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Gingrich Warns of Iranian Nuclear Attack

February 10, 2012 by legitgov

Gingrich Warns of Iranian Nuclear Attack 08 Feb 2012 Newt Gingrich asserted on Wednesday that an Iranian nuclear attack on the United States was "a real danger" and that it could kill and wound hundreds of thousands of Americans. His comments were the latest in a string of hawkish and even apocalyptic statements that some Republican presidential candidates, particularly Mr. Gingrich, have been using to discuss Iran. In the past, Mr. Gingrich has said that if Iran were to obtain nuclear weapons, then not only Israel but also the United States would be at risk, and he has characterized Iran as a country and a culture that fosters terrorism. [Hello, Pot? This is Kettle...]

Fed agents hot on trail of Anonymous hackers

February 9, 2012 by legitgov

Fed agents hot on trail of Anonymous hackers 09 Feb 2012 Every move by the hacker activists Anonymous is being watched by the FBI, which views the loosely organized group as a pack of cyber vandals that attacks targets without motivation - including Boston's police department website. The FBI has conducted an ongoing investigation into Anonymous for a little more than a year, according to a spokesperson at FBI Headquarters in Washington. The bureau’s website was knocked out for a few hours by Anonymous last month after federal authorities shut down a file-sharing website and arrested the operators. [So, the FBI has been investigating Anonymous for over a year... and yet, Anonymous is still hacking! Ergo, I wouldn't say the FBI is 'hot' on the trail.]

US to build two new nuclear reactors in Georgia

February 9, 2012 by legitgov

US to build two new nuclear reactors in Georgia 09 Feb 2012 The US government has [insanely] licensed a utility company to build two new nuclear reactors in the south-eastern state of Georgia. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday authorized Southern Co. and its partners to build the new reactors in Waynesboro, Ga., about 275 Kilometers east of Atlanta, at a plant that already has two operating reactors. Federal regulators voted 4-1 to approve the construction of the nuclear plants, expected to cost 14 billion dollars.

BP wins exclusion of emails from oil spill trial

February 9, 2012 by legitgov

BP wins exclusion of emails from oil spill trial 08 Feb 2012 BP Plc won a court order keeping several potentially damaging emails out of a scheduled trial to determine responsibility for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Wednesday's ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan in New Orleans came a day after U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier rejected the oil company's effort to keep evidence about settlements it had already reached out of the trial. The rulings came as Barbier prepares to preside on February 27 over a non-jury trial to assign blame for the April 20, 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, which killed 11 people and caused the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Regulatory Approval Is Expected for New Nuclear Reactors in Georgia

February 9, 2012 by legitgov

Regulatory Approval Is Expected for New Nuclear Reactors in Georgia 09 Feb 2012 For the first time in over three decades, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected to decide to [insanely] grant a license to build a reactor. The vote, set for Thursday, is on two new nuclear reactors at the Southern Company's Alvin W. Vogtle plant near Augusta, Ga. It would be the first vote on a construction license since 1978, a year before the Three Mile Island accident in Pennsylvania. Nine organizations, including the Southern Alliance, said on Wednesday that they would sue to try to block the license because the commission had not adequately analyzed the new reactors' design for hazards in response to last year's disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan.

States Negotiate $26 Billion Deal for Homeowners

February 9, 2012 by legitgov

States Negotiate $26 Billion Deal for Homeowners 09 Feb 2012 After months of painstaking talks, government authorities and five of the nation's biggest banks have agreed to a $26 billion settlement that could provide relief to nearly two million current and former American homeowners harmed by the bursting of the housing bubble, state and federal officials said. It is part of a broad national settlement aimed at halting the housing market’s downward slide and holding the banks accountable for foreclosure abuses.  Despite the billions earmarked in the accord, the aid will help a relatively small portion of the millions of borrowers who are delinquent and facing foreclosure.

International 'militarisation' in Syria growing closer, warns US official

February 9, 2012 by legitgov

International 'militarisation' in Syria growing closer, warns US official 08 Feb 2012 The international community may be forced to 'militarise' the crisis in Syria unless president Bashar al-Assad stops the onslaught on his people, a senior US official warned on Wednesday. The official from the State Department told The Daily Telegraph that while the White House wants to exhaust all its diplomatic options, the debate in Washington has shifted away from diplomacy and towards more robust action since Russia and China blocked a United Nations resolution condemning Syria. The Pentagon's Central Command has begun a preliminary internal review of US military capabilities in the region, which one senior official called a "scoping exercise" that would provide options for the president if and when they were requested.

CabinCr3w Database Drop - OpPiggyBank

February 9, 2012 by legitgov

Database Drop - OpPiggyBank By w0rmer & @CabinCr3w #OpPiggyBank #CabinCr3w #Anonymous 05 Feb 2012 Dear citizens of West Virginia: As of late we have been watching cases of Police Brutality against the general pulic [sic] with a piqued interest. We have been taking notes while watching police departments across the United States become more militrarized [sic] and weaponized at our expense. The CabinCr3w has not been idle, the fire has been lit, and those in attendance are just getting warmed up. We are here to remind you that we the taxpayers pay your exorbitant salaries, and those salaries of your officers. Your job is to protect and serve, not brutalize the very people that pay your wages. Muzzle your dogs of war, or we will expose more of your sensative [sic] information.

Hackers post W.Va. police officers' personal info

February 9, 2012 by legitgov

Hackers post W.Va. police officers' personal info 08 Feb 2012 Hackers affiliated with the group Anonymous obtained personal information for more than 150 police officers from an old website of the West Virginia Chiefs of Police Association and posted the data online. The FBI is investigating, said William Roper, the association's president and the police chief of Ranson, W.Va., said. A group called CabinCr3W posted the information and included a link to it in a Twitter post on Sunday. In an online message by CabinCr3w addressed to "citizens of West Virginia," the hacking group says it has been monitoring cases of police brutality.

FAA told to make room for drones in U.S. skies

February 9, 2012 by legitgov

FAA told to make room for drones in U.S. skies 07 Feb 2012 Within a few years, that flying object overhead might not be a bird or a plane, but an unmanned aircraft. Drones, perhaps best known for their combat missions in Afghanistan, are increasingly looking to share room in U.S. skies with passenger planes. On Monday, the Senate sent to President Obama legislation that would require the Federal Aviation Administration to devise ways for that to happen safely in three years.

US assassination drone raid kills 10 in NW Pakistan

February 9, 2012 by legitgov

US assassination drone raid kills 10 in NW Pakistan 08 Feb 2012 A US assassination drone attack has killed at least 10 people in Pakistan's North Waziristan Agency near the Afghan border, security officials and residents say, Press TV reports. According to the sources, the unmanned aircraft fired early Wednesday two missiles at a house in the village of Thapi, 15 km (10 miles) east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan. The building was completely destroyed, leaving the 10 people dead and more than four others injured.

4 killed by US terror drone in Pakistan

February 9, 2012 by legitgov

4 killed by US terror drone in Pakistan 09 Feb 2012 A non-UN-sanctioned strike by a US assassination drone in a tribal region in the northwest of Pakistan has claimed the lives of at least four people, according to security officials. The officials said early Thursday that the unmanned aircraft fired two missiles at a house in Miranshah, the main town in the North Waziristan area near the Afghan border.

Senate Democrat challenges Obama on killing American terror suspects

February 9, 2012 by legitgov

Senate Democrat challenges Obama on killing American terror suspects --The senator said he wanted to know just how much authority President Obama claims when it comes to the matter of killing American terrorism suspects. 08 Feb 2012 A Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee says it is "unacceptable" that the Obama administration is refusing to provide Congress with the secret legal opinions cited to justify killing American citizens during counterterrorism operations. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who has pushed against the notion of classified legal opinions, expressed his concerns in a letter to Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. on Wednesday. Previously, Wyden has complained about the refusal of the Justice Department to make public secret interpretations of domestic-surveillance law.

Hundreds of Thousands Could Have Been Exposed to Measles at Super Bowl Village

February 9, 2012 by legitgov

Hundreds of Thousands Could Have Been Exposed to Measles at Super Bowl Village --CDC notified 08 Feb 2012 Hundreds of thousands of people at the Super Bowl Village in Indianapolis could have been exposed to the measles. The Indiana State Department of Health confirms that a person infected with the highly contagious disease went to the Super Bowl Village in downtown Indianapolis on Feb. 3, but did not say what time the person was there. WISH-TV reports that 200,000 people were there that day.

Billions of tons of water lost from world's glaciers, satellite reveals

February 9, 2012 by legitgov

Billions of tons of water lost from world's glaciers, satellite reveals 09 Feb 2012 The total volume of water that has melted from all of the world's polar ice sheets, ice caps and mountain glaciers over the past decade would repeatedly fill Britain's largest lake, Windemere, more than 13,000 times, according to one of the most comprehensive studies of the Earth's frozen "cryosphere". Using a unique pair of satellites that have monitored the disappearing ice over the entire surface of the globe, scientists estimated that some 1,000 cubic miles of ice has disappeared between 2003 and 2010 – enough to cover the US in one-and-a-half feet of water. The survey found that the melting of the cryosphere has been responsible for raising sea levels by about half an inch over the same period, equivalent to a rise of about 1.5mm a year.

Government may sanction 'incapacitating chemical agents' banned in warfare for rioters, scientists fear

February 9, 2012 by legitgov

Government may sanction 'incapacitating chemical agents' banned in warfare for rioters, scientists fear --Experts concluded that the Government may be preparing to exploit a loophole in the Chemical Weapons Convention allowing the use of incapacitating chemical agents for domestic law enforcement. 07 Feb 2012 Leading neuroscientists believe that the UK Government may be about to sanction the development of nerve agents for British police that would be banned in warfare under an international treaty on chemical weapons. A high-level group of experts has asked the Government to clarify its position on whether it intends to develop "incapacitating chemical agents" for a range of domestic uses that go beyond the limited use of chemical irritants such as CS gas for riot control.

No way of stopping leak of deadly new flu, says terror chief

February 9, 2012 by legitgov

No way of stopping leak of deadly new flu, says terror chief --US biosecurity board expert warns against details of H5N1 bird flu getting into wrong hands [i.e., theirs] 08 Feb 2012 The bioterrorism expert responsible for censoring scientific research which could lead to the creation of a devastating pandemic has admitted the information "is going to get out" eventually. Professor Paul Keim, chairman of the US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, controversially recommended that researchers be stopped from publishing the precise mutations needed to transform the H5N1 strain of birdflu virus into a human-transmissible version. In an interview with The Independent, he argued it had been necessary to limit the release of the scientific details because of fears that terrorists [US, UK governments] may use the information to create their own H5N1 virus that could be spread easily between people.

'CIA, MI6 conduct intel ops in Syria'

February 8, 2012 by legitgov

'CIA, MI6 conduct intel ops in Syria' 08 Feb 2012 An analyst reveals the United States and Britain planned a secretive "regime change" in Syria in the autumn of 1957 through intelligence operations and sabotage. "Once a political decision has been reached to proceed with internal disturbances in Syria, CIA is prepared, and Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) will attempt to mount minor sabotage and coup de main (sic) incidents within Syria, working through contacts with individuals," said a US-UK leaked intelligence document. In her new article, political analyst Felicity Arbuthnot disclosed the document, which said "incidents should not be concentrated in Damascus" and that a "necessary degree of fear," "frontier incidents" and "border clashes" would "provide a pretext for intervention... the CIA and SIS [MI6] should use… capabilities in both psychological and action fields to augment tension."

Obama has a change of heart about super PACs

February 8, 2012 by legitgov

Obama has a change of heart about super PACs 08 Feb 2012 In a(nother) reversal, President Obama is embracing the big-money fund-raising groups he assailed as a "threat to democracy" on the grounds they let money corrode elections. His shift is a pragmatic move to win reelection, and a concession that his team had no choice but to go along with today's supercharged rules. Swamped by outside Republican groups in fund-raising so far, Obama belatedly decided to give his blessing to super PACs... Both Obama's campaign and the White House maintain that the president does not support today's rules but realized he must play by them to give himself a competitive chance at a second term.

Santorum Three-State Republican Sweep Slows Romney's Drive

February 8, 2012 by legitgov

Santorum Three-State Republican Sweep Slows Romney's Drive 08 Feb 2012 Rick Santorum shook up the race for the Republican presidential nomination by sweeping three contests yesterday, casting doubt on front-runner Mitt Romney's hold over the party’s core voters. Santorum beat Romney by 30 percentage points in Missouri's non-binding primary, where former U.S. Speaker Newt Gingrich wasn't on the ballot. He topped his nearest competitor in Minnesota's caucuses, U.S. Representative Ron Paul of Texas, by 18 points, with Romney placing third. He beat Romney in Colorado by five points.

Armed Forces too weak to fight another Libya, warns Defence Committee

February 8, 2012 by legitgov

Armed Forces too weak to fight another Libya, warns Defence Committee [What a shame!] 08 Feb 2012 The Armed Forces will struggle to launch a Libya-style campaign because defence cuts have drastically weakened the military, an influential group of MPs has warned. Cuts forced on the Services since the operation has meant that there is considerably less manpower and hardware available than when the Libya intervention was launched last March. Whitehall should reopen the much-maligned Strategic Defence and Security Review for Britain to defend her interests, the Commons Defence Committee reported.

Tepco Injects Boric Acid Into Reactor as Temperatures Rise

February 8, 2012 by legitgov

Tepco Injects Boric Acid Into Reactor as Temperatures Rise 07 Feb 2012 Tokyo Electric Power Co. injected boric acid into a reactor at its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to prevent an accidental chain reaction known as re-criticality after temperatures rose in the past week. The temperature of the No. 2 reactor was 70.1 degrees Celsius (158 degrees Fahrenheit) as of 6 a.m. today, according to preliminary data, Akitsuka Kobayashi, a spokesman for the utility, said by phone. Since Feb. 1, temperatures at the bottom of the No. 2 reactor vessel have risen by more than 20 degrees Celsius, according to the company's data.

Rising temperatures at Fukushima raise questions over stability of nuclear plant

February 8, 2012 by legitgov

Rising temperatures at Fukushima raise questions over stability of nuclear plant  --The amount of cooling water being injected into No 2 reactor is increased after temperature soars to over 73C 07 Feb 2012 Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant say they are regaining control of a reactor after its temperature rose dramatically this week, casting doubt on government claims that the facility has been stabilised. The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power [Tepco] was forced to increase the amount of cooling water being injected into the No 2 reactor after its temperature soared to 73.3C earlier this week. By Tuesday night, the temperature had dropped to 68.5C at the bottom of the reactor's containment vessel, where molten fuel is believed to have accumulated after three of Fukushima Daiichi's six reactors suffered meltdown.

US strike group simulates war with Iran

February 8, 2012 by legitgov

US strike group simulates war with Iran 07 Feb 2012 The United States' oldest aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise, and its strike group are running naval drills, which seem to indicate potential conflict with Iran, off the US East coast ahead of being deployed to the Persian Gulf. The drill map, referring to Florida shores as "The Treasure Coast," depicts nine countries, two of which - Garnet and North Garnet, are identified as 'fundamentalist Islamic theocracies' suspected of supporting terror groups, Russia Today reported on Tuesday. According to the report, the drill map also depicts a 56-km (35-mile) wide strait located some 320 km (200 miles) from the coast. The mock strait's shape and width is identical to the Strait of Hormuz.

CIA expected to stay in Iraq, Afghanistan for the long haul

February 8, 2012 by legitgov

CIA expected to stay in Iraq, Afghanistan for the long haul --The withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq in December has moved the CIA's emphasis there toward more traditional espionage -- monitoring developments in the increasingly antagonistic government. 07 Feb 2012 The CIA is expected to maintain a large clandestine presence in Iraq and Afghanistan long after the departure of conventional U.S. troops as part of a plan by the Obama administration to rely on a combination of spies and Special Operations forces to protect U.S. [aka corporate] interests in the two longtime war zones, U.S. officials said. U.S. officials said that the CIA's massive stations in Kabul and Baghdad will probably remain the agency's largest overseas outposts for years.

California Gay Marriage Ban Ruled Unlawful by Appeals Court

February 7, 2012 by legitgov

California Gay Marriage Ban Ruled Unlawful by Appeals Court 07 Feb 2012 California's voter-backed Proposition 8 law declaring marriage to be only between a man and a woman was ruled unconstitutional by a federal appeals court. The San Francisco-based court, ruling 2-1, today upheld the 2010 decision of a federal court judge who said the measure violated constitutional equal protection rights of same-sex couples. That ruling came in the first federal trial over whether it's legal to ban marriage by people of the same sex.

Daily Mail Hacked by TeaMp0isoN

February 7, 2012 by legitgov

Daily Mail Hacked by TeaMp0isoN 07 Feb 2012 Yesterday Visitors to the Daily Mail's recipe pages had been confronted with a message left by hackers who defaced and disabled the site. British sensationalist newspaper the Daily Mail has been hit by hackers in support of the online movement Opcensorthis. News of the hack spread via Twitter and it seems to have happened late afternoon on Sunday, 5 February, and lasted for a couple of hours. A mirror link posted on the TeaMp0isoN Twitter gives those that missed it a look at what the hackers were promoting. "For years you've poisoned the mainstream media with your sensationalist, ultranationalist nonsense, continuing to inject reader's minds with anti- immigration and borderline racist propaganda," says the text on the deface web page.

Fire at Moscow nuclear institute

February 7, 2012 by legitgov

Fire at Moscow nuclear institute 05 Feb 2012 Fire broke out at a Moscow nuclear research centre housing a non-operational 60-year-old atomic reactor on Sunday, said officials. The fire broke out early on Sunday in a part of the Alikhanov Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics in southwestern Moscow that contains a research collider, institute officials said in a statement on its website. There were no radiation sources in the area of the collider [?!?], which had been shut off on December 25, and no danger of a radiation leak, the statement said. Interfax cited a police source as saying fire brigades were denied access to the facility for "a long time" before being allowed in, but the institute said that was not the case.

Plan developed to clean up highly radioactive Hanford spill

February 7, 2012 by legitgov

Plan developed to clean up highly radioactive Hanford spill 06 Feb 2012 Hanford officials have settled on a plan to clean up what may be the most highly radioactive spill at the nuclear reservation. It depends on calling back into service the 47-year-old, oversized hot cell where the spill occurred to protect workers from the radioactive cesium and strontium that leaked through the hot cell to the soil below. Radioactivity in the contaminated soil, which is about 1,000 feet from the Columbia River, has been measured at 8,900 rad per hour. Direct exposure for a few minutes would be fatal, according to Washington Closure.

US-made bomb killed Iran expert: Report

February 7, 2012 by legitgov

Terrorists 'R Us: US-made bomb killed Iran expert: Report 06 Feb 2012 The United States provided an anti-Iran terrorist group with the bomb used to assassinate Iranian scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan last month, a report has revealed. Two bombs were handed over to the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) in the Iraqi city of Arbil by the Americans, the Resalat daily reported on Monday. The first bomb killed Ahmadi Roshan, but the second one was discovered by intelligence and security personnel around Resalat Square in the capital Tehran, the report said. On January 11, Ahmadi Roshan was killed after a motorcyclist attached a magnetic bomb to his car in Tehran.

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