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Kasich turns down federal disaster aid

March 6, 2012 by legitgov

Kasich turns down federal disaster aid 03 Mar 2012 Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R-Sociopath) said thanks but no thanks to immediate federal disaster relief Saturday, even as governors in Indiana and Kentucky welcomed the help. Kasich did not rule out asking for assistance later, but his decision means tornado-ravaged towns in Ohio will not get federal aid now and are not eligible at this time for potentially millions of dollars in payments and loans. The governor said Ohio can respond to the crisis without federal help and he would not ask federal authorities to declare the region a disaster area.

Houston Food Not Bombs Under Immediate Threat

March 6, 2012 by legitgov

Houston Food Not Bombs Under Immediate Threat (Food Not Bombs) 04 Mar 2012 Houston Food Not Bombs has been sharing healthy vegetarian food with hundreds of hungry people... Well funded Houston homeless service organizations, developers, and city officials are promoting new regulations for dozens of groups like ours that provide food for the homeless in Houston every week. Wednesday March 7, at the 9am session, Houston City Council will consider amending chapter 20 of the code of ordinances, imposing five new regulatory and licensing requirements for those who feed hungry people in Houston. These regulations would bring the work of non-professionals who do homeless service work under city and police purview. [See action list.]

Obama shifts location of G-8 summit from Chicago to Camp David

March 6, 2012 by legitgov

Obama shifts location of G-8 summit from Chicago to Camp David --White House national security spokesman: Security and the possibility of protests were not factors in the decision. [Not much.] 05 Mar 2012 The White House abruptly announced Monday that it had scuttled plans to hold the upcoming G-8 economic summit in Chicago, and would instead host world leaders at the presidential retreat at Camp David in Maryland. It was an unusually late location change for a large and highly scripted international summit and came with little explanation from the White House. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel - the former White House chief of staff who personally lobbied President Barack Obama to hold the summit in Chicago - was informed only hours before the official announcement.

Holder: Constitution doesn't cover terrorists

March 6, 2012 by legitgov

Holder: Constitution doesn't cover terrorists 05 Mar 2012 In his most forceful defense yet of the Obama regime's use of lethal force against U.S. citizens linked to terrorism, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday that the Constitution does not protect U.S. suspects plotting to kill other Americans. Holder said in a speech at the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago that the government is within its rights to kill citizens who are senior leaders in al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] or affiliate groups who pose an "imminent threat" of attack against the USA and whose capture is "not feasible." [OMG! MSNBC is still obsessed with Rush Limbaugh instead of Obama's assertion he can kill US citizens on a whim. Unbelievable.]

US plans to legally justify targeted killings of Americans

March 5, 2012 by legitgov

US plans to legally justify targeted killings of Americans 05 Mar 2012 The Obama administration is set to offer legal backing for the targeted killing of American citizens suspected of involvement in terrorist activities against the United States overseas. The underpinning legal principles of the issue will be discussed by US Attorney General Eric Holder at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago on Monday afternoon. This is while Defense Department lawyer Jeh Johnson claimed earlier in February that the US pursued legitimate military targets overseas and rejected allegations that the US was engaged in assassinations. [See: "Hope-and-Change," A Hoax By Michael Rectenwald and Lori Price 27 May 2010.]

Santorum says he'd be well ahead if he had Romney's money

March 5, 2012 by legitgov

Santorum says he'd be well ahead if he had Romney's money 05 Mar 2012 With hours remaining until the polls open in this crucial state, Rick Santorum said Monday no one expected him to last this long into the Republican presidential contest, but that a combination of hard work and a consistent conservative message has allowed him to compete despite being massively outspent by rival Mitt Romney. Santorum said if his resources were equal with Romney's, he would be running away with the race, but that such a scenario was irrelevant because the GOP nominee will not be able to outspend President Obama in the general election. Santorum said his family is sacrificing financially because he gave up lucrative work to run for president.

Iran Navy capable of extending presence to Atlantic Ocean

March 5, 2012 by legitgov

Iran Navy capable of extending presence to Atlantic Ocean 05 Mar 2012 Commander of Iran's Army Major General Ataollah Salehi says the Iranian Navy has the capability of extending its presence to the Atlantic Ocean. Today, the strategic Navy has the capability to extend its presence to the Atlantic Ocean beyond the Gulf of Aden, the Mediterranean Sea, the Suez Canal, north of the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea, Salehi said on Monday. This shows the might of Iran and the complete preparedness of this force, he added. Commenting on the recent Velayat 90 naval drill, the Iranian commander said the military exercises were a turning point in the country's show of might and security.

'One in 5 Britons borrow to buy food'

March 5, 2012 by legitgov

'One in 5 Britons borrow to buy food' 05 Mar 2012 A new survey has found that one in five Britons are borrowing money to buy food requirements from groceries amid a jump in the costs of living. The survey by consumer group 'Which' showed that 43 percent of consumers feel they can afford to live on their income, while 36 percent admitted to finding things difficult - twice the proportion who were struggling in 2006. One in four said they have had to dip into their savings to buy food or other daily essentials, while 19 percent have gone into debt to do this, according to the survey.

Alan Colmes Blasts Pro-Israel Media Pushing for Iran War

March 5, 2012 by legitgov

Alan Colmes Blasts Pro-Israel Media Pushing for Iran War By Lori Price, http://www.legitgov.org/ 05 Mar 2012 On Fox News program 'Happening Now,' liberal political commentator and radio host Alan Colmes participated Monday in a discussion on whether or not a 'liberal media' exists. Colmes noted that Dick Cheney daughter Liz Cheney and former George W. Bush recess-appointed UN Ambassador John Bolton were 'all over' the media, a 'new generation' of former Iraq war hawks now pushing for war on Iran. Conservative counterpart Cal Thomas responded that Cheney and Bolton were mere voices in the discourse and not media institutions such as CBS News, and therefore did not share the same media heft. Colmes asserted that rather than a so-called liberal bias, it is an omnipresent pro-Israel media bias that dominates the media landscape. "You have a pro-Israel media out there that supports anything Israel does. It's almost anathema in the media to say anything against what the government of Israel says." [I wonder how many days before he's fired?]

U.S. court approves warrantless searches of cell phones

March 5, 2012 by legitgov

U.S. court approves warrantless searches of cell phones 01 Mar 2012 U.S. police can search a cell phone for its number without having a warrant, according to a federal appeals court ruling. Officers in Indiana found a number of cell phones at the scene of a drug bust, and searched each phone for its telephone number... The U.S. Court of Appeal for the 7th Circuit rejected that [warrantless search] argument on Wednesday, finding that the invasion of privacy was so slight that the police's actions did not violate the Fourth Amendment's ban on unreasonable searches. The case gave the court an occasion to examine just how far police can go when it comes to searching electronic gadgets.

Gunmen massacre 21 policemen in Iraq attacks

March 5, 2012 by legitgov

Gunmen massacre 21 policemen in Iraq attacks 05 Mar 2012 A gang of gunmen wearing military-style uniforms killed 21 policemen in an early morning shooting rampage in western Iraq. Security officials said the killings began before dawn when the gunmen kidnapped two police commanders from their homes in Haditha, 140 miles north west of Baghdad. the gang then drove to the city and gunned down police at two security checkpoints.

Israel prepares safety measures amid Iran war talks: Report

March 5, 2012 by legitgov

Israel prepares safety measures amid Iran war talks: Report 04 Mar 2012 Israel has recently been beefing up its wartime safety measures such as building shelters and boosting emergency services amid fears of a devastating Iranian counterstrike to a potential Tel Aviv attack. Israel has been transforming the parking lot of Tel Aviv's Habima National Theater into a sophisticated bomb shelter, the Associated Press reported. Roi Flyshman, spokesman for Israeli civil defense ministry, said the make-shift shelter, four stories underground and capable of accommodating up to 1,600 people, is "very advanced" and could serve as a blueprint for others.

Netanyahu praises Obama's AIPAC speech

March 5, 2012 by legitgov

Netanyahu praises Obama's AIPAC speech 04 Mar 2012 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu immediately responded favorably to US President Barack Obama's speech on Sunday, highlighting Obama's remarks about Israel's right to defend itself as it saw fit. "I appreciated the fact that he said Israel must be able to defend itself, by itself, against any threat," Netanyahu told reporters before meeting Canadian Jewish leaders. "I appreciated the fact that President Obama reiterated his position that Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons, and that all options are on the table," Netanyahu said. "I also appreciated the fact that he made clear that when it comes to a nuclear-armed Iran, containment is simply not an option." [Transcript of Obama groveling before AIPAC and his GOP warmongering overlords.]

AIPAC turns away 3 journalists from Israel-critical sites

March 5, 2012 by legitgov

AIPAC turns away 3 journalists from Israel-critical sites 03 Mar 2012 AIPAC turned down requests for coverage of its annual policy conference from at least three web and news sites known for their critical and sometimes hostile coverage of Israel. Patrick Dorton, a spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, said there were a number of considerations in turning away the journalists, but would only name one -- the volume of applications for coverage. Barring coverage in Washington is rare; Government institutions in Washington are known for accommodating a broad range of journalists, including those adamantly hostile to the government of the day.

Putin wins 3rd presidential term with over 60 percent - preliminary results

March 5, 2012 by legitgov

Putin wins 3rd presidential term with over 60% - preliminary results 05 Mar 2012 Preliminary results show Vladimir Putin securing 63.90 per cent of votes in Russia's presidential election, with his closest rival Gennady Zyuganov taking 17.18 per cent. So far, the Central Election Commission has counted almost all of the ballots. Mikhail Prokhorov and Vladimir Zhirinovsky are waging a real political battle for third place, with Prokhorov winning support of 7.70 per cent of voters and Zhirinovsky lagging behind with 6.24 per cent.

Deepwater Oil Drilling Picks Up Again as BP Disaster Fades

March 5, 2012 by legitgov

Deepwater Oil Drilling Picks Up Again as BP Disaster Fades 04 Mar 2012 Nearly two years after an explosion on an oil platform killed 11 workers and sent millions of gallons of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, deepwater drilling has regained momentum in the gulf and is spreading around the world. After a yearlong drilling moratorium, BP and other oil companies [eco-terrorists] are intensifying their exploration and production in the gulf, which will soon surpass the levels attained before the accident. [Thanks, Obusha!] Gas prices are averaging $3.76 a gallon, while crude oil futures settled at $106.70 a barrel on Friday. [Right, because Obama won't take *one step* to curb Wall Street speculation.]

Obama Receives Serious Death Threat

March 5, 2012 by legitgov

Obama Receives Serious Death Threat --N.Y. man charged with making terroristic threats 04 Mar 2012 Brent G. Dickinson, 33, of Saratoga Springs, New York, is accused of threatening to assassinate President Barack Obama. U.S. Secret Service and local authorities collaborated to arrest the man - who also stands accused of threatening to murder school children - after he posted two threatening comments on the White House message board. Dickinson was charged with two counts of making terroristic threats.

British barrister found dead in Pakistan

March 5, 2012 by legitgov

British barrister found dead in Pakistan 05 Mar 2012 A leading British barrister has been found dead in a hotel room in Pakistan, his family has revealed. Relatives of Paul McBride QC, said the 48-year-old had died in his sleep in the city of Lahore, where he was on a trip with a fellow human rights lawyer. Police in Lahore told The Independent last night that an investigation was underway but that initial inquiries seemed to suggest Mr McBride had died of natural causes.

More than half of RAF drone strikes in Afghanistan not reported publicly

March 5, 2012 by legitgov

More than half of RAF drone strikes in Afghanistan not reported publicly 03 Mar 2012 More than half of the RAF's drone strikes against Taliban militants in Afghanistan are not reported publicly, a new analysis has revealed. Every week the RAF provides public updates of its operations in Afghanistan, including details about its US-built Reaper drones which are frequently called on to provide cover for troops, monitor the battlefield and hunt down 'Taliban commanders.' But the details of the majority of missions are withheld, despite growing debate about the increasing use of drones and the ethics of relying on unmanned weapon systems. [Just blow them out of the sky - problem solved!]

U.S. Backers of Israel Pressure Obama Over Policy on Iran

March 4, 2012 by legitgov

U.S. Backers of Israel Pressure Obama Over Policy on Iran 04 Mar 2012 On the eve of a crucial visit to the White House by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, that country's most powerful American advocates are mounting an extraordinary public campaign to pressure President Obama into hardening American policy toward Iran over its nuclear program. From the corridors of Congress to a gathering of nearly 14,000 American Jews and other supporters of Israel here this weekend, Mr. Obama is being buffeted by demands that the United States be more aggressive toward Iran and more forthright in supporting Israel in its own confrontation with Tehran. Despite the position of the Israelis and the pro-Israel lobbying group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the American intelligence agencies continue to say that there is no evidence that Iran has made a final decision to pursue a nuclear weapon. Recent assessments by American spy agencies have reaffirmed intelligence findings in 2007 and 2010 that concluded that Iran had abandoned its nuclear weapons program. [Right, so it's time for Israel and the US - the scourge of the planet - to abandon *theirs.*]

Pentagon commander says US special forces in India

March 4, 2012 by legitgov

Pentagon commander says US special forces in India --US special forces are present in five South Asian countries 02 Mar 2012 US special forces are present in five South Asian countries, including India, a top Pentagon commander has revealed. US Pacific Commander Admiral Robert Willard said the teams were deployed to help India with their counter-terrorism co-operation. The US and India were working together to contain Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based militant group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai [CIA-backed] attacks, he said. [See: US as 'Facehugger' By Lori Price 19 Jan 2010.]

US government ultimately paid bail for Egypt NGOs

March 4, 2012 by legitgov

US government ultimately paid bail for Egypt NGOs --Amount of bail paid for US citizens was set at about $330,000 each 02 Mar 2012 The bail paid for U.S. 'pro-democracy activists' facing charges in Egypt ultimately came from the U.S. government, the State Department said on Friday. Egyptian authorities had accused the workers, including the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, of working for groups receiving illegal foreign funding and had barred them from leaving the country. The case put at risk $1.3 billion in annual U.S. military aid to Egypt, a cash transfer that began flowing after Egypt made peace with Israel in 1979, and it marked the deepest rift in U.S.-Egyptian relations in decades.

Pakistan criticizes US for rights abuses

March 4, 2012 by legitgov

Pakistan criticizes US for rights abuses 03 Mar 2012 Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations Zamir Akram has criticized the United States for committing numerous human rights violations including those against detainees held in the US's Guantanamo Bay prison facility, Press TV reports. The Pakistani UN envoy slammed the US rights violations at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). His remarks came following a 2011 report by the United Nations Human Rights Council High Commissioner Navi Pillay on US rights violations. "The OIC states (members of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation) share the High Commissioner’s concern about the rights of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, as well as her disappointment over the failure to close this detention facility not least because most of the prisoners incarcerated there are Muslims and have been kept in a situation of legal limbo for the past 10 years," Akram said at the UNHRC.

Anonymous Members Infected by Trojan DDOS Utility

March 4, 2012 by legitgov

Anonymous Members Infected by Trojan DDOS Utility 03 Mar 2012 Victims of the various cyber-attacks by members of the hacktivist group Anonymous are undoubtedly enjoying a bit of schadenfreude this weekend, as a new report from Symantec indicates that some Anonymous members have been tricked into downloading and running a fairly unpleasant Trojan alongside one of their distributed denial-of-service tools. "In these DDoS attacks, supporters using the Low Orbit Ion Cannon denial-of-service (DoS) tool would voluntarily include their computer in a botnet for attacks in support of Anonymous," Symantec writes.

Romney Wins Washington GOP caucuses

March 4, 2012 by legitgov

Romney Wins Washington GOP caucuses 03 Mar 2012 Mitt Romney rolled to a double-digit victory in Washington state's Republican presidential caucuses Saturday night, his fourth campaign triumph in a row and a fresh show of strength in the run-up to 10 Super Tuesday contests in all regions of the country. Rick Santorum and Ron Paul battled for second place, while Newt Gingrich ran a distant fourth.

Israel delivers ultimatum to Obama on Iran's nuclear plans

March 4, 2012 by legitgov

Israel delivers ultimatum to Obama on Iran's nuclear plans --At Monday's meeting between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama the Israeli prime minister will deliver a stark warning, reports Adrian Blomfield in Jerusalem 03 Mar 2012 When the two men meet in Washington on Monday... this time, perhaps as never before, it is the Israeli who has the upper hand. Exuding confidence, Mr Netanyahu effectively brings with him an ultimatum, demanding that unless the president makes a firm pledge to use US military force to prevent Iran acquiring a nuclear bomb, Israel may well take matters into its own hands within months. The threat is not an idle one. According to sources close to the Israeli security establishment, military planners have concluded that never before has the timing for a unilateral military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities been so auspicious.

Hackers had 'full functional control' of Nasa computers

March 3, 2012 by legitgov

Hackers had 'full functional control' of Nasa computers 02 Mar 2012 Hackers gained "full functional control" of key Nasa computers in 2011, the agency's inspector general has told US lawmakers. Paul K Martin said hackers took over Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) computers and "compromised the accounts of the most privileged JPL users". He said that the attackers had "full system access" and would have been able to "modify, copy, or delete sensitive files" or "upload hacking tools to steal user credentials and compromise other Nasa systems".

6,800 tons of radiation-tainted rice straw left lying in 8 prefectures

March 3, 2012 by legitgov

6,800 tons of radiation-tainted rice straw left lying in 8 prefectures --Tainted rice straw used as feed for beef cattle has proven to have contaminated the animals with radiation. 03 Mar 2012 Some 6,800 metric tons of rice straw contaminated with radioactive substances leaked from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant remains in eight prefectures with no immediate prospect of disposal, the Mainichi has learned. Moreover, sludge generated from radiation-contaminated waste water as well as ash tainted with radioactive materials amounts to some 97,000 tons in 12 prefectures -- 3.6 times the figure as of July last year, according to the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry.

From broken temp sensors to leaky pipes, Fukushima nuke plant plagued with problems

March 3, 2012 by legitgov

From broken temp sensors to leaky pipes, Fukushima nuke plant plagued with problems [Gee, here's a story you won't see on MSNBC. By all means, let's talk about Rush Limbaugh and birth control instead.] 03 Mar 2012 Nearly a year has passed since the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, and while some progress has been made in decommissioning the power station, operations continue to be plagued with problems from broken temperature sensors to leaky piping. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) took a major step forward in the decommissioning and dismantling process -- expected to take at least 30 years -- in January when it inserted an endoscope into the plant's No. 2 reactor vessel, beginning the first direct internal observations since the crisis began in March 2011.

Japan-made reactor unit had cracks before delivery to U.S.: regulator

March 3, 2012 by legitgov

Japan-made reactor unit had cracks before delivery to U.S.: regulator 29 Feb 2012 Cracks associated with welding defects were found in a Japan-made steam generator for a nuclear reactor in Southern California in 2009 before its delivery to the plant, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission documents showed Tuesday. The steam generator, produced and later repaired by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., was installed at the unit 3 reactor at the San Onofre nuclear power plant in California, which suffered a minor radiation leak in late January. At the nuclear plant, operated by Southern California Edison, abnormal attrition was also found earlier this month in the tubes of another Mitsubishi-made steam generator installed at the unit 2 reactor.

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