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House Intelligence chief calls on attorney general to stop investigating CIA interrogators

May 18, 2011 by legitgov

House Intelligence chief calls on attorney general to stop investigating CIA interrogators 17 May 2011 House intelligence chairman Mike Rogers says the Justice Department should stop investigating CIA interrogators for alleged abuse torture of detainees prisoners under the Bush administation. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, obtained by The Associated Press, the Michigan Republican says the interrogation program was a "vital part of the chain" that led to the successful raid on bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan two weeks ago. The Justice Department on Tuesday said "no comment."

Treasury to tap pensions to help fund 'government'

May 18, 2011 by legitgov

Treasury to tap pensions to help fund 'government' 16 May 2011 The Obama administration will begin to tap federal retiree programs to help fund operations after the government lost its ability Monday to borrow more money from the public, adding urgency to efforts in Washington to fashion a compromise over the debt. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner has warned for months that the government would soon hit the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling - a legal limit on how much it can borrow. With that limit reached Monday, Geithner is undertaking special measures in an effort to postpone the day when he will no longer have enough funds to pay all of the government's bills [tax breaks for big oil, illegal wars, Blackwater death squads].

Pakistan protest after Nato copters hit Army post

May 18, 2011 by legitgov

Pakistan protest after Nato copters hit Army post 18 May 2011 Nato helicopters from Afghanistan wounded at least two Pakistani soldiers in a cross-border attack at a checkpost in North Waziristan Agency on Tuesday morning. Reportedly, two Nato helicopters violated the Pakistan airspace at Admi Kot checkpost in tehsil Datta Khel, prompting the security forces to open fire at them. Two Pakistani troops were injured during the exchange of fire. It has also been reported that Nato helicopters first opened fire at the checkpost and Pakistani troops retaliated. Pakistan Army demanded an immediate flag meeting over violation of its airspace by two NATO helicopters.

Osama bin Laden's guns found 'only after' US Navy Seals killed him

May 18, 2011 by legitgov

Osama bin Laden's guns found 'only after' US Navy Seals killed him --AP revelation fuels claims al-Qaida chief was illegally executed 17 May 2011 The American soldiers who killed Osama bin Laden 'found' his two guns only after he was dead, while they photographed his remains, according to a detailed new account of the al-Qaida leader's final moments. The Associated Press revelation will add further fuel for critics who say US forces acted illegally in killing the unarmed Saudi fugitive. Controversy over the manner of Bin Laden's death has dogged the White House since 2 May, especially after early claims that Bin Laden had been armed and used one of his wives as a human shield proved to be false. The only witnesses who could contradict the US account are Bin Laden's three wives and children, who are currently in Pakistani custody.

Army charges sixth Lewis-McChord soldier with war crimes in Afghanistan

May 18, 2011 by legitgov

Army charges sixth Lewis-McChord soldier with war crimes in Afghanistan 17 May 2011 The Army has charged a sixth Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier with involvement in plots to murder unarmed civilians in southern Afghanistan in 2010. Staff Sgt. David Bram faces charges that include solicitation to commit murder, unlawfully engaging in murder-scenario conversations, failure to report war crimes and planting evidence near the body of an Afghan national. Bram also is charged with aggravated assault on Afghan nationals "on diverse occasions."

Amtrak chief says trains more vulnerable to terrorism than planes, wants to step up patrols

May 18, 2011 by legitgov

Amtrak chief says trains more vulnerable to terrorism than planes, wants to step up patrols 17 May 2011 Amtrak President Joseph Boardman says he wants to step up security patrols of the passenger rail network and explore new technologies able to provide advance warning of track tampering following revelations that al Qaida [al-CIAduh] considered attacking U.S. trains. Boardman told a Senate panel Tuesday that the agency has expanded its use of explosive-sniffing dogs and is in close contact with U.S. and international security agencies. He cautioned that trains are more vulnerable to attack than planes because terrorists have more ability to access trains and track.

Obama Administration Lets More Foreign Students Stay in U.S. for Jobs

May 18, 2011 by legitgov

Obama Administration Lets More Foreign Students Stay in U.S. for Jobs, Raising Competition Concerns 17 May 2011 On the heels of President Obama's immigration speech last week, the Department of Homeland Security is expanding the pool of foreign students eligible for a 17-month visa extension -- giving grads more time to train and, in some cases, secure a long-term job. The administration claims the move is a step toward "fixing our broken immigration system," [?!?] by ensuring high-tech students can put their skills to use in the U.S., not overseas. But it's also raised concern that the change could hurt U.S. job-seekers by making them compete against more foreign graduates, at a time when unemployment is already high.

GOP Blocks Repeal of U.S. Oil Breaks in Senate

May 17, 2011 by legitgov

GOP Blocks Repeal of U.S. Oil Breaks in Senate --GOP forced filibuster-proof bill passage 17 May 2011 The U.S. Senate blocked a bid by Democratic leaders to repeal $21 billion in tax breaks for five multinational oil companies and use the revenue to reduce the deficit. The Senate voted 52-48, with 60 votes needed for the debate to proceed. Democratic leaders said they would seek to resurrect the measure in budget negotiations with congressional Republicans and the [sycophantic] Obama administration.

US drone strikes kill eleven in Pakistan

May 17, 2011 by legitgov

US drone strikes kill eleven in Pakistan 16 May 2011 Non-UN-sanctioned US drone attacks have killed at least eleven people in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region amid discontent over the growing number of civilian casualties. Media reports say eight people were killed as an unauthorized US drone fired two missiles at targets in the Miranshah area of the North Waziristan. The second attack targeted a car travelling through a small town in the same region, killing at least three people.

2 NATO tankers torched in NW Pakistan

May 17, 2011 by legitgov

2 NATO tankers torched in NW Pakistan 17 May 2011 Militants have destroyed two NATO oil tankers in Pakhtunkhwa province in Northwestern Pakistan, local officials say. One driver was injured when unknown militants blasted the two oil NATO tankers in Amangarh town of Nowshera district on Tuesday, a Press TV correspondent in Peshawar reported. According to the local officials, armed militants first opened fire at the two NATO oil tankers and later set them on fire.

Schwarzenegger fathered a child with longtime member of household staff

May 17, 2011 by legitgov

Schwarzenegger fathered a child with longtime member of household staff 17 May 2011 Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, separated after she learned he had fathered a child more than a decade ago -- before his first run for office -- with a longtime member of their household staff. Shriver moved out of the family's Brentwood mansion earlier this year, after Schwarzenegger acknowledged the paternity. The staff member worked for the family for 20 years, retiring in January.

5 Iraqis die in day of bombs, shootings

May 17, 2011 by legitgov

5 Iraqis die in day of bombs, shootings 16 May 2011 Five people have been killed and over a dozen were injured in gun and bomb attacks in another day of violence in Iraq. On Monday, a bomb went off in Baghdad in the eastern neighborhood of Jadidah, killing a security guard and injuring two other guards and two Norwegians, who had been employed to advise the country's Water Resources Ministry, AFP reported. In the north of the city, a traffic policeman was killed in a drive-by shooting.

Court sides with police in warrantless search

May 17, 2011 by legitgov

Court sides with police in warrantless search 16 May 2011 The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against a Kentucky man who was arrested after police burst into his apartment without a search warrant because they 'smelled marijuana' and feared he was trying to get rid of incriminating evidence. Voting 8-1, the justices reversed a Kentucky Supreme Court ruling that threw out the evidence gathered when officers entered Hollis King's apartment. The court said there was no violation of King's constitutional rights because the police acted reasonably.

NATO incursion into Pakistan wounds two troops - officials

May 17, 2011 by legitgov

NATO incursion into Pakistan wounds two troops - officials 17 May 2011 A NATO helicopter from Afghanistan intruded into Pakistan's North Waziristan region on Tuesday, wounding two troops, local intelligence officials said, adding to tensions between Islamabad and the West. "It happened early morning," a Pakistani intelligence official in the region, who declined to be identified, told Reuters. "The helicopter hit a Pakistani check post on the border in the Datta Khel area."

Strauss-Kahn arrest: IMF head detained at Rikers Island

May 17, 2011 by legitgov

Strauss-Kahn arrest: IMF head detained at Rikers Island 17 May 2011 IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been remanded in custody at New York's notorious Rikers Island jail on charges of sexual assault. The judge said Mr Strauss-Kahn, 62, was a flight risk. He was arrested on Saturday after boarding a plane and accused of trying to rape a hotel maid. He faces seven charges and could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison. Mr Strauss-Kahn, who had been seen as a favourite in France's 2012 presidential elections, denies the charges.

4 U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan

May 17, 2011 by legitgov

4 U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan 17 May 2011 A powerful homemade bomb killed four U.S. service members Monday in southern Afghanistan, military officials said, an unusually high number of troop deaths in a single explosion. Bombs known as improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, have caused the bulk of Western combat casualties in Afghanistan, despite concerted efforts to provide better protection for troops in the field, including sophisticated mine-resistant vehicles and improved body armor.

Israel to maintain US helicopters

May 17, 2011 by legitgov

Israel to maintain US helicopters --In 2011, Washington contributed over USD 3 billion to Tel Aviv's military ambitions, up from 2.78 in 2010. 17 May 2011 The United States Army has contracted an Israeli defense industry giant to perform the maintenance work and upgrading of parts for its Apache and Black Hawk helicopters. The five-year deal was signed with Israel's TAT Technologies with which the US military has had decades of close dealings, UPI reported on Monday. The Army has placed a USD 4.3 million purchase order with the company and the contract's value may reach USD 20 million over its course.

Bush aide says 9/11 mastermind mocked interrogators during waterboarding

May 17, 2011 by legitgov

Bush aide says 9/11 mastermind mocked interrogators during waterboarding 16 May 2011 A former speech writer for President [sic] George W. Bush said Monday that 'confessed' 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed mocked his CIA interrogators during his March 2003 waterboarding sessions by using his fingers to tick off the number of seconds he would be subjected to near drowning. "He was communicating to his interrogators that he was on to them," Marc Thiessen said during a panel discussion on what role harsh interrogation tactics torture might have played in developing the intelligence that led to Osama bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Thiessen said Monday that Mohammed knew that agents had to relent after 40 seconds, something he may have divined after undergoing the procedure repeatedly.

Confidential Federal Audits Accuse Five Biggest Mortgage Firms of Defrauding Taxpayers

May 17, 2011 by legitgov

Confidential Federal Audits Accuse Five Biggest Mortgage Firms of Defrauding Taxpayers 16 May 2011 A set of confidential federal audits accuse the nation's five largest mortgage companies of defrauding taxpayers in their handling of foreclosures on homes purchased with government-backed loans, four officials briefed on the findings told The Huffington Post. The five separate investigations were conducted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development's inspector general and examined Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Ally Financial, the sources said.

High court rejects torture victims' rendition suit

May 17, 2011 by legitgov

High court rejects torture victims' rendition suit 16 May 2011 The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected a bid by five former U.S. captives to revive their lawsuit accusing a Bay Area flight-planning company of arranging for the CIA to send them to countries where they were tortured. The men said in their suit that they had been tortured in overseas prisons as terrorism suspects. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco had ordered the suit dismissed in September, agreeing with the Obama administration that the case could threaten national security. Today, the high court denied a petition by the American Civil Liberties Union asking it to intervene on the grounds that the government had misused the "state secrets" privilege to deny justice to torture victims.

NATO warplanes bomb Tripoli

May 17, 2011 by legitgov

NATO warplanes bomb Tripoli 16 May 2011 NATO-led warplanes have once again carried out airstrikes on the Libyan capital, Tripoli, pounding the eastern parts of the troubled city. Libyan media say a radar station in the heart of a residential area was destroyed in the air raid. The media also quoted a military source as saying that civilian and military sites in the Tajura area have been targeted, resulting in civilian and military losses. This comes as local witnesses say they have heard three loud explosions and blasts further to the east of the city.

NATO warplanes hit Gaddafi residence

May 17, 2011 by legitgov

NATO warplanes hit Gaddafi residence 17 May 2011 NATO warplanes have once again launched a series of airstrikes against the Libyan capital of Tripoli, despite criticism that such attacks have failed to protect civilians. At least two explosions were heard at around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday (1130GMT Monday) in the Bab Al-Aziziya district in Tripoli, where Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's residence is located, AFP reported. Later in the day, Gaddafi spokesman Moussa Ibrahim told journalists that NATO bombs had struck a police headquarters and Libya's Ministry for Inspection and Popular Control in Tripoli. Both buildings are located at Al-Jumhuriya Avenue, a heavily populated area in the Libyan capital. [USerial killers are on the hunt again! Another day, another assassination attempt/war crime. We need a world-wide 'Criminal Minds' team to *stop* these terrorists.]

TEPCO admits nuclear meltdown occurred at Fukushima reactor 16 hours after quake

May 16, 2011 by legitgov

TEPCO admits nuclear meltdown occurred at Fukushima reactor 16 hours after quake 16 May 2011 Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) admitted for the first time on May 15 that most of the fuel in one of its nuclear reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant had melted only about 16 hours after the March 11 earthquake struck a wide swath of northeastern Japan and triggered a devastating tsunami... Around 7:30 p.m., the fuel was fully exposed above the water surface and overheated for more than 10 hours. At about 9 p.m., the temperature in the reactor core rose to 2,800 degrees Celsius, the melting point for fuel. At approximately 7:50 p.m., the upper part of the fuel started melting, and at around 6:50 a.m. on March 12, a meltdown occurred.

IMF chief 'feared political opponent would pay a woman more than $1m to allege rape'

May 16, 2011 by legitgov

Assanged! IMF chief 'feared political opponent would pay a woman more than $1m to allege rape' 16 May 2011 Dominique Strauss-Kahn feared that one of his political opponents would pay a woman more than $1million to say he raped her, it emerged today. The extraordinary revelation emerged in Paris as the International Monetary Fund head remained in a New York police cell accused of launching a sex attack on a hotel maid. Liberation, the left-wing daily newspaper, published details on off-the-record comments made by Strauss-Kahn as recently as April 28th. Discussing his plans to challenge Nicolas Sarkozy as Socialist candidate for the presidency in 2012, he said he imagined 'a woman who had been raped in a car park and who was offered between €500,000 and €1,000,000 to make up such a story.' [DSK's *real* crime? Being a Socialist, on the verge of winning the presidency of France. --LRP]

Court: No right to resist unlawful police entry

May 16, 2011 by legitgov

Court: No right to resist unlawful police entry 13 May 2011 People have no right to resist if police officers illegally enter their home, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled in a decision that overturns centuries of common law. The court issued its 3-2 ruling on Thursday, contending that allowing residents to resist officers who enter their homes without any right would increase the risk of violent confrontation. Justices Robert Rucker and Brent Dickson strongly dissented, saying the ruling runs afoul of the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment against unreasonable search and seizure, The Times of Munster reported.

Man cleared over '7/7 bombers are innocent' DVD

May 16, 2011 by legitgov

Man cleared over '7/7 bombers are innocent' DVD 13 May 2011 A man has been acquitted of sending a DVD to families bereaved by the July 7 attacks claiming the four suicide bombers from Yorkshire were "innocent patsies". Prosecutors said John Hill also sent a letter to John Hyman, telling him his daughter Miriam did not die in the Tavistock Square bus blast but was murdered by the security services at Canary Wharf in London. But the was found not guilty of two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice by posting six copies of the DVD to the foreman of the jury and one to the judge presiding over a 2008 trial at Kingston Crown Court linked to the suicide bombings.

Supreme Court refuses to consider 'torture flights' case, ending legal battle

May 16, 2011 by legitgov

Supreme Court refuses to consider 'torture flights' case, ending legal battle 16 May 2011 The U.S. Supreme Court has put an end to a lawsuit over the CIA's so-called torture flights, refusing to consider a long-running case against a San Jose-based subsidiary of Boeing accused of participating in the operations. In a one-line order, the Supreme Court today refused to review a federal appeals court ruling that found the lawsuit could not proceed because of the possibility it might reveal national security secrets. As a result, the ruling stands, derailing an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against Jeppesen Dataplan, the Boeing subsidiary accused of carrying out the flights under a contract with the government.

Citigroup Hires Former U.S. Diplomat to Spearhead Bank's Expansion in Iraq

May 16, 2011 by legitgov

Mission accomplished! Citigroup Hires Former U.S. Diplomat to Spearhead Bank's Expansion in Iraq 16 May 2011 Citigroup Inc., the U.S. bank which earns about a $1 billion in revenue from the Middle East, hired a former U.S. diplomat to oversee its team in Iraq as the holder of the world's fourth-biggest oil reserves 'rebuilds' its economy. "We are very optimistic about Iraq over the next three to five years," Dennis Flannery, who will run the division, said in an interview from Amman, Jordan yesterday. The country will have "considerable wealth" from its oil exports and is poised to invest in the oil and gas industry, power generation and housing to boost growth, he said. [WHERE are the actual insurgents???]

NATO destroys UK-made Libyan bunker

May 16, 2011 by legitgov

NATO destroys UK-made Libyan bunker 15 May 2011 An underground bunker targeted by NATO military in Libya had been designed to resist an atomic bomb using UK intelligence equipment, a Dutch engineer says. Freek Landmeter said that he built the bunker for Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi in Brega in 1988, confirming that its coordinates match those of the area NATO targeted on Friday, Sky News reported. Landmeter said some of the communication and intelligence equipment, which were used to construct the bunker, had been provided by several British companies and other firm across Europe.

'Blair created pack of lies on Iraq war'

May 16, 2011 by legitgov

'Blair created pack of lies on Iraq war' 15 May 2011 The new-documents released by the Iraq war Inquiry has confirmed that Tony Blair and his communications advisor Alistair Campbell made up a pack of lies to involve Britain in an illegal war. The devastating evidence by top military intelligence official, Major General Michael Laurie, proves that Tony Blair and Alastair Campbell were slippery, unashamed and able to mislead not only the Inquiry but the families of about 200 British soldiers who laid down their lives in this illegal bloody war.

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