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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.

Bachmann's campaign manager calls CBS exec 'a piece of sh--' after debate

November 15, 2011 by legitgov

Bachmann's campaign manager calls CBS exec 'a piece of sh--' after debate 14 Nov 2011 Michele Bachmann's campaign manager lashed out at a CBS executive after he was accidentally cc'd on a network email detailing a plan to marginalize the Minnesota Congresswoman at Saturday night's Republican debate. "John Dickerson should be fired," the Rep.'s political handler Keith Nahigian told reporters after the debate, CNN and Fox reported. "He is a piece of sh--. He is a fraud and should be fired."

Occupy Oakland: ACLU files suit against Oakland Police Department

November 15, 2011 by legitgov

Occupy Oakland: ACLU files suit against Oakland Police Department 14 Nov 2011 Earlier today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and the National Lawyers' Guild filed a federal lawsuit against the Oakland Police Department seeking an emergency temporary restraining order to stop police violence against the protesters, according to a news release. The suit was urgent because another police encounter was imminent, following the removal of the Occupy Oakland camp this morning, the news release stated.

Controversial Oil Pipeline Plan to Be Rerouted After Threat of Delayed U.S. Approval

November 15, 2011 by legitgov

Controversial Oil Pipeline Plan to Be Rerouted After Threat of Delayed U.S. Approval 14 Nov 2011 Days after the Obama administration threatened to delay approval of a planned oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico -- angering unions while appeasing environmentalists -- the company seeking to build the pipeline says it's willing to reroute the project to get it back on track. TransCanada said Monday evening it will move the planned pipeline out of the environmentally sensitive Sandhills area of Nebraska, and is confident the project will still win approval.

US drone attack kills 3 in NW Pakistan

November 15, 2011 by legitgov

US drone attack kills 3 in NW Pakistan 14 Nov 2011 A US assassination drone strike has killed three people in Pakistan's northwest tribal region near the Afghan border, security officials say.

Afghan bomb blast kills US-led soldier

November 15, 2011 by legitgov

Afghan bomb blast kills US-led soldier 14 Nov 2011 Another US-led soldier has been killed in a bomb blast in southern Afghanistan, NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) announces. ISAF said in a statement that the foreign soldier "died following a bomb attack in southern Afghanistan on Sunday," Reuters reported. The statement gave no information about the nationality of the US-led soldier or the exact location of the incident.

Indonesians protest Obama visit

November 15, 2011 by legitgov

Indonesians protest Obama visit --The protesters chanted anti-American slogans calling the US president a terrorist. 13 Nov 2011 Hundreds of Indonesians have rallied in the capital Jakarta to protest an upcoming visit by the United States President Barack Obama. The demonstrators held the protest outside the US Embassy in Jakarta, the Associated Press reported. They brandished banners with slogans such as "Reject Obama, Reject Capitalism, Reject Imperialism." Slamming US war strategies in the world, the protesters said Obama is responsible for the killing of thousands of people in Afghanistan and other Muslim countries.

Assange 'ready to quit' extradition fight

November 15, 2011 by legitgov

Assange 'ready to quit' extradition fight 14 Nov 2011 Julian Assange has hired a Swedish public relations company in an indication that the WikiLeaks founder is ready to abandon his appeal against his extradition. The 40-year-old campaigner, who is wanted for questioning in Sweden over allegations of rape and sexual assault, has taken on Ullman PR. Two weeks ago the High Court upheld the decision by a magistrate judge to deport Mr Assange at the request of Swedish prosecutors.

Oakland mayoral adviser resigns over Occupy raid

November 15, 2011 by legitgov

Oakland mayoral adviser resigns over Occupy raid 14 Nov 2011 A top adviser to Oakland Mayor Jean Quan resigned on Monday over the city's handling of anti-Wall Street demonstrations, describing a morning raid to clear a downtown protest camp as a mistake that could trigger more volatility. Civil rights attorney Dan Siegel told Reuters he resigned at 2 a.m., hours before the raid on the Occupy Oakland encampment, after insisting that police should protect, not dismantle, the camp.

Police dismantle Oakland camp, protesters on march

November 15, 2011 by legitgov

Police dismantle Oakland camp, protesters on march 14 Nov 2011 Police forcibly evicted protesters from an anti-Wall Street camp in downtown Oakland on Monday, setting the stage for a possible showdown with demonstrators who later marched in the street and vowed to dig in. Throngs of protesters headed back to Frank Ogawa Plaza in the late afternoon, regrouping hours after officers in riot gear cleared the area, arresting 33 people and removing about 100 tents but avoiding clashes that marked a previous attempt to shut down the camp.

Japan farm radioactive levels probed

November 15, 2011 by legitgov

Japan farm radioactive levels probed --Food production is likely to be affected - researchers 14 Nov 2011 New research has found that radioactive material in parts of north-eastern Japan exceeds levels considered safe for farming. The findings provide the first comprehensive estimates of contamination across Japan following the nuclear accident in 2011. The results are reported in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal.

US top court to take on Obama healthcare law

November 15, 2011 by legitgov

US top court to take on Obama healthcare law --Obama administration, 26 states appealed to high court 14 Nov 2011 The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide the fate of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with an election-year ruling due by July on the U.S. healthcare system's biggest overhaul in nearly 50 years. A Supreme Court spokeswoman said oral arguments would take place in March. There will be a total of 5-1/2 hours of argument. The court would be expected to rule during its current session, which lasts through June.

Chelsea Clinton is hired by NBC News

November 15, 2011 by legitgov

Chelsea Clinton is hired by NBC News 14 Nov 2011 Chelsea Clinton began work at NBC News on Monday, the second daughter of a former president at the network. NBC said it had hired the 31-year-old Clinton to work on projects for "NBC Nightly News" and Brian Williams' newsmagazine, "Rock Center." The only child of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is pursuing a doctorate at Oxford and working for the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative.

Herman Cain stumbles badly on Libya question

November 15, 2011 by legitgov

Herman Cain stumbles badly on Libya question --Cain said he has 'all this stuff twirling around in my head.' [Yup, lots of empty space in his head to accommodate the real estate required for all that 'stuff to twirl around.'] 14 Nov 2011 Herman Cain struggled to explain his position on President Obama's handling of Libya in an interview with the Journal Sentinel of Milwaukee released Monday, at one point asking if Mr. Obama supported the uprising and suggesting he was having a hard time articulating an answer because he has "all this stuff twirling around in my head."

CIA assassination and bombing operations underway in Iran

November 14, 2011 by legitgov

CIA assassination and bombing operations underway in Iran --Explosions and assassinations at Iran nuke base pinned to Israel may have been CIA 14 Nov 2011 Iranian officials revealed that one of the 17 men killed in a huge explosion at a munitions depot was a key Revolutionary Guard commander who headed Iran's missile program. And the IRNA state news agency reported that scientists had discovered a new computer virus in their systems, a more sophisticated version of the Stuxnet worm deployed last year to foul up Iran's centrifuges. Israeli newspapers and some U.S. experts said it appeared to be more from an ongoing secret operation acts of terrorism by the CIA and Israel's Mossad to eliminate Iran's [alleged] nuclear threat.

Police team swarms Chapel Hill protesters

November 14, 2011 by legitgov

Police team swarms Chapel Hill protesters --Tactical team pointed weapons at those standing outside and ordered them to put their faces on the ground. 14 Nov 2011 (NC) A police tactical team of at least 20 police officers arrested seven demonstrators Sunday afternoon and charged them with breaking and entering for occupying a vacant car dealership on Franklin Street. Officers brandishing handguns and semi-automatic rifles rushed the building about 4:30 p.m... About a dozen people, including a News & Observer reporter covering the demonstration, were forced to the ground and handcuffed.

Police arrest Chapel Hill protesters who occupied vacant business

November 14, 2011 by legitgov

Police arrest Chapel Hill protesters who occupied vacant business --Police brandishing guns and assault rifles entered vacant Franklin Street car dealership --About 13 people, including a New & Observer staff writer covering the demonstration, were forced to the ground and hand-cuffed 14 Nov 2011 (NC) A police tactical team of more than 25 police officers arrested eight demonstrators Sunday afternoon and charged them with breaking and entering for occupying a vacant car dealership on Franklin Street. Officers brandishing guns and semi-automatic rifles rushed the building at about 4:30 p.m. They pointed weapons at those standing outside, and ordered them to put their faces on the ground. They surrounded the building and cleared out those who were inside.

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