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Elizabeth Warren Slams Possible AIG Lawsuit: 'It Would Be Outrageous'

January 9, 2013 by legitgov

Elizabeth Warren Slams Possible AIG Lawsuit: 'It Would Be Outrageous' 08 Jan 2013 Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) slammed American International Group on Tuesday for thinking about suing the federal government over the $182 billion taxpayer bailout the insurance giant received during the financial crisis. AIG is considering whether to join a $25 billion shareholder lawsuit claiming that the terms of the bailout were unfair. "Beginning in 2008, the federal government poured billions of dollars into AIG to save it from bankruptcy. AIG's reckless bets nearly crashed our entire economy. Taxpayers across this country saved AIG from ruin, and it would be outrageous for this company to turn around and sue the federal government because they think the deal wasn't generous enough," said Warren in a statement. "Even today, the government provides an ongoing, stealth bailout, propping up AIG with special tax breaks -- tax breaks that Congress should stop."

NORAD Exercise Planned for Washington, D.C.

January 9, 2013 by legitgov

NORAD Exercise Planned for Washington, D.C. 07 Jan 2013 North American Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component, the Continental United States NORAD Region (CONR), will conduct exercise Falcon Virgo 13-04 beginning Wednesday morning Jan. 9 between midnight and 2 a.m. EST in the National Capital Region, Washington D.C. The exercise is comprised of a series of training flights held in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Capital Region Coordination Center, the Joint Air Defense Operations Center, Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard and CONR's Eastern Air Defense Sector. Exercise Falcon Virgo is designed to hone NORAD's intercept and identification operations as well as operationally test the NCR Visual Warning System and certify newly assigned Command and Control personnel at the JADOC. Civil Air Patrol aircraft and a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter will participate in the exercise.

NORAD training to bring planes, helicopters overhead Wednesday

January 9, 2013 by legitgov

NORAD training to bring planes, helicopters overhead Wednesday 08 Jan 2013 (Washington, D.C.) North American Aerospace Defense Command will be training over the area early Wednesday morning. The exercise, beginning after midnight Wednesday, will include Civil Air Patrol aircraft and a U.S. Coast Guard Dolphin helicopter. NORAD has been conducting these training flights in the United States and Canada as part of Operation Noble Eagle since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Hospital Opens Emergency Tent in Midst of Increasing Flu Cases

January 9, 2013 by legitgov

Hospital Opens Emergency Tent in Midst of Increasing Flu Cases --Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest opens emergency triage to care for increased number of people with flu-like symptoms 08 Jan 2013 The State Department of Health reports that four Pennsylvanians have already died of complications from the influenza virus. In response to the early start of flu season, the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest had to open an emergency space to care for the increased number of people with flu-like symptoms. The mobile surge tent is set up outside the emergency department.

AIG may join bailout lawsuit against U.S. government

January 9, 2013 by legitgov

AIG may join bailout lawsuit against U.S. government 08 Jan 2013 American International Group Inc, the insurer rescued by the U.S. government in 2008, said on Tuesday it is considering joining a lawsuit that claims the bailout terms were unfair, drawing angry condemnation from lawmakers. A leading congressional Democrat called criticism of the deal's terms "utterly ridiculous," and former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer - who probed AIG when he was in office - called the prospect of a lawsuit "insulting to the public." The White House declined to comment on the potential for a lawsuit but defended the $182 billion bailout.

Judge refuses to dismiss charges against WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning

January 9, 2013 by legitgov

Judge refuses to dismiss charges against WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning 08 Jan 2013 A military judge refused Tuesday to toss out the case against WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning, but ruled that any sentence the Army private receives should be reduced by 112 days because of his mistreatment in confinement. Manning's confinement at a military jail in Quantico, Va., was "more rigorous than necessary," said Army Col. Denise Lind, the military judge presiding over the hearing at Fort Meade, Md. They "became excessive in relation to legitimate government interests." Nonetheless, she said, "dismissal of charges is not appropriate" and would be fitting only in the case of "outrageous" conduct. Manning faces 22 charges, including espionage and aiding the enemy, and could receive a life sentence.

2012 was warmest year in U.S. on record

January 9, 2013 by legitgov

2012 was warmest year in U.S. on record 08 Jan 2013 They've never seen anything like it: Government scientists said Tuesday they're surprised by a jump in temperature that made 2012 the warmest year on record in the lower 48 states. Changes in temperature usually come in tiny fractions of a degree. But the average for 2012 -- 55.3 degrees -- beat the 1998 record, by one full degree. 2012 was also a near-record for weather disasters including drought, wildfires and storms. There were 11 disasters last year that topped $1 billion in damage each. Every state from coast to coast was affected.

Mastermind of Barack Obama's secret drone war chosen to lead the CIA

January 8, 2013 by legitgov

Mastermind of Barack Obama's secret drone war chosen to lead the CIA 07 Jan 2013 The mastermind of Barack Obama's secret drone war was chosen on Monday to lead the CIA and "relentlessly" extend its controversial campaign against 'al-Qaeda' into the president's second term. John Brennan, Mr Obama's counter-terrorism adviser, was nominated as the intelligence agency's next director two months after David Petraeus resigned over an extramarital affair with his biographer. He has played a key role in expanding a programme of air strikes by unmanned drones on suspected terrorists in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen, which has killed more than 2,000 people. Accepting the nomination in a speech at the White House, Mr Brennan, 57, said: "I will make it my mission to ensure the CIA has the tools it needs to keep our country safe." Many human rights campaigners say that the drone campaign is illegal.

Obama Said Close to Choosing Lew for Treasury Secretary

January 8, 2013 by legitgov

Obama Said Close to Choosing Lew for Treasury Secretary 08 Jan 2013 President Barack Obama may choose White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to replace Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner as soon as this week, according to two people familiar with the matter. The selection of Lew would trigger a White House shuffle for Obama's second term as he replaces his chief of staff and moves senior aides into new roles, said the people, who requested anonymity to discuss personnel matters. While Obama hasn't made a final decision to pick Lew, the president's staff has been instructed to prepare for his nomination, said one of the people.

11,000 US teachers laid off in December

January 8, 2013 by legitgov

11,000 US teachers laid off in December 07 Jan 2013 Since the Department of Labor's monthly employment report was released last Friday, very little discussion in the media has been devoted to the fact that of the 13,000 local government workers that were laid off last month, more than 11,000 were teachers or school-related staff. Reuters reported that last month's firings have driven the number of workers employed by local government to their lowest levels since 2005. Typically, a school will announce layoffs slated to go into effect at the end of a school year. That the firings have occurred in the middle of the year points to the fact that many districts, pressed for funds, simply have no choice but to let go of staff without warning.

Marin Carpool Lane Violator Says Corporation Counts as Passenger

January 8, 2013 by legitgov

Marin Carpool Lane Violator Says Corporation Counts as Passenger 07 Jan 2013 A San Rafael man pulled over for driving alone in the carpool lane is fighting the traffic ticket on the grounds that he was riding with a corporation. The 'corporations are people' debate was set off by the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision that allowed unprecedented corporate spending on political elections. On October 3rd, activist Jonathan Frieman decided that he'd extend that notion to his commute, claiming incorporation documents as a carpool buddy. An explanation that did not get him off the hook for a ticket of nearly $500. "Corporations are imaginary entities, and we've let them run wild," Friedman has stated, according to a San Jose Mercury News article. "Their original intent...was to serve human beings. So I'm wresting back that power by making their personhood serve me."

Obama nominates Chuck Hagel for Defense, John Brennan for CIA

January 8, 2013 by legitgov

Obama nominates Chuck Hagel for Defense, John Brennan for CIA 07 Jan 2013 President Obama on Monday nominated former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel as defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser [war criminal] John O. Brennan as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Appearing with the two men in the East Room of the White House, Obama called Hagel “the leader that our troops deserve” and a “champion of our troops and our veterans and our military families.” He said Hagel, a former Army sergeant, would be the first person of enlisted rank and the first Vietnam War veteran to head the Defense Department. If confirmed by the Senate, the nomination of Hagel would add a well-known Republican to the president’s second-term Cabinet.

Ten banks settle foreclosure charges for $8.5 billion

January 8, 2013 by legitgov

Ten banks settle foreclosure charges for $8.5 billion 07 Jan 2013 Ten major U.S. banks and mortgage companies will pay $8.5 billion to settle complaints that they improperly foreclosed on some homeowners, federal regulators announced Monday. The settlement package includes $3.3 billion in direct payments to eligible owners and $5.2 billion in loan modifications, forgiveness of deficiency judgments and other assistance, according to announcements by the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). The OCC says the direct payments will be the highest compensation to homeowners so far as a result of lenders' actions during the foreclosure crisis.

Officials: Suspected U.S. drone strike kills 17 in Pakistan's tribal region

January 8, 2013 by legitgov

Officials: Suspected U.S. drone strike kills 17 in Pakistan's tribal region 06 Jan 2013 A suspected U.S. drone strike killed 17 people and wounded three Sunday in Pakistan's volatile tribal region, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The strike occurred in Babar Ziarat, which borders the Pakistani provinces of North and South Waziristan, near the Afghan border, the officials said. The attack follows two suspected U.S. drone strikes in the same area last week that killed 15 people. [Yeah, it's only a 'volatile' region because USociopaths are slaughtering hundreds of civilians. Otherwise, the region would not be 'volatile.']

Fire breaks out at Australian nuclear facility

January 8, 2013 by legitgov

Fire breaks out at Australian nuclear facility --Two fire crews and a hazardous materials unit were on scene --Lucas Heights is home to two nuclear reactors 08 Jan 2013 A fire broke out at a nuclear research reactor in Sydney, but authorities said the blaze was brought under control and there appeared to be no damage to the reactors. The fire broke out as the city sweltered through a heatwave which has triggered dozens of bushfires, but the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) said the incident was not linked to the weather conditions. The state fire service said smoke was detected in an electrical substation at the rear of the Lucas Heights nuclear facility in southern Sydney shortly after 10:30 am (2330 GMT Monday) but the source was yet to be found.

Latest drone strike kills eight in northwest Pakistan

January 8, 2013 by legitgov

Latest drone strike kills eight in northwest Pakistan 07 Jan 2013 A U.S. drone strike killed eight people in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, three intelligence sources said, the latest in a series of drone attacks that come as a retired U.S. general warns their overuse may threaten American foreign policy goals. A foreign tactical trainer for al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] was reportedly among those killed in the latest strike, although reports differed on his nationality. Three others were also injured in the attack on Haiderkhel village, about 30 kms (19 miles) east of the provincial capital of Miranshah in North Waziristan, a region along the Afghan border.

Pentagon Agrees to Full Discharge Pay for Gay Troops

January 8, 2013 by legitgov

Pentagon Agrees to Full Discharge Pay for Gay Troops 07 Jan 2013 Before the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" in 2011, gay and lesbian service members who were forced to leave the military because of their sexual orientation were often honorably discharged. Yet they were given only half of their discharge pay. That changed on Monday. Under a settlement to a class-action lawsuit, the Pentagon has agreed to pay full separation pay to all service members involuntarily separated from the military after Nov. 10, 2004, because of their sexual orientation. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the action against the Defense Department, the half pay was the result of an internal policy adopted in 1991.

Alabama police: High school white supremacist planned bomb attack

January 8, 2013 by legitgov

Alabama police: High school white supremacist planned bomb attack 07 Jan 2013 Alabama police say they have averted an attack on a high school by a student aligned with the white supremacist movement. Russell County High School student Derek Shrout, 17, appeared in court Monday after officials said they'd found bomb-making materials at his house Friday. Officials said a teacher had come across his journal at school and found plans for an attack. Six students and one teacher were named in the journal; five of the students were black.

For CIA chief, Obama taps adviser who defended drone strikes

January 8, 2013 by legitgov

For CIA chief, Obama taps adviser who defended drone strikes --Brennan withdrew his name from consideration as Obama's first director of the agency in November 2008 following liberals' criticism that he had done too little to condemn the use by the Bush administration of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding, widely considered torture. 07 Jan 2013 In White House councils, John Brennan has been privy to the most secret U.S. intelligence programs. Outwardly, he has been the administration's most public defender of one of President Barack Obama's most controversial practices - the expanded use of armed drone aircraft to kill 'terrorism suspects' overseas. This is the second time that Obama has sought to put Brennan at the helm of the CIA, and his confirmation process is likely to revisit old controversies over U.S. counterterrorism measures undertaken by the administrations of Obama and George W. Bush.

Obama's Cheney? 'Assassination Czar' John Brennan Brings Legacy of Drone War and Torture to CIA

January 7, 2013 by legitgov

Obama's Cheney? 'Assassination Czar' John Brennan Brings Legacy of Drone War and Torture to CIA Nod 07 Jan 2013 Dubbed the assassination czar, presumptive CIA nominee John Brennan has played a key role backing some of the nation's most controversial post-9/11 policies from the secret drone war to wireless surveillance. Brennan was a rumored pick for the job when Obama was first elected in 2008, but was forced to withdraw from consideration amid protests over his role at the CIA under George W. Bush and his public support for the CIA's policies of so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" and extraordinary rendition [aka torture and kidnapping].

Helicopter searching for radiation in nation's capital

January 7, 2013 by legitgov

Helicopter searching for radiation in nation's capital 07 Jan 2013 In the skies above Washington, D.C., a low-flying helicopter is searching for evidence of gamma radiation. If a dirty bomb were to go off in the capital or the authorities were forced to hunt for a nuclear weapon in the city, an established baseline of radiation sources throughout the capital would be important. As part of the National Nuclear Security Administration's security and emergency preparedness procedures, the flights are measuring 'naturally occurring' radiation in the Washington, D.C., area began Dec. 27 and will conclude Jan. 11, 2013. The helicopter will cover approximately 70 square miles, flying in a grid pattern over the areas.

DHS Trolling Web for Sandy Hook Rifle 'Oddities' - CLG Website Logs

January 7, 2013 by legitgov

DHS Trolling Web for Sandy Hook Rifle 'Oddities' - CLG Website Logs by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 07 Jan 2013 CLG website logs frequently reveal fascinating .gov and .mil visitors, such as the CIA, Pentagon, FBI, DIA, and NASA. On Monday, the DHS accessed CLG's news summary, 'Bushmaster rifle used in CT shootings was same weapon used in Washington, D.C. sniper killings in 2002,' posted 16 December 2012... Here we learn two facts. One, Homeland Security has trouble spelling 'Connecticut.' Two, the DHS also has questions on the Sandy Hook shootings -- as does Citizens for Legitimate Government.

Nuclear Security Helicopters Testing Radiation Levels Above DC Area

January 7, 2013 by legitgov

Nuclear Security Helicopters Testing Radiation Levels Above DC Area 05 Jan 2013 Helicopters have been conducting radiation tests above portions of the Washington, D.C. area using remote gamma radiation sensing technology. The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has been flying the radiation missions since Dec. 27, 2012 and they will continue until next Friday, Jan. 11. The flights have been conducted during daylight only, and the pilots fly about 80 miles per hour at 150 feet above the approximately 70-square mile radiation assessment area. Naturally-occurring radiation is measured so that baseline levels can be established and used in security and emergency preparedness [and false flags], reads a statement from the NNSA.

New York Jets Safety Strips For Anti-Fur Ad

January 7, 2013 by legitgov

Warning: Graphic imagery and video at source: New York Jets Safety Strips For Anti-Fur Ad 06 Jan 2013 Former New England Patriot Safety (and brand new New York Jet Safety) Bret Lockett is very buff -- and very naked -- in an ad that puts his chiseled physique to work in the struggle to end the fur trade. The NFL star, who began his professional career with the Cleveland Browns in 2009, is the latest athlete to pose for the animal rights group's "Ink, Not Mink" campaign. In a behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot, released by PETA, Lockett said he joined the campaign after watching gruesome footage of animals skinned alive for coats.

Bush-Era Wiretapping Case Killed Before Reaching Supreme Court

January 7, 2013 by legitgov

Bush-Era Wiretapping Case Killed Before Reaching Supreme Court 03 Jan 2013 A federal appeals court's August ruling in which it said the federal government may spy on Americans' communications without warrants and without fear of being sued won't be appealed to the Supreme Court, attorneys in the case said Thursday. The decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this summer reversed the first and only case that successfully challenged then-President [sic] George W. Bush's once-secret Terrorist Surveillance Program. In December, the San Francisco-based appeals court - the nation's largest - declined to revisit its decision -- making the case ripe for an appeal to the Supreme Court. The appellate decision overturned a lower court decision in which two American attorneys - who were working with the now-defunct al-Haramain Islamic Foundation - were awarded more than $20,000 each in damages and their lawyers $2.5 million in legal fees after a years-long, tortured legal battle where they proved they were spied on without warrants.

Obama signs Pentagon bill maintaining Guantanamo and military detention

January 7, 2013 by legitgov

Obama signs Pentagon bill maintaining Guantanamo and military detention 05 Jan 2013 For the second year in a row, President Barack Obama has signed into law a Pentagon funding bill that allows for the indefinite military detention of anyone, including American citizens, without charges, while barring the shutdown of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. The signing of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 Wednesday puts paid to the predictions by the administration's liberal and pseudo-left supporters that Obama, freed of re-election concerns, would pursue a more "progressive" political course in his second term. As in 2012, this legislation enshrines a sweeping assault on core constitutional principles and democratic rights. The legislation's provisions underscore the link between the eruption of American militarism abroad and the lurch toward police-state measures at home.

EPA agrees to look into town's radiation concerns

January 7, 2013 by legitgov

EPA agrees to look into town's radiation concerns 06 Jan 2013 Federal environmental officials will investigate concerns about radiation levels in a northwestern Indiana community after residents and activists raised concern. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notified local officials late last month that the EPA would study the levels in The Pines early this year, The Times reported. Larry Jensen of PINES (People in Need of Environmental Safety) and a former EPA employee, conducted his own study of radiation levels and concluded that levels in the town are elevated.

FBI. gov hacked by Anonymous and Ghost Shell

January 6, 2013 by legitgov

FBI. gov hacked by Anonymous and Ghost Shell --Pastebin 06 Jan 2013 FBI. gov hacked by chris_defaulter007 http://FBI.GOV/ Website Server Dox #By Anonymous And Ghost Shell (Chris Defaulter Valentine) Vulnerable Open Ports in FBI InterCommunication Intranet - [REALLY GUYS, WHERE'S UR SECURITY]

Obama to nominate Hagel for defense secretary: Democratic aide

January 6, 2013 by legitgov

Obama to nominate Hagel for defense secretary: Democratic aide 06 Jan 2013 President Barack Obama will nominate former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to be his defense secretary and an announcement could come on Monday, a Democratic congressional aide said. The choice will likely set up a confirmation battle in the Senate over whether the former Nebraska senator and Vietnam veteran is a strong enough supporter of key U.S. ally Israel and over his past calls for military cuts. The Obama administration backed down from a tough Senate confirmation battle over Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, who was Obama's first pick to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. [Why is 'strong enough support' for Israel a prerequisite in the vetting process of a US defense secretary? And, why is no one asking that question?]

Construction is complete on behemoth airship; first flight planned

January 6, 2013 by legitgov

Too bad the Pentagon wasn't shoved off the fiscal cliff: Construction is complete on behemoth airship; first flight planned --Worldwide Aeros built prototype under contract of about $35 million from Pentagon and NASA 04 Jan 2013 A massive cargo-carrying airship has taken shape inside one of the 17-story wooden blimp hangars at the former military base in Tustin. According to aircraft maker Worldwide Aeros Corp., construction is complete on a 36,000-pound blimp-like aircraft designed for the military to carry tons of cargo to remote areas around the world. The Montebello company hopes to have a first flight in the coming months and to demonstrate cargo-carrying capability shortly thereafter.

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