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Three killed, 15 injured in two bomb blasts in Iraq's Diyala Province

June 20, 2013 by legitgov

Three killed, 15 injured in two bomb blasts in Iraq's Diyala Province 19 Jun 2013 At least 3 people have been killed and 15 others injured in two bomb blasts hit in Iraq's Diyala Province. According to Iraqi officials, the explosions took place on Wednesday in al-Miqdadiyah city situated some 80 kilometers northeast of Baghdad. No group has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

Man Accused of Threatening to Murder, Burn Sen. Cruz

June 20, 2013 by legitgov

Man Accused of Threatening to Murder, Burn Sen. Cruz 19 Jun 2013 A Houston man is accused of threatening to kidnap, murder and burn U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and his father and also to "blow up" the sun if he wasn't paid $3 million. Nick Gates was being held Tuesday in the Harris County jail on a $10,000 bond. He's charged with making a terroristic threat. Investigators allege threatening phone calls made June 5 to Cruz's offices in Austin and San Antonio were traced back to Gates.

WikiLeaks Says It Is Working to Negotiate Asylum in Iceland for Snowden

June 20, 2013 by legitgov

WikiLeaks Says It Is Working to Negotiate Asylum in Iceland for Snowden 20 Jun 2013 WikiLeaks activists in Iceland are discussing with government officials there the possibility of asylum for Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who disclosed hundreds of classified documents on N.S.A. surveillance, Julian Assange, the founder of the antisecrecy group, said Wednesday. "We are in touch with Mr. Snowden's legal team and are in the process of brokering his asylum in Iceland," Mr. Assange said in a conference call with reporters. He said both the legal and practical obstacles were under review by Mr. Snowden's lawyers and supporters.

Toxic radiation in groundwater at Fukushima: operator

June 20, 2013 by legitgov

Toxic radiation in groundwater at Fukushima: operator --Reports continue to emerge of leaks in storage pools, tanks and pipes. 19 Jun 2013 Cancer-causing radioactive substances have been found in groundwater at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, its Japanese operator said Wednesday, as it pledged to 'prevent' them getting into the sea. Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said tests showed the highly toxic strontium-90, a by-product of nuclear fission that can cause bone cancer if ingested, was present at levels 30 times the permitted rate. The firm said it had also detected tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen, at around eight times the allowed level. "From groundwater samples we collected, we detected 500,000 becquerels per litre of tritium, that is very high," a TEPCO official told a press conference.

Maine governor to stop talking to 3 newspapers

June 19, 2013 by legitgov

Maine governor to stop talking to 3 newspapers 19 Jun 2013 Maine's blunt-spoken governor [Grade 'A' sociopath] doesn't mince words when opponents dare to cross him but he's saved some of his harshest criticism for newspapers, once telling schoolchildren he isn't a fan of papers and another time saying that reading one is "like paying somebody to tell you lies." Now it's gone to an extreme, with Republican Gov. Paul LePage and his administration regime cutting off comments to three newspapers including one serving the state's biggest city. Adrienne Bennett, the governor's press secretary, said Wednesday that it was her decision to give a blanket "no comment" to the Portland Press Herald, the Kennebec Journal in the state capital of Augusta and the Morning Sentinel in Waterville, where LePage once served as mayor.

Former investigators 'break silence' about NTSB cover-up of TWA Flight 800 crash

June 19, 2013 by legitgov

Former investigators 'break silence' about NTSB cover-up of TWA Flight 800 crash --FAA radar evidence reportedly pointed to a missile hit - although they declined to speculate if it was a terrorist attack or friendly fire 19 Jun 2013 Investigators from the first probe of doomed TWA Flight 800 called Wednesday for a new examination of the tragedy, resurrecting old claims that a missile downed the plane. A half-dozen people involved in the original inquiry into the July 17, 1996, blast that killed 230 people on a Paris-bound flight out of JFK Airport claimed new evidence supports the oft-suggested missile theory. "We are not speculating in the least," insisted Tom Stalcup, co-founder of the Flight 800 Independent Researchers Organization. New evidence suggests there were more than 100 traces of explosives found in the plane's wreckage, and internal CIA documents suggest a cover-up, they charge.

FBI admits to domestic surveillance drone use

June 19, 2013 by legitgov

FBI admits to domestic surveillance drone use 19 Jun 2013 The FBI has admitted it sometimes uses aerial surveillance drones over US soil, and suggested further political debate and legislation to govern their domestic use may be necessary. Speaking in a hearing mainly about telephone data collection, the bureau's director, Robert Mueller, said it used drones to aid its investigations in a "very, very minimal way, very seldom". However, the potential for growing drone use either in the US, or involving US citizens abroad, is an increasingly charged issue in Congress, and the FBI acknowledged there may need to be legal restrictions placed on their use to protect privacy.

FBI director tells Congress agency uses drones for surveillance on U.S. soil

June 19, 2013 by legitgov

FBI director tells Congress agency uses drones for surveillance on U.S. soil 19 Jun 2013 FBI director Robert Mueller said Wednesday that the nation's top law enforcement bureau uses drones to conduct surveillance on U.S. soil, though only on a "very, very minimal basis." Mueller, the FBI director since 2001 who is set to retire this year, acknowledged that his agency uses drones in its investigative and law enforcement practices, and is further working to establish better guidelines [?!?] for the use of drones. The FBI director's words come amid a simmering national debate in recent months about what limits should be placed on the government in its law enforcement and anti-terrorism activities.

Afghan Taliban say they killed 4 US troops

June 19, 2013 by legitgov

Afghan Taliban say they killed 4 US troops 18 Jun 2013 The Taliban claimed responsibility Wednesday for an attack in Afghanistan that killed four American troops just hours after the insurgent group announced it would hold talks with the U.S. on finding a political solution to ending the nearly 12-year war in the country. The deadly attack underscores the challenges ahead in trying to end the violence roiling Afghanistan through peace negotiations in Qatar with militants still fighting on the ground.

Assange will not leave Ecuador embassy even if Sweden drops extradition bid

June 19, 2013 by legitgov

Assange will not leave Ecuador embassy even if Sweden drops extradition bid 18 Jun 2013 Julian Assange will not leave Ecuador's embassy even if Sweden drops its extradition bid over accusations of sexual assault, because he fears moves are already underway by the US to prosecute him on espionage charges, he has said. On the eve of the anniversary of his seeking asylum in the embassy in Knightsbridge, Assange said he believed a sealed indictment had already been lodged by a grand jury in Virginia, which could see him being arrested and extradited by Britain to the US to face prosecution over the WikiLeaks cable releases. "The strong view of my US lawyer is that there is already a sealed indictment, which means I would be arrested, unless the British government gave information or guarantees that would grant me safe passage," the WikiLeaks founder told a small group of news agencies.

1 in 9 U.S. bridges in need of repair

June 19, 2013 by legitgov

1 in 9 U.S. bridges in need of repair 19 Jun 2013 More than one in nine bridges in the USA -- at least 66,405, or 11% of the total -- are structurally deficient, according to a new report. These are not rarely used, out-of-the way structures: Each day, Americans take 260 million trips over structurally deficient bridges, says the report from Transportation for America, a Washington, D.C.-based coalition that works to improve transportation. The structurally deficient bridges are 65 years old on average, and the Federal Highway Administration estimates that repairing them would cost $76 billion. [Right, but the sociopaths in the US government would rather fund the Syrian rebel cannibals.]

Rep. Michael Burgess Says 15-Week-Old Male Fetuses Pleasure Themselves

June 19, 2013 by legitgov

Rep. Michael Burgess Says 15-Week-Old Male Fetuses Pleasure Themselves 18 Jun 2013 At what age do young boys begin sexual self-exploration? As early as 15 weeks in utero, according to Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas. "Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and they have movements that are purposeful," said Burgess, a former obstetrician-gynecologist. "They stroke their face. If they're a male baby, they may have their hand between their legs. If they feel pleasure, why is it so hard to believe that they could feel pain?" The tea party congressman, 62, made the awkward argument during a House Rules Committee hearing today about H.R. bill 1797, which would ban abortions 20 weeks after fertilization.

U.S. to launch formal peace talks with Taliban

June 19, 2013 by legitgov

U.S. to launch formal peace talks with Taliban 18 Jun 2013 The Obama administration will start formal peace talks with the Taliban on Thursday in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar, the first direct political contact between them since early last year and the initial step in what the administration hopes will lead to a negotiated end to the protracted war in on Afghanistan. Afghan government representatives are not expected to attend the meeting. But U.S. officials said the United States wants to eventually hand over the process to Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his appointed peace council.

House passes far-reaching anti-abortion bill

June 19, 2013 by legitgov

House passes far-reaching anti-abortion bill 18 Jun 2013 The Republican-led House on Tuesday passed a far-reaching anti-abortion bill that conservatives saw as a milestone in their 40-year campaign against legalized abortion and Democrats characterized as yet another example of a GOP war on women.  The legislation, sparked by the murder conviction of a Philadelphia late-term abortion provider, would restrict almost all abortions to the first 20 weeks after conception, defying laws in most states that allow abortions up to when the fetus becomes viable, usually considered to be around 24 weeks. It mirrors 20-week abortion ban laws passed by some states, and lays further groundwork for the ongoing legal battle that abortion foes hope will eventually result in forcing the Supreme Court to reconsider the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, that made abortion legal.

NSA head, lawmakers defend surveillance programs

June 19, 2013 by legitgov

NSA head, lawmakers defend surveillance programs 18 Jun 2013 The head of the National Security Agency [General Keith Alexander] said U.S. surveillance programs had helped disrupt more than 50 possible attacks since September 11, 2001, as sympathetic members of Congress also defended the use of the top-secret spying operations. In the first public hearing dedicated to the programs since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden exposed them this month, members of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee showed little will on Tuesday to pursue significant reforms. Instead, both U.S. officials and lawmakers spent hours publicly justifying the phone and Internet monitoring programs as vital security tools and criticized Snowden's decision to leak documents about them to media outlets.

The F.B.I. Deemed Agents Faultless in 150 Shootings

June 19, 2013 by legitgov

The F.B.I. Deemed Agents Faultless in 150 Shootings 19 Jun 2013 After contradictory stories emerged about an F.B.I. agent's killing last month of a Chechen man in Orlando, Fla., who was being questioned over ties to the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, the bureau reassured the public that it would clear up the murky episode. But if such internal investigations are time-tested, their outcomes are also predictable: from 1993 to early 2011, F.B.I. agents fatally shot about 70 "subjects" and wounded about 80 others -- and every one of those episodes was deemed justified, according to interviews and internal F.B.I. records obtained by The New York Times through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The last two years have followed the same pattern: an F.B.I. spokesman said that since 2011, there had been no findings of improper intentional shootings.

Reporter Michael Hastings dies at 33

June 19, 2013 by legitgov

Reporter Michael Hastings dies at 33 18 Jun 2013 Award-winning journalist Michael Hastings, best known for the Rolling Stone profile that led to Gen. Stanley McChrystal's retirement, died in a car accident early Tuesday in Los Angeles, according to his employers at Buzzfeed and Rolling Stone. He was 33. Hastings wrote "Runaway General," the 2010 Rolling Stone blockbuster story on Gen. Stanley McChrystal that ultimately led the general to step down from his position leading U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Civil rights groups sue NYPD over Muslim spying

June 19, 2013 by legitgov

Civil rights groups sue NYPD over Muslim spying 18 Jun 2013 The New York Police Department's widespread spying programs directed at Muslims have undermined free worship by innocent people and should be declared unconstitutional, religious leaders and civil rights advocates said Tuesday after the filing of a federal lawsuit. "Our mosque should be an open, religious and spiritual sanctuary, but NYPD spying has turned it into a place of suspicion and censorship," Hamid Hassan Raza, an imam named as a plaintiff, told a rally outside police headquarters shortly after the suit was filed in federal court in Brooklyn.

Google challenges U.S. gag order, citing First Amendment

June 19, 2013 by legitgov

Google challenges U.S. gag order, citing First Amendment 18 Jun 2013 Google asked the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Tuesday to ease long-standing gag orders over data requests the court makes, arguing that the company has a constitutional right to speak about information it is forced to give the government. The legal filing, which invokes the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech, is the latest move by the California-based tech giant to protect its reputation in the aftermath of news reports about far-reaching National Security Agency surveillance of Internet traffic. Revelations about the program, called PRISM, have opened fissures between U.S. officials and the involved companies, which have scrambled to reassure their users without violating strict rules against disclosing information that the government has classified as top-secret.

US deploys 1,500 Marines to Yemen: Yemeni official

June 19, 2013 by legitgov

US deploys 1,500 Marines to Yemen: Yemeni official 18 Jun 2013 The United States has deployed 1,500 Marines with advanced arms and military equipment to Yemen, says a Yemeni military official. Some 1,500 Marines were deployed to al-Anad military base in the country's southern province of Lahij, al-Sharea daily quoted the official as saying on Monday. Another 200 also arrived in the capital, Sana'a, to join the American forces already stationed in the capital's Sheraton Hotel. The official also said that American forces usually enter the country in small groups, but the recent large deployment could be in preparation for a possible imminent incident [aka US false flag] in the region.

Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre death certificates released

June 19, 2013 by legitgov

Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre death certificates released --Exact number of bullet wounds was not disclosed --The documents were made public only after a Freedom of Information Act request. 18 Jun 2013 All but two of the 26 students and staffers massacred in at Sandy Hook Elementary School died from "multiple gunshot wounds," according to death certificates released Tuesday. The death certificates were made public through the Freedom of Information Act after the Newtown Clerk's Office refused to give them up, citing privacy [?] for the victims' families.

Apartheid at NYU

June 18, 2013 by legitgov

CLG Exclusive: Apartheid at NYU by Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D. www.legitgov.org 18 Jun 2013 Recent reports by The New York Times have disclosed details about the extravagant salaries, loans, loan forgiveness packages, parting gifts and other perks and benefits paid to top administrators and 'star' faculty in the law and medical schools at NYU...Reading these reports might lead one to believe that NYU is home to a coddled, handsomely rewarded faculty, a knot of wriggling leeches living lavishly on the future debts of its students. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

N.Y.U. Gives Its Stars Loans for Summer Homes

June 18, 2013 by legitgov

N.Y.U. Gives Its Stars Loans for Summer Homes 18 Jun 2013 Follow one of Fire Island's quaint footpaths away from the ferry dock, past modest cottages and better-appointed vacation homes, to an elegant modern beach house that extends across three lots... Its most interesting feature, however, is not architectural, but financial. The house, which is owned by John Sexton, the president [dirt-bag] of New York University, was bought with a $600,000 loan from an N.Y.U. foundation that eventually grew to be $1 million, according to Suffolk County land records. It is one of a number of loans that N.Y.U. has made to executives and star professors for expensive vacation homes in areas like East Hampton, Fire Island and Litchfield County, Conn., in what educational experts call a bold new frontier for lavish university compensation.

NORAD Exercise Planned for National Capital Region

June 18, 2013 by legitgov

Heads up! NORAD Exercise Planned for National Capital Region 17 Jun 2013 The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and its geographical component, the Continental United States NORAD Region (CONR), will conduct exercise Falcon Virgo 13-09, between 11:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 18 and 5:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday, June 19, in the National Capital Region, Washington, D.C. The exercise is comprised of a series of training flights held in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Capital Region Coordination Center, the Joint Air Defense Operations Center (JADOC), Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard and CONR's Eastern Air Defense Sector. Exercise Falcon Virgo is designed to hone NORAD's intercept and identification operations as well as operationally test the NCR Visual Warning System and certify newly assigned command and control personnel at JADOC.

Supreme Court says pre-Miranda silence can be used by prosecutors in court

June 18, 2013 by legitgov

Supreme Court says pre-Miranda silence can be used by prosecutors in court 17 Jun 2013 The Supreme Court says prosecutors can use a person's silence against them if it comes before he’s told of his right to remain silent. The 5-4 ruling comes in the case of Genovevo Salinas, who was convicted of a 1992 murder... The court decision was down its conservative/liberal split, with Alito's judgment joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia.

Supreme Court hits drug companies' profit-sharing deals

June 18, 2013 by legitgov

Supreme Court hits drug companies' profit-sharing deals 17 Jun 2013 Profit-sharing deals between brand-name and generic drug companies that preserve patents and prevent competition can be challenged as anti-competitive, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The verdict was a victory for the federal government, which had contended that arrangements keeping generic drugs off the market benefited companies at the expense of consumers. But the court, in a 5-3 decision written by Justice Stephen Breyer, did not automatically strike down such deals between drug companies. It ruled that the government must apply a "rule of reason" and challenge each deal individually.

Kabul blast ahead of Afghanistan security handover

June 18, 2013 by legitgov

Kabul blast ahead of Afghanistan security handover 18 Jun 2013 A suicide attacker is believed to have targeted a prominent Afghan politician just as Nato formally hands over command of security responsibilities to Afghan forces. The bomb struck the convoy of Haji Mohammad Mohaqeq, the country's second vice-president and a leader of the Hazara ethnic minority, in west Kabul. Mr Mohaqeq was reportedly unhurt, but three people were killed and six injured.

Britam Defence leaked email: 'Syrian Issue'

June 18, 2013 by legitgov

Britam Defence leaked email: 'Syrian Issue' Posted by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 18 Jun 2013 The hacked Britam Defence email called 'Syrian Issue' from 24 Dec 2012 can be viewed here including email headers (.docx) and here (.jpg).

Edward Snowden Q&A: Dick Cheney traitor charge is 'the highest honor'

June 18, 2013 by legitgov

Edward Snowden Q&A: Dick Cheney traitor charge is 'the highest honor' --The whistleblower behind the biggest intelligence leak in NSA history answered your questions about the NSA surveillance revelations 17 Jun 2013 Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old former NSA contractor and source of the Guardian's NSA files coverage will, with the help of Glenn Greenwald, take your questions today on why he revealed the NSA's top-secret surveillance of US citizens, the international storm that has ensued, and the uncertain future he now faces. Snowden, who has fled the US, told the Guardian he "does not expect to see home again", but where he'll end up has yet to be determined.

Scott blocks paid sick-time vote in Orange, statewide

June 18, 2013 by legitgov

Scott blocks paid sick-time vote in Orange, statewide 17 Jun 2013 Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Friday that would block local governments from enacting mandatory paid-sick-time measures, such as the one pending in Orange Count. The Republican governor [sociopath] sided with Walt Disney World [boycott], Darden Restaurants [boycott], the Florida Chamber of Commerce and a broad array of powerful business interests [ALEC-installed terrorists] that argued the ban was needed to avoid a patchwork of local employment rules for companies. The governor made the decision in rapid fashion. Scott's office took only four of the 15 days he had to legally review the bill before signing it -- which supporters said showed he wasn't concerned about potential political blow back from activists who called the measure an attack on the working class and women. [The war against the working class continues.]

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