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Google Denies CLG's Appeal to be on Google+

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

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

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

'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Zimmerman trial juror scraps book plan

Zimmerman trial juror scraps book plan 17 Jul 2013 One of the six women jurors who cleared George Zimmerman of murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida has scrapped plans to write a book about the trial. The woman, identified only as juror B-37, said she had been shielded from the depth of public "pain" about the racially charged case during her isolation on the jury. After seeing the public mood since Zimmerman's acquittal - which has triggered angry protests across the United States - she had decided not to go ahead with the memoir, the juror said in a statement on Tuesday.

Army probes radiation exposure at Fort Bliss

Army probes radiation exposure at Fort Bliss 16 Jul 2013 Army investigators have detected radiation at a former nuclear weapons bunker at Fort Bliss and they're determining whether people on the West Texas post have been exposed, officials said Tuesday. Post leaders said contaminated residue was buried in the 1950s and 1960s, when the base was operated by the Air Force. ...Officials launched an investigation. They found levels of radiation in a bunker at Biggs Army Airfield that, along with other bunkers nearby, is used to store rifles and other weaponry.

Liz Cheney to challenge Enzi for GOP Senate nomination

Mega barf alert! Liz Cheney to challenge Enzi for GOP Senate nomination 16 Jul 2013 Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney, will challenge veteran Sen. Mike Enzi in a blockbuster battle for the Republican Senate nomination in Wyoming next year. Cheney will wage a primary bid against Enzi, who was first elected in 1996 and is the 11th-most senior Republican in the Senate. She announced her intention to run in a web video released Tuesday afternoon by her campaign. Cheney has been active in Republican politics as a supporter of her father's, and as an official in the State Department under President [sic] George W. Bush.

Police vow crackdown after Zimmerman protests flare in L.A., Oakland

Police vow crackdown after Zimmerman protests flare in L.A., Oakland 16 Jul 2013 As two major California cities spent Tuesday morning assessing damage and tallying arrests from violent protests the night before, officials asked for peaceful behavior -- but promised a crackdown should the demonstrations escalate again. ...The demonstrations in Oakland and Los Angeles morphed into more aggressive outbursts, with marauders [aka LAPD agents provocateur] running through city streets -- smashing windows, lighting garbage fires, assaulting news crews and, in one case, attacking a waiter trying to protect a restaurant damaged two nights prior.

Republicans win demand for different Dem nominees for National Labor Relations Board

Republicans win demand for different Dem nominees for National Labor Relations Board --DemocRATs surrender to their GOP/Wall Street overlords, as *always* 16 Jul 2013 The Senate dodged a constitutional showdown Tuesday with a bipartisan pact to confirm several nominees to run agencies overseeing Wall Street and labor relations, stopping the Democratic effort to change filibuster rules on a party-line vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the key GOP negotiator, announced the deal minutes before a scheduled vote on President Obama's choice to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, paving the way for acting director Richard Cordray's full confirmation to lead the new agency. Republicans won their demand for different Democratic nominees for the National Labor Relations Board but gave assurances of a speedy confirmation that would make the board fully operational by next month.

14 arrested after Zimmerman verdict protest in L.A. turns violent

14 arrested after Zimmerman verdict protest in L.A. turns violent 16 Jul 2013 Los Angeles police arrested 14 people overnight for failing to disperse after hundreds of protesters splintered off a peaceful demonstration in the Crenshaw district and began stomping cars and breaking windows. About 350 Los Angeles Police Department officers swarmed the Crenshaw district after groups of youths broke away from the demonstration protesting the George Zimmerman murder trial verdict. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck put the public on notice that officers would be taking a more aggressive posture toward protesters beginning Tuesday. "This will not be allowed to continue," he said. [Then the LAPD should stop being violent. The corrupt, violent state that allows Trayvon Martin-style shootings brainwashes the corrupt, violent media which in turn brainwashes the people to *never* resort to violence as a tactic --and, therefore, perpetuates what the state does. See how it works? That way, nothing ever changes. --LRP]

Senate reaches tentative deal to end filibuster standoff

Senate reaches tentative deal to end filibuster standoff 16 Jul 2013 Senators have reached a tentative agreement that will avoid a Democratic move to change Senate rules and eliminate the power of a minority to block action on executive branch nominations, Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Tuesday. "It is a compromise. I think we get what we want and they get what they want. Not a bad deal," Reid said in a brief speech on the Senate floor, shortly before the first of seven votes he had scheduled on long-delayed presidential nominations that were designed to force the issue.

Edward Snowden seeks temporary asylum in Russia

Edward Snowden seeks temporary asylum in Russia --Lawyer for NSA whistleblower submits asylum request to Russia's federal migration service 16 Jul 2013 National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has submitted a request for temporary asylum in Russia, his lawyer has said. Anatoly Kucherena, a lawyer who is a member of the Public Chamber, a Kremlin advisory body, said that Snowden submitted the asylum request to Russia's federal migration service. Kucherena told the Associated Press that he met Snowden in the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and Snowden made the request after the meeting.

U.S. senators fail to cut deal, head for showdown on filibuster

U.S. senators fail to cut deal, head for showdown on filibuster 15 Jul 2013 U.S. senators failed to reach a deal on Monday to avert a showdown over President Barack Obama's executive-branch nominees and threats by Democrats to strip Republicans of their power to block such nominations with procedural hurdles known as filibusters. Emerging from a meeting of all 100 senators that lasted more than three hours, Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said talks would go on. But it was unclear if the two sides would find common ground before Tuesday's scheduled votes on seven nominees.

Judge to rule on dismissing most serious charge in U.S. WikiLeaks trial

Judge to rule on dismissing most serious charge in U.S. WikiLeaks trial 15 Jul 2013 A military judge trying the soldier accused of the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history heard arguments on Monday over two defense motions that could result in the most serious charge against him - aiding the enemy - being dropped. U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, 25, is charged with disclosing more than 700,000 classified files, combat videos and State Department cables to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Manning, who served as an intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2009 and 2010, could face life in prison without parole if convicted of aiding the enemy, the most serious of 21 charges he faces.

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