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British 'Anonymous' hacker faces jail for cyber-attack on PayPal because it wouldn't process WikiLeaks donations

December 6, 2012 by legitgov

British 'Anonymous' hacker faces jail for £3.5m cyber-attack on PayPal because it wouldn't process WikiLeaks donations --Victims' websites would get message: 'You've tried to bite the Anonymous hand. You angered the hive and now you are being stung.' [LOL!] 06 Dec 2012 A leading British member of the 'Anonymous' hacking gang was today convicted for a series of devastating cyber-attacks on some of the world's biggest companies. On one occasion, hacktivist Christopher Weatherhead helped target PayPal because it would not process donations for the fundraising arm of Julian Assange's WikiLeaks, costing it £3.5million. The self-confessed 'idealist' boasted online he would 'rape' and 'kill' the companies Anonymous attacked. Today the 22-year-old remained impassive as the unanimous guilty verdict was returned for his part in distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attacks, which made the victim's [sic] website suddenly crash.

Activists Demand Judge Step Down in Jeremy Hammond Case

December 6, 2012 by legitgov

Activists Demand Judge Step Down in Jeremy Hammond Case 01 Dec 2012 Supporters of Jeremy Hammond, the Chicago hacktivist denied bail by a federal judge in New York for his role in the hack of Stratfor, a private intelligence firm, are demanding the judge in the case recuse herself. Judge Loretta Preska denied bail to Hammond in court last week, saying that the alleged anonymous affiliated hacker posed a "substantial danger to the community." Information revealed since her ruling shows that Preska's husband, Thomas Kaveler is employed by Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, a client of Stratfor, and Kaveler himself was a victim of the hack. According to a press release from the collective Anonymous, Kaveler's email address and other data was published by Wikileaks after the Stratfor hack. Preska never disclosed this information and supporters of Hammond say that conflicts with her ability to give him a fair trial.

NDAA Nullification Bill Passes Michigan House, 107-0

December 6, 2012 by legitgov

NDAA Nullification Bill Passes Michigan House, 107-0 05 Dec 2012 The Michigan House of Representatives unanimously voted in favor of House bill 5768 (HB5768) today. Due to support from a wide coalition of grassroots activists across the political spectrum, the bill passed unanimously. The final vote was 107-0. HB5768 asserts that no State employee or agency will assist the Federal government – in any way – in the detainment of people under the 2012 NDAA.

DeMint to Leave U.S. Senate to Head Heritage Foundation

December 6, 2012 by legitgov

DeMint to Leave U.S. Senate to Head Heritage Foundation 06 Dec 2012 Republican U.S. Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, a leader of fiscal conservatives in Congress who has clashed with his party’s leaders, said he will leave in the middle of his term to head the Heritage Foundation. DeMint, whose Senate Conservatives Fund backed several Senate candidates in 2010 and 2012 Republican primaries against hopefuls supported by the party’s establishment, said he'll join the Republican-leaning policy group in January.

Wal-Mart Nixed Paying Bangladesh Suppliers to Fight Fire

December 6, 2012 by legitgov

Wal-Mart Nixed Paying Bangladesh Suppliers to Fight Fire 05 Dec 2012 At a meeting convened in 2011 to boost safety at Bangladesh garment factories, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. made a call: paying suppliers more to help them upgrade their manufacturing facilities was too costly. The comments from a Wal-Mart sourcing director appear in minutes of the meeting, which was attended by more than a dozen retailers including Gap Inc., Target Corp. and JC Penney Co. Details of the meeting have emerged after a fire at a Bangladesh factory that made clothes for Wal-Mart and Sears Holdings Corp. killed more than 100 people last month.

New London City Hall Evacuated for HazMat Incident

December 6, 2012 by legitgov

New London City Hall Evacuated for HazMat Incident 06 Dec 2012 (CT) There is a HazMat incident at New London City Hall, 181 State Street, and people are ill, according to authorities. Several employees reported feeling ill, according to officials from the mayor's office. The incident was reported at 11:10 a.m. and includes an odor in the building, according to officials. The building is evacuated. [Update: Incident is over, but people became ill.]

Japan scientists assessing radiation risks took travel money from utilities - AP

December 6, 2012 by legitgov

Japan scientists assessing radiation risks took travel money from utilities - AP 06 Dec 2012 Influential Japanese scientists who help set national radiation exposure limits have for years had trips paid for by the country's nuclear plant operators to attend overseas meetings of the world's top academic group on radiation safety. The potential conflict-of-interest is revealed in one sentence buried in a 600-page parliamentary investigation into last year's Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant disaster and pointed out to The Associated Press by a medical doctor on the 10-person investigation panel. Some of these same scientists have consistently given optimistic assessments about the health risks of radiation, interviews with the scientists and government documents show.

Pentagon planning for multinational military operation in Mali

December 6, 2012 by legitgov

Pentagon planning for multinational military operation in Mali --Military operation could begin next year 05 Dec 2012 U.S. military planners have begun to help organize a multinational proxy force to intervene next year in Mali, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The international force would be led on the ground by several thousand Malian and West African troops but would receive extensive support from the Pentagon and the State Department, which would help train, equip and transport the troops, Obama administration officials said. U.S. officials said the Pentagon's planning efforts are contingent on the U.N. Security Council's endorsement of the African-led force.

UN calls on Israel to open nuclear facilities

December 6, 2012 by legitgov

UN calls on Israel to open nuclear facilities 04 Dec 2012 The U.N. General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling on Israel to quickly open its nuclear program for inspection and backing a high-level conference to ban nuclear weapons from the Middle East which was just canceled. All the Arab nations and Iran had planned to attend the conference in mid-December in Helsinki, Finland, but the United States announced on Nov. 23 that it wouldn't take place... Iran and some Arab nations countered that the real reason for the cancellation was Israel's refusal to attend. The resolution, approved Monday by a vote of 174-6 with 6 abstentions, calls on Israel to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty "without further delay" and open its nuclear facilities to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Those voting "no" were Israel, the U.S., Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau.

Deputy US marshal accused of blowing agent's cover

December 6, 2012 by legitgov

Deputy US marshal accused of blowing agent's cover 04 Dec 2012 A deputy U.S. marshal was arrested in South Texas on Tuesday for allegedly disclosing the identity of an undercover agent to his father, who at the time was suspected of involvement in a drug trafficking organization, federal prosecutors said. Deputy U.S. Marshal Lucio Osbaldo Moya's bond was set at $75,000. Moya, 29, of Rio Grande City, faces charges of being an accessory after the fact and obstruction. He could receive up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the accessory charge.

Obamacare architect leaves White House for pharmaceutical industry job

December 6, 2012 by legitgov

Obamacare architect leaves White House for pharmaceutical industry job 05 Dec 2012 When the legislation that became known as "Obamacare" was first drafted, the key legislator was the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus, whose committee took the lead in drafting the legislation. As Baucus himself repeatedly boasted, the architect of that legislation was Elizabeth Fowler, his chief health policy counsel... What was most amazing about all of that was that, before joining Baucus's office as the point person for the health care bill, Fowler was the Vice President for Public Policy and External Affairs (i.e. informal lobbying) at WellPoint, the nation's largest health insurance provider (before going to WellPoint, as well as after, Fowler had worked as Baucus's top health care aide). And when that health care bill was drafted, the person whom Fowler replaced as chief health counsel in Baucus's office, Michelle Easton, was lobbying for WellPoint as a principal at Tarplin, Downs, and Young... Now, as Politico's "Influence" column briefly noted on Tuesday, Fowler is once again passing through the deeply corrupting revolving door as she leaves the Obama administration to return to the loving and lucrative arms of the private health care industry: "Elizabeth Fowler is leaving the White House for a senior-level position leading 'global health policy' at Johnson & Johnson's government affairs and policy group."

ElBaradei appointed general coordinator of opposition group, threatens nationwide protests

December 6, 2012 by legitgov

ElBaradei appointed general coordinator of opposition group, threatens nationwide protests 05 Dec 2012 Nobel Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, in his new position as general coordinator of the National Salvation Front, threatened nationwide protests until President Mohamed Morsy responds to calls for national dialogue over the draft constitution and retracts his recent constitutional declaration. The leader of the Popular Current Hamden Sabbahi announced Tuesday night that the front decided to appoint ElBaradei as its general coordinator. ElBaradei's warning came at a press conference Tuesday night attended by the leaders of the National Salvation Front, including Sabbahi and former presidential candidate Amr Moussa.

Thousands of US troops arrive near Syrian shore on USS Eisenhower

December 6, 2012 by legitgov

Heads up! US likely planning a big chemical weapons false flag to provide an excuse for another illegal invasion: Thousands of US troops arrive near Syrian shore on USS Eisenhower 06 Dec 2012 The USS Eisenhower, an American aircraft carrier that holds eight fighter bomber squadrons and 8,000 men, arrived at the Syrian coast yesterday in the midst of a heavy storm, indicating US preparation for a potential ground intervention. While the Obama administration has not announced any sort of American-led military intervention in the war-torn country, the US is now ready to launch such action "within days" if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad decides to use chemical weapons against the opposition, the Times reports.

Bradley Manning faced harsh incarceration, pretrial court told

December 6, 2012 by legitgov

Bradley Manning faced harsh incarceration, pretrial court told 05 Dec 2012 Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents and video of U.S. helicopter gunships killing civilians in Baghdad, is still waiting for his court-martial – more than 900 days after the private was arrested in Iraq. At pretrial hearings this week in Ft. Meade, Md., a military court heard about the harsh conditions in which Private Manning was held after his arrest, first in Kuwait and later on U.S. military bases. He had been designated a suicide risk and kept in solitary, forced to sleep naked without covers, and put in maximum custody at the U.S. Marine brig in Quantico, Va.

US sergeant denies mocking Manning's homosexuality

December 6, 2012 by legitgov

US sergeant denies mocking Manning's homosexuality 05 Dec 2012 A US Army sergeant who worked at the military jail where WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning alleges he was badly treated denied Wednesday that he had mocked the soldier's homosexuality. At a pre-trial hearing investigating the conditions in which Manning was held in custody, former Quantico brig supervisor Master Sergeant Brian Papakie said guards had acted in the accused's best interests. Papakie said he knew Manning was gay but refuted claims that he had made fun of the army private's sexuality by using the word "panties" in a memo for other guards relaying how he was to be treated at night.

NYC Rigged Red-Light Cameras, Motorists Allege in Class-Action Lawsuit

December 5, 2012 by legitgov

NYC Rigged Red-Light Cameras, Motorists Allege in Class-Action Lawsuit --3 Drivers Forced to Pay, Now Say Were Set Up In City Money Grab 04 Dec 2012 Red-light cameras are gaining popularity across the country. Now, New York City is being sued after it was accused of rigging the lights to catch more drivers and write more tickets. They're "gotcha" cameras, mounted at intersections. Their photos catch and fine drivers running red lights. By federal law, drivers have to have enough time to get through a yellow light -- three seconds at the typical 30 mph intersection. Back in October, engineers at AAA New York discovered a problem. At some intersections with the cameras, the yellow lights were almost a half-second too fast... Mayor Michael Bloomberg is fighting to install more cameras. [We don't have to be stuck with drones, surveillance cameras, and rigged red-light cameras. These are machines of the US police state, created and implemented to enhance the coffers of the corpora-terrorists who build them and the politicians who approve them. Just shoot them down - problem solved.]

Austerity to last until 2018, admits George Osborne

December 5, 2012 by legitgov

Austerity to last until 2018, admits George Osborne 05 Dec 2012 George Osborne unveils a real-terms cut in working age benefits in his autumn statement in a bid to boost the UK's struggling economy. The chancellor said there would be one per cent cap on increases on certain benefits payments over the next three years. With the latest inflation figure, as of last month, at 2.7 per cent - the increases would mean a real-terms cut in benefits payments. Britain's working age benefits claimants will be hit by the cut, with the one per cent cap applying to job-seekers allowance, employment and support allowance and income support.

U.S. Commandos' New Landlord in Afghanistan: Blackwater

December 5, 2012 by legitgov

U.S. Commandos' New Landlord in Afghanistan: Blackwater --Academi's $22 million no-bid contract runs through May 2015 05 Dec 2012 U.S. Special Operations Forces have a brand new home in Afghanistan. It’s owned and operated by the security company formerly known as Blackwater, thanks to a no-bid deal worth $22 million. You might think that Blackwater, now called Academi, was banished into some bureaucratic exile after its operatives in Afghanistan stole guns from U.S. weapons depots and killed Afghan civilians. Wrong. Academi's private 10-acre compound outside Kabul, called Camp Integrity, is the new headquarters for perhaps the most important special operations unit in Afghanistan. That would be the Special Operations Joint Task Force–Afghanistan, created on July 1 to unite and oversee the three major spec-ops "tribes" throughout Afghanistan, which command some 7,000 elite troops in all. It's run by Army Maj. Gen. Raymond "Tony" Thomas, a former deputy commander of the Joint Special Operations Command, and is already tasked with reforming how those elite forces train Afghan villagers to fight the Taliban protect the CIA's opium routes... Academi's no-bid contract runs through May 2015.

E.Germany's secret police sold citizens to western pharmaceutical companies to use as human guinea pigs in drug trials

December 5, 2012 by legitgov

East Germany's secret police sold citizens to western pharmaceutical companies to use as human guinea pigs in drug trials --The conspiracy involved the state, doctors and western big pharma firms. --Tens of thousands tested with experimental drugs not approved in the West --One study of a drug for heart conditions saw six out of 17 patients die 04 Dec 2012 Former Communist East Germany secretly sold its citizens to western pharmaceutical companies to use as human guinea pigs in drug trials. Tens of thousands of sick people in the former German Democratic Republic were treated with medicines not approved in the West to see how effective they were. Details of the top secret project have been unearthed in the files of the Stasi secret police in Berlin.

Man admits NYC terror plot, gets 10 years

December 5, 2012 by legitgov

Man admits NYC terror plot, gets 10 years 05 Dec 2012 A Muslim man who plotted to disguise himself as a Hasidic Jew and bomb New York synagogues and churches pleaded guilty to terror charges, authorities said. Ahmed Ferhani, 27, a mentally ill Algerian immigrant, agreed to serve a 10-year prison sentence offered by state Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus.Prosecutors had asked for 14 years, but the defense argued Ferhani suffered from documented mental-health issues, including a propensity to cut himself and threaten to do harm to himself, Ferhani attorney Lamis Deek told the New York Post.

Obama to fill key posts in weeks, Republican Hagel on Pentagon short list

December 5, 2012 by legitgov

Obama to fill key posts in weeks, Republican Hagel on Pentagon short list [Of course! Obusha needs to pick one of his GOP friends who won't have any problems with his drone war crimes and illegal spying.] 04 Dec 2012 President Barack Obama is expected to announce his nominees for secretaries of state and defense in the next two weeks, with former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel on the short list of potential choices to head the Pentagon, senior administration officials said on Tuesday. Hagel met the Democratic president at the White House this week to discuss a post on his national security team. Obama is still deliberating whether to unveil his top national security appointments, likely to include a new CIA director, in a single high-profile package this month or to name them one-by-one, according to an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

'Everyone in US under virtual surveillance' - NSA whistleblower

December 5, 2012 by legitgov

'Everyone in US under virtual surveillance' - NSA whistleblower --'They are violating the foundation of this entire country. 04 Dec 2012 The FBI has the e-mails of nearly all US citizens, including congressional members, according to NSA whistleblower William Binney. Speaking to RT he warned that the government can use information against anyone it wants. One of the best mathematicians and code breakers in NSA history resigned in 2001 because he no longer wanted to be associated with alleged violations of the constitution. He asserts, that the FBI has access to this data due to a powerful device, Naris.

Bradley Manning lawyer: soldier's treatment a blemish on nation's history

December 4, 2012 by legitgov

Bradley Manning lawyer: soldier's treatment a blemish on nation's history 04 Dec 2012 David Coombs, the civilian lawyer representing Bradley Manning at his court martial for supplying WikiLeaks with a trove of US state secrets, has described the soldier's treatment in solitary confinement at Quantico marine base as criminal and a blot on the nation's history. Making rare comments outside the courtroom, Coombs addressed an audience of Bradley Manning supporters in a Unitarian church in Washington on Monday night and lashed out at the military hierarchy for allowing the intelligence analyst to be subjected to nine months of harsh suicide prevention regime against the advice of doctors. "Brad's treatment at Quantico will forever be etched into our nation's history as a disgraceful moment in time," he said. "Not only was it stupid and counter-productive, it was criminal..."

Publicist confirms it: Fox News banned book critical of George W. Bush

December 4, 2012 by legitgov

Publicist confirms it: Fox News banned book critical of George W. Bush 04 Dec 2012 n his much-discussed mea culpa about the reality-denialism of movement conservatism, Bruce Bartlett made a striking claim: He wrote that he was not allowed on Fox News -- where he had previously been a regular guest -- to discuss a book he'd just published that was highly critical of George W. Bush. I've just received confirmation of this episode on the record from Bartlett's publicist [Nicole Dewey] at the time.

More data pointing to slowdown in US economy

December 4, 2012 by walden9

More data pointing to slowdown in US economy 04 Dec 2012 Following a dismal report last week on retail sales for November, the first month of the holiday shopping season, manufacturing data released Monday confirmed that the US economy is weakening...The report registered a return to negative growth after two months of tepid expansion. The PMI has been below 50 for four of the last six months. The scale of the decline is indicated by the fact that the ISM’s factory index averaged 55.2 in 2011 and 57.3 in 2010...The fall in manufacturing coincides with slumping consumer spending. On Friday, the Commerce Department reported that consumer spending fell in October for the first time in five months and income growth stalled, with wages and salaries actually dropping 0.2 percent.

Bomb explodes at offices of Greek far-right party

December 4, 2012 by legitgov

Bomb explodes at offices of Greek far-right party --Members of ultra-nationalist party have been seen giving Nazi-style salutes; group emblem resembles a swastika 04 Dec 2012 A makeshift bomb exploded at the offices of the far-right political party Golden Dawn near Athens early on Tuesday, ripping through a wall and smashing the windows of a nearby building but causing no injuries, police said. Golden Dawn has surged in popularity during Greece's debt crisis and was catapulted from obscurity to winning 7 percent of the vote in parliamentary elections in June, riding a wave of public anger at austerity, corrupt politicians and immigrants.

US boosts number of spy drone flights over Iran

December 4, 2012 by legitgov

US boosts number of spy drone flights over Iran [Oh dear. Looks like one just came to a bad ending.] 03 Dec 2012 Heightened concerns over Iran's potential development of a nuclear weapon have prompted the United States to increase its surveillance efforts overseas in the past two months, a new report claims. The Wall Street Journal alleges this week that the US has ramped-up its number of spy drone missions over the Bushehr nuclear reactor ever since fuel rods were unexpectedly discharged from the facility in October, just two months after the facility became fully operational. The US has long voiced concern over the possible procurement of a nuclear warhead by Iranians, but surveillance has increased significantly in the weeks following the recent discovery of spent fuel rods, US officials confirm on condition of anonymity.

Iran Captures US Drone In Its Airspace

December 4, 2012 by legitgov

Iran Captures US Drone In Its Airspace 04 Dec 2012 Iran has "captured" a US drone gathering intelligence over Gulf waters after it entered its airspace, state media has reported. The report quoted the Revolutionary Guard's navy chief General Ali Fadavi on the "intruding" [aka illegally spying] ScanEagle drone, but offered no precise details on the location or how it had been seized by the Guards' naval unit.

Manning lawyer: Military actions 'criminal'

December 4, 2012 by legitgov

Manning lawyer: Military actions 'criminal'--Manning was usually kept in his cell between 21 and 23 hours each day, according to testimony at a recent court hearing on his detention. 03 Dec 2012 Military commanders committed a crime by keeping Bradley Manning in unnecessarily strict conditions at a Marine Corps brig for nearly nine months, the alleged WikiLeaks source's defense attorney charged Monday in his first public speech about his client's case. "Brad's treatment at Quantico will forever be etched in our nation's history as a disgraceful moment in time," David Coombs told about 100 Manning supporters at a Washington, D.C., church Monday night. "Not only was it stupid and counterproductive -- it was criminal."

Cops to Congress: We need logs of Americans' text messages

December 4, 2012 by legitgov

Cops to Congress: We need logs of Americans' text messages 03 Dec 2012  AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and other wireless providers would be required to record and store information about Americans' private text messages for at least two years, according to a proposal that police have submitted to the U.S. Congress. CNET has learned a constellation of law enforcement groups has asked the U.S. Senate to require that wireless companies retain that information, warning that the lack of a current federal requirement "can hinder law enforcement investigations." They want an SMS retention requirement to be "considered" during congressional discussions over updating a 1986 privacy law for the cloud computing era -- a move that could complicate debate over the measure and erode support for it among civil libertarians.

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