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Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital

September 2, 2012 by legitgov

Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital --How the GOP presidential candidate and his private equity firm staged an epic wealth grab, destroyed jobs - and stuck others with the bill By Matt Taibbi 29 Aug 2012 Mitt Romney - a man whose own father built cars and nurtured communities, and was one of the old-school industrial anachronisms pushed aside by the new generation's wealth grab - has emerged now to sell this make-nothing, take-everything, screw-everyone ethos to the world. He's Gordon Gekko, but a new and improved version, with better PR – and a bigger goal. A takeover artist all his life, Romney is now trying to take over America itself. And if his own history is any guide, we'll all end up paying for the acquisition.

Downtown Minneapolis Becomes Black Hawk Helicopter Training Zone

September 2, 2012 by legitgov

Downtown Minneapolis Becomes Black Hawk Helicopter Training Zone --Officials not giving out Black Hawk training locations 27 Aug 2012 If you see military helicopters flying low over Minneapolis, don't be alarmed. They're just training in an urban environment. The U.S. Special Operations Command will be conducting exercises until the beginning of September. This week they're using helicopters, including Black Hawks.

DNC security rules trigger free speech worries

September 2, 2012 by legitgov

Holy fascist police state, Batman! DNC security rules trigger free speech worries --The new rules have already been used for events before the convention and will remain on the books after it's over. 01 Sep 2012 Starting Saturday, someone walking through Charlotte's central business district could run afoul of the law by carrying water bottles, hair spray, socks or magic markers under sweeping security rules enacted ahead of the Democratic National Convention. The changes to city ordinances adopted earlier this year for "extraordinary events" [!?!] ban a long list of actions and items that would otherwise be legal from a more than 100-square-block zone.

Central banks debate limits of power at Jackson Hole

September 2, 2012 by legitgov

Central banks debate limits of power at Jackson Hole --The annual Jackson Hole gathering came to a close on Saturday. 01 Sep 2012 Central bankers who traveled to the wilds of Wyoming to figure out if more policy action was needed to curb stubbornly high unemployment heard powerful arguments on both sides of the debate, and leave with many questions unanswered. Policymakers in Europe and the United States facing weak growth and painfully high unemployment are struggling with the issue of whether additional monetary stimulus could do more harm than good. [Damn. They were all in one location, and I can't make a comment!]

Karzai slams US for civilian killings in Afghanistan

September 1, 2012 by legitgov

Karzai slams US for civilian killings in Afghanistan 01 Sep 2012 Afghan President Hamid Karzai has strongly condemned the killing of two civilians in an attack carried out by US-led troops in southern Afghanistan. Karzai strongly denounced the US-led night raid, saying it violated a security deal under which the foreign troops are obliged not to carry out such attacks unless they are coordinated with Afghan officials. Two Afghan civilians, a 70-year-old man and his son, were killed in a US-led night raid on Friday in Afghanistan's southern province of Uruzgan.

Huge blast near NATO base in Afghanistan kills 12

September 1, 2012 by legitgov

Huge blast near NATO base in Afghanistan kills 12 01 Sep 2012 A militant bomb attack near the US-led NATO forces' base in the eastern Afghan province of Wardak has left 12 people killed, including 10 civilians, Press TV reports. The incident occurred when a bomb-laden truck exploded near the gate of a NATO base in Sayyidabad district early Saturday, also killing 2 policemen and injuring several others, according to a provincial official.

US Troops Build 'Alamos' Against Insider Attacks

September 1, 2012 by legitgov

US Troops Build 'Alamos' Against Insider Attacks 30 Aug 2012 U.S. military units have resorted to building hardened safe rooms, or what they call "Alamos," to protect themselves from potential attacks from the soldiers and police officers they are training, according to a report from Stars & Stripes. Troops have built the safe rooms as U.S. and NATO commanders receive almost daily reports of supposed Afghan security forces turning their guns on their trainers. [OR, the US could just *get the f*ck out* -- but then the mercenaries and contractors would make less of a killing on the US 'mission' in Afghanistan -- protecting the opium routes.]

Obama's justice department grants final immunity to Bush's CIA torturers

September 1, 2012 by legitgov

Obama's justice department grants final immunity to Bush's CIA torturers By Glenn Greenwald 31 Aug 2012 The Obama administration's aggressive, full-scale whitewashing of the "war on terror" crimes committed by Bush officials is now complete. Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the closing without charges of the only two cases under investigation relating to the US torture program: one that resulted in the 2002 death of an Afghan detainee at a secret CIA prison near Kabul, and the other the 2003 death of an Iraqi citizen while in CIA custody at Abu Ghraib. This decision, says the New York Times Friday, "eliminat[es] the last possibility that any criminal charges will be brought as a result of the brutal interrogations carried out by the CIA".

US justice department rules out prosecutions over CIA prison deaths

September 1, 2012 by legitgov

US justice department rules out prosecutions over CIA prison deaths --Human rights group describes outcome as 'nothing short of a scandal' after investigation into treatment of detainees is closed 31 Aug 2012 The US justice department has announced it has ended its investigation into CIA interrogations of terrorist detainees without bringing criminal charges. The decision in the inquiries of the deaths of two terrorist suspects marks the end of a wide-ranging criminal investigation by federal prosecutor John Durham into interrogation practices during the presidency [sic] of George Bush.

NORAD, Russians join for computer-based mock terrorist exercise

September 1, 2012 by legitgov

NORAD, Russians join for computer-based mock terrorist exercise 30 Aug 2012 The mock rescue of a plane seized by terrorists was the basis for a computer-based joint exercise by NORAD and the Russian Federation Air Force that ended Wednesday with representatives from both entities agreeing that it will serve as solid preparation for next year's event [and the next false flag]. The annual event, part of the Vigilant Eagle exercise series, ran Monday through Wednesday and involved a core group of about 35 U.S., Russian and Canadian service members.

Three cases of influenza linked to swine barn at Minnesota State Fair

September 1, 2012 by legitgov

Three cases of influenza linked to swine barn at Minnesota State Fair 31 Aug 2012 Three people are believed to have developed a strain of influenza known as variant H1N2 (H1N2v) after exhibiting pigs or spending time in the swine barn at the Minnesota State Fair, the Minnesota Department of Health said Friday afternoon. One of the three cases has been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Test results for the other two are pending. The H1N2v strain is different from the H3N2v strain that has prompted stepped-up surveillance and prevention efforts nationwide, after causing 289 reported cases of illness and one death since the beginning of the year.

Fighter Jets to Protect Skies During Democratic Convention

August 31, 2012 by legitgov

Fighter Jets to Protect Skies During Democratic Convention 31 Aug 2012 Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region fighters will protect the skies during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Air Force fighter jets will be on alert during the convention -- which begins Sept. 4 and runs through Sept. 6 -- enforcing the Federal Aviation Administration's temporary flight restriction zone. Meanwhile, Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region fighters will be active prior to the Democratic National Convention preparing to protect the skies around Charlotte.

'I don't want to be complicit' in an Israeli strike on Iran, says US army chief

August 31, 2012 by legitgov

'I don't want to be complicit' in an Israeli strike on Iran, says US army chief 30 Aug 2012 The US should not become embroiled in an Israeli military strike on Iran that would not only fail to destroy Iran's nuclear program, but could also undo international diplomatic pressure on Tehran, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey said Thursday in London. Such an attack by Israel would "clearly delay but probably not destroy Iran's nuclear program," Dempsey said, adding: "I don't want to be complicit if they [Israel] choose to do it." The US's top general - the Guardian reported - said that he could not presume to know Iran's ultimate intentions in pursuing a nuclear program, as intelligence was inconclusive on that score.

Trial in WikiLeaks case set for Feb., March

August 31, 2012 by legitgov

Trial in WikiLeaks case set for Feb., March 30 Aug 2012 An Army private accused of handing over a trove of classified documents to the website WikiLeaks is scheduled for trial in February. Army Col. Denise Lind, the judge handling the case, said Thursday that Pfc. Bradley Manning's trial is now scheduled to take place between February 4 and March 15. The 24-year-old Manning faces a possible life sentence if convicted of leaking hundreds of thousands of documents, including cables and war logs, to the secret-spelling website.

Mitt Romney Accepts Republican Presidential Nomination

August 31, 2012 by legitgov

Mitt Romney Accepts Republican Presidential Nomination 30 Aug 2012 Mitt Romney accepted the Republican Party’s presidential nomination tonight, capping a six-year quest and setting up a general election showdown with President Barack Obama. As he began a speech at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Florida, Romney addressed a crowd of delegates and party officials and sought to zero in on his economic message and broaden his appeal to independent voters who have been unsure whether he could relate to their needs.

Pentagon threatens lawsuit over Osama bin Laden book

August 31, 2012 by legitgov

Pentagon threatens lawsuit over Osama bin Laden book 30 Aug 2012 The Defense Department is threatening to go after an ex-SEAL author and his publisher over a new book that challenges the administration's official account of last year's raid that killed 'Osama bin Laden.' The Pentagon late Thursday released a letter from its top lawyer, Jeh Johnson, to publishing giant Penguin and "Mark Owen," the pseudonym of an ex-SEAL special operator who has been identified as Matt Bissonnette. In the letter, Johnson said Bissonnette had breached non-disclosure agreements he signed while on active duty in 2007.

Justice Department closes CIA probe without charges

August 31, 2012 by legitgov

Justice Department closes CIA probe without charges 30 Aug 2012 The Justice Department said Thursday that it would not file charges in connection with the deaths of two prisoners held in CIA custody a decade ago, closing the last active criminal investigation into the agency's treatment of prisoners after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The decision marks the culmination of a criminal probe that took nearly five years, examined the treatment of about 100 prisoners and branched out far beyond its initial scope - but ultimately produced no charges against any CIA officer. One of the cases involved the death of an Afghan, Gul Rahman, who was being held at a CIA facility known as the Salt Pit in Afghanistan in 2002, when he was allegedly doused with water and left out in frigid overnight weather to die.

Defense: Colo. shooting suspect tried to call university psychiatrist 9 minutes before attack

August 31, 2012 by legitgov

Defense: Colo. shooting suspect tried to call university psychiatrist 9 minutes before attack 30 Aug 2012 The suspect in the Colorado shooting rampage tried unsuccessfully to call his university psychiatrist [handler?] 9 minutes before he opened fire during a Batman movie premiere, defense attorneys revealed in court Thursday. James Holmes placed the call to an after-hours number at a hospital at the University of Colorado, Anschutz campus, where psychiatrist Lynne Fenton could be reached, defense attorney Tamara Brady said. It wasn't clear why he called Fenton, and she wasn't immediately available to talk to him. [See: Aurora, Colorado Shooting 'Oddities' By Lori Price.]

Federal court blocks Texas voter ID law

August 30, 2012 by legitgov

Federal court blocks Texas voter ID law 30 Aug 2012 A federal court on Thursday blocked a Texas law that would require voters to show photo identification before casting ballots, saying the measure would likely curtail the ability of minorities to vote in the November 6 presidential election. Evidence showed the law did the most harm to African Americans and Hispanics, who are more likely to live in poverty, Circuit Judge David Tatel wrote for a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court in Washington. Those without the underlying documents to obtain ID would have to purchase them, discouraging poor voters, he wrote.

Two Americans shot in Mexico CIA operatives: Report

August 30, 2012 by legitgov

Two Americans shot in Mexico CIA operatives: Report 29 Aug 2012 A report says the two Americans injured in a gun attack on a US Embassy vehicle in Mexico were CIA agents, and had been sent to the Latin American country to bolster Mexican efforts to fight drug traffickers. The operatives, who were hurt south of Mexico City on August 24, were participating in a training program that involved the Mexican Navy, The New York Times reported. They were traveling with a Mexican Navy captain in an embassy sport utility vehicle that had diplomatic license plates. 

US-led airstrike kills 12 Afghan villagers

August 30, 2012 by legitgov

US-led airstrike kills 12 Afghan villagers 30 Aug 2012 At least 12 villagers have been killed in an airstrike carried out by US-led foreign forces in Afghanistan's Ghor Province, Press TV reports. Eight people were also wounded in the attack on Wednesday. The US-led NATO confirmed the attack, but it claimed the airstrike targeted militants.

Bomb explosion kills five Afghan soldiers in eastern Afghanistan

August 30, 2012 by legitgov

Bomb explosion kills five Afghan soldiers in eastern Afghanistan 29 Aug 2012 At least five Afghan soldiers have been killed in a bomb explosion in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province, Press TV reports. Afghan officials say the attack took place late Tuesday in the Manogai district while Afghan troops were on patrol in the area. On Monday, 10 Afghan soldiers were killed in an attack on a military checkpoint in southern Helmand Province.

Bomb explosion in Afghanistan kills 4 civilians, injures 20

August 30, 2012 by legitgov

Bomb explosion in Afghanistan kills 4 civilians, injures 20 28 Aug 2012 At least four people have been killed in a powerful bomb explosion in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar Province, Press TV reports. The incident took place late Monday in eastern part of Kandahar, injuring its provincial police chief and killing four civilians. At least 20 others were also wounded.

SW Idaho vets volunteer to care for burned bear cub found in wildfire

August 30, 2012 by legitgov

SW Idaho vets volunteer to care for burned bear cub found in wildfire 30 Aug 2012 Veterinary hospitals across southwestern Idaho are volunteering to care for a black bear cub rescued from a wildfire burning in the eastern Idaho backcountry. The bear nicknamed "Boo Boo" needs daily care for second-degree burns on all four paws. The cub needs his bandages changed every day for at least four to six weeks to heal.

Firefighters Save Injured Bear Cub Found Near Idaho Wildfire

August 30, 2012 by legitgov

Firefighters Save Injured Bear Cub Found Near Idaho Wildfire 30 Aug 2012 A young, frightened and badly injured bear cub - found alone and wandering through the Mustang Complex wildfire area in Idaho - has been saved by firefighters in a coordinated effort with state and federal employees. The small, approximately 20 to 25-pound black bear was spotted in a fir tree along the Salmon River, about 30 miles east of North Fork. The tree was near the border of the wildfire. The cub, estimated to be only about 4 months old was without its mother and appeared weak, according to officials with the U.S. Forest Service and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Frustrated UWS Resident Hangs 'Rat Crossing' Signs

August 30, 2012 by legitgov

Frustrated UWS Resident Hangs 'Rat Crossing' Signs 30 Aug 2012 (NYC) Rat infestations are a common problem in the city, but one resident is taking matters into his own hands. Joseph Bolanos, president of the West 76th Street Block Association, installed rat-crossing signs in his neighborhood on the Upper West Side.

Mississippi Dam Failure Feared After Tropical Storm Isaac

August 30, 2012 by legitgov

Mississippi Dam Failure Feared After Tropical Storm Isaac 30 Aug 2012 Heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Isaac is threatening a dam in southern Mississippi, leading local officials to order an evacuation. Mississippi emergency management notified Gohsep and Tangipahoa Parish, La., government of an "imminent failure" of the dam at Lake Tangipahoa in Mississippi's Percy Quin State Park, which is expected to cause additional flooding along the already swollen Tangipahoa river. The park and dam are near the Louisiana border.

Billionaire Donors Hide Behind Velvet Curtain at Republican Convention

August 30, 2012 by legitgov

Billionaire Donors Hide Behind Velvet Curtain at Republican Convention 30 Aug 2012 When oil and chemical baron David Koch took his seat among the throngs of Republican grassroots activists on the convention floor in Tampa this week, he was making a rare appearance on behalf of the small group of wealthy donors who are bankrolling a good portion of Mitt Romney's bid for president. For the past several days in Tampa, Koch has been the exception. Most of the deep-pocketed donors have spent the convention largely out of sight. Unlike Koch, they have watched the parade of speakers at the convention podium from high above, in a vast luxury skybox on the fourth and fifth levels of the Tampa Times Forum. Their box was cordoned off by ropes and blocked from public view by a velvet curtain.

Guantanamo Bay terror suspect charged with plotting to attack oil tankers in Strait of Hormuz

August 30, 2012 by legitgov

Guantánamo Bay terror suspect charged with plotting to attack oil tankers in Strait of Hormuz 30 Aug 2012 A terror suspect being held at Guantánamo Bay has been charged with training for al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] and plotting to attack oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and off Yemen's coast. Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al-Darbi, 37, has spent the last decade at the US naval base in southern Cuba where 168 "war on terror" prisoners remain. The six charges before Darbi including aiding and abetting terrorism, attacks on civilian targets and attacks on a vessel, as well as aiding the enemy.

Attacks in Iraq kill general and 5 others

August 30, 2012 by legitgov

Attacks in Iraq kill general and 5 others 29 Aug 2012 Attackers killed six Iraqi security officials including an army general on Wednesday, officials said, the latest wave of insurgent attacks aimed at undermining the central [US-installed] government. The deadliest attack of the day came in the city of Kirkuk, where three policemen were killed and six wounded. City police commander Sarhad Qadir said their convoy hit a roadside bomb.

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