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Illinois State Rep.: 'Maybe the Police Are Killing Some of These Kids'

July 19, 2013 by legitgov

Illinois State Rep.: 'Maybe the Police Are Killing Some of These Kids' 19 Jul 2013 An Illinois state representative has publicly raised the possibility that Chicago police officers might be the ones responsible for the unsolved murders of black youths in Chicago. WBBM Newsradio reports state Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) was interviewed about Chicago crime Tuesday on WCHB-AM in Detroit. "I'm going to tell you what some suspicions have been, and people have whispered to me: they're not sure that black people are shooting all of these children," Davis said. "There's some suspicion - and I don't want to spread this, but I'm just going to tell you what I've been hearing - they suspect maybe the police are killing some of these kids." [*Exactly.*]

Obama May Cancel Moscow Trip as Tensions Build Over Leaker

July 19, 2013 by legitgov

Obama May Cancel Moscow Trip as Tensions Build Over Leaker 19 Jul 2013 President Obama may cancel a scheduled trip to Moscow to meet with President Vladimir V. Putin in September as the standoff over the fate of Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor seeking asylum there, takes its toll on already strained relations between the United States and Russia, officials said Thursday. While the White House may be using the meeting as leverage to win cooperation as it seeks the return to the United States of Mr. Snowden, who is now staying at a Moscow airport, the reconsideration also reflects a broader concern that the two countries are far apart on issues like Syria, Iran, arms control and missile defense [and drones, illegal worldwide surveillance, and US imperialism].

Gov. Rick Scott meets with Stand Your Ground sit-in protesters

July 19, 2013 by legitgov

Gov. Rick Scott meets with Stand Your Ground sit-in protesters 18 Jul 2013 Late Thursday evening, Governor Rick Scott (R) met with protesters [Dream Defenders] calling for a special legislative seeking to change or repeal the state's Stand Your Ground law. A small group is believed to have met with the governor around 9 p.m. The meeting capped off a sit-in in the lobby of the governor's office that started on Tuesday with about 100 people.

Detroit files for bankruptcy, stage set for court fight

July 19, 2013 by legitgov

Detroit files for bankruptcy, stage set for court fight 18 Jul 2013 Detroit filed the largest-ever municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history on Thursday, marking a new low for a city that was the cradle of the U.S. automotive industry and setting the stage for a costly court battle with creditors. The bankruptcy, if approved by a federal judge, would force Detroit's thousands of creditors into negotiations with the city's Emergency Manager unelected corpora-terrorist troll Kevyn Orr to resolve an estimated $18.5 billion in debt that has crippled Michigan's largest city. The future of retiree pension and health benefits for thousands of city workers hangs in the balance.

Officials say new anti-leak measures set at NSA

July 19, 2013 by legitgov

Officials say new anti-leak measures set at NSA 18 Jul 2013 The National Security Agency is implementing new security measures because of the disclosures by former NSA-systems-analyst-turned-fugitive Edward Snowden, a top defense officials said Thursday. NSA chief Keith Alexander said his agency had implemented a "two-man rule," under which any system administrator like Snowden could only access or move key information with another administrator present. With some 15,000 sites to fix, Alexander said, it would take time to spread across the whole agency.

Panama holds ex-CIA Milan officer in case of kidnapping, torture of Muslim cleric

July 19, 2013 by legitgov

Panama holds ex-CIA Milan officer in case of kidnapping, torture of Muslim cleric 18 Jul 2013 A former CIA base chief convicted in the 2003 abduction of a terror suspect from an Italian street has been detained in Panama after Italy requested his arrest in one of the most notorious episodes of the U.S. program known as extraordinary rendition, Italian and Panamanian officials said Thursday. Robert Seldon Lady, the former CIA chief in Milan, entered Panama, crossed the border into Costa Rica and was sent back to Panama where he was detained, according to an Italian official familiar with Italy's investigation of the rendition of Cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr.

20,000 US troops descend on Australia for training

July 19, 2013 by legitgov

20,000 US troops descend on Australia for training --Federal agencies such as the FBI will also have an expanded role as they train with their Australian counterparts. 17 Jul 2013 Talisman Saber 2013 -- a joint U.S. and Australian military and humanitarian exercise -- kicked off this week as approximately 20,000 U.S. troops descended on Australia's east coast. The focus of this year’s exercise has shifted to amphibious operations as the training moved from the Northern Territory to Australia's east coast and the Coral Sea. It also marks the first time the MV-22 Osprey hybrid aircraft will touch down on Australian soil.

Steam rising from reactor building in Fukushima

July 18, 2013 by legitgov

Steam rising from reactor building in Fukushima 18 Jul 2013 Steam is rising from a destroyed building that houses a reactor at Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the operator of the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co, said on Thursday. The utility, widely known as Tepco, said the [sky-high] levels of radioactivity around the plant had remained unchanged and it was looking into what triggered the emission. The steam rising from the reactor No.3 building was spotted at 8:20 a.m. (2320 GMT) by a subcontractor who was filming the destroyed building and preparing to remove rubble from the site. It was still visible some two hours later, Tepco spokeswoman Maymi Yoshida said.

Bradley Manning trial judge refuses to drop 'aiding the enemy' charge

July 18, 2013 by legitgov

Bradley Manning trial judge refuses to drop 'aiding the enemy' charge --Defence team 'extraordinarily disappointed' after Col Denise Lind declines to throw out charges against WikiLeaks source 18 Jul 2013 The judge presiding over the court martial of the WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning has declined to throw out the main charge against him - that he knowingly "aided the enemy" by leaking state secrets that were posted on the internet. The decision by Colonel Denise Lind, who is sitting as judge and jury over the army private in a courtroom at Fort Meade, Maryland, means that Manning continues to face the possibility of life in military custody with no chance of parole. The "aiding the enemy" charge is one of the most severe offences available to military prosecutors, and has lead to the accusation that the Obama administration is attempting to put a chill on whistleblowers that could have far-reaching consequences for investigative journalism.

U.S. reviewing 27 death penalty convictions for FBI forensic testimony errors

July 18, 2013 by legitgov

U.S. reviewing 27 death penalty convictions for FBI forensic testimony errors 17 Jul 2013 An unprecedented federal review of old criminal cases has uncovered as many as 27 death penalty convictions in which FBI forensic experts may have mistakenly linked defendants to crimes with exaggerated scientific testimony, U.S. officials said. The review led to an 11th-hour stay of execution in Mississippi in May. It is not known how many of the cases involve errors, how many led to wrongful convictions or how many mistakes may now jeopardize valid convictions.

Google Denies CLG's Appeal to be on Google+

July 18, 2013 by legitgov

Google Denies CLG's Appeal to be on Google+ --NSA buddy Google again claims CLG News violates Google's 'names policy.' by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 18 Jul 2013 Once again, NSAssociate Google has denied CLG's appeal to be on Google+. Every other news organization is permitted to have a Google+ page, under the title of that news organization, such as The New York Times and the Washington Post. I want to know why CLG News cannot have a page on Google+. See also: Google: CLG News 'does not comply with Names Policy' 02 Jul 2013, which includes additional details regarding CLG's first appeal. Is there a lawyer who could donate his/her time to help with this issue? If so, please write: lori @ legitgov.org. Thank you.

DHS warns employees not to read leaked NSA information

July 18, 2013 by legitgov

DHS warns employees not to read leaked NSA information --The US Government may penalize workers for opening a Washington Post article. [Just wow. The fascism is breathtaking. Interesting to note, I see the CIA, DHS, and DIA in the CLG website logs, so I hope they're penalizing *themselves.*] 15 Jul 2013 The Department of Homeland Security has warned its employees that the government may penalize them for opening a Washington Post article containing a classified slide that shows how the National Security Agency eavesdrops on international communications. An internal memo from DHS headquarters told workers on Friday that viewing the document from an "unclassified government workstation" could lead to administrative or legal action. "You may be violating your non-disclosure agreement in which you sign that you will protect classified national security information," the communication said. The memo said workers who view the article through an unclassified workstation should report the incident as a "classified data spillage." [LOL!]

Reward increases for info in turtle beating

July 18, 2013 by legitgov

Reward increases for info in turtle beating 06 Jul 2013 (WI) Authorities are still looking for suspects in the death of a snapping turtle found bludgeoned on a Delevan golf course last month. And a reward for information in the case is now more than $10,000. The Janseville Gazette reports that authorities believe someone attacked the female snapping turtle with a golf club on June 10. The turtle later died at a wildlife rehabilitation center.

'No dog should die alone': Photographer promotes senior pet adoption

July 18, 2013 by legitgov

'No dog should die alone': Photographer promotes senior pet adoption 17 Jul 2013 Photographer Lori Fusaro is lavishing affection on the most recent addition to her family, a sweet-natured 17-year-old dog named Sunny... Fusaro decided to launch a photography project called "Silver Hearts" to show how much senior pets have to offer. "My hope is to inspire people to not overlook the old ones," Fusaro said. While doing volunteer photography work to help animals get adopted from jam-packed shelters in Los Angeles, Fusaro grew increasingly alarmed by how many senior dogs were languishing because no one wanted them. And when she learned that many pet owners surrender their dogs near the end of the animals' lives, she was appalled.

Greenwald: Snowden doesn't want to be 'put in a cage' like Manning

July 18, 2013 by legitgov

Greenwald: Snowden doesn't want to be 'put in a cage' like Manning 17 Jul 2013 On 'NOW with Alex Wagner' Wednesday, Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald explained why Edward Snowden had chosen to flee the U.S. and seek refuge in countries with questionable human rights records, saying the intelligence analyst didn't want to "end up in a cage like Bradley Manning." Manning--currently on trial for leaking government documents to WikiLeaks--was held for eight months at a Marine corps base in Quantico, VA, in conditions that the United Nations special rapporteur on torture called "seriously punitive." "He’s going there [other countries] because as Daniel Ellsberg said in a Washington Post Op-Ed, this country is no longer safe for whistle-blowers," Greenwald said.

President Obama eyes NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly to run the Department of Homeland Security

July 18, 2013 by legitgov

Gag me with a chainsaw: President Obama eyes NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly to run the Department of Homeland Security --President Obama told Univision that he'd consider hiring Ray Kelly to run the Department of Homeland Security if he wanted to make the jump from the NYPD 16 Jul 2013 President Obama says he'd consider hiring NYPD Commissioner [Raymond Kelly to run the Department of Homeland Security. In an interview Tuesday with the New York affiliate of Spanish-language network Univision, Obama called Kelly "one of the best there is" in law enforcement.

At Guantanamo Bay, genital searches can continue, judge says

July 18, 2013 by legitgov

At Guantanamo Bay, genital searches can continue, judge says 17 Jul 2013 The Obama administration wants to continue conducting searches of the genital areas of detainees prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, deeming them essential to the security of the facility, so Wednesday it appealed a ruling of a federal judge who called the practice "religiously and culturally abhorrent." U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth last week ordered guards at Guantanamo Bay to stop using their hands to conduct groin searches and to revert to an earlier method of shaking detainees' pants to dislodge any contraband. But in a declaration to the appeals court seeking a stay of Lamberth's ruling, Marine Gen. John F. Kelly, who leads the U.S. Southern Command, essentially rebuked the chief judge and said he considers "prohibiting the search of the areas between detainees' waists and knees" an" unacceptable risk to the military personnel under my command." The appeals court granted the stay Wednesday.

H7N9 Bird Flu May Be Developing Drug Resistance

July 18, 2013 by legitgov

H7N9 Bird Flu May Be Developing Drug Resistance 16 Jul 2013 Some strains of the H7N9 bird flu in China are becoming resistant to the only antiviral drugs doctors have left to treat the infection, a new study suggests. The study, which examined the viruses in a single person infected with H7N9, found that a portion of the H7N9 viruses lurking inside the person were resistant to the antiviral drugsoseltamivir (marketed as Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza). About 35 percent of the viruses were resistant to these drugs, while 65 percent were sensitive, the researchers said.

AG Holder: Stand-your-ground laws can 'sow dangerous conflict' in nation's neighborhoods

July 18, 2013 by legitgov

AG Holder: Stand-your-ground laws can 'sow dangerous conflict' in nation's neighborhoods 16 Jul 2013 Stand-your-ground laws that allow a person who believes he is in danger to use deadly force in self-defense "sow dangerous conflict" and need to be reassessed, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday in assailing the statutes that exist in many states. Holder said he was concerned about the Trayvon Martin slaying case in which Florida's stand-your-ground law played a part. But he added: "Separate and apart from the case that has drawn the nation’s attention, it's time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods."

House Votes to Delay Two Requirements of the Health Care Overhaul

July 18, 2013 by legitgov

House Votes to Delay Two Requirements of the Health Care Overhaul 17 Jul 2013 Defying a veto threat from President Obama, the House on Wednesday passed bills delaying two crucial parts of his health care overhaul insurance cartel giveaway that require most Americans to have insurance and many employers to offer it. Republicans said it was unfair for Mr. Obama to delay enforcement of the employer mandate without granting similar relief to individuals, who may face tax penalties if they go without health insurance next year. Both requirements were scheduled to take effect in January. But the White House announced this month that it would delay the employer mandate to 2015 because of business concerns about the complexity of the requirements.

License Plate Readers Track You for Profit

July 18, 2013 by legitgov

License Plate Readers Track You for Profit 17 Jul 2013 As license plate readers proliferate, law enforcement and private business are pooling surveillance data in light of conflicting guidelines on how long they may retain the data, which often is marketed for profit, according to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union. The report, "You Are Being Tracked: How License Plate Readers Are Being Used to Record Americans' Movements," paints, for the first time, a broad, Orwellian picture of an often overlooked and growing feature of the surveillance -- one funded, in part, by $50 million in federal grants to local governments during the past five years. Nationwide, the authorities and even private enterprise maintain a trove of locational data on citizens' movements, according to the report.

$2.6m US military drone crashes next to Florida highway shortly after take-off

July 18, 2013 by legitgov

$2.6m US military drone crashes next to Florida highway shortly after take-off [*Sweet!*]17 Jul 2013 A United States military drone crashed near a Florida highway on Wednesday morning, then went up in flames and reportedly started a ground fire. Highway 98 in the Florida Panhandle highway was closed west of Panama City and east of Mexico Beach after the QF-4 drone, belonging to the nearby Tyndall Air Force Base, crashed during takeoff around 8:20 a.m. No one was injured.

Obama wins back the right to indefinitely detain under NDAA

July 18, 2013 by legitgov

Obama wins back the right to indefinitely detain under NDAA 17 Jul 2013 The Obama administration has won the latest battle in their fight to indefinitely detain US citizens and foreigners suspected of being affiliated with terrorists under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. Congress granted the president the authority to arrest and hold individuals accused of terrorism without due process under the NDAA, but Mr. Obama said in an accompanying signing statement that he will not abuse these privileges to keep American citizens imprisoned indefinitely. These assurances, however, were not enough to keep a group of journalists and human rights activists from filing a federal lawsuit last year, which contested the constitutionality of Section 1021, the particular provision that provides for such broad power. On Wednesday this week, an appeals court in New York ruled in favor of the government and once again allowed the White House to legally indefinitely detain persons that fit in the category of enemy combatants or merely provide them with support.

NSA Joke: US Military Intervene over Facebook Event

July 17, 2013 by legitgov

NSA Joke: US Military Intervene over Facebook Event 16 Jul 2013 As a joke, a German man recently invited some friends for a walk around a top secret NSA facility. But the Facebook invitation soon had German federal police knocking at his door. They had been alerted by the American authorities. Daniel Bangert, 28, wanted to liven up his Facebook page with something a bit more amusing -- and decided to focus on the scandal surrounding the vast Internet surveillance perpetrated by the US intelligence service NSA. He invited his friends on an excursion to the top secret US facility known as the Dagger Complex in Griesheim, where Bangert is from... Just four days after he posted the invitation, his mobile phone rang at 7:17 a.m. It was the police calling to talk about his Facebook post. Bangert's doorbell rang at almost the exact same time. The police on the telephone told him to talk with the officers outside of his door.

Snowden fears if he returned to United States, he could face torture or the death penalty - lawyer

July 17, 2013 by legitgov

Snowden fears if he returned to United States, he could face torture or the death penalty - lawyer --Moscow experts said that his fears, whatever their merit, could support his bid. --Leaker files for asylum to remain in Russia 17 Jul 2013 Edward J. Snowden, the former intelligence contractor on the run from the American authorities, on Tuesday formally requested temporary asylum in Russia, submitting an application that seemed aimed at insulating President Vladimir V. Putin from United States pressure and blame. Mr. Snowden said he feared that if returned to the United States he could face torture or the death penalty, according to a Russian lawyer who helped prepare the documents. At the same time, by seeking temporary -- not political -- asylum, Mr. Snowden is pursuing the easiest path possible under Russian law, technically requiring only an administrative decision by the Russian Federal Migration Service rather than Mr. Putin’s personal approval. If the Migration Service grants his request, Mr. Snowden will be able to live and work in Russia for one year, with the possibility of renewing his status for another year.

Snowden applies for Russia asylum

July 17, 2013 by legitgov

Snowden applies for Russia asylum 16 Jul 2013 Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden applied Tuesday for temporary asylum in Russia, ending three weeks of uncertainty after he arrived from Hong Kong to escape the clutches of US justice [sic]. The United States, which wants to put Snowden on trial for revealing sensational details of its spying operations, rubbished any notion that fugitive was a "dissident" and said he should be sent back home to face his charges. Snowden made the application from the transit zone of state-controlled Sheremetyevo airport where he has been stuck for the last three weeks.

Texas: Radiation Leak Detected

July 17, 2013 by legitgov

Texas: Radiation Leak Detected 17 Jul 2013 Investigators have detected radiation in a former nuclear weapons bunker at Fort Bliss and are trying to determine if anyone may have been contaminated, officials said Tuesday. Post leaders said an investigation that began about two months ago revealed low levels of radiation in the igloo-like bunker that was used by the Air Force for assembly and storage of nuclear weapons in the 1950s and '60s. The area was transferred to the Army in 1966.

Report: George Zimmerman May Have to Face Molestation Charges

July 17, 2013 by legitgov

Report: George Zimmerman May Have to Face Molestation Charges 15 Jul 2013 A woman allegedly related to George Zimmerman and his family told investigators that members of Zimmerman's family were boastfully proud racists and that Zimmerman sexually molested her for several years. "It started when I was six," the woman told investigators in 2012. A number of news sources have reported that the woman is a relative of the Zimmerman family, though her exact relationship to Zimmerman was redacted from the interview recording. [Hey, Juror Jerkoff B37 - your pal 'George' is an (alleged) child molester. Racist, murderer, sociopath, and (alleged) child molester. You'd think someone would just drone this dirt-bag and call it a day. --LRP]

Snowden's Contingency: 'Dead Man's Switch' Borrows From Cold War, WikiLeaks

July 17, 2013 by legitgov

Snowden's Contingency: 'Dead Man's Switch' Borrows From Cold War, WikiLeaks 16 Jul 2013 The strategy employed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to discourage a CIA hit job has been likened to a tactic employed by the U.S. and Russian governments during the Cold War. Snowden, a former systems administrator for the National Security Agency in Hawaii, took thousands of documents from the agency's networks before fleeing to Hong Kong in late May, where he passed them to Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras... But Snowden also reportedly passed encrypted copies of his cache to a number of third parties who have a non-journalistic mission: If Snowden should suffer a mysterious, fatal accident, these parties will find themselves in possession of the decryption key, and they can publish the documents to the world.

FBI bars Florida from releasing autopsy report in shooting of Todashev, friend of Marathon bombing suspect

July 17, 2013 by legitgov

FBI bars Florida from releasing autopsy report in shooting of Todashev, friend of Marathon bombing suspect --FBI and Massachusetts State Police sought Todashev after Marathon bombings, but have refused to release details of shooting 16 Jul 2013 A Florida medical examiner's office said Tuesday that the FBI has ordered the office not to release its autopsy report of a Chechen man fatally shot by a Boston FBI agent in May because of the federal agency's active internal investigation into cover-up of his death. The medical examiner's office said it completed the autopsy report on Ibragim Todashev, a friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber, on July 8 and that the report was "ready for release." The agent shot and killed Todashev on May 22 in his Orlando apartment during an interrogation related to the Boston Marathon bombings. The FBI and the Justice Department are conducting an internal inquiry into the shooting, but critics have called for an independent inquiry, questioning the blanket of secrecy surrounding the case.

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