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Nuclear Industry Weighs $1 Billion Emergency-Response Plan

July 6, 2011 by legitgov

Nuclear Industry Weighs $1 Billion Emergency-Response Plan 06 Jul 2011 The Nuclear Energy Institute, the industry's U.S. trade group, is considering a $1 billion plan that would create regional centers to store equipment for delivery to reactors within 24 hours of an emergency. The centers would be stocked with portable pumps and generators, radiation-monitoring equipment, anti-contamination clothing, spare batteries and flashlights [lol], Adrian Heymer, director of strategic programs at NEI, said today in an interview.

Fort Hood shooting suspect to face death penalty and be tried in military court

July 6, 2011 by legitgov

Fort Hood shooting suspect to face death penalty and be tried in military court 06 Jul 2011 The Army psychiatrist charged in the horrific Fort Hood rampage will have a military trial and face the death penalty, a U.S. Army general announced Wednesday. Nidal Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 2009 attack at the massive Texas base. Hasan is now expected to enter a plea -- and a military judge will schedule court martial proceedings.

NATO cargo plane crashes, 9 killed

July 6, 2011 by legitgov

NATO cargo plane crashes, 9 killed 06 Jul 2011 An Azerbaijani cargo plane crashed in the mountains on its way to a U.S.-NATO air base in Afghanistan late Tuesday, officials said, and all nine crew members on board are believed to have been killed. The Russian-made IL 76 was en route from Baku to Bagram air base, the hub of U.S. military and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Officials said was flying at about 12,500 feet when it went down in a mountainous part of the Ghorband valley, west of the base and north of Kabul.

Tsunami warning for New Zealand cancelled

July 6, 2011 by legitgov

Tsunami warning for New Zealand cancelled 07 Jul 2011 A tsunami sparked by a powerful 7.6-magitude quake failed to materialise on New Zealand's shores, but Civil Defence says people should expect high tides within the next 24 hours. In Auckland and other parts of the east coast of the North Island, authorities said there was an increased swell in coastal areas but little to cause concern. On the east coast of Northland there were significant swells about 10am. Tsunamis had struck the Kermadec Islands and Raoul Island this morning. [HAARP is a busy little bee!]

AP: UK torture panel to study rendition

July 6, 2011 by legitgov

AP: UK torture panel to study rendition --Campaigners fear panel won't have powers to demand evidence from U.S., other allies 06 Jul 2011 A British inquiry into claims that terrorism suspects were tortured in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States will investigate alleged extraordinary rendition by the United States, a person familiar with the matter says. The person, who demanded anonymity in order to discuss details ahead of a public announcement, confirmed that a panel of three experts will examine whether Britain had a role in the alleged torture and rendition of detainees held overseas.

Three US troops killed in Afghan war

July 6, 2011 by legitgov

Three US troops killed in Afghan war 06 Jul 2011 Militants have killed three American soldiers and wounded 29 others in eastern Afghanistan, the US military has confirmed. A US military commander in Afghanistan has confirmed that the soldiers were killed during a military operation in the eastern province of Kunar, a Press TV correspondent reported on Wednesday. The death toll is expected to rise as some of the injured soldiers are said to be in critical condition.

Four Afghan Civilians Killed By RAF Drone

July 6, 2011 by legitgov

Four Afghan Civilians Killed By RAF Drone 06 Jul 2011 Four Afghan civilians have been killed and two more wounded when an RAF drone targeting insurgent leaders fired on two trucks in Helmand Province. It is the first time civilians have died in an attack by a British Reaper plane and comes amid growing anxieties over the use of unmanned aircraft in conflict zones. Its pilots were thousands of miles away at an American air force base in Nevada when they were instructed to fire in the Now Zad district of north Helmand.

White House wants to keep 10,000 troops in Iraq, despite opposition

July 6, 2011 by legitgov

White House wants to keep 10,000 troops in Iraq, despite opposition 06 Jul 2011 The White House is 'offering' to keep up to 10,000 troops in Iraq next year, U.S. officials say, despite opposition from many Iraqis and key Democratic Party allies who demand that President Obama bring home the American military as promised. Already, the White House has worked out options to keep 8,500 to 10,000 active-duty troops in Iraq to continue training security forces in 2012, according to senior Obama administration and U.S. military officials.

Somali Man Detained Aboard U.S. Navy Ship for Months, Not Read Miranda Rights

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

Somali Man Detained Aboard U.S. Navy Ship for Months, Not Read Miranda Rights 06 Jul 2011 A Somali man accused of ties to two Islamist militant groups was captured by the U.S. military in April and interrogated for months aboard a navy ship without being warned of his Miranda rights to remain silent and have a lawyer. Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame was captured on April 19, and a plane carrying him arrived in New York City around midnight Monday night, officials said. On Tuesday, the Obama regime announced that the man had been flown to New York City to face prosecution before a civilian court. In an indictment unsealed in the Southern District of New York, Mr. Warsame was charged with nine counts related to accusations that he provided support to [alleged terror groups].

Jeff Ashton Decides to Retire

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

Jeff Ashton Decides to Retire --Announcement Follows Casey Anthony Verdict 05 Jul 2011 Prosecutor Jeff Ashton has decided to retire, a source inside the state attorney's office said. The announcement came in the wake of a not guilty verdict in the Casey Anthony murder trial. His retirement date was not announced. [Bye-bye, Laughing Guy!]

French flotilla boat sets sail for Gaza

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

French flotilla boat sets sail for Gaza --Activists sail from Corsica as others pledge to continue efforts to reach Palestinian territory with humanitarian aid. 05 Jul 2011 A French boat has set sail for Gaza from Corsica in the latest attempt by activists to deliver aid to the Palestinian territory, according to a journalist aboard the vessel. The Dignite al Karama, which left the western Mediterranean island overnight is, thus far, the only boat in a flotilla organised by pro-Palestinian activists to successfully sail for Gaza, with most confined to ports in Greece.

Britain's richest man to build giant Arctic iron ore mine

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

Britain's richest man to build giant Arctic iron ore mine --Billionaire's 'mega-mine' threatens unique wildlife 04 Jul 2011 Britain's richest man [eco-terrorist Lakshmi Mittal] is planning a giant new opencast mine 300 miles inside the Arctic Circle in a bid to extract a potential $23bn (£14bn) worth of iron ore. The "mega-mine" is believed to be the largest mineral extraction project in the Arctic and highlights the huge commercial potential of the far north as global warming makes industrial development in the region easier. Documents seen by the Guardian show that Mittal's company, the world's biggest steel-making group, ArcelorMittal, admits the operations will be undertaken in an area inhabited by unique wildlife including polar bear, narwhal and walrus.

Captain Freed Amid Storm Over Gaza Flotilla

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

Captain Freed Amid Storm Over Gaza Flotilla --His boat was impounded at a military dock near Piraeus. 05 Jul 2011 Greek officials have released from custody the US captain of a ship participating in an international flotilla determined to challenge Israel's Gaza Strip sea blockade. Greek authorities arrested John Klusmire over the weekend for defying a ban which prevented the ten-strong convoy of ships from setting sail to Gaza. Klusmire - captain of the Audacity of Hope - could have faced up to a year in Greek detention pending trial on [insane] charges of endangering the safety of the 36 passengers on board by setting sail without permission.

Casey lawyers decry media coverage

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

Casey lawyers decry media coverage --'Casey did not murder Caylee -- it's that simple.' 05 Jul 2011 Defense lawyers for Casey Anthony lambasted the judgmental role adopted by some members of the news media and their guests in the months leading up to Tuesday's verdict. "I hope that this is a lesson to those of you who (have) indulged in media assassination for three years," said defense attorney J. Cheney Mason after the verdict in the Casey Anthony case, which has attracted intense media scrutiny. "Bias and prejudice and incompetent 'talking heads' saying what would be and how to be -- I'm disgusted by some of the lawyers that have done this. I can tell you that my colleagues from coast to coast and border to border have condemned this whole process of lawyers getting on television and talking about cases they don't know a damn thing about," Mason said.

US drone attack kills six in Pakistan

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

US drone attack kills six in Pakistan 05 Jul 2011 At least six people have been killed in a non-UN-sanctioned US drone attack in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of North Waziristan. According to the local TV channel Express, the attack took place late Tuesday when four missiles hit a house in Mir Ali, about 25 kilometres (16 miles) east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan tribal district, Xinhua reported.

KBR wins new CENTCOM contract

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

Mega barf alert! KBR wins new CENTCOM contract 05 Jul 2011 Texas company KBR will support construction project in 20 countries under a new contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The countries are all in the U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility and include Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen. The multiple award task order contract has an overall value of $3.8 billion, with a period of performance at two base years, with one-year options available for the following three years.

45 per cent of Fukushima children had thyroid exposure to radiation

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

45 per cent of Fukushima children had thyroid exposure to radiation --Plant has been leaking radioactive substances since March 11 05 Jul 2011 About 45 per cent of children in Fukushima prefecture experienced thyroid exposure to radiation after the nuclear power there was damaged in March, officials said Tuesday. But the results were not high enough to require further examination, the Nuclear Safety Commission said. In late March, local and central governments carried out the survey on 1,080 children under the age of 15 in areas near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station after the crisis.

Italian police raid notorious hackers group: report

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

Italian police raid notorious hackers group: report 05 Jul 2011 Italian police Tuesday detained 15 suspected members of an international hackers cabal called "Anonymous" blamed for several major online attacks, an Italian newspaper reported. The suspected hackers, including five minors, were picked up by police, questioned and later released, while authorities also seized dozens of computers, the Italian daily La Republica said.

Casey Anthony acquitted of murder

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

Casey Anthony acquitted of murder 05 Jul 2011 A Florida jury has found Casey Anthony not guilty of murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. The jury of 7 women and 5 men in Orlando did find the 25-year-old Anthony guilty of giving false information to a law enforcement in connection with the case. The jurors returned the verdict after more than 10 hours of deliberation.

Israelis kill 2 Palestinians, injure one

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

Israelis kill 2 Palestinians, injure one 05 Jul 2011 Israeli artillery shelling has killed two Palestinians and injured another in the central besieged Gaza Strip, medics say. Palestinian emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said two people were killed and one was injured in an "artillery shelling east of the al-Maghazi refugee camp" in Gaza on Tuesday, AFP reported. The Israeli military claims the army has targeted the Palestinians who were trying to "fire rockets" into Israel.

Jared Loughner: No forced medication, appeals court rules

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

Jared Loughner: No forced medication, appeals court rules 05 Jul 2011 An appeals court has ordered federal prison officials to temporarily stop forcing anti-psychotic drugs on the suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage. The brief order from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came late Friday after Jared Lee Loughner's lawyers appealed a ruling allowing him to be medicated. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns ruled last week that he didn't want to second-guess doctors at the federal prison in Springfield, Mo., who determined Loughner was a danger and needed medication.

US special forces to hit Afghanistan in secret deployment

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

US death squads to explode in number: US special forces to hit Afghanistan in secret deployment --President Obama will send hundreds of special forces to Afghanistan in mini-surge 04 Jul 2011 Hundreds of American special forces are to be sent to Afghanistan to make up for the withdrawal of conventional troops by President Obama, military sources have told The Times. A mini-surge of Navy Seals, Army "Green Beret" Rangers and other special units is being drafted from across the world, including Iraq and the Philippines, to ensure that there is enough combat power to expand covert raids as America withdraws 33,000 troops over the next 15 months.

US Embassy in Baghdad requests $6 billion for Iraq's oil sector

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

US Embassy in Baghdad requests $6 billion for Iraq's oil sector 05 Jul 2011 The US Embassy in Baghdad requested from the US State Department allocations for the year 2012 up to 6 billion dollars. The US Embassy justified that allocations are needed to support Iraq's oil sector. The US Embassy justified that allocations are needed to support Iraq’s oil sector which is deemed significant for Europe and the United States US corpora-terrorists. Some political parties regard the US Embassy request as logical and is meant by it to transfer Iraq's file to the State Department instead of the Pentagon, a source told Alsumaria.

Strauss-Kahn to sue 2nd accuser

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

Strauss-Kahn to sue 2nd accuser 05 Jul 2011 Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn plans to sue for slander a 32-year-old French woman who said she will file an attempted rape complaint against him, his lawyers said. French 'journalist' and writer Tristane Banon indicated she would send "a complaint for attempted rape" against him to prosecutors, likely on Tuesday, her lawyer David Koubbi told the news magazine L'Express on its website. But Strauss-Kahn fired back that he had taken note of Banon's claims but dismissed them as "imaginary", his lawyers Henri Leclerc and Frederique Baulieu said on Monday.

'30 captains' on intercepted Canadian boat

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

'30 captains' on intercepted Canadian boat 04 Jul 2011 Thirty pro-Palestinian activists on a Canadian boat bound for Gaza that was stopped out of a Greek port Monday for breaking a ban, defied authorities by claiming they had all captained the ship. Greek coastguards halted the Canadian vessel Tahrir about 10 minutes after it left port on the island of Crete Monday afternoon with some 40 people on board, organisers said. "We have been boarded by about 15 armed special forces," David Heap of the Canadian Boat to Gaza organization said by phone from the vessel.

Fukushima residents dump radiated soil in absence of plan

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

Fukushima residents dump radiated soil in absence of plan --'When I put my Geiger counter close to that mountain of soil it showed 10 microseverts per hour.' 05 Jul 2011 More than three months after a three nuclear meltdown[s] at a nearby power plant, Fukushima residents are scrambling to cope with contamination on their own in the absence of a long-term plan from the government. Even though this city of 300,000 lies outside of the 30-km evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant, a recent survey showed radiation levels in several spots exceed 13 millisieverts per year, more than six times natural levels.

Hacking of Fox News claimed by group with links to Anonymous

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

Hacking of Fox News claimed by group with links to Anonymous 04 Jul 2011 A group loosely connected to the hacker collective Anonymous says it took control of the Fox News Politics Twitter account to claim that President Obama had been assassinated while campaigning in Iowa. The Fox News Politics account – @foxnewspolitics – was used to put out a number of fake tweets saying that President Obama had been shot in the head and died, and that vice-president Joe Biden had been installed in his place. The tweets went out at around 2am Pacific time (5am EST, 10am BST). A representative of the group 'Scriptkiddies' said in an interview with Stony Brook University's Think Magazine: "Fox News was selected because we figured their security would be just as much of a joke as their reporting."

Fox News hacker tweets Obama dead

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

Fox News hacker tweets Obama dead --The post -- which Fox kept up for 9 hours -- stated: '@BarackObama has just passed. The President is dead.' 04 Jul 2011 Hackers have taken over a Twitter account belonging to US broadcaster Fox News and declared President Obama dead. The @foxnewspolitics feed stated: "BREAKING NEWS: @BarackObama assassinated, 2 gunshot wounds have proved too much." More than two hours after the malicious postings appeared, they had still not been removed. A group or individual, calling themselves The Script Kiddies appeared to claim responsibility.

11 killed in spate of bomb attacks in Iraq

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

11 killed in spate of bomb attacks in Iraq 04 Jul 2011 A series of bomb and gunfire attacks on Monday killed at least 11 people and injured 35 others in northern and central Iraq. In the northern province of Nineveh, an Iraqi soldier was killed and another injured when a roadside bomb exploded near their patrol vehicle in the Rabia area in west of the provincial capital city of Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

October2011 Endorses Seize DC

July 4, 2011 by legitgov

October2011 Endorses Seize DC By October2011.org 04 Jul 2011 The October 2011 Coalition is pleased to endorse Seize DC and encouraged by the planning of this admirable action which shares so much in outlook with our own efforts planned for later in the year. Visit the website or Facebook page... October 2011 is committed to doing what it can to support Seize DC in its resistance of unrepresentative, plutocratic, kleptocratic militarism, and also in resisting the intimidation and suppression already begun by the U.S. Secret Service. We can hang together or all hang separately.

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