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Davis Is Executed in Georgia

September 22, 2011 by legitgov

Davis Is Executed in Georgia 22 Sep 2011 Proclaiming his innocence, Troy Davis was put to death by lethal injection on Wednesday night, his life - and the hopes of supporters worldwide - prolonged by several hours while the Supreme Court reviewed but then declined to act on a petition from his lawyers to stay the execution. Mr. Davis, 42, who was convicted of murdering a Savannah police officer 22 years ago, entered the death chamber shortly before 11 p.m., four hours after the scheduled time. This final chapter before his execution had become an international symbol of the battle over the death penalty and racial imbalance in the justice system. "It harkens back to some ugly days in the history of this state," said the Rev. Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church, who visited Mr. Davis on Monday.

Supreme Court refuses to stop Davis execution

September 22, 2011 by legitgov

Supreme Court refuses to stop Davis execution --State held off while waiting for decision; vigils held from Georgia to Paris 21 Sep 2011 The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a stay of execution for convicted killer Troy Davis late Wednesday, hours after he filed an eleventh-hour plea. The decision came three hours after the 7 p.m. ET scheduled execution time passed. State officials had waited for a response from the Supreme Court, which had no deadline for a decision. Police in full riot gear were on hand to deal with any possible 'disturbance' if the execution goes ahead.

Two Fullerton police officers charged in homeless man's death

September 22, 2011 by legitgov

Two Fullerton police officers charged in homeless man's death --One is charged with second-degree murder and another is accused of involuntary manslaughter in slaying of Kelly Thomas 22 Sep 2011 Orange County prosecutors charged two veteran Fullerton police officers in the death of a mentally ill homeless man, accusing them of a callous cascade of violence against Kelly Thomas as he begged for his life. Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas on Wednesday said what began as routine questioning by police devolved into a "beating at the hands of an angry police officer," with other officers eventually joining in. He stressed that Thomas did not provoke the attack and that all of his movements were purely defensive.

Troy Davis makes 11th hour plea to High Court

September 22, 2011 by legitgov

Troy Davis makes 11th hour plea to High Court 21 Sep 2011 Troy Davis, facing death in Georgia, filed an eleventh-hour plea asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop Georgia authorities from executing him for the murder of an off-duty police officer. Georgia prison officials are waiting for the court's decision before moving forward with the execution, which had been scheduled for 7 p.m. EDT. No order has been issued by the high court. The last-ditch effort came after state officials refused to grant Davis a reprieve in the face of calls for clemency from former President Jimmy Carter, Pope Benedict XVI and others. President Barack Obama is refusing to weigh in on the pending execution of Davis. [Exactly. Just as I predicted and noted in this morning's CLG Newlsetter: 'White House intervention?' There's about as much chance for that as a cat with a long tail in a room filled with rockers. --LRP]

From Ga to Paris, execution protesters rally

September 22, 2011 by legitgov

From Ga to Paris, execution protesters rally --Davis has insisted he's innocent and his execution has been stopped three times since 2007. 21 Sep 2011 From outside a Georgia prison to a public square in France, hundreds who believe an innocent man is about to be put to death congregated Wednesday to protest, knowing that Troy Davis had nearly run out of options to stop his imminent execution. Davis' supporters include the well-known, who congregated outside the prison in Jackson, home to Georgia's death row. About 100 people had already gathered by midday for a rally, with more protesters arriving as day turned to night.

Iran frees convicted US spies on bail

September 21, 2011 by legitgov

Iran frees convicted US spies on bail 21 Sep 2011 The Iranian government releases Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, the two US nationals that were convicted of illegal entry into Iran and espionage, on bail, Press TV has learned.

Troy Davis execution: Georgia pardons board denies plea for clemency

September 21, 2011 by legitgov

Troy Davis execution: Georgia pardons board denies plea for clemency --Georgia man who insists he was wrongly convicted of killing a police officer in 1989 set to be executed on Wednesday 20 Sep 2011 One of the most hotly contested death row cases in recent years looks set to go ahead with the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia on Wednesday. Davis lost his final bid for clemency despite overwhelming evidence indicating that his conviction for murder is unreliable. He will be put on a gurney at the state prison in Jackson and administered a cocktail of lethal drugs at 7pm local time on Wednesday, barring a last-minute intervention by the US supreme court which few observers expect to take place.

Obama Administration Seeks to Close Guantanamo Before 2012 Elections

September 21, 2011 by legitgov

Obama Administration Seeks to Close Guantanamo Before 2012 Elections 20 Sep 2011 Even though the Obama administration failed to close Guantanamo Bay's detention facility prison by its self-imposed deadline of January 2010, it is now pushing to close it before next year's election...  Speaking to reporters at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder made a striking pledge to put a new -- and what critics call -- an unrealistic time frame on shuttering the Guantanamo detention camps.

Europeans urge US to halt Davis execution

September 21, 2011 by legitgov

Europeans urge US to halt Davis execution 21 Sep 2011 European legislators and activists are making a last-minute appeal to the state of Georgia to refrain from executing convicted cop killer Troy Davis. Davis' expected execution has drawn widespread criticism in Europe. Amnesty International and other groups are planning a protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Paris later Wednesday.

Afghan peace council head killed in Kabul

September 21, 2011 by legitgov

Afghan peace council head killed in Kabul 20 Sep 2011 A Taliban suicide bomber on Tuesday killed Burhanuddin Rabbani, former Afghan president and head of the government's peace council, a dramatic show of insurgent reach and a heavy blow to hopes of reaching a political end to the war. The killing was a strong statement of Taliban opposition to peace talks, and as the latest in a string of [Blackwater] high-profile assassinations will increase the apprehension of ordinary Afghans about their future as the insurgency gathers pace.

Wis. guardsman killed in Afghanistan

September 21, 2011 by legitgov

Wis. guardsman killed in Afghanistan 19 Sep 2011 A Wisconsin guardsman was killed over the weekend in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said Monday. Sgt. Garrick L. Eppinger Jr., 25, of Appleton, Wis., died Saturday in Parwan province, Afghanistan.

Secret Vaccination of Children with No Parental Consent

September 21, 2011 by legitgov

Secret Vaccination of Children with No Parental Consent By Sarah 06 Sep 2011 How do pharmaceutical giants like Merck respond to increasing resistance by parents to vaccinate their children due to dangerous vaccine ingredients, an ever growing immunization schedule, skyrocketing cases of autoimmune disease, and questionable efficacy? The Pharmacrats react by quietly and stealthily pushing a bill through the California State Legislature that would strip informed consent from parents and allow secret vaccination of children as young as 12 with vaccines such as Gardasil [Gardakill] and Hepatitis B as well as all future vaccines for sexually transmitted diseases. Such a bill would cost California millions to implement with the majority of these funds lining the pockets of the Pharmacrat corporations. What's more, if passed, Assembly Bill 499 will require that parents still be legally and financially responsible for their child even if severe damage from the secret shots occurs which the parents never consented to in the first place.

Troy Davis, facing execution, seeks polygraph

September 21, 2011 by legitgov

Troy Davis, facing execution, seeks polygraph 21 Sep 2011 A condemned Georgia inmate who has drawn supporters from an ex-president to the pope is set to be executed Wednesday after he lost what had been his most realistic chance at avoiding lethal injection. Troy Davis was left with little to do Tuesday but wait to be executed for a murder he insists he did not commit after Georgia's pardons board rejected his appeal for clemency. As his scheduled 7 p.m. Wednesday execution neared, his backers sought other measures. They asked prisons officials to let him take a polygraph test; urged prison workers to strike or call in sick; asked prosecutors to block the execution and they even considered a desperate appeal for White House intervention. ['White House intervention?' There's about as much chance for that as a cat with a long tail in a room filled with rockers. --LRP]

Staff race to save Fukushima plant from powerful typhoon

September 21, 2011 by legitgov

Staff race to save Fukushima plant from powerful typhoon 21 Sep 2011 Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Japan's Pacific coast were racing against time to ready the crippled plant against a powerful typhoon heading straight for it, a spokesman said Wednesday. Loose cables and hoses were being tied down and efforts made to ensure radiation was not whipped up by winds that have been recorded at more than 200 kilometres (125 miles) an hour. Teams were putting sheeting over holes in the reactor buildings to try to prevent torrential rain from getting inside the stricken reactors. Typhoon Roke, packing winds of up to 216 kilometres per hour, made landfall near Hamamatsu, central Japan, at about 2:00pm (0500 GMT) and was on course to move northeast across the major island of Honshu toward the plant.

U.S. assembling secret drone bases in Africa, Arabian Peninsula, officials say

September 21, 2011 by legitgov

U.S. assembling secret drone bases in Africa, Arabian Peninsula, officials say 21 Sep 2011 The Obama administration is assembling a constellation of secret drone bases for counterterrorism operations in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula as part of a newly aggressive campaign to attack al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] affiliates in Somalia and Yemen, U.S. officials said. One of the installations is being established in Ethiopia, a U.S. ally in the fight against al-Shabab. Another base is in the Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, where a small fleet of "hunter-killer" drones resumed operations this month after an experimental mission demonstrated that the unmanned aircraft could effectively patrol Somalia from there.

US taxpayers could be forced to foot bill if Fed's bailout of faltering Eurozone turns sour

September 21, 2011 by legitgov

American taxpayers could be forced to foot the bill if Fed's bailout of faltering Eurozone turns sour 18 Sep 2011 American taxpayers could end up footing the bill if the United States' bailout of the faltering Eurozone turns sour... The biggest exposure could come from America's status as the single largest source of money for the International Monetary Fund. An emergency provision, approved by the Group of 20 industrialised nations in 2009, granted the IMF broad powers to expand its lending authority, meaning American taxpayers could be left on the hook if those loans later go bad.

Miss. TSA official charged in fatal stabbing

September 21, 2011 by legitgov

Miss. TSA official charged in fatal stabbing 20 Sep 2011 One of the top federal Transportation Security Administration officials in the state of Mississippi has been arrested in connection with the killing of TSA worker Stacey Wright. On Sunday, D'Iberville police found Wright, 43, stabbed to death in her apartment there. Authorities said Ruben Orlando Benitez, 45, who serves as assistant federal security director for screening for the TSA in Mississippi, has been arrested.

Occupy Wall Street Protesters' Arrests

September 21, 2011 by legitgov

Occupy Wall Street Protesters' Arrests 20 Sep 2011 Protesters being abused in Occupy Wall Street. (Video)

Man with backpack climbs over White House fence, nabbed by Secret Service

September 21, 2011 by legitgov

Man with backpack climbs over White House fence, nabbed by Secret Service 20 Sep 2011 A man climbed over the White House fence near its western entrance gate and ran toward the presidential residence Tuesday evening before he was apprehended by uniformed Secret Service officers, authorities said. The man carried a backpack as he clambered over the fence, then ran with his arms outstretched directly toward officers who ordered him to the ground with their weapons drawn.

Man apprehended after climbing fence, running toward White House

September 21, 2011 by legitgov

Man apprehended after climbing fence, running toward White House --Secret Service evacuated Pennsylvania Avenue and Lafayette Square across from White House 20 Sep 2011 Secret Service officers apprehended a man who climbed over the White House fence near the western entrance gate and ran toward the presidential residence this evening, the Associated Press reports. About 6:35 p.m. ET, the man ran with his arms outstretched directly toward officers who ordered him to the ground with their weapons drawn, AP says.

Obama: 'This is not class warfare -- It's math'

September 20, 2011 by legitgov

Obama: 'This is not class warfare -- It's math' 19 Sep 2011 Taking a defiant tone against Republicans unwilling to raise taxes in order to close the deficit, President Obama today unveiled a $3 trillion long-term deficit reduction plan that relies heavily on raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans. "This is not class warfare -- it's math," Mr. Obama said from the White House Rose Garden, addressing GOP critiques of his plan head on. "The money has to come from some place," he continued. "If we're not willing to ask those who've done extraordinarily well to help America close the deficit... the math says everybody else has to do a whole lot more, we've got to put the entire burden on the middle class and the poor."

Wall Street protests continue, several arrested

September 20, 2011 by legitgov

Wall Street protests continue, several arrested 19 Sep 2011 At least five people were arrested on the third day of protests in New York's Financial District, spearheaded by a coalition of groups rallying against the influence of corporate money in politics. Beginning on Saturday - on what was called a U.S. Day of Rage - several groups of activists vowed to occupy Wall Street, to express their anger over a financial system they say favors the rich and powerful, and about a democratic process they deem to be corrupt.

Abbas defies Israeli, US opposition with demand for statehood

September 20, 2011 by legitgov

Abbas defies Israeli, US opposition with demand for statehood 17 Sep 2011 Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' decision to seek full UN membership for a Palestinian state has sparked a diplomatic row, with both the US and Israel voicing their opposition. A diplomatic dispute was brewing Saturday after Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas vowed to ask the United Nations to recognize its statehood, ignoring opposition from both Israel and the United States.

Orchestra suspends four musicians who opposed Israeli musicians' concert

September 20, 2011 by legitgov

Orchestra suspends four musicians who opposed Israeli musicians' concert --London Philharmonic Orchestra punishes cellist and violinists who wanted Proms appearance by Israeli players cancelled 18 Sep 2011 The London Philharmonic Orchestra has suspended four musicians for nine months for using its name when they called unsuccessfully for the cancellation of a concert by an Israeli orchestra at the Proms. The move follows the [insane] indefinite suspension of an unnamed LPO violinist after she allegedly launched an anti-Israel "rant" when Israeli musicians appeared at the Royal College of Music before the concert at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this month.

750 Million-Dollar US Embassy In Iraq Will Expand Further

September 20, 2011 by legitgov

750 Million-Dollar US Embassy In Iraq Will Expand Further 16 Sep 2011 U.S. diplomats, military advisers and other officials are planning to fall back to the gargantuan embassy in Baghdad -- a heavily fortified, self-contained compound the size of Vatican City. The embassy compound is by far the largest the world has ever seen, at one and a half square miles, big enough for 94 football fields. It cost three quarters of a billion dollars to build (coming in about $150 million over budget). Inside its high walls, guard towers and machine-gun emplacements lie not just the embassy itself, but more than 20 other buildings, including residential quarters, a gym and swimming pool, commercial facilities, a power station and a water-treatment plant. [Wouldn't a compound this huge -- a record-setting contracting bl*wjob to boot -- be a target for insurgents? Well, since they're cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid for this *lunacy,* every cloud has a silver lining.]

Nuclear power plant shut down after leak is discovered

September 20, 2011 by legitgov

Nuclear power plant shut down after leak is discovered --Workers ended Unusual Event at plant around 8 p.m. EDT on September 16, but reactor remains shut down according to US Nuclear Regulatory Commission's website 19 Sep 2011 A leak from a valve at the 778 MWe Palisades nuclear power plant in Michigan forced the plant to shut down September 16. News reports say workers with parent company Entergy found the leak from the valve in the system that cools Unit 1 around 3 p.m. EDT. Workers were able to isolate the leak from the pressurizer spray valve.

US states seek to privatise prisons

September 20, 2011 by legitgov

US states seek to privatise prisons 19 Sep 2011 US states are set to privatise scores of prisons as they try to close grow gaping budget deficits, creating significant new markets for the industry's biggest private contractors. In Florida alone, 29 state prisons are set to be privatised. This represents the largest prison privatisation programme in US history, according to Tobey Sommer, an analyst covering the private prison market at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, an investment bank based in Atlanta. Private prisons' star has risen over the past three decades as the war on drugs, which began in the 1980s, saw the introduction of mandatory minimum sentencing.

US to pay up to 100 million dollars to build new Bagram prison

September 20, 2011 by legitgov

US to pay up to 100 million dollars to build new Bagram prison 19 Sep 2011 As the Obama administration announced plans for hundreds of billions of dollars more in domestic budget cuts, it late last week solicited bids for the construction of a massive new prison in Bagram, Afghanistan. Posted on FedBizOpps.Gov website which it uses to announce new privatized spending projects, the administration unveiled plans for "the construction of Detention Facility in Parwan (DFIP), Bagram, Afghanistan" which includes "detainee housing capability for approximately 2000 detainees." It will also feature "guard towers, administrative facility and Vehicle/Personnel Access Control Gates, security surveillance and restricted access systems." The announcement provided: "the estimated cost of the project is between $25,000,000 to $100,000,000."

Dutch Say Traces of Mild Bird Flu Variant Found in 83 Swans

September 20, 2011 by legitgov

Dutch Say Traces of Mild Bird Flu Variant Found in 83 Swans 15 Sep 2011 Dutch authorities said traces of a mild variant of bird flu have been found in 83 swans at a trade company in the northern Dutch town of Zuidwolde. The infection was detected when the animals were tested for export, the Dutch agriculture ministry said in an e-mailed statement today.

Fukushima protesters urge Japan to abandon nuclear power

September 20, 2011 by legitgov

Fukushima protesters urge Japan to abandon nuclear power --Tens of thousands join Fukushima protest march in Tokyo amid continuing fears over radiation 19 Sep 2011 Tens of thousands of people marched in Tokyo on Monday in the biggest show of public opposition to nuclear power since the start of the Fukushima Daiichi crisis in March. The protesters, who included residents of Fukushima prefecture, called for the immediate closure of all of Japan's nuclear reactors and a new energy policy centred on renewables. The demonstration was the biggest the country has seen in years. Police said 20,000 people had taken part, while media reports put the number as high as 60,000.

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