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Iraq Inquiry report to be delayed until summer of 2012

November 17, 2011 by legitgov

Iraq Inquiry report to be delayed until summer of 2012 16 Nov 2011 The publication of Iraq Inquiry report will be delayed for at least six months due in part to a dispute over the release of secret documents. The Chilcot inquiry had hoped to release its report into the run-up to the 2003 invasion and its aftermath before the end of the year. But it now says this will not happen until next summer at the earliest.

Obama: US to boost Asia-Pacific military presence

November 17, 2011 by legitgov

Obama: US to boost Asia-Pacific military presence --U.S. to send 2,500 Marines to Australia 17 Nov 2011 Signaling a determination to counter a rising China, President Barack Obama vowed Thursday to expand U.S. influence in the Asia-Pacific region and "project power and deter threats to peace" in that part of the world. "The United States is a Pacific power, and we are here to stay," he declared in a speech to the Australian Parliament, sending an unmistakable message to Beijing. Obama's bullish speech came several hours after announcing he would send military aircraft and up to 2,500 Marines to northern Australia for a training hub to help allies and protect American corpora-terrorists' interests across Asia.

Symbolic war crimes tribunal to try Bush, Blair

November 17, 2011 by legitgov

Symbolic war crimes tribunal to try Bush, Blair [Now all we need is a real one. And add Obusha, too, for bombing eight-year-olds every day with killer drones, even though the media won't cover it.] 15 Nov 2011 Malaysian-led activists will hold a symbolic trial this month for former President [sic] George W. Bush and British ex-leader Tony Blair on charges of committing crimes against peace in the Iraq war, the event's organizers said Tuesday. The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal will convene a four-day public hearing starting Saturday to determine whether Bush and Blair committed crimes against peace and violated international law in the Iraq invasion, said Malaysian lawyer Yaacob Hussain Marican.

Obama tells Asia U.S. 'here to stay' as Pacific power

November 17, 2011 by legitgov

[No longer a North American power,] Obama tells Asia U.S. 'here to stay' as Pacific power 16 Nov 2011 President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that the U.S. military would expand its role in the Asia-Pacific region, despite budget cuts, declaring America was "here to stay" as a Pacific power which would help shape the region's future. The U.S. military, turning its focus away from Iraq and Afghanistan, would be more broadly distributed in Asia, particularly Southeast Asia, more flexible and help build regional capacity, Obama told the Australian parliament.

Scalia and Thomas dine with healthcare law challengers as court takes case

November 17, 2011 by legitgov

Scalia and Thomas dine with healthcare law challengers as court takes case 14 Nov 2011 The day the Supreme Court gathered behind closed doors to consider the politically divisive question of whether it would hear a challenge to President Obama's healthcare law, two of its justices, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, were feted at a dinner sponsored by the law firm that will argue the case before the high court. The occasion was last Thursday, when all nine justices met for a conference to pore over the petitions for review. One of the cases at issue was a suit brought by 26 states challenging the sweeping healthcare overhaul passed by Congress last year, a law that has been a rallying cry for conservative activists nationwide.

Reporters Say Police Denied Access to Protest Site

November 17, 2011 by legitgov

Reporters Say Police Denied Access to Protest Site 15 Nov 2011 As New York City police cleared the Occupy Wall Street campsite in Zuccotti Park early Tuesday morning, many journalists were blocked from observing and interviewing protesters. Some called it a "media blackout" and said in interviews that they believed that the police efforts were a deliberate attempt to tamp down coverage of the operation. The city blog Gothamist put it this way: "The NYPD Didn't Want You To See Occupy Wall Street Get Evicted."

Gingrich Said to Be Paid By Freddie Mac to Court Republicans

November 17, 2011 by legitgov

Gingrich Said to Be Paid By Freddie Mac to Court Republicans 15 Nov 2011 Republican presidential candidate  Newt Gingrich said during a Nov. 9 debate that he earned a $300,000 fee to advise Freddie Mac as a "historian" who warned that the mortgage company's business model was "insane." Former Freddie Mac officials familiar with the consulting work Gingrich was hired to perform for the company in 2006 tell a different story. They say the former House speaker was asked to build bridges to Capitol Hill Republicans and develop an argument on behalf of the company's public-private structure that would resonate with conservatives seeking to dismantle it.

Gingrich Said to Be Paid at Least $1.6 Million by Freddie Mac

November 17, 2011 by legitgov

Gingrich Said to Be Paid at Least $1.6 Million by Freddie Mac 16 Nov 2011 Newt Gingrich made between $1.6 million and $1.8 million in consulting fees from two contracts with mortgage company Freddie Mac, according to two people familiar with the arrangement. The total amount is significantly larger than the $300,000 payment from Freddie Mac that Gingrich was asked about during a Republican presidential debate on Nov. 9 sponsored by CNBC, and more than was disclosed in the middle of congressional investigations into the housing industry collapse.

Zuccotti Park protester arrested for making terroristic threats

November 17, 2011 by legitgov

Zuccotti Park protester arrested for making terroristic threats --After the rant, officers from NYPD's intelligence division immediately began working on trying to identify man. 16 Nov 2011 A protester was arrested in Zuccotti Park Wednesday after he threatened to fire-bomb the city - and his rant went viral on YouTube, police said. Nkrumah Tinsley, 29, was arrested after cops saw a video of him claiming he would torch the city during Thursday's mass protest posted online, police said. Cops later identified Tinsley at Zuccotti Park Wednesday and collared him about 5 p.m., police said. He was charged with making terroristic threats. [OMG. The fascism is just breathtaking. General Strike: November 28, 2011! --The only thing we have left is our labor. This is what we must withhold. Posted by www.legitgov.org Extend your Thanksgiving weekend by refusing the austerity measures to be imposed on the vast majority by the corporate, military and financial oligarchy! General Strike, Monday, November 28, 2011!]

France summons Israeli ambassador over Gaza raid

November 17, 2011 by legitgov

France summons Israeli ambassador over Gaza raid --Israeli envoy rebuked over Gaza raid which wounded French consul and family; incident added strains to already tense relationship between Israel and France. 16 Nov 2011 France's Foreign Ministry summoned Israel's ambassador on Wednesday over an air strike in Gaza that injured the French consul and his family on Sunday. The French consul, his wife and 13-year-old daughter were hit by shrapnel at their residence in Gaza during the strike on Sunday night.

US police arrest White House drive-by shooting suspect

November 17, 2011 by legitgov

US police arrest White House drive-by shooting suspect 16 Nov 2011 Barack Obama's apartment in the White house was hit by at least one bullet that cracked a window, US Secret Service has said. The bullets were thought to have been fired during a drive-by shooting that resulted in two bullets hitting the White House. One of the bullets was found impacted in the ballistic glass of an exterior window on the residential level where the president and his family live. Police on Wednesday night arrested a 21-year-old man [Oscar Ortega-Hernandez] in Pennsylvania in connection with the shooting.

Iran expert: U.S. elections increase likelihood of Israeli strike

November 17, 2011 by legitgov

Iran expert: U.S. elections increase likelihood of Israeli strike --Former State Department official says Israel may feel it has more room to act alone in an election year, and may only inform the U.S. after the planes take off 16 Nov 2011 An Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear sites may become likelier in 2012 if Israel calculates it has more room to act alone in a U.S. presidential election year, a former U.S. official and nuclear diplomacy expert said. Mark Fitzpatrick, an Iran watcher at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, told Reuters... that he feared that if countries like Israel that felt most threatened by Iran lost faith in the international community to act firmly, they could act alone.

Report: U.S. Air Force receives new 15-ton bunker buster bombs

November 17, 2011 by legitgov

Report: U.S. Air Force receives new 15-ton bunker buster bombs --Massive bombs are capable of destroying underground targets, such as Iran's nuclear sites 16 Nov 2011 The U.S. Air Force has received new 30,000-pound bombs capable of destroying deep underground bunkers, the Bloomberg news agency reported. The U.S. Air Force reportedly started receiving the bombs in September. The bombs are six times bigger than the U.S. Air Force's current bunker-busters. According to the Bloomberg report, the Boeing company in August received a $32 million contract for eight of the bombs.

Wikileaks' Julian Assange seeks Supreme Court hearing

November 17, 2011 by legitgov

Wikileaks' Julian Assange seeks Supreme Court hearing 15 Nov 2011 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is applying to have his case against extradition to Sweden heard by the UK Supreme Court. He lost a High Court battle earlier this month to halt his removal for questioning over alleged sex offences. Mr Assange denies raping a woman and sexually molesting another in Stockholm in August 2010.

Julian Assange seeks to take extradition fight to Supreme Court

November 17, 2011 by legitgov

Julian Assange seeks to take extradition fight to Supreme Court --WikiLeaks founder will ask permission to appeal against High Court ruling that he must face sex crime charges in Sweden 15 Nov 2011 The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, is to apply for a Supreme Court hearing to appeal against extradition to Sweden to face sex crime allegations. His solicitor, Gareth Peirce, confirmed he will ask senior judges in London on 5 December to certify that his case should be considered by the highest court in the land.

Churchill's Polar Bears Still Waiting for Freeze-up

November 16, 2011 by legitgov

Churchill's Polar Bears Still Waiting for Freeze-up --Waiting, Waiting... 16 Nov 2011 Snow is finally blanketing the tundra near the town of Churchill, and fragile sea ice is beginning to form along the coast of Hudson Bay. But the ice hasn't started to consolidate yet and is still too thin to support a polar bear's weight. And so they wait. The longer and longer ice-free seasons on Hudson Bay are straining the limits of this population's fat reserves. Scientists report seeing more thin bears this year and fewer family groups. Tragically, they also discovered two dead bears on the tundra.

Second US court martial begins in civilian hunting case

November 16, 2011 by legitgov

Second US court martial begins in civilian hunting case 16 Nov 2011 Another US soldier accused of taking part in the killing of unarmed Afghan civilians will face court martial Wednesday, with a further 10 soldiers facing charges. Staff Sergeant David Bram, unlike Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs, is not accused of murder or conspiracy to commit murder. Bram is charged with conspiracy to commit assault and battery, unlawfully striking another soldier, violating a lawful order, dereliction of duty, cruelty and maltreament and endeavoring to impede an investigation.

Found: bullet that smashed White House window

November 16, 2011 by legitgov

Found: bullet that smashed White House window --US police seek suspect after round from semi-automatic weapon reaches building's internal anti-ballistics glass --Friday: Secret Service officials discovered AK-47 rifle in abandoned car 16 Nov 2011 The US Secret Service has found a bullet from a semi-automatic rifle that broke a window at the White House, according to officials. The service has been investigating a shooting that occurred near the White House on Friday. It discovered two bullets on Tuesday, one of which had smashed a window before being stopped by anti-ballistic glass protecting the building's interior; the other round was found outside the building. Shots were fired between two vehicles on Constitution Avenue, about half a mile from the White House, shortly after 9pm on Friday.

Arrested Alleged W.House Shooter Has Distinctive 'Israel' Tattoo

November 16, 2011 by legitgov

Arrested Alleged W.House Shooter Has Distinctive 'Israel' Tattoo Posted by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 17 Nov 2011 Man arrested in D.C. shooting has 'Israel' tattoo 16 Nov 2011 A man arrested in an alleged shooting near the White House has "Israel" tattooed on his neck. In a Nov. 12 web posting, the U.S. Park Police say they are seeking Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 21, in the Nov. 11 shooting in the 1600 block of Constitution Avenue in Washington, between the White House and the Washington Monument. [The description by the Park Police read, 'His right hand has a tattoo of three dots, he has a tattoo stating "Ortega" on his upper back, a tattoo on his right chest of rosary beads and hands clasped in prayer, a tattoo of folded hands on left chest, and the words "Israel" tattooed on left side of neck.] Pennsylvania State police on Wednesday arrested Ortega-Hernandez, according to an ABC news report. Police reportedly have asked demonstrators with the Occupy Wall Street movement encamped nearby if they have seen Ortega among them. [LOL! Instead, check the Langley False Flag Freelance payroll log -- I'm sure they can find him that way. --LRP]

New York Police in Riot Gear Clear 'Occupy' Protesters From Zuccotti Park

November 16, 2011 by legitgov

New York Police in Riot Gear Clear 'Occupy' Protesters From Zuccotti Park 15 Nov 2011 New York City police in riot gear swept into a Lower Manhattan park early today to remove Occupy Wall Street demonstrators who had been camping there for more than eight weeks to protest income inequality. Zuccotti Park will remain off-limits to protesters who want to camp there in tents and sleeping bags. Demonstrators lost a bid to return to the park with those items when state Supreme Court Judge Michael Stallman lifted a temporary restraining order late this afternoon, ruling that the city had the power to rid the plaza of the protesters' gear.

U.S. Troops to Stay in Iraq as Trainers, Top Officer Says

November 16, 2011 by legitgov

U.S. Troops to Stay in Iraq as Trainers, Top Officer Says 16 Nov 2011 Some United States forces will remain as military trainers on 10 bases in Iraq even after an end-of-year deadline for all American troops to be out of the country, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate committee on Tuesday. The forces will provide training in counterterrorism to Iraqis and also instruction in operating American-made tanks and F-16 fighter jets, General Dempsey said. Overall, there will be about 16,000 American Embassy personnel in Iraq, including a large number of civilian contractors as security guards.

Iraq Approves $17.2 Billion Shell Gas Deal

November 16, 2011 by legitgov

Mission accomplished! Iraq Approves $17.2 Billion Shell Gas Deal 15 Nov 2011 The Iraqi cabinet Tuesday approved a deal valued as much to $17.2 billon for Royal Dutch Shell PLC to capture and process gas from three giant southern oil fields--Rumaila, West Qurna phase 1, and Zubair in the southern governorate of Basra, a government spokesman said. "The cabinet today ratified the Basra Gas Company... in which the [state-run] South Gas Company, Shell and Mitsubishi Corp. participated," Ali Al Dabbagh said in an email statement.

WWF Russia seeks foster parents for 500 polar bears

November 16, 2011 by legitgov

WWF Russia seeks foster parents for 500 polar bears 15 Nov 2011 Under a new initiative by WWF Russia, individuals and companies can become a foster parent of a polar bear for a one-time contribution of 30,000 rubles (about $1,000). The money will be spent on conservation, protection and research of wild polar bears in the Russian Arctic, home to about 5,000-6,000 white bears or about a quarter of the worldwide polar bear population.

Judge Upholds NYC's Move to Block Camping at Protest Site

November 15, 2011 by legitgov

Judge Upholds NYC's Move to Block Camping at Protest Site 16 Nov 2011 A state Supreme Court judge upheld New York City's 'right' to enforce rules that bar the Occupy Wall Street protesters from camping at Zuccotti Park. Late Tuesday afternoon, Justice Michael D. Stallman of State Supreme Court ruled for the city, saying the protesters could go into Zuccotti Park but could not take their tents and sleeping bags. The police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, said that nearly 200 people had been arrested, 142 in the park and 50 to 60 in the streets nearby. [This is why we need a *General Strike.*]

IDF strike on Gaza wounds French consul and family

November 15, 2011 by legitgov

IDF strike on Gaza wounds French consul and family --France condemns 'consequences' of army raid on Sunday, urges Israeli security forces to be mindful of civilian harm 15 Nov 2011 France's consul to the Gaza Strip, his wife and 13-year-old daughter were wounded during an Israeli air strike on Sunday night, French foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said. Majdi Shakoura told the AFP on Monday that he and his daughter suffered cuts from glass and that his wife had sustained a miscarriage when the aircraft targeted a nearby Hamas base. Valero told reporters the three were hit by shrapnel at their residence in Gaza, whichwas located 200 meters from the site of an Israeli missile attack, he added.

MTA Plans Unprecedented Overnight Subway Shutdowns

November 15, 2011 by legitgov

MTA Plans Unprecedented Overnight Subway Shutdowns --MTA says plan will save more than $1 million 15 Nov 2011 (NY) The MTA revealed Monday that it plans to shut down entire sections of subway lines overnight for several different periods to complete track work and maintenance, rather than do the repairs in pieces on weekends. Transit officials plan to pilot the unprecedented program on the Lexington Avenue line between Grand Central Terminal and Atlantic Avenue starting Jan. 9 by shutting down parts of the 4, 5 and 6 trains between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. for several days in a row.

London Olympics Security: FBI Agents, Surface-to-Air Missiles

November 15, 2011 by legitgov

London Olympics Security: FBI Agents, Surface-to-Air Missiles 15 Nov 2011 U.S. and British officials will meet today in Washington to plan security for next summer's Olympic games in London, where the massive U.S. law enforcement presence will include more than 500 federal agents. U.S. and U.K. security and terrorism officials told ABC News that thousands of police officers, soldiers, intelligence officers, firefighters and private guards -- a force that could at times top 40,0000 -- will be on hand at 32 sports venues. U.K. Defense Secretary Philip Hammond told Parliament Monday that security measures might even include surface-to-air missiles. British officials have closely coordinated their efforts with their American counterparts, and the meetings that begin today are only the latest in a series of high-level meetings stretching back more than a year, officials from the CIA, State Department and FBI told ABC.

Libya seeks UK firms to develop oil sector and construction industry

November 15, 2011 by legitgov

Mission accomplished! Libya seeks UK firms to develop oil sector and construction industry --Nuri Berruien, head of Libya's National Oil Company, said the government would 'favour our friends' to develop its reserves 14 Nov 2011 Libya began touting itself as the next Dubai to UK investors, as the country's government said it would reward its "friends" when it begins selling off lucrative oil contracts. epresentatives of the country's National Transitional Council called City executives to a central London hotel to drum up British interest in the "massive opportunities" on offer in Libya. Oil companies, and their lawyers, have kept a close eye on Libya's vast reserves, which accounted for more than 95% of the country's exports before the popular uprising CIA-backed coup d'etat against former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Police Begin Clearing Zuccotti Park of Occupy Wall Street Protesters

November 15, 2011 by legitgov

Police Begin Clearing Zuccotti Park of Occupy Wall Street Protesters --Protesters rallied near middle of park and began building barricades with tables and pieces of scrap wood 15 Nov 2011 Hundreds of New York City police officers began clearing Zuccotti Park of the Occupy Wall Street protesters early Tuesday, telling the people there that the nearly two-month-old camp would be "cleared and restored" before the morning and that any demonstrator who did not leave would be arrested. The protesters, about 200 of whom have been staying in the park overnight, resisted with chants of "Whose park? Our park!" as officers began moving in and tearing down tents.

GOP Debate: Herman Cain, Sen. Michelle Bachmann would reinstate waterboarding

November 15, 2011 by legitgov

GOP Debate: Herman Cain, Sen. Michelle Bachmann would reinstate waterboarding --Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman criticizes practice, Sen. Ron Paul calls it illegal [And Bank of America's Mitt Romney got a *pass* on the question by CBSlime as they didn't bother to ask. --LRP] 13 Nov 2011 Herman Cain and Rep. Michele Bachmann both said on foreign policy that they would reinstate waterboarding, an interrogation technique designed to simulate drowning and widely considered torture. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman said use of the procedure diminishes U.S. standing in the world and Paul said it is illegal.

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