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Yemeni cameraman for Iraq TV killed in Sanaa

September 27, 2011 by legitgov

Yemeni cameraman for Iraq TV killed in Sanaa --News director: Yemeni cameraman who works for Iraq's state broadcast died after being shot during his coverage for protests in Sanaa 24 Sep 2011 A Yemeni cameraman working for Iraq's state broadcaster died on Saturday after being shot days earlier while covering protests in Sanaa's Change Square, the channel's news director told AFP. Hussein Yahya al-Wadhaf, 25, had been working with Al-Iraqiya TV for a year, according to Abdul Karim Hammadi. He was shot on Monday, Hammadi said.

Protesters hit with pepper spray by NYPD officer

September 27, 2011 by legitgov

Protesters hit with pepper spray by NYPD officer 26 Sep 2011 Video is posted online that appears to show an NYPD officer using pepper spray on a group of peaceful protesting women during a protest by the Occupy Wall Street group. The Occupy Wall Street protesters have been marching on and occupying parts of Lower Manhattan's financial district since the 17th of this month. Generally the protests have been peaceful but a video posted on YouTube from Saturday's event appears to show a uniformed NYPD officer calmly approaching a small group of penned-in female protesters and dousing them with pepper spray before walking away.

Austrian Hacker Group Publishes Police Data

September 27, 2011 by legitgov

Austrian Hacker Group Publishes Police Data 26 Sep 2011 A group of Austrian hackers has published the names and home addresses of nearly 25,000 police officials. According to Austrian officials, the data published as a searchable database on Twitter contained private information of more than 24,938 law enforcement officials ranging from beat officers to senior commanders. Austrian authorities said the police data was published by a domestic hacker group known as 'AnonAustria', the Austrian branch of the global hacker collective 'Anonymous.'

Obama raps Perry as gov 'whose state is on fire, denying climate change'

September 27, 2011 by legitgov

Obama raps Perry as gov 'whose state is on fire, denying climate change' 25 Sep 2011 Per the AP, President Obama got in the trenches tonight at a re-election fundraiser, taking on the Texas candidate: President Barack Obama is swiping at Texas Gov. Rick Perry, criticizing him as "a governor whose state is on fire, denying climate change." Obama also poked at the audience reactions at recent GOP presidential debates, singling out those who cheered at the prospect of someone dying because he didn't have health insurance - and those who booed a gay service member. The president said "that's not reflective of who we are."

Ottawa sit-in to protest federal support of oilsands

September 26, 2011 by legitgov

Ottawa sit-in to protest federal support of oilsands 26 Sep 2011 Environmental groups are hoping to trigger what they call the "largest civil disobedience action in the history of Canada’s climate movement" Monday in Ottawa - a sit-in on Parliament Hill to protest federal government support of Alberta's oilsands. Monday's action takes aim at Alberta's oilsands as a whole, but the effort piggybacks on growing American and Canadian attention to the proposed $12-billion Keystone XL pipeline extension.

Probe urged as OnStar is watching even former users

September 26, 2011 by legitgov

Probe urged as OnStar is watching even former users 26 Sep 2011 Your OnStar-equipped car can share an awful lot about your driving habits -- even if you're no longer an OnStar customer. A senator from New York has asked the Federal Trade Commission to open an investigation into vehicle tracking by General Motors' OnStar division. Two other senators called for the company to explain and reconsider its tracking policies. OnStar, which provides a variety of services including vehicle diagnostics, driving directions and automated 911 calls to owners of mostly GM vehicles, recently announced that it reserves the right to track and sell information about vehicles' location and speed even after the driver has cancelled the service.

AP: NY Senator says OnStar invades privacy

September 26, 2011 by legitgov

AP: NY Senator says OnStar invades privacy 25 Sep 2011 The OnStar automobile communication service used by 6 million Americans maintains its two-way connection with a customer even after the service is discontinued, while reserving the right to sell data from that connection. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D) of New York says that's a blatant invasion of privacy and is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate. "OnStar is attempting one of the most brazen invasions of privacy in recent memory," said Schumer. "I urge OnStar to abandon."

Regulators close Va., Calif. banks; 73 US bank failures for year

September 26, 2011 by legitgov

Regulators close Va., Calif. banks; 73 US bank failures for year 23 Sep 2011 Regulators on Friday closed banks in Virginia and California, lifting to 73 the number of U.S. bank failures this year. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. seized Bank of the Commonwealth, based in Norfolk, Va., with $985.1 million in assets and $901.8 million in deposits, and Citizens Bank of Northern California, based in Nevada City, Calif., with $288.8 million in assets and $253.1 million in deposits.

Australian crocodile turns himself orange

September 26, 2011 by legitgov

Australian crocodile turns himself orange 25 Sep 2011 A crocodile, known as Snappy, who lives in the city of Geelong, near the Australian city of Melbourne, has suddenly and unexpectedly turned orange. The eight foot crocodile saltwater began to turn an interesting shade orange, causing his keeper Tracy Sandstrom, who runs a mobile reptile display called Roaming Reptiles, to fear for his health. It turned out the crocodile, who sleeps in a heated bath at night, had been chewing on the water pipes, damaging the filter.

American citizen killed in Kabul attack

September 26, 2011 by legitgov

Terrorists 'R Us: American citizen killed in Kabul attack 26 Sep 2011 An American citizen has been killed during an overnight attack on a compound believed to house the CIA station in the Afghan capital, Kabul, US embassy spokesman says. "An Afghan employee of the US government carried out the attack and was killed," AP quoted Gavin Sundwall as saying on Monday without giving further information. Citing US officials, the report said that the building where the attack took place is a CIA office -- a facility previously known as the Ariana hotel.

US-led forces kill 19 Afghan civilians

September 26, 2011 by legitgov

US-led forces kill 19 Afghan civilians 26 Sep 2011 Afghan officials say at least 19 civilians have been killed during a military operation carried out by US-led forces in troubled eastern Afghanistan, Press TV reports. The head of the provincial council of Afghanistan's eastern province of Nuristan said on Monday that the deadly operation had been conducted by foreign forces last Wednesday. Similar operations by US-led troops in eastern provinces of Wardak, Logar and Paktia left at least 12 people dead and injured several others on Sunday.

Four NATO tankers destroyed in Pakistan

September 26, 2011 by legitgov

Four NATO tankers destroyed in Pakistan 26 Sep 2011 Militants have destroyed four NATO tankers in Pakistan's southern province of Sindh transporting fuel for US-led forces in neighboring Afghanistan, Press TV reports. Pakistani officials said militants opened fire at a convoy of NATO oil tankers in Shikarpur town in Sindh Province on Monday. The tankers were set ablaze in the assault but no casualties were reported.

Two US-led troops killed in Afghan war

September 26, 2011 by legitgov

Two US-led troops killed in Afghan war 25 Sep 2011 At least two foreign soldiers serving with US-led NATO military alliance have been killed in separate incidents in the troubled eastern Afghanistan. The fatalities were caused on Sunday due to the detonation of improvised explosive devices (IED), Xinhua reported, citing a statement by the forces. The alliance withheld further information, including the nationalities of the soldiers.

US-led soldier killed in Afghanistan

September 26, 2011 by legitgov

US-led soldier killed in Afghanistan 26 Sep 2011 Another US-led soldier has lost his life in a bomb attack in southern Afghanistan, NATO has said in a statement. The soldier was killed on Monday, the Western military alliance said without giving further details about the nationality of the soldier. The latest death brings to 38 the number of foreign troops killed in the war-torn country so far this month, AP reported.

US senator threatens Pakistan with war

September 26, 2011 by legitgov

US senator threatens Pakistan with war 26 Sep 2011 A high-profile American senator has said that the United States should consider military action against Pakistan if Islamabad continues to sponsor militant attacks against US troops in Afghanistan. "The sovereign nation of Pakistan is engaging in hostile acts against the United States and our ally Afghanistan that must cease," said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Associated Press reported Sunday. Graham warned that Pakistan should choose between supporting the Haqqani militant network and helping the US fight al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh].

New York City police arrest scores at anti-Wall Street protest

September 26, 2011 by legitgov

New York City police arrest scores at anti-Wall Street protest By Sandy English 26 Sep 2011 On Saturday afternoon, the New York Police Department (NYPD) arrested over 80 peaceful protesters at an anti-Wall Street protest near Union Square in lower Manhattan. This marks a major escalation of police violence against the protesters who have occupied Zuccotti Plaza across the street from Wall Street since September 17. The protesters have renamed it Liberty Plaza after Tahrir Square in Cairo.

Pentagon to Help Defend Cyber Networks

September 26, 2011 by legitgov

False flag alert! Pentagon to Help Defend Cyber Networks --So far, the trial program involves at least 20 defense firms. 26 Sep 2011 As hackers and hostile nations the US launch increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks against U.S. defense contractors, the Pentagon is extending a pilot program to help protect its prime suppliers. That program could serve as a possible model for other government agencies. It is being evaluated by the Department of Homeland Security, as part of a potential effort to extend similar protections to power plants, the electric grid and other critical infrastructure.

Suspected Anonymous hacker refutes charges

September 26, 2011 by legitgov

Suspected Anonymous hacker refutes charges 26 Sep 2011 A 47-year-old homeless man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he joined in an Anonymous-organised cyberattack that temporarily shut down servers in Santa Cruz County, California. Chris Doyon was arrested on 22 September and is being held until a bail hearing scheduled for Thursday in US District Court in San Jose, California, his lawyer, Jay Leiderman, told ZDNet UK's sister site CNET News on Friday. The indictment alleges that Doyon, using the nickname 'Commander X', was part of an online protest organised by the People's Liberation Front - also allegedly associated with Anonymous - that took place on 16 December, 2010.

Six Men Charged With UK Terror Offences

September 26, 2011 by legitgov

Six Men Charged With UK Terror Offences --A seventh man was arrested on Thursday and continues to be questioned. 26 Sep 2011 Six men have been charged with terror offences a week after they were arrested in a major police operation in Birmingham. Four of the men are accused of preparing for an act of terrorism in the UK. Two face charges of failing to disclose information. They were held as part of an operation carried out by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, which was said to be unarmed, pre-planned and intelligence led. [I sincerely *doubt* the latter.]

U.K. charges 6 in alleged terror bomb plot

September 26, 2011 by legitgov

U.K. charges 6 in alleged terror bomb plot 26 Sep 2011 Six men have been charged with involvement in a terror-bomb plot, police announced on Sunday. The arrests last Monday of the six Birmingham-area men were part of a "major operation" by the West Midlands counterterrorism unit, the West Midlands police department said. Four were charged with preparing for an act of terrorism, and two more with failing to disclose information, the police said. One of those two was also charged with terrorist fundraising.

'CIA compound' attacked in Kabul

September 26, 2011 by legitgov

'CIA compound' attacked in Kabul 26 Sep 2011 Gunfire was heard from inside a Kabul compound reportedly used by the CIA in what appeared to be the latest in a series of insurgent attacks on targets in the Afghan capital. Afghan interior ministry spokesman Siddiq Siddiqui said police had heard "a couple of minutes" of gunfire from inside the Ariana Hotel compound around 9.15pm (local time) on Sunday. An Afghan government source told the AFP news agency that the Ariana compound was used by the CIA.

Police arrest 90 in Wall Street protests

September 26, 2011 by legitgov

Police arrest 90 in Wall Street protests 25 Sep 2011 Protests targeting the financial sector escalated on Saturday as more than 90 people were arrested as they marched through Manhattan. The so-called "Occupy Wall Street" movement has entered its second week and has drawn hundreds of activists to protest in front of the New York Stock Exchange and other commercial centres of the city. Protest organisers said at least 96 people were arrested, with at least five being sprayed with mace by police.

Occupy Wall Street: Its Objects, Issues, and Political Meaning

September 26, 2011 by legitgov

Occupy Wall Street: Its Objects, Issues, and Political Meaning --By definition, the ruling class will always rule. By Michael Rectenwald, www.legitgov.org 26 Sep 2011 Trying to remove greed from Wall Street is like trying to take the blood out of a body and compelling it to walk around. Greed is the blood of capitalism and Wall Street is its heart. To eradicate the domination of systemic greed, we can't remove greed from Wall Street; we must remove Wall Street from the world itself.

NYPD chief: Police could take down plane if needed

September 26, 2011 by legitgov

NYPD chief: Police could take down plane if needed 25 Sep 2011 The chief of the New York Police Department says city police could take down a plane if needed. Commissioner Ray Kelly tells CBS' "60 Minutes" that after the Sept. 11 attacks, he decided the city couldn't rely on the federal government alone. He set about creating the NYPD's own counter-terrorism unit. He says the department is prepared for multiple scenarios and could even take down a plane. Other measures include sending NYPD officers abroad, using radiation detectors and creating a network of surveillance cameras in Manhattan.

TSA worker charged in murder of co-worker

September 25, 2011 by legitgov

TSA worker charged in murder of co-worker 23 Sep 2011 A top Transportation Security Administration official is in jail, charged with killing another TSA employee. The murder case is in Mississippi, but the federal security official and accused killer was recently stationed at O'Hare. Ruben Benitez had moved up quickly in the ranks of the Transportation Security Administration at O'Hare Airport. He was eventually made a TSA manager in Chicago, then promoted to the No. 2 TSA spot in Mississippi, where police believe an affair with an underling ended badly.

100 local agencies take part in terrorism drill

September 25, 2011 by legitgov

100 local agencies take part in terrorism drill 24 Sep 2011 Operation Mountain Guardian held a terrorism-based emergency response exercise at various locations in the Denver metro area on Friday. First responders from 100 different agencies tested residents with loud noises, simulated weapons, smoke, emergency vehicles and other actions. The exercise is designed to be a learning event for regional first responders to test their capabilities in a scenario that will involve a terrorist-driven catastrophic situation false flag.

Occupy Wall Street: Phalanx of NYPD at Union Square

September 25, 2011 by legitgov

Occupy Wall Street: Phalanx of NYPD at Union Square Posted by Lori Price, http://www.legitgov.org/ 25 Sep 2011. In union square where police just arrested 50 plus people from "Occupy Wall Street." They were carrying cameras and travelling in a group. That was their crime. Photos of "Occupy Wall Street" protest as it reached Union Square today. Arrests were made of the entire "Occupy Wall Street media team." --Michael Rectenwald --Photos and video by Michael Rectenwald.

5 NATO Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

September 25, 2011 by legitgov

5 NATO Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan 23 Sep 2011 Five members of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) died in separate incidents in Afghanistan on Friday. Two of them were killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in southern Afghanistan, while three others died as a result of "non-battle related injuries" in the western part of the country, ISAF said in separate statements.

Flammable gas detected in Fukushima pipe

September 25, 2011 by legitgov

Flammable gas detected in Fukushima pipe --TEPCO: Reactor explosion 'unlikely' 24 Sep 2011 Flammable gas has been detected inside a pipe linked to a nuclear reactor at Japan's crippled Fukushima atomic power plant, its operator said Saturday. Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) was unable to identify the gas but nonetheless said it was unlikely there would be an explosion in the reactor. A TEPCO spokesman said workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant measured a 100-percent flammable gas in a pipe connected to the power station's reactor number one.

NASA: Pieces of falling satellite may be down

September 24, 2011 by legitgov

NASA: Pieces of falling satellite may be down 24 Sep 2011 Pieces of a defunct satellite plummeting toward Earth may have come to rest, NASA said Saturday morning. NASA says "it's possible" that the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite "is down by now," according to the agency's Twitter page early Saturday. But the agency said it is seeking official confirmation with the United States Strategic Command. Late Friday night, NASA predicted satellite parts would pass "over Canada and Africa, as well as vast areas of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans."

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