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Postal Service will end Saturday mail delivery

February 7, 2013 by legitgov

Postal Service will end Saturday mail delivery 06 Feb 2013 The Postal Service plans to drop Saturday delivery of first-class mail beginning the first week of August, a move that the financially struggling agency said will save $2 billion annually. The Postal Service is cutting costs aggressively as it grows increasingly frustrated that Congress is dragging its feet in authorizing a structural overhaul that could stabilize the agency. The agency, which lost $16 billion last year, has blamed much of its recent troubles on a 2006 [GOP/Bush] law that requires it to make massive payments into its future retirees' healthcare fund, as well as on reduced mail volumes as Americans increasingly turn to email and online communications rather than dropping a stamped letter in a postal box. [The corpora-terrorist trolls in Congress want to privatize the US Post Office.]

US Fed acknowledges computer system hacked

February 7, 2013 by legitgov

US Fed acknowledges computer system hacked 06 Feb 2013 The Federal Reserve acknowledged Wednesday its computer systems were accessed by hackers but said the incident did not affect the central bank's "critical operations." [?] The acknowledgement came days after the hacker group known as Anonymous claimed it had posted personal information of some 4,000 bankers, purportedly obtained from the Fed. "The Federal Reserve System is aware that information was obtained by exploiting a temporary vulnerability in a website vendor product," a Federal Reserve spokesman said in a statement in response to an AFP query. [Link to 4,000 bankers' doxed info is here.]

Obama to give white paper on targeted killings to Congress

February 7, 2013 by legitgov

Obama to give white paper on targeted killings to Congress 06 Feb 2013 The Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday morning will receive a classified document that seeks to justify the administration's policy of targeting Americans overseas via drone attacks, chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said late Wednesday. "I am pleased that the president has agreed to provide the Intelligence Committee with access to the OLC (Office of Legal Counsel) opinion regarding the use of lethal force in counterterrorism operations," the California Democrat said in a statement. The announcement came shortly after an administration official said that President Barack Obama had yielded to demands that he turn over to Congress the classified Justice Department legal advice that seeks to justify the policy.

CIA using Saudi base for drone assassinations in Yemen

February 6, 2013 by legitgov

CIA using Saudi base for drone assassinations in Yemen 06 Feb 2013 The CIA is secretly ['Secretly.' Hmm... not so much, lol!] using an airbase in Saudi Arabia to conduct its controversial drone assassination campaign in neighbouring Yemen, according to reports in the US media. Neither the Saudi government nor the country's media have responded to the reports revealing that the drones that killed the US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and his son in September 2011 and Said al-Shehri, a senior 'al-Qaida' commander who died from his injuries last month, were launched from the unnamed base. Saudi Arabia has previously publicly denied co-operating with the US to target al-Qaida in Yemen.

White House silent over CIA drone reports as pressure builds on Brennan

February 6, 2013 by legitgov

White House silent over CIA drone reports as pressure builds on Brennan 06 Feb 2013 The pressure on John Brennan, Barack Obama's nominee for CIA director and the architect of the White House strategy on drones, intensified on Wednesday amid revelations of a secret CIA drone base in Saudi Arabia and anger in Congress at the administration's refusal to reveal the legal basis for killing US citizens. The Obama administration and Saudi Arabia were silent over reports on Wednesday that the CIA is secretly using an air base in Saudi Arabia to conduct its controversial drone assassination campaign in neighbouring Yemen. The reports revealed that the drones that killed the US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and his son in September 2011, and Said al-Shehri, a senior al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] commander who died from his injuries last month, were launched from the unnamed base. The revelation is an embarrassment to the White House, which pressured the Washington Post and some other news organisations to suppress the information for 12 months on national security grounds.

Secret US assassination drone base in Saudi Arabia exposed

February 6, 2013 by legitgov

Secret US assassination drone base in Saudi Arabia exposed 06 Feb 2013 The existence of a previously secret US assassination drone base in Saudi Arabia has come to light amid President Barack Obama's bid to install his counterterrorism adviser and architect of his covert targeted-killing policy, John Brennan, as the next CIA director. CIA terror drones flown out of a secret American base in Saudi Arabia were used to carry out the "only strike intentionally targeting a US citizen" to kill Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16-year-old son in a 2011 attack in Yemen, The Washington Post reports on Wednesday. The Obama administration's highly controversial and secret targeted-killing program has relied on an expanding collection of assassination drone bases maintained by the CIA spy agency and the US military's Joint Special Operations Command.

Congress looks to limit drone strikes

February 6, 2013 by legitgov

Congress looks to limit drone strikes 05 Feb 2013 Uncomfortable with the Obama administration's use of deadly drones, a growing number in Congress is looking to limit America's authority to kill suspected terrorists, even U.S. citizens. The Democratic-led outcry was emboldened by the revelation in a newly surfaced Justice Department memo that shows drones can strike against a wider range of threats, with less evidence, than previously believed. The drone program, which has been used from Pakistan across the Middle East and into North Africa to find and kill an unknown number of 'suspected terrorists,' is expected to be a top topic of debate when the Senate Intelligence Committee grills John Brennan, the White House's pick for CIA chief, at a hearing Thursday.

City in Virginia Becomes First to Pass Anti-Drone Legislation

February 6, 2013 by legitgov

City in Virginia Becomes First to Pass Anti-Drone Legislation 05 Feb 2013 Charlottesville, Va., has become the first city in the United States to formally pass an anti-drone resolution. The resolution, passed Monday, "calls on the United States Congress and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia to adopt legislation prohibiting information obtained from the domestic use of drones from being introduced into a Federal or State court," and "pledges to abstain from similar uses with city-owned, leased, or borrowed drones." The measure also endorses a proposed two-year moratorium on drones in Virginia.

High-tech military detection gear delivered to aid in Alabama hostage surveillance

February 6, 2013 by legitgov

High-tech military detection gear delivered to aid in Alabama hostage surveillance 04 Feb 2013 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta approved a request from the FBI for high-tech military detection equipment to assist in surveillance on the underground bunker in Alabama where a 5-year-old boy was held hostage, CNN has learned... The military detection equipment was delivered on site, according to a military official, but it could not immediately be determined if the equipment was used before or during the rescue. Three Defense Department officials tell CNN that the equipment requested was similar to the technology used in war zones to detect buried explosives. Some small number of troops would have been needed to operate the equipment on-site. "Panetta personally approved it" said one senior Defense official, emphasizing the military was prepared to offer whatever it could to assist in rescuing the child.

Alabama hostage rescue under direct authority of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

February 6, 2013 by legitgov

Alabama hostage rescue under direct authority of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta --Alabama hostage rescue: why some secrets will remain in the bunker 05 Feb 2013 While more will surely be told about the ordeal in Alabama, which ended Monday with a late afternoon raid that saved 5-year-old Ethan but ended in the death of Jimmy Lee Dykes, it's also clear that parts of the operation will remain shrouded in secrecy, given that it involved America's most expert paramilitary counter-terrorism units collaborating with US special operations forces, under the direct authority of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. "This all rings of a unique covert operation," says Randall Rogan, a crisis communications expert at Wake Forest University who has been following the story closely, adding the multiagency involvement is "atypical, quite honestly, for...what, after all, is not a significant terrorist event." "There may be some general overview and general description of what happened, but there won't be full, complete disclosure," he says. "And that's understandable. There are people out there who pay attention and who would make note of it, who are cognizant of what transpired and how it transpired, and who may take steps to prevent that sort of tactic from being utilized in the future."

Solomon Islands tsunami toll expected to rise

February 6, 2013 by legitgov

Solomon Islands tsunami toll expected to rise 07 Feb 2013 Police in the Solomon Islands say at least six people have been killed after an earthquake and tsunami struck the Pacific nation on Wednesday. The 8.0-magnitude quake has caused major damage to villages in the Santa Cruz islands and triggered a small tsunami that sparked warnings in several Pacific countries. International aid agency World Vision says the communities of Venga and Nela in the Solomon Islands province of Temotu have been almost entirely wiped out by a one metre tsunami. There are unconfirmed reports that some people and fishing boats may have been swept out to sea by the surge.

8.0-magnitude earthquake strikes off Solomon Islands; tsunami warning issued

February 6, 2013 by legitgov

8.0-magnitude earthquake strikes off Solomon Islands; tsunami warning issued 05 Feb 2013 An 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific early Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, sparking a tsunami warning. The center of the quake was located some 360 miles east-southeast of Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, the USGS said. It was reported to be 3.6 miles deep. A tsunami warning was issued for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kosrae, Fiji, Kiribati, and Wallis and Futuna, according to the the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

FHP announces daytime driver license, vehicle inspection checkpoints

February 6, 2013 by legitgov

FHP announces daytime driver license, vehicle inspection checkpoints 04 Feb 2013 The Florida Highway Patrol Troop C (Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Pasco, Hernando, Sumter and Citrus counties) has announced the roads it plans to target with driver license and/or vehicle inspection checkpoints in February. FHP says the checkpoints will be conducted during daytime hours, and generally cause delays of five minutes or less. The list of targeted roads in Tampa Bay is here.

Rip out Guantanamo microphones to prevent eavesdropping: judge

February 6, 2013 by legitgov

Rip out Guantanamo microphones to prevent eavesdropping: judge 04 Feb 2013 A military judge on Monday suggested ripping out the defense table microphones to ease concerns that intelligence agents could be eavesdropping on confidential attorney-client conversations in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal. The judge also ordered that doctors examine Saudi defendant Abd al Rahim al Nashiri to determine whether his treatment in CIA custody had left him mentally competent to stand trial on charges of orchestrating a deadly attack on a U.S. warship. The issue arose after a revelation last week that someone outside the courtroom had briefly cut the closed-circuit feed that provides sound and video to public viewing areas during a pretrial hearing for five prisoners accused of plotting the [Bush-Cheney] September 11 hijacked plane attacks on the United States in 2001.

Duke Energy to seek $1.65 billion from Florida customers for its failed nuclear plant

February 5, 2013 by legitgov

Duke Energy to seek $1.65 billion from Florida customers for its failed nuclear plant 05 Feb 2013 Duke Energy Corp., the largest U.S. utility owner, will permanently shut its Crystal River nuclear power plant in Florida after deciding the risks and costs associated with repairing it outweighed the benefits. Duke will seek $1.65 billion from Florida customers for its failed investments in the reactor, the Charlotte, North Carolina-based company said in a filing today. The cost recovery can begin in 2017 and last 20 years under a settlement approved by state regulators [sic] last year. The 860-megawatt reactor has been shut since 2009, when a crack was discovered while it was being refueled and its steam generator replaced. More cracks occurred in 2011 when the company was trying to repair the damage. [WHY do ratepayers have to fund these corpora-terrorists' environmental time bombs? Start reading.]

Pakistani ambassador to U.S. calls CIA drone strikes a 'clear violation'

February 5, 2013 by legitgov

Pakistani ambassador to U.S. calls CIA drone strikes a 'clear violation' 05 Feb 2013 CIA drone strikes in Pakistan are "a clear violation of our sovereignty and a violation of international law" that threaten stable relations between the two governments, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States said Tuesday. Persistent reports that Pakistan has tacitly approved the strikes while publicly denouncing them are untrue, Ambassador Sherry Rehman said. "Let me assure you that since we have been in government, there has been no quiet complicity, no question of wink and nod," she said, referring to the hundreds of drone attacks on militant civilian targets, most of them under the Obama administration.

Leaked Obama administration memo sets out case for killing US citizens

February 5, 2013 by legitgov

Leaked Obama administration memo sets out case for killing US citizens --Paper does not specify 'minimum legal requirements for launching lethal attacks on US citizens 05 Feb 2013 The detailed circumstances in which a US government may order the killing of an American citizen who is may be a high-ranking member of al-Qaida have been revealed in a leaked memo prepared by Obama administration lawyers. The document, acquired by NBC and dating from 2011, lays out for the first time the precise rationale for carrying out targeted killings of senior al-Qaida members who are US citizens, and who are believed to pose an "imminent threat of violent attack" against America. In a key passage in the document--which is unsigned--it argues that for a US citizen who has rights under the due process clause and the fourth amendment, "that individual's citizenship would not immunise from a lethal operation".

Oct. 15 memo: Superdome power had 'a chance of failure'

February 5, 2013 by legitgov

Oct. 15 memo: Superdome power had 'a chance of failure' 04 Feb 2013 The cause of a 34-minute blackout at the Super Bowl remains under investigation, but public records released Monday show that Superdome officials were worried about a power outage several months before the big game. An Oct. 15 memo released by the Louisiana Stadium & Exposition District, which oversees the Superdome, says tests on the dome's electrical feeders showed they had "some decay and a chance of failure." Entergy New Orleans, the company that supplies the stadium with power, and the structure's engineering staff "had concerns regarding the reliability of the Dome service from Entergy's connection point to the Dome," the memo says.

Study: 22 Military Veterans Commit Suicide Every Day

February 5, 2013 by legitgov

Study: 22 Military Veterans Commit Suicide Every Day 01 Feb 2013 The results of a new study indicate that suicide rates among veterans in the United States are increasing. An estimated 22 military veterans take their lives every day in America, according to the study helmed by Robert Bossarte, an epidemiologist and researcher who works with the Department of Veterans Affairs. "While the percentage of all suicides reported as Veterans has decreased, the number of suicides has increased," the conclusion of the study stated.

Man arrested in Navy SEAL's death had to be shocked, restrained in jail cell, sheriff says

February 5, 2013 by legitgov

Man arrested in Navy SEAL's death had to be shocked, restrained in jail cell, sheriff says 05 Feb 2013 The Iraq war veteran charged with killing a former Navy SEAL sniper and his friend on a Texas shooting range had to be shocked with a stun gun and restrained in his jail cell overnight after becoming aggressive, a sheriff said Monday. Eddie Ray Routh, 25, is on suicide watch in the Erath County Jail, where he's being held on $3-million bond, Sheriff Tommy Bryant said. Routh is charged with one count of capital murder and two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of Chris Kyle, author of the best-selling book "American Sniper," and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range Saturday in Glen Rose. Routh, a member of the Marines Corps Reserve, appeared ready to assault jailers Sunday night when they entered his solitary confinement cell because he refused to return his food tray, Bryant said.

Polar Bear Researchers Urge Governments to Act Now and Save the Species

February 5, 2013 by legitgov

Polar Bear Researchers Urge Governments to Act Now and Save the Species 04 Feb 2013 A University of Alberta polar bear researcher and 11 international co-authors are urging governments to start planning for rapid Arctic ecosystem change to deal with a climate change global warming catastrophe for the animals. U of A professor Andrew Derocher co-wrote a policy perspective urging governments with polar bear populations to accept that just one unexpected jump in Arctic warming trends could send some polar bear populations into a precipitous decline. "It's a fact that early sea ice breakup, late ice freeze-up and the overall reduction in ice pack are taking their toll," said Derocher. "We want governments to be ready with conservation and management plans for polar bears when a worst-case climate change scenario happens."

Confidential DOJ memo reveals 'legal' case for U.S. government to kill Americans

February 5, 2013 by legitgov

Confidential DOJ memo reveals 'legal' case for U.S. government to kill Americans 04 Feb 2013 A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be "senior operational leaders" of al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] or "an associated force" -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S. The 16-page memo, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News, provides new details about the [so-called] legal reasoning behind one of the Obama regime's most secretive and controversial polices: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects, including those aimed at American citizens, such as the September 2011 strike in Yemen that killed alleged al-Qaida operatives Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan. Both were U.S. citizens who had never been indicted by the U.S. government nor charged with any crimes. The secrecy surrounding such strikes is fast emerging as a central issue in this week's hearing of White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, a key architect of the drone campaign, to be CIA director. [Gee, if this memo was drafted during the George W. Bush regime, MSNBC's head would be exploding all over 30 Rock! But see, John Brennan is Obama's torturer, so it's OK! Conservative white guy torturer-in-Cabinet, bad -- liberal African American torturer-in-Cabinet, good! Liberals are fooled by Obusha's pseudo-progressive agenda. But even on that dubious front, Barack Obama embraced the Harry Reid sell-out on filibuster reform so that the Democratic-dominated Senate could pass nothing that liberals would like. --Lori Price]

US pre-emptive cyber strikes will be launched under secret rules

February 5, 2013 by legitgov

US pre-emptive cyber strikes will be launched under secret rules --Guidelines likely to be kept under wraps, much like the policies governing America's controversial drone programme 04 Feb 2013 The US could launch pre-emptive cyber strikes against countries it suspects of threatening its interests with a digital attack, under a new set of secret guidelines to safeguard the nation's computer systems. The rules -- the country's first on how it defends or retaliates against digital attacks -- are expected to be approved in coming weeks, and are likely to be kept under wraps, much like the policies governing the country's controversial drone programme. A secret legal review into the new guidelines has already decided that President Barack Obama has the power to order such pre-emptive strikes if faced with credible evidence of a looming attack, according to the New York Times, which quoted unnamed officials involved in the review.

OpLastRestort mirror of bankd0x

February 5, 2013 by legitgov

OpLastRestort mirror of bankd0x 04 Feb 2013 OpLastResort ‏@OpLastResort 'If you can't figure out google cache, here's a mirror of the bankd0x from our state sponsors' #opLastResort

Anonymous Doxes 4,000 Bank Execs

February 5, 2013 by legitgov

Anonymous Doxes 4,000 Bank Execs --Anonymous hacktivists leaked the personal information of 4,000 American bank executives to Pastebin and a hacked government website. 04 Feb 2013 Loose-knit activist collective Anonymous doxed 4,000 American bank executives by posting partial internet login credentials and personal information such as addresses and phone numbers to a state government website. Anonymous leaked the information through Pastebin and a randomly chosen government website with low security, the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center. According to posts made on Twitter, the move was part of OpLastResort, a vigilante effort to force the government to reform computer crime law in the wake of Aaron Swartz's death.

Suit says cops gave pot to protesters and the homeless

February 5, 2013 by legitgov

Suit says cops gave pot to protesters and the homeless 02 Feb 2013 A half-dozen Minnesotans have sued the state and numerous law enforcement agencies, claiming that they were used as "guinea pigs" when officers supplied them with drugs as part of a controversial police training program. In the lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Minnesota, the plaintiffs call the now-suspended Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) program, which is supposed to train police on how to spot drug use, "an unethical clinical trial" in which officers gave people large amounts of marijuana and observed them before abandoning them on the streets while they were still high. The plaintiffs say police targeted members of the Occupy Minneapolis movement and the homeless population, as well as individuals already addicted to drugs.

Fearing hostage was in danger, FBI stormed Ala. underground bunker

February 4, 2013 by legitgov

Fearing hostage was in danger, FBI stormed Ala. underground bunker 04 Feb 2013 Officers stormed an underground bunker in Alabama where a 5-year-old boy had been held hostage for nearly a week, rescuing the child and leaving the boy’s abductor dead, officials said Monday. Steve Richardson with the FBI’s office in Mobile said at a news conference Monday afternoon that negotiations had deteriorated with 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes. Dykes, who a week earlier had abducted the child from a school bus after fatally shooting the driver, had been seen with a gun. Officers believed the boy was in imminent danger, Richardson said. Officers stormed the bunker just after 3 p.m. CST to rescue the child, who was taken to a hospital in nearby Dothan.

Exxon reports $9.4 billion profit

February 4, 2013 by legitgov

Exxon reports $9.4 billion profit 31 Jan 2013 Exxon reported a 2% rise in fourth-quarter earnings Tuesday as higher oil prices offset declining production volumes. The largest U.S. oil company also defended its focus on natural gas, which is part of its plan to develop unconventional energy sources in the United States. [Thanks, Obusha, for the perpetual tax breaks for every corpora-terrorist in the US. Start reading.]

Give the World's Loneliest Elephant a Better Home

February 4, 2013 by legitgov

Give the World's Loneliest Elephant a Better Home 04 Feb 2013 (Petition) Mali the elephant has spent 33 lonely years in a concrete pen in the Philippines, and it's killing her. But still the government won't allow her to go to a better place. Torn from her family at age three, she was sent to Manila as a gift to then-President Ferdinand Marcos. She has since lived three decades of her life at the capital city's zoo isolated from other elephants, with only a small pool for entertainment. She suffers from severe depression and damage to her feet, the leading cause of death to zoo elephants. Acitivists insist Mali's transfer not be delayed any longer and say the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre will take Mali as soon as the Filipino Government will let her go. Sign petition to ask President [sociopath] Benigno Aquino to let Mali go.

Office charged with shutting Guantanamo Bay closes

February 4, 2013 by legitgov

Office charged with shutting Guantanamo Bay closes 29 Jan 2013 The US has shut down the office of its special envoy charge with the closure of Guantanamo Bay, in a sign of the fading hopes of shutting the controversial jail. Daniel Fried, the special envoy in charge of the dossier, will now move to coordinate the State Department's sanctions policy, including for Iran and Syria, and his "former responsibilities will be 'assumed' by the office of the department's legal adviser," according to The New York Times. Mr Fried, a veteran diplomat and former ambassador to Poland, was appointed special envoy in May 2009, only months after President Barack Obama ordered the notorious jail at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to close.

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