban, known as Proposition 8, as unconstitutional. The stay had been in force while supporters of Prop 8, a state constitutional amendment passed by the voters in 2008, appealed their case to the Supreme Court.

Weekend calling for near 130 degree temperatures: Phoenix, Las Vegas bake in scorching heat

June 29, 2013 by legitgov

Weekend calling for near 130 degree temperatures: Phoenix, Las Vegas bake in scorching heat 29 Jun 2013 The forecast called for Death Valley to reach 128 degrees Saturday as part of a heat wave that has caused large parts of the western U.S. to suffer. Death Valley's record high of 134 degrees, set a century ago, stands as the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth. Phoenix reached 116 on Friday -- 2 degrees short of the expected high -- in part because a light layer of smoke from wildfires in neighboring New Mexico shielded the blazing sun, the National Weather Service said. Phoenix was forecast to hit nearly 120. The record in Phoenix is 122.

Temps could reach 130 degrees in western US; would be 2nd hottest day on Eart

June 29, 2013 by legitgov

Temps could reach 130 degrees in western US; would be 2nd hottest day on Earth 28 Jun 2013 Today could be one of the hottest days ever recorded on Earth, as the western U.S. falls into the grips of a dangerous heat wave. A strong high-pressure system settling over the region on Friday and through the weekend will bring extreme temperatures. The mercury may hit 130 degrees F. in Death Valley, Calif. (The all-time high is 134 degrees.) Airlines are monitoring the soaring temperatures to make sure it's safe to fly.

Dept. of Defense takes preventative 'network hygiene' measures, blocks access to The Guardian

June 29, 2013 by legitgov

Dept. of Defense takes preventative 'network hygiene' measures, blocks access to The Guardian --Security concerns cited in blocking Guardian news 28 Jun 2013 The Army admitted Thursday to not only restricting access to The Guardian news website at the Presidio of Monterey, as reported in Thursday's Herald, but Armywide. Presidio employees said the site had been blocked since The Guardian broke stories on data collection by the National Security Agency. Gordon Van Vleet, an Arizona-based spokesman for the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, or NETCOM, said in an email the Army is filtering "some access to press coverage and online content about the NSA leaks." He wrote it is routine for the Department of Defense to take preventative "network hygiene" measures to mitigate unauthorized disclosures of classified information. 

WikiLeaks Volunteer Was a Paid Informant for the FBI

June 29, 2013 by legitgov

WikiLeaks Volunteer Was a Paid Informant for the FBI 27 Jun 2013 On an August workday in 2011, an 18-year-old Icelandic man named Sigurdur "Siggi" Thordarson walked through the stately doors of the U.S. embassy in Reykjavík, his jacket pocket concealing his calling card: a crumpled photocopy of an Australian passport. The passport photo showed a man with a unruly shock of platinum blonde hair and the name Julian Paul Assange. Thordarson was long time volunteer for WikiLeaks with direct access to Assange and a key position as an organizer in the group. With his cold war-style embassy walk-in, he became something else: the first known FBI informant inside WikiLeaks. For the next three months, Thordarson served two masters, working for the secret-spilling website and simultaneously spilling its secrets to the U.S. government in exchange, he says, for a total of about $5,000.

Inside Guantanamo Bay: Horrifying pictures show the restraint chairs, feeding tubes and operating theatre used on inmates in terror prison

June 29, 2013 by legitgov

Inside Guantanamo Bay: Horrifying pictures show the restraint chairs, feeding tubes and operating theatre used on inmates in terror prison --Dubbed the most expensive prison on Earth [which is why the GOP won't close it], the facility has 166 inmates currently in custody --Around 104 prisoners have been on hunger strike since February - they are being force-fed --Force-feeding is a term that is banned - it is called 'enteral feeding' at the facility in Cuba --Many of the inmates have been there more than a decade, most without charge 28 Jun 2013 It might not look out of place in a private gym – but for the various straps to keep the occupant in place and the hospital drip stand looming ominously behind. Pictured is the notorious restraint chair at Guantanamo Bay, where former inmates claim they were subjected to long hours of agonising forced feeding. The US military is still using the chair to cope with a hunger strike by 104 of the 166 prisoners which has lasted more than three months.

Mich. ban on domestic partner benefits blocked

June 29, 2013 by legitgov

Mich. ban on domestic partner benefits blocked 28 Jun 2013 U.S. District Judge David Lawson said plaintiffs who have lost benefits or were forced to buy expensive private health insurance have made a "plausible claim" that the law violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The decision came nearly a year after he heard arguments in the lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. A federal judge on Friday blocked Michigan's ban on domestic partner benefits for employees who work for public schools or local governments, saying state lawmakers simply wanted to punish gays and lesbians.

Missing nuclear material may pose attack threat: IAEA

June 29, 2013 by legitgov

Missing nuclear material may pose attack threat: IAEA 28 Jun 2013 Nuclear and radioactive materials are still going missing and the information the United Nations atomic agency receives about such incidents may be the tip of the iceberg, said a senior U.N. official. Any loss or theft of highly enriched uranium, plutonium or different types of radioactive sources is potentially serious as al Qaeda[al-CIAduh]-style militants could try to use them to make a crude nuclear device or a so-called dirty bomb, experts say.

U.S. approves a horse slaughterhouse, sees two more plants

June 29, 2013 by legitgov

Gag me with a chainsaw: U.S. approves a horse slaughterhouse, sees two more plants 28 Jun 2013 A New Mexico meat plant received federal approval on Friday to slaughter horses for meat, a move that drew immediate opposition from animal rights group and will likely be opposed by the White House. The U.S. Agricultureterrorism Department said it was required by law to issue a "grant of inspection" to Valley Meat Co, Roswell, New Mexico, because it had met all federal requirements. Now, the USDA is obliged to assign meat inspectors to the plant. The USDA also said it may soon issue similar grants for plants in Missouri and Iowa.

Minot Air Force Base Hijacking Exercise

June 29, 2013 by legitgov

Heads up! Minot Air Force Base Hijacking Exercise 27 Jun 2013 Airmen at Minot Air Force Base got some real-world training for a worst-case scenario. The airmen simulated a hijacking scenario. "The potential for disasters tragedies to happen is always there, so we have to be as best prepared as we can be," explains MAFB Tech Sergeant Mark Bell. To better prepare for incidents, Minot Air Force Base held a hijacking exercise to review and practice emergency procedures. "We're conducting an exercise with a high jacked passenger plane with a potential unspecified chemical agent released," says Bell.

Same-sex marriages resume in California after court gives go-ahead

June 28, 2013 by legitgov

Same-sex marriages resume in California after court gives go-ahead 28 Jun 2013 The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that same-sex marriages can resume in California, a move that the Supreme Court paved the way for on Wednesday. Three judges on the appeals court made it possible for local governments to issue marriage certificates for gay and lesbian couples with a few words: "The stay in the above matter is dissolved effective immediately." Very soon after, California Attorney General Kamala Harris was already at San Francisco's city hall marrying couples, according to her office.

US appoints lawyer to close Guantanamo Bay detention centre

June 28, 2013 by legitgov

US appoints lawyer to close Guantanamo Bay detention centre 28 Jun 2013 The Obama administration has appointed a longstanding Washington lawyer to find ways of closing the detention centre in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Department of State said Clifford Sloan, who has worked in both Democratic and Republican administrations, will be responsible for closing the centre that has held some of the top terrorism captives since it was constructed shortly after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on by the United States. Sloan's appointment comes after the Republican-led House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a US$638-billion defense bill to keep the prison operating.

C.I.A. Report Finds Concerns With Ties to New York Police

June 28, 2013 by legitgov

C.I.A. Report Finds Concerns With Ties to New York Police 27 Jun 2013 Four Central Intelligence Agency officers were embedded with the New York Police Department in the decade after Sept. 11, 2001, including one official who helped conduct surveillance operations in the United States, according to a newly disclosed C.I.A. inspector general's report. That officer believed there were "no limitations" on his activities, the report said, because he was on an unpaid leave of absence, and thus exempt from the prohibition against domestic spying by members of the C.I.A. Another embedded C.I.A. analyst -- who was on its payroll -- said he was given "unfiltered" police reports that included information unrelated to foreign intelligence, the C.I.A. report said. The once-classified review, completed by the C.I.A. inspector general in December 2011, found that the four agency analysts -- more than had previously been known -- were assigned at various times to "provide direct assistance" to the local police.

U.S. watchdog raps Pentagon for buying aircraft for Afghan unit

June 28, 2013 by legitgov

U.S. watchdog raps Pentagon for buying aircraft for Afghan unit 28 Jun 2013 A government watchdog criticized the Pentagon on Friday for forging ahead with controversial helicopter purchases from a Russian arms dealer despite warnings the Afghan special forces unit due to receive the aircraft could not fly or maintain them. The watchdog - the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction - urged the Pentagon to suspend the $553 million Russian arms deal as well as a $218 million contract for 18 planes from a U.S. firm until plans were in place to fully recruit and train the Afghan special forces unit. The Pentagon was already under fire for agreeing this month to buy 30 additional Mi-17 helicopters from the Russian arms dealer, Rosoboronexport. That company is a major supplier of weapons to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is battling 'rebels' trying to overthrow his government. [Start reading.]

Immigration amendment 'chock-full of special-interest sweeteners'

June 28, 2013 by legitgov

Immigration amendment 'chock-full of special-interest sweeteners' 26 Jun 2013 A compromise immigration measure that would dramatically increase border security also contains provisions sought by industries that use cultural-exchange programs to recruit youngsters [cheap labor] from overseas to work as au pairs, camp counselors and in an array of other seasonal jobs. One provision tucked into the deal brokered by Republican Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and John Hoeven of North Dakota, for instance, would allow Alaska's seafood processors to employ foreign youngsters on a summer-work travel program -- overturning a ban the Obama administration put in place last year to protect foreign exchange students from jobs the U.S. government deems dangerous. Daniel Costa, director of immigration law and policy research at the labor-backed Economic Policy institute, called seafood processing an inappropriate use of the State Department-run program. "If you are in a factory for 16 hours a day in the middle of Alaska, that's not a cultural exchange program," he said.

China accuses US of hypocrisy over internet spying

June 28, 2013 by legitgov

China accuses US of hypocrisy over internet spying 28 Jun 2013 The Chinese Ministry of National Defence has accused the United States of hypocrisy over cybersurveillance and said the disclosures made by Edward Snowden bolstered the case for China's internet security efforts. These were the harshest public comments so far from the Chinese government about Mr Snowden's revelations. Until now, the Chinese government's comments on the disclosures have come through its foreign ministry, which has used relatively muted words to answer reporters' questions about Mr Snowden's allegations. Mr Snowden, a former CIA employee, has described US monitoring of Chinese internet sites and installations, and Prism, a National Security Agency program to mine internet information.

Ex-Pentagon general target of leak investigation, sources say

June 27, 2013 by legitgov

Ex-Pentagon general target of leak investigation, sources say --General Cartwright is latest alleged leaker targeted by the Obama regime, which has already prosecuted or charged eight individuals under the Espionage Act. 27 Jun 2013 Legal sources tell NBC News that the former second-highest-ranking officer in the U.S. military is now the target of a Justice Department investigation into an alleged leak of classified information about a covert U.S. cyberattack on Iran's nuclear program. According to legal sources, retired Marine Gen. James "Hoss" Cartwright, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been notified that he's under investigation for allegedly leaking information about a massive attack using a computer virus named Stuxnet on Iran's nuclear facilities. Gen.

Accused Marathon bomber faces 30-count indictment

June 27, 2013 by legitgov

Accused Marathon bomber faces 30-count indictment 27 Jun 2013 A federal grand jury today handed up a sweeping indictment of Boston Marathon bombings suspect [patsy] Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, charging him with using weapons of mass destruction and killing four people. The 30-count indictment alleges that Tsarnaev had been inspired by Al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] publications and left a confession in the boat where he was captured in a Watertown back yard. Seventeen of the charges carry the possibility of the death penalty. The others carry a maximum of life in prison, prosecutors said in a statement.

Snowden voiced contempt for leakers in newly disclosed chat logs from 2009

June 27, 2013 by legitgov

Snowden voiced contempt for leakers in newly disclosed chat logs from 2009 26 Jun 2013 When he was working in the intelligence community in 2009, Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor who passed top-secret documents to journalists, appears to have had nothing but disdain for those who leaked classified information, the newspapers that printed their revelations, and his current ally, the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, according to newly disclosed chat logs. Snowden, who used the online handle "TheTrueHOOHA," was particularly upset about a January 2009 New York Times article that reported on a covert program to subvert Iran's nuclear infrastructure, according to the logs, which were published Wednesday by Ars Technica, a technology news Web site. "They're reporting classified [expletive]," Snowden wrote. "You don't put that [expletive] in the NEWSPAPER." At the time of the posting, in January 2009, Snowden was stationed in Geneva by the CIA. "Jesus christ they're like wikileaks," Snowden posted.

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