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Threat to Kill 25 Students Led to Lockdown in Weston, CT

February 28, 2013 by legitgov

Threat to Kill 25 Students Led to Lockdown in Weston, CT 27 Feb 2013 Weston High School was placed on lockdown and then evacuated as a precaution because of a threat. The lockdown began at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, after a teacher found a note with a threat to kill a teacher and 25 students, according to a police source with knowledge of the investigation. A police officer was at the school on an unrelated matter, and was told about the note.

Pipe bombs found at Aurora home

February 28, 2013 by legitgov

Pipe bombs found at Aurora home 19 Feb 2013 Aurora police say one person has been arrested after several pipe bombs and bomb-making materials were found inside a home. Spokeswoman Cassidee Carlson says police were responding to a small fire in a basement Tuesday when they found suspicious materials. Authorities also found and removed two explosives from a shed in back. Michael Grover is facing charges of possession of explosives and was being held in the Aurora jail on $6,000 bond.

Chuck Hagel Sworn in as Defense Secretary

February 28, 2013 by legitgov

Chuck Hagel Sworn in as Defense Secretary 27 Feb 2013 Chuck Hagel was sworn in as Defense Secretary today shortly after arriving to the Pentagon for his first day on the job. Hagel and his wife Lillibet walked up the stairs into the building and turned to say "good morning" to the reporters and camera crews on hand to record his arrival. A short time later, Hagel was sworn in as Defense Secretary in a small private ceremony at 8:30 a.m. private ceremony inside his new offices.

Former Bailed-Out Citi Executive, Jack Lew, Wins Confirmation to Become Treasury Secretary

February 28, 2013 by legitgov

Former Bailed-Out Citi Executive, Jack Lew, Wins Confirmation to Become Treasury Secretary 27 Feb 2013 The Senate confirmed Jacob Lew Wednesday as the country's 76th Treasury secretary. The Senate voted 71-26 to confirm Mr. Lew, with 20 Republicans joining all the Democrats present, despite earlier concerns raised by some in the GOP about the nominee's time in the private sector. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont joined the other Republicans voting against Mr. Lew. Three Democrats were absent. Mr. Lew said his top goals in the job would include overhauling the corporate and individual tax codes, reducing the cost of entitlement programs, such as Medicare... Some Republican senators were critical of Mr. Lew, citing concern about his tenure as a senior executive at Citigroup Inc. from 2006 to 2009. Mr. Lew received a bonus as he left Citi, just as the banking group required a taxpayer bailout during the [Wall Street-engendered] financial crisis. [Let us cut to the chase, shall we? This f*cker is all set, financially -- ditto his Wall Street/CIA troll boss, Barack Obama -- so he's fine and dandy with cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Start reading.]

Bird flu research to resume shortly

February 28, 2013 by legitgov

US bioterrorists dying to get the pandemic party started: Bird flu research to resume shortly 27 Feb 2013 Research on the bird flu may start up again on the University of Wisconsin campus after scientists voluntarily put the project on hold more than a year ago. UW spokesperson Terry Devitt said UW professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka from the university’s Department of Pathobiological Sciences may resume his research on the transmission of the bird flu virus. "People questioned what was the benefit of this type of research," said Rebecca Moritz, a research compliance specialist in the Office of Biological Safety at UW. [Right, the 'benefit' is billions in profit for US pharma-terrorists, when they develop a 'cure,' and for implementation of a full-blown police state during the pandemic.']

Obama unveils Rosa Parks statue; first full-length statue of black woman in Capitol

February 28, 2013 by legitgov

Obama unveils Rosa Parks statue; first full-length statue of black woman in Capitol 27 Feb 2013 The nation's most powerful politicians honored Rosa Parks on Wednesday by unveiling her statue in a permanent place in the U.S. Capitol. President Barack Obama praised Parks as an enduring reminder of what true leadership requires, "no matter how humble or lofty our positions." Parks became the first black woman to be depicted in a full-length statue in the Capitol's Statuary Hall. A bust of another black woman, abolitionist Sojourner Truth, sits in the Capitol Visitors Center.

Scalia: Renewing Voting Rights Act 'perpetuation of racial entitlement'

February 27, 2013 by legitgov

Scalia: Renewing Voting Rights Act 'perpetuation of racial entitlement' 27 Feb 2013 Supreme Court Justice [sic] Antonin Scalia referred to the renewal of the Voting Rights Act as the "perpetuation of racial entitlement," during Wednesday's Supreme Court hearing on the law. Scalia made the comments while discussing the unanimous re-authorization of the act passed by the Senate in 2006. Justice Sonia Sotomayor challenged Scalia's comments, asking "Do you think Section 5 was voted for because it was a racial entitlement?" She also asked "Do you think racial discrimination has ended?"

Swine flu jab raises risk of narcolepsy in children

February 27, 2013 by legitgov

Swine flu jab raises risk of narcolepsy in children 27 Feb 2013 A swine flu jab which was given to hundreds of thousands of children carried an increased risk of developing the sleep disorder narcolepsy, research suggests. For every 55,000 doses of Pandemrix delivered, around one child developed the condition that causes excessive daytime sleepiness, health experts said. At the height of the [lab-generated] swine-flu pandemic, between October 2009 and March 2010, more than 850,000 children in England aged six months to 16 years were given the vaccine.

Proposed Ala. city ordinance: Give police more power, disarm individuals during disasters

February 27, 2013 by legitgov

Proposed Ala. city ordinance: Give police more power, disarm individuals during disasters 26 Feb 2013 A proposed disaster emergency ordinance in Guntersville is causing controversy. The city council and mayor are considering a new ordinance that gives the city more power. Mayor Leigh Dollar says it would ensure a quick response in the event of a major disaster, like the April 27, 2011, tornadoes. But it would also give police officers more power. The ordinance states officers could disarm individuals, if necessary.

Thermostat Challenge Marks International Polar Bear Day

February 27, 2013 by legitgov

Wednesday is International Polar Bear Day: Thermostat Challenge Marks International Polar Bear Day 26 Feb 2013 By now most of us have seen the images of polar bears stranded on bits of ice that were once massive slabs. According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, ice extent in the Atlantic sector of the Arctic Ocean has been far below average this winter. The concern is that, thanks to global climate change warming, the Arctic will continue to see less sea ice throughout the year, putting the polar bear habitat in danger... In an effort to slow that sea ice loss, people across the globe are asked to participate in International Polar Bear Day's Thermostat Challenge.

Chuck Hagel wins Senate confirmation to become next defense secretary

February 27, 2013 by legitgov

Chuck Hagel wins Senate confirmation to become next defense secretary 27 Feb 2013 The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam War veteran and former Republican senator from Nebraska, as the 24th secretary of defense after a brutal confirmation process in which members of his own party questioned his capacity to lead the Pentagon. Just hours after a vote to end the first filibuster of a defense nominee, Hagel was approved 58-41. Hagel could begin work at the Pentagon as soon as today. A sergeant in Vietnam and two-time Purple Heart recipient, Hagel becomes the first veteran of that war to become defense secretary.

Fukushima radiation spread to residential areas hours before venting

February 27, 2013 by legitgov

Fukushima radiation spread to residential areas hours before venting 22 Feb 2013 Radioactive material from the damaged Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant spread to residential areas hours before workers vented the containment vessel of the plant's No. 1 reactor on March 12, 2011, to release pressure, it has emerged. In one area, the level of radiation had surged to more than 700 times the normal level, indicating that many local residents were exposed to high levels of radiation before they evacuated. It was not revealed that radiation had spread before the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), commenced venting operations -- and neither the Diet nor the government's nuclear accident investigation committees were aware of the fact. Workers are believed to have first tried opening a vent at the plant at 10:17 a.m. on March 12, 2011.

US court brands whale activists Sea Shepherd 'pirates'

February 27, 2013 by legitgov

US court brands whale activists Sea Shepherd 'pirates' --Ruling Monday clears the way for Japan, which calls the activists terrorists, to launch more extensive legal action against them. 26 Feb 2013 A court in the US has labelled conservationist group Sea Shepherd "pirates". Judge [sic] Alex Kozinski said the group's "aggressive and high-profile attacks" on Japan's whaling fleet endangered lives, ordering them to stop. US-based Sea Shepherd has for many years chased the Japanese whalers, attempting to disrupt the annual hunt... Sea Shepherd has  accused the whalers of using water cannon and stun grenades against them, and says Japan has deployed a military icebreaker, the Shirase, to intimidate them - something Japan rejects.

MSNBC: Disclose Fix-the-Debt co-chair Ed Rendell's conflicts of interest when booking

February 27, 2013 by legitgov

MSNBC: Disclose Fix-the-Debt co-chair Ed Rendell's conflicts of interest when booking 26 Feb 2013 Disclose Ed Rendell's conflicts of interest due to his position as a co-chair of the Fix the Debt campaign - a billionaire-financed campaign to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid - when he appears on MSNBC to offer commentary on budget, public investment, infrastructure or environmental issues. Ed Rendell is a co-chair of Fix the Debt -- nevertheless, in media appearances on your network he is regularly introduced only as the former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania. He is special counsel to the law firm Ballard Spahr, where he focuses on privatization in housing and infrastructure. Rendell is a senior adviser at Greenhill & Co., a multinational investment bank. Rendell is also on the advisory board of Verdeva, a technology development firm, and an operating partner at the venture capital firm Element Partners, a company that has recently invested in natural gas "fracking" in Pennsylvania and nearby states. Ed Rendell is no longer a Democratic politician. He is a lobbyist, a banking adviser, and technology investor. (CREDO petition to sign)

WikiLeaks: US 'to call bin Laden raid Navy SEAL to testify against Bradley Manning'

February 27, 2013 by legitgov

WikiLeaks: US 'to call bin Laden raid Navy SEAL to testify against Bradley Manning' 26 Feb 2013 The US government is believed to be preparing to put a Navy SEAL on the witness stand to testify that secret files published by WikiLeaks were discovered in 'Osama bin Laden's' compound. Prosecutors trying Bradley Manning, the 25-year-old soldier accused of engineering the largest intelligence leak in US history, are seeking to prove that 'al-Qaeda' directly benefitted from access to the classified files. They claim that when bin Laden requested information about US defence policy a subordinate emailed him with data taken from the trove of documents WikiLeaks published on the internet. Today, prosecutors argued they should be allowed to call a military "operator" - a common term for a US commando - as a witness, saying he could offer testimony about evidence collected from the 2011 raid in Pakistan. [And, the SEAL will be committing perjury, because Osama bin Laden died in December 2001.]

WikiLeaks soldier's request to dismiss case rejected

February 26, 2013 by legitgov

WikiLeaks soldier's request to dismiss case rejected 26 Feb 2013 A defense request to dismiss the case against Army Private First Class Bradley Manning in the mass disclosure of military and diplomatic secrets by WikiLeaks was denied by a U.S. military judge on Tuesday. Manning's lawyers filed a motion to dismiss all charges against him, arguing the government had violated their client's right to a speedy trial. Ruling at a pretrial hearing on Tuesday, military judge Colonel Denise Lind said that the case took only 90 days to come to trial, well within the 120 day "clock" rule that exists for a court martial, in reference to the time between pretrial confinement and arraignment.

Hagel receives enough Senate votes for confirmation as secretary of defense, voting continues

February 26, 2013 by legitgov

Hagel receives enough Senate votes for confirmation as secretary of defense, voting continues 26 Feb 2013

Senate votes to clear Hagel for confirmation vote

February 26, 2013 by legitgov

Senate votes to clear Hagel for confirmation vote 26 Feb 2013 Senators voted to end debate today on President Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the secretary of Defense. He now faces a formal vote on confirmation. Hagel's confirmation seems virtually assured, as Democrats control the Senate and none has said publicly they oppose him. A formal vote could come as early as Tuesday afternoon.

Concrete cracks won't factor into nuclear power plant relicensing

February 26, 2013 by legitgov

Concrete cracks won't factor into nuclear power plant relicensing 25 Feb 2013 (NH) The cracking of safety-related concrete structures at the Seabrook Station nuclear power plant has made a lot of news recently, but the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has decided not to make the issue a formal part of the hearings on extending the plant's operating license until 2050. The reason given was based on a technicality rather than on a substantive decision, the agency confirmed. "The ASLB panel (Atomic Safety [sic] and Licensing Board, which adjudicates issues for the NRC) denied the contention because it was late-filed and, therefore, did not meet the timeliness criteria for such proceedings," NRC Public Affairs Officer Neil Sheehan stated. The attorney for the groups who were asking for the concrete degradation issue to be formally included in the proceedings, the Maine-based Friends of the Coast and the New England Coalition in Vermont, expressed frustration about this decision.

Lawyers, journalists have no standing to challenge foreign surveillance law, SCOTUS rules

February 26, 2013 by legitgov

Lawyers, journalists have no standing to challenge foreign surveillance law, SCOTUS rules 26 Feb 2013 A group of plaintiffs that includes lawyers and legal organizations has no standing to challenge a foreign surveillance law, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a 5-4 opinion. Justice [sic] Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote the majority opinion finding that the plaintiffs had not established an injury in fact based on their assertion that their communications could be intercepted. The law as amended in 2008 authorizes surveillance of foreigners who are outside the United States, with advance approval of the "targeting procedures" by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed suit on behalf of the plaintiffs, has said the 2008 law permits "dragnet surveillance."

Supreme Court blocks challenge to anti-terrorism law

February 26, 2013 by legitgov

Supreme Court blocks challenge to anti-terrorism law 26 Feb 2013 One of the most controversial anti-terrorism laws passed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks may be beyond normal judicial review, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. In a 5-4 decision, the court's conservative justices ruled that lawyers, journalists, human rights activists and others lacked standing to challenge a law passed in 2008 that increases the government's ability to intercept international communications. The plaintiffs had contended that even the potential of government snooping -- which, they said, would violate the Fourth Amendment -- was forcing them to change the way they communicate with clients and sources. The question before the high court wasn't whether the law itself, passed near the end of the Bush administration, was constitutional. It was whether those challenging it even had the ability to find out.

Manning headed back to court in Maryland

February 26, 2013 by legitgov

Manning headed back to court in Maryland 26 Feb 2013 A U.S. Army private accused of sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks is back in court for a four-day hearing that may address his attorney's motion to dismiss the charges against him. Pfc. Bradley Manning is expected to be in a Maryland court Tuesday when the hearing begins.

'Obama to tell Netanyahu US gearing up for Iran strike'

February 26, 2013 by legitgov

'Obama to tell Netanyahu US gearing up for Iran strike' --During upcoming visit, president will convey message that window for American military operation opens in June, TV report says 25 Feb 2013 When he visits Israel next month, US President Barack Obama will tell Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that a "window of opportunity" for a military strike on Iran will open in June, according to an Israeli TV report Monday evening. Obama will come bearing the message that if diplomatic efforts and sanctions don't bear fruit, Israel should "sit tight" and let Washington take the stage, even if that means remaining on the sidelines during a US military operation, Channel 10 reported. Netanyahu will be asked to refrain from any military action and keep a low profile, avoiding even the mention of a strike, the report said, citing unnamed officials.

US firms hatched plot to topple Hugo Chavez - WikiLeaks

February 26, 2013 by legitgov

US firms hatched plot to topple Hugo Chavez - WikiLeaks 25 Feb 2013 WikiLeaks has revealed the participation of at least two American companies behind attempts to overthrow Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The hand of Washington was detected in actions of the Venezuelan opposition since 2006 and in its opposition campaign for the 2010 parliamentary elections. The leaked email messages, dating back to July 2004 and December 2011, were tracked to the Stratfor and Canvas companies that used students and other people in an effort to overthrow Chavez.

'Suspicious Powder' Found in Letter to Conn. Governor, Second Scare in Week

February 25, 2013 by legitgov

'Suspicious Powder' Found in Letter to Conn. Governor, Second Scare in Week 25 Feb 2013 A suspicious powder was found in a letter sent to Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) at the State Capitol on Monday and state police, Capitol Police and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded. The call came in around 2:30 p.m., according to state police. The letter was sent to the constituent services office and someone opening the mail discovered the green, granular powder, according to a spokesperson for Gov. Malloy's office. It is the second letter addressed to the governor containing a powdery substance in a week.

Supreme Court Rejects Case Challenging Corporate Political Donations

February 25, 2013 by legitgov

Supreme Court Rejects Case Challenging Corporate Political Donations 25 Feb 2013 The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a case challenging state and federal laws prohibiting corporations from making direct contributions to political candidates, possibly indicating how it will rule in a similar case involving limits on individuals. The high court this morning denied certiorari for Danielczick vs. U.S., apparently agreeing with the Obama administration [!] that there was no reason to review an appeals-court decision allowing the criminal prosecution of a man accused of funneling more than $100,000 to political candidates through corporations he controlled. The court's refusal could foreshadow how it will rule in another case challenging limits on how much money individuals can contribute to candidates.

Blumenthal, Murphy, Esty to Zuckerberg: Yank Newtown Pages on Facebook

February 25, 2013 by legitgov

Blumenthal, Murphy, Esty to Zuckerberg: Yank Newtown Pages on Facebook 25 Feb 2013 Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy joined U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5th) today in a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the increasing number of Netwtown tribute pages. They say the Facebook sites have become a source of harassment for the surviving families. In particular they point to pages dedicated to Victoria Soto and Kaitlin Roig.

'Coming up next: How Facebook Sandy Hook tribute pages are hurting surviving families'

February 25, 2013 by legitgov

'Coming up next: How Facebook Sandy Hook tribute pages are hurting surviving families' posted by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 25 Feb 2013 A promo aired on FOX CT news Monday afternoon, which stated the following. "Coming up next: How Facebook Sandy Hook tribute pages are hurting surviving families." The promo introduced this topic. The report stated, "Facebook is taking them down, to comply with officials' requests." Included in the FOX CT news report was this observation. "Officials said they would keep tabs on the social media giant." In an interview, Connecticut Democratic Rep. (5th) Elizabeth Esty stated, "I called the FBI right away...I learned that these pages don't violate existing laws." [Also, see: Sandy Hook Shooting 'Oddities'.]

Facebook agrees to remove some Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting pages

February 25, 2013 by legitgov

Facebook agrees to remove some Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting pages --Sen. Blumenthal: Facebook officials said they would begin removing the pages immediately. 25 Feb 2013 U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says Facebook has agreed to remove some so-called tribute pages related to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting over concerns they're being used to exploit the tragedy. Blumenthal and fellow Connecticut Democrats U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty had complained to Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg in a letter Monday morning. [CLG's Sandy Hook Shooting 'Oddities' page, which will not be taken down.]

NATO mulls funding Afghan troops through 2018

February 25, 2013 by legitgov

NATO mulls funding Afghan troops through 2018 22 Feb 2013 NATO has said it is strongly considering a proposal to extend funding for a security force of Afghan troops through 2018. NATO is considering plans to continue supporting about 350,000 Afghan troops in the country until 2018, its Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday. The move could increase the costs to the US and allies by more than $2 billion (roughly 1.5 billion euros) a year. Last May, NATO agreed to endorse an Afghan force of about 230,000, for about $4.1 billion a year after 2014. Currently, it costs about $6.5 billion to fund an Afghan force of 352,000, and the US is providing about $5.7 billion of that.

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