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Giant Tsunami-Shaped Clouds Roll Across Alabama Sky

December 21, 2011 by legitgov

Giant Tsunami-Shaped Clouds Roll Across Alabama Sky 19 Dec 2011 A series of huge breaking waves lined the horizon in Birmingham, Ala., on Friday (Dec. 16), their crests surging forward in slow motion. Experts say the clouds were pristine examples of "Kelvin-Helmholtz waves." Whether seen in the sky or in the ocean, this type of turbulence always forms when a fast-moving layer of fluid slides on top of a slower, thicker layer, dragging its surface.

Arrest warrant for Iraqi vice president threatens government

December 21, 2011 by legitgov

Arrest warrant for Iraqi vice president threatens government 20 Dec 2011 Just days after US troops completed their pullout from Iraq, the coalition government is in danger of collapse after a warrant was issued for the arrest of the vice president. The warrant for Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi was issued by an Iraqi investigative committee under Article 4 of the country's anti-terrorism law. The committee alleges that al-Hashimi is guilty of orchestrating bombing attacks against government and security officials.

Forensic Examiner Found No Match of Cables on Manning's Laptop to WikiLeaks'

December 20, 2011 by legitgov

Forensic Examiner Found No Match of Cables on Manning's Laptop to WikiLeaks' 19 Dec 2011 A day after a government forensic expert testified that he'd found thousands of diplomatic cables on the Army computer of suspected WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning, he was forced to admit under cross-examination that none of the cables he compared to the ones WikiLeaks released matched. Special Agent David Shaver, a forensic investigator with the Army's Computer Crimes Investigations Unit, testified Sunday that he'd found 10,000 U.S. diplomatic cables in HTML format on the soldier's classified work computer, as well as a corrupted text file containing more than 100,000 complete cables that had been converted to base-64 encoding.

Occupy Des Moines activists vow to shut Obama campaign offices

December 20, 2011 by legitgov

Occupy Des Moines activists vow to shut Obama campaign offices --To highlight its tenets, the protesters put up a hand-written sign on cardboard: 'Obama's Former Headquarters.' 17 Dec 2011 Occupy Des Moines activists on Saturday vowed to shut down President Barack Obama's campaign offices and set up a camp outside they plan to maintain around-the-clock. "We have every intention to keep this place closed down until we are satisfied," said Frank Cordaro, an activist and founder of the Catholic Worker group in Des Moines. A handful of activists went to Obama's nondescript office in a downtown strip mall after larger rallies to mark the three-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York.

Perry 'double-dipping' raises questions

December 20, 2011 by legitgov

Perry 'double-dipping' raises questions 18 Dec 2011 Unbeknownst to most Texans, Gov. Rick Perry officially retired in January so he could draw early pension benefits worth $7,699 a month, in addition to his annual governor's salary of $150,000. Perry's January retirement - on paper, at least - was revealed Friday when the Federal Elections Commission released the financial disclosure statement the governor was required to file as a candidate for the Republican nomination for president. The annuity brings Perry's total state government-related income to $242,388 a year.

14,000 US Deaths Tied to Fukushima Reactor Disaster Fallout: Medical Journal Article

December 20, 2011 by legitgov

14,000 US Deaths Tied to Fukushima Reactor Disaster Fallout: Medical Journal Article 19 Dec 2011 An estimated 14,000 excess deaths in the United States are linked to the radioactive fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan, according to a major new article in the December 2011 edition of the International Journal of Health Services. This is the first peer-reviewed study published in a medical journal documenting the health hazards of Fukushima. Authors Joseph Mangano and Janette Sherman note that their estimate of 14,000 excess U.S. deaths in the 14 weeks after the Fukushima meltdowns is comparable to the 16,500 excess deaths in the 17 weeks after the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986.

Investigators link WikiLeaks suspect to Assange

December 20, 2011 by legitgov

Investigators link WikiLeaks suspect to Assange 20 Dec 2011 US Army investigators presented evidence for the first time directly linking the US soldier accused of spilling secrets to WikiLeaks to the founder of the site, Julian Assange. Testifying at a hearing to determine if US Army Private Bradley Manning should face a court-martial, the investigators said contact information for Assange was found on a computer hard drive belonging to Manning. The digital forensics experts also said they had found evidence of online chats between Manning and a computer user with the screen name "Julian Assange."

Alarm as Dutch lab creates highly contagious killer flu

December 20, 2011 by legitgov

Alarm as Dutch lab creates highly contagious killer flu --For the first time, researchers have been able to mutate the H5N1 strain of avian influenza for airborne transmission --Fear of terrorism as university prepares to publish key details 20 Dec 2011 A deadly strain of bird flu with the potential to infect and kill millions of people has been created in a laboratory by European scientists – who now want to publish full details of how they did it. The discovery has prompted fears within the US Government that the knowledge will fall into the hands of terrorists [USociopaths] wanting to use it as a bio-weapon of mass destruction. Some scientists are questioning whether the research should ever have been undertaken in a university laboratory, instead of at a military facility. [Military facility, such as... Fort Detrick? Didn't the Bush regime kill five people in a 2001 false flag, using anthrax from Fort Detrick? BTW, Fort Detrick often trolls the CLG website. Here's a recent log entry: [redacted].afmic.detrick.army.mil 1 9 85.27 KB 16 Dec 2011 - 09:28.]

Poll: Paul Pulls Ahead in Iowa

December 20, 2011 by legitgov

Poll: Paul Pulls Ahead in Iowa 19 Dec 2011 A new poll from Public Policy Polling shows that Ron Paul has taken the lead in the Iowa caucus race, while Newt Gingrich's support is fading fast. A different Gallup poll shows Gingrich still holding the lead, but slipping, while The New York Times has Paul in the lead as well.

Japan Says Nuclear Power Cost May Be 50% Higher Than Estimated

December 20, 2011 by legitgov

Japan Says Nuclear Power Cost May Be 50% Higher Than Estimated 19 Dec 2011 Nuclear power generation in Japan is about 50 percent more expensive than estimated after factoring in the cost of paying for an accident like the Fukushima disaster, a government panel said. Nuclear energy costs at least 8.9 yen (11 cents) per kilowatt hour, compared with a government estimate of 5.9 yen in 2004, the panel said in a draft report today. Coal is estimated to cost 9.5 yen per kilowatt hour, while liquefied natural gas and oil cost 10.7 yen and 36 yen respectively. [Ergo, corpora-terrorists' Obusha-backed nuclear power is deadly *and* costly.]

230 tons of radioactive sewage found in tunnel at Fukushima nuclear plant

December 20, 2011 by legitgov

230 tons of radioactive sewage found in tunnel at Fukushima nuclear plant --Some nuclear safety experts: Japanese government lied 19 Dec 2011 there is about 230 tons of radiation sewage in the tunnel of centralized reject processing facility at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. Although Japanese Prime minister Noda Yoshihiko said that there is no more crisis on Dec. 16, some of the nuclear safety experts stressed that Japanese government lied. According to Japanese mass media report, the employees who were in charge of checking the nuclear plant found that there was radiation sewage in the tunnel on Dec. 18, about 50 centimeters in height.

Bagram Airbase threat to entire region

December 19, 2011 by legitgov

Bagram Airbase threat to entire region 19 Dec 2011 The head of Iran Foreign Ministry's Afghanistan Headquarters says the US airbase near the city of Bagram poses a serious security and intelligence threat to Kabul's regional neighbors. Mohsen Pakayin said the Bagram Airbase is among the main US bases in Afghanistan and has very sophisticated equipment. "It has been built at the cost of more than 200 million dollars and millions of dollars have been also spent on equipping it. Its main feature is a terrible prison which houses about 700 prisoners," he added.

Polar bears in peril

December 19, 2011 by legitgov

Polar bears in peril 19 Dec 2011 The polar bear, the majestic unofficial emblem of the Canadian Arctic, is in trouble, and some scientists think its very survival may be at risk. Ian Stirling is an adjunct professor at the University of Alberta, one of the world's leading polar bear experts and the author of the new book Polar Bears: The Natural History of a Threatened Species, which looks at the iconic animal's habits, hunting and habitat, and ponders its uncertain future.

Accused White House shooter ordered held

December 19, 2011 by legitgov

Accused White House shooter ordered held 19 Dec 2011 A U.S. judge [U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola] on Monday found sufficient evidence that an Idaho man allegedly opened fire on the White House on a late November evening in a bid to assassinate President Barack Obama, ordering that he be held pending an indictment and questioning whether he may have a "Messianic complex". Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, 21, has been charged with trying to kill the president when he allegedly opened fire on the executive mansion with a Romanian-made semi-automatic weapon on November 11. Obama was in California at the time.

Arrest warrant issued for Iraqi vice president

December 19, 2011 by legitgov

Arrest warrant issued for Iraqi vice president 19 Dec 2011 Iraq's Judicial Committee issued an arrest warrant Monday for Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, who is accused of orchestrating bombing attacks. The warrant was issued under "Article 4," which is terrorism. The Interior Ministry, at a news conference, showed what it called confession videos from people identified as security guards for al-Hashimi, the country's Sunni vice president.

Arrest warrant for Iraq V.P. on terror charge

December 19, 2011 by legitgov

Arrest warrant for Iraq V.P. on terror charge 19 Dec 2011 Iraq's Shiite-led government issued an arrest warrant Monday for Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, the country's highest ranking Sunni official, on terrorism charges. Interior Ministry spokesman Adil Daham told reporters about the warrant on Monday and state-run television aired what it characterized as 'confessions' by alleged terrorists linked to al-Hashemi. Since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein and his Sunni-dominated Baath party government, the Sunni minority has constantly complained of attempts by the Shiite majority to sideline them.

Iowa GOP worried by hacker threat to caucus vote

December 19, 2011 by legitgov

Iowa GOP worried by hacker threat to caucus vote --Video claims to be from Anonymous 19 Dec 2011 Republican Party officials in Iowa are taking new steps to secure their vote counting systems after an anonymous threat suggested computer hackers could attempt to disrupt next month's presidential nominating caucuses. A video uploaded to YouTube features a computer-generated voice denouncing a corrupt political system and calls on supporters to "peacefully shut down" the Jan. 3 caucuses.[Great! Since the GOP *stole* the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections (and then some), the hypocritical little maggots should just slither back under the rocks from whence they came and shut up.]

Forensic Expert: Manning's Computer Had 10K Cables, Downloading Scripts

December 19, 2011 by legitgov

Forensic Expert: Manning's Computer Had 10K Cables, Downloading Scripts 18 Dec 2011 A government digital forensic expert linked accused Army leaker Bradley Manning to documents published by WikiLeaks with damning evidence Sunday, testifying that he found thousands of U.S. State Department cables on one of Manning's work computers, ranging from unclassified to SECRET cables, among other incriminating documents. Special agent David Shaver, who works for the Army's Computer Crime Investigative Unit, said that on one of two laptops that Manning used he found a folder called "blue," he found a zip file containing 10,000 diplomatic cables in HTML format, and an Excel spreadsheet with three tabs.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il dead

December 19, 2011 by legitgov

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il dead 18 Dec 2011 North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died of a heart attack while on a train trip, state media reported on Monday. A tearful television announcer dressed in black said the 69-year old had died on Saturday of physical and mental over-work on his way to give "field guidance." North Korea's official KCNA news agency said he died at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday (2330 GMT on Friday) after "an advanced acute myocardial infarction, complicated with a serious heart shock."

'We're not leaving,' say U.S. officials in Afghanistan

December 19, 2011 by legitgov

'We're not leaving,' say U.S. officials in Afghanistan 18 Dec 2011 Top American officials in Afghanistan say the U.S. military intends to maintain a troop presence here beyond a 2014 deadline for Afghan troops to take over. "If you been waiting for us to go, we're not leaving," the top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Marine Gen. John Allen, said.

Iceland recognizes state of Palestine

December 19, 2011 by legitgov

Iceland recognizes state of Palestine 17 Dec 2011 Iceland has become the first Western European country to formally recognize the Palestinian Territories as an independent state. The announcement was made by Iceland's Foreign Minister, in the presence of his Palestinian counterpart. Ossur Skarphedinsson, Iceland's Foreign Minister said, "This is the day when we formally submit to you our declaration where we say that Iceland recognizes the full sovereignty of the Palestinian people of Palestine on the basis of the borders pre 1967. And Iceland didn't only talk the talk, we walked the walk, we stood by our word, we have supported the Palestinian cause and today will not be the end of that. We will continue to do so."

US to send combat ships to Asian ports

December 18, 2011 by legitgov

US to send combat ships to Asian ports 18 Dec 2011 The United States has put forward plans to station Navy combat ships in Singapore and has also been considering more deployments to the Philippines and Thailand. Asian ports are set to be used more frequently as US officials consider a greater presence in the region. According to Press TV, US Admiral Jonathan Greenert has stated in an academic article that "several" combat ships will be stationed in Singapore, with the US Navy relying more on host-nation ports where ships, aircraft and crews can "refuel, rest, resupply and repair while deployed."

Israel, US: We will stop Iran

December 18, 2011 by legitgov

Israel, US: We will stop Iran 18 Dec 2011 Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak says Tel Aviv and Washington are determined to stop Iran's nuclear program and do not rule out any option to this end. "Our two countries clearly believe that a nuclear Iran is neither conceivable nor acceptable and we are determined to stop Iran," Barak told Israel's public radio on Sunday. He added, "We reiterated the fact that we must not take any option off the table." The remarks come two days after US President Barack Obama once again said that Washington would take "no options off the table" in its effort to halt Iran's nuclear activities.

Army: Manning Kept Copy of His Chatroom Confession

December 18, 2011 by legitgov

Army: Manning Kept Copy of His Chatroom Confession 18 Dec 2011 Forensic investigators searching Bradley Manning's computers and removable media found a full log of the online chats Manning conducted with former hacker [dirt-bag] Adrian Lamo in which Manning described his alleged leaking of classified information, a government witness revealed during testimony on Saturday. Investigators also discovered classified information on an SD memory card they found at the Maryland home of Manning’s aunt, Debra Van Alstyne, where he had been living before enlisting in the Army. Additionally, the government was able to recover logs from a Secret-level U.S. intelligence search engine called Intelink, a system that allows government workers to search for classified documents on the SIPRnet. The logs detailed the searches performed from the IP address assigned to Manning's workstation in Iraq.

Seven judges to hear Julian Assange extradition appeal

December 18, 2011 by legitgov

Seven judges to hear Julian Assange extradition appeal 16 Dec 2011 A panel of seven supreme court justices will hear Julian Assange's appeal against extradition to Sweden to face accusations of rape and sexual assault. The large number of judges employed reflects "the great public importance of the issue", according to a statement from the UK's highest court. The supreme court said there would be a two-day hearing of the appeal by the Australian-born founder of WikiLeaks beginning on 1 February.

Senate OKs deal to extend payroll tax cuts for 2 months; demands quick decision on Keystone oil pipeline

December 18, 2011 by legitgov

Senate OKs deal to extend payroll tax cuts for 2 months; demands quick decision on Keystone oil pipeline 17 Dec 2011 Capping a rare day of congressional bipartisanship DemocRATic/Obusha surrender, Senate leaders agreed on a deal Friday night to extend Social Security payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits for two months. The agreement, which was hailed by the White House, also forces President Obama to decide within 60 days whether to greenlight a Republican-backed [catastrophic] plan for an oil pipeline stretching from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The deal was reached hours after the White House publicly pulled back on a threat to veto any bill that lumped together the payroll tax cut extension with a Republican demand for a quick decision on whether to build the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline.

50 arrested in Occupy Wall Street demonstration

December 18, 2011 by legitgov

50 arrested in Occupy Wall Street demonstration 17 Dec 2011 New York police arrested 50 protesters Saturday on what organizers from Occupy Wall Street were dubbing a day to "re-occupy," coinciding with the movement's three-month anniversary. Those arrested were charged with trespassing after they attempted to scale a fence belonging to a church in lower Manhattan, NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said. Browne added that the arrests "may have stymied plans to cut through the fence on multiple sides." [*May have?*]

Last U.S. Troops Leave Iraq, Ending Bloodiest U.S. War Since Vietnam

December 18, 2011 by legitgov

Last U.S. Troops Leave Iraq, Ending Bloodiest U.S. War Since Vietnam --Thousands of Blackwater mercenaries remain 17 Dec 2011 In the end, there was no decisive battle, no peace treaty. The United States' bloodiest conflict since Vietnam ended with a border crossing. After nearly nine years, $800 billion, 4,500 American dead and an estimated 100,000 Iraqi dead, the war in Iraq is over -- at least for the U.S. military. At just after XX a.m. local, the last U.S. combat troops crossed from Iraq into Kuwait along the same roads the United States used to invade the country in 2003. [Now it's up to the Iraqi resistance to kick the Blackwater mercenaries *out.*]

Iran Arrests Another CIA Spy

December 17, 2011 by legitgov

Iran Arrests Another CIA Spy 17 Dec 2011 The Iranian Intelligence Ministry announced on Saturday that it has arrested an agent of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Iran immediately after he started his spying activities inside the country. The Ministry's public relations office said in a statement that the US administration had designed a very complicated and massive plot to pave the way for infiltrating the intelligence apparatus of the Islamic Republic; in the same line, the CIA tasked one of its intelligence analysts with putting this complicated intelligence-operational plan into action.

'Iran Army hacked US drone's system'

December 17, 2011 by legitgov

'Iran Army hacked US drone's system' 17 Dec 2011 Commenting on Iran's recent downing of an aggressive US drone, a former CIA agent says the Iranian Army's experts managed to hack the aircraft's cyber system and then brought it down. The downing of the drone by Iran was another defeat for the United States in the area of espionage, Robert Baer, a former US Central Intelligence Agency officer, who used to operate in the Middle East, was cited by French-language Swiss newspaper 20 Minutes, IRNA reported on Saturday. On December 4, the Iranian military's electronic warfare unit announced that Iran had downed with minimal damage the US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth reconnaissance aircraft, while it was in violation of the Iranian airspace.

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