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US troops set for longer Afghan stay

February 18, 2011 by legitgov

US troops set for longer Afghan stay 17 Feb 2011 The US surge in Afghanistan is likely to stay in place long beyond President Barack Obama’s initial plan to pull troops out in large numbers this year. Some US officials anticipate the drawdown scheduled for this year will be relatively modest - even though Mr Obama had initially intended to “push the curve to the left” in the 30,000-strong surge, accelerating both its deployment and withdrawal.

Iraq: Official Arrested in Connection With Bogus British Bomb Detectors

February 18, 2011 by legitgov

Iraq: Official Arrested in Connection With Bogus British Bomb Detectors 18 Feb 2011 Iraqi authorities have arrested a high-ranking police official in connection with the purchase of a British-made bomb detector that the British government says does not work, officials said Thursday. Iraq [well, US taxpayers] spent about $122 million on the devices, which are widely used by police and soldiers at security checkpoints and were meant to be a key defense against 'insurgents.'

Sergeant at Arms Looking for Absent Wisconsin Capitol Democrats

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

Sergeant at Arms Looking for Absent Wisconsin Capitol Democrats --Protests swell to 25,000 people at Wis. Capitol 17 Feb 2011 Authorities say an estimated 25,000 people are protesting anti-union legislation at the Wisconsin state Capitol, and nine demonstrators have been arrested. On the third day of protests, the Statehouse was completely jammed with protesters opposed to a bill that would strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights. The crowd filled the building's hallways, sat cross-legged across the floor and chanted slogans. For the moment, a group of Democratic senators have blocked the bill by refusing to attend a midday vote and leaving the Capitol. The sergeant at arms was looking for them.

Mexican Gunmen Confronted ICE Agents Before Shooting, Sources Say

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

Mexican Gunmen Confronted ICE Agents Before Shooting, Sources Say --Attacked Agents Identified Themselves as U.S. Diplomats During Roadside Exchange 17 Feb 2011 Gunmen who attacked a pair of U.S. special agents along a rural Mexican roadside Tuesday had a face-to-face exchange with their victims before opening fire, sources familiar with the investigation confirmed to ABC News. New details of the incident suggest the assailants, who remain at large, knew their targets were U.S. officials, though it's still unclear whether the attack was premeditated. Investigators believe Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila were returning to Mexico City from a training exercise in Monterrey when their armored SUV with diplomatic plates was spotted going through a toll plaza and became a target.

Body of slain agent flown to Department of Defense mortuary

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

Body of slain agent flown to Department of Defense mortuary 17 Feb 2011 The body of slain Immigration Customs Enforcement agent was flown to Houston on Wednesday night for a second autopsy, but was diverted to Delaware after the local medical examiner refused to do the procedure. After the remains of Special Agent Jaime Zapata were en route, ICE learned that Harris County officials refused to do the second autopsy, and the body was transferred to another plane and flown to the Department of Defense Mortuary at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, the source said.

Boehner: 'So Be It' If Federal Workers Are Laid Off

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

Boehner: 'So Be It' If Federal Workers Are Laid Off 15 Feb 2011 House Speaker John Boehner expressed little sympathy Tuesday for federal workers who lose their jobs as the result of Republican budget cutting. "In the last two years, under President Obama, the federal government has added 200,000 [sic] new federal jobs," Mr. Boehner told reporters Tuesday morning during a press conference in the lobby of the Republican National Committee, according to various news outlets. "If some of those jobs are lost, so be it. We're broke." ...Mr. Boehner’s "so be it" line marks a coarse reversal from his more sympathetic "Where are the jobs?" mantra from the last election.

CIA director indicates future prisoners could be held at Guantanamo

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

CIA director indicates future prisoners could be held at Guantanamo --CIA Director Leon Panetta says that if Osama bin Laden or another top Al Qaeda leader were captured, he would probably be detained at Guantanamo Bay. 17 Feb 2011 If the U.S. captured Osama bin Laden or other senior Al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] leaders, they would probably be imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, CIA Director Leon E. Panetta said in his first public acknowledgment that the controversial U.S. military prison in Cuba might be used to hold future detainees. Bin Laden and Al Qaeda's No. 2 leader, Ayman Zawahiri, both of whom are believed to be hiding in Pakistan dead, would probably be moved quickly to the U.S. air base at Bagram, Afghanistan, for questioning and eventually moved, "probably to Guantanamo," Panetta told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday. [Um, is this more 'change we can believe in?' *Primary Obusha in 2012.*]

Narcotics cop, investigator face drug charges

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

Narcotics cop, investigator face drug charges --Authorities believe the two conspired to sell methamphetamine, marijuana and steroids 17 Feb 2011 A veteran state drug agent based in Contra Costa County and a Concord private investigator were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of conspiring to sell drugs stolen from an evidence locker, authorities said. Norman Wielsch, a state Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement special agent supervisor, and Christopher Butler, the owner of Butler and Associates Private Investigations, were booked at Contra Costa County Jail after a monthlong undercover investigation.

Panel: FBI overstated science in anthrax probe

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

Panel: FBI overstated science in anthrax probe 15 Feb 2011 Federal investigators overstated the scientific case against the late Army researcher blamed for the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people, but the evidence is also consistent with the government's finding fabrication that Bruce Ivins was behind the mailings, a panel of scientists said Tuesday. The National Research Council committee held a briefing in Washington on its 170-page report, which examines the novel microbial forensic techniques used by the FBI to determine that Ivins, a researcher at Maryland's Fort Detrick, acted alone in making and sending the powdered spores. The panel that conducted the 18-month review faulted government assertions that the mailer must have had a high level of technical skill and that the parent material of the anthrax strain used in the attacks had to have come from a flask that Ivins alone maintained.

3 die as police fire on demonstration

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

3 die as police fire on demonstration 16 Feb 2011 Police fired on thousands of demonstrators in Kut today, killing at least three people as protests over decrepit public services and government corruption intensified across occupied Iraq. Enraged protesters responded by storming the governor's headquarters and his home, setting both ablaze. Authorities said that at least 27 people were injured in the chaos, including one police officer.

Controversial 'defense of unborn' bill could be changed or dropped

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

Controversial 'defense of unborn' bill could be changed or dropped 16 Feb 2011 Rep. Phil Jensen (R-Sociopath-Rapid City) said Wednesday that he is considering amending or withdrawing a controversial bill that incited a national uproar when opponents said it would legalize the killing of abortion providers. House Bill 1171 has the stated purpose of making use of lethal force in defense of a fetus justifiable homicide. Supporters disputed that it would allow the killing of abortion providers and deferred the bill from its scheduled Tuesday hearing to consider amendments.

Bahrain crushes protest camp, locks down capital

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

Bahrain crushes protest camp, locks down capital --Hours after the attack on Manama's main Pearl Square, the military announced a ban on gatherings. 17 Feb 2011 Army patrols and tanks locked down the capital of this tiny Gulf kingdom after riot police swinging clubs and firing tear gas smashed into demonstrators, many of them sleeping, in a pre-dawn assault Thursday that uprooted their protest camp demanding political change. Medical officials said four people were killed.

Madison Schools Closed for Second Day to Protest

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

Madison Schools Closed for Second Day to Protest 17 Feb 2011 Schools in Madison are closed for a second day, as teachers continue to protest the Republican effort to end most of their collective bargaining rights. And at least a dozen other school districts around Wisconsin's capital decide to close, after the head of the state’s largest teachers' union called on all 98,000 members to drive to Madison Thursday for protest rallies.

Bahrain anti-government protesters clash with police – in pictures

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

Bahrain anti-government protesters clash with police – in pictures (Guardian) 17 Feb 2011 Hundreds are wounded as Bahraini riot police fire teargas at protesters on Pearl roundabout.

Colin Powell demands answers over Curveball's WMD lies

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

Colin Powell demands answers over Curveball's WMD lies --Former US secretary of state asks why CIA failed to warn him over Iraqi defector who has admitted fabricating WMD evidence 16 Feb 2011 Colin Powell, the US secretary of state at the time of the Iraq invasion, has called on the CIA and Pentagon to explain why they failed to alert him to the unreliability of a key source behind claims of Saddam Hussein's bio-weapons capability. Responding to the Guardian's revelation that the source, Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi or "Curveball" as his US and German handlers called him, admitted fabricating evidence of Iraq's secret biological weapons programme, Powell said that questions should be put to the US agencies involved in compiling the case for war. In particular he singled out the CIA and the Defence Intelligence Agency - the Pentagon's military intelligence arm.

Student strike at University of Puerto Rico rocks island and sparks political crisis

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

Student strike at University of Puerto Rico rocks island and sparks political crisis 16 Feb 2011 A student strike at the University of Puerto Rico has forced the resignation of its president and sparked the second political crisis in a year for the island's rulers. José Ramón de la Torre, head of the 60,000-student system, resigned Friday after a series of violent clashes between students and riot police. Some 200 people have been arrested and scores of students injured, prompting professors and university workers to walk out for two days last week in sympathy with the students. On Monday, conservative Gov. Luis Fortuño finally relented and pulled back the hundreds of riot police that had been occupying the system's 11 campuses for weeks.

Obama's budget and the rot of American capitalism

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

Obama's budget and the rot of American capitalism By Patrick Martin 15 Feb 2011 After committing trillions in federal bailouts to the banks and billionaires, the White House is demanding [federal budget] cuts that will devastate the working class, and particularly its poorest and most vulnerable sections. The $1.1 trillion in cuts for the next decade proposed by the White House is to be only the starting point for further cuts, as spokesmen for both big business parties acknowledge... Democrats and Republicans agree on gargantuan military spending, an uninterrupted flow of funds to the financial aristocracy, and continued tax breaks for corporate America and the wealthy.

Baghdad wants U.S. to pay $1 billion for damage to city

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

Baghdad wants U.S. to pay $1 billion for damage to city 17 Feb 2011 Iraq's capital wants the United States to apologize and pay $1 billion for the damage done to the city not by bombs but by blast walls and Humvees since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. The city's government issued its demands in a statement on Wednesday that said Baghdad's infrastructure and aesthetics have been seriously damaged by the U.S. military. "The U.S. forces changed this beautiful city to a camp in an ugly and destructive way, which reflected deliberate ignorance and carelessness about the simplest forms of public taste," the statement said.

Argentina accuses US of trying to smuggle weapons into country

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

Argentina accuses US of trying to smuggle weapons into country --Diplomatic row over cargo US claims was intended for 'training programme' [false flag?] further sours already poor relationship 15 Feb 2011 Relations between the US and Argentina have deteriorated after Buenos Aires lodged a formal complaint over a US military plane that landed late last week carrying guns, drugs and satellite phones. The Argentinian government claimed the US was trying to sneak the weapons into the country, though it didn't offer an explanation of why Washington might want to do this.

Curveball could face jail for warmongering, says German MP

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

Curveball could face jail for warmongering, says German MP --Agent whose lies about Saddam's weapons capability led to Iraq war has broken German law, says Green MP 16 Feb 2011 A German politician has warned that the CIA informant Curveball could go to jail after telling the Guardian that he lied about Saddam Hussein's bioweapons capability in order to "liberate" Iraq. Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, who was given the name Curveball by his US and German handlers, told the German secret service that Iraq had a secret biological weapons programme. In his adopted home of Germany, MPs are demanding to know why the German secret service paid Curveball £2,500 a month for at least five years after they knew he had lied.

GOP State Sen. Wants Return to Era of 'the Condition of England Question'

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

GOP State Sen. Wants Return to Era of 'the Condition of England Question' By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 17 Feb 2011 We read: GOP State Sen. Proposes Elimination of Child Labor Laws 15 Feb 2011... In fact, Missouri Republican State Senator Jane Cunningham's Bill invokes potentially worse labor conditions for children than those experienced in Victorian England. In 1833, the government actually limited the age eligibility in which children could toil, and imposed limits on their working hours. In 1847, after further 'radical agitation,' (sorely needed in the US, circa 2011), an act ' limited both adults and children to ten hours of work daily.'

GOP State Sen. Proposes Elimination of Child Labor Laws

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

GOP State Sen. Proposes Elimination of Child Labor Laws 15 Feb 2011 Missouri State Sen. Jane Cunningham says her quest to change Missouri's child labor laws is driven by her belief that the current restrictions are "implying that government can make a better decision than a parent." But Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, takes exception to critics who contend that her proposed changes, contained in SB 222, would put children younger than 16 in danger.

Mo. Senate panel advances 'right to work' bill

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

Mo. Senate panel advances 'right to work' bill 16 Feb 2011 A Missouri Senate panel has advanced legislation that would prevent people from having to pay union fees as a condition of employment. The legislation cleared the Senate General Laws Committee on a party-line vote Tuesday, with Republicans backing it and Democrats it opposing it. The vote means the bill can now move to the full Senate for debate.

Mississippi governor refuses to denounce proposal to honour former Ku Klux Klan leader

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

Mississippi governor refuses to denounce proposal to honour former Ku Klux Klan leader 16 Feb 2011 The governor of Mississippi has refused to denounce a Southern heritage group's proposal for a state-issued vehicle license plate that would honour a rebel general who was an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Haley Barbour, a potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate, said he did not think the state legislature would approve the plate bearing the name of Gen Nathan Bedford Forrest that was proposed by the Mississippi Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans. The group wants to sponsor a series of state-issued license plates over the next few years to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War -- or in its words, the "War Between the States".

House Shoots Down Boehner-Backed Project

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

House Shoots Down Boehner-Backed Project 17 Feb 2011 The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to kill a military jet engine project based in Republican House Speaker John Boehner's backyard, in a display of budget-cutting resolve fueled by an alliance of Republican budget hawks and Democrats who backed a White House call to end the program. In a 233-198 vote, lawmakers approved an amendment cutting $450 million in 2011 spending to develop a second engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The engine is being developed by General Electric Co. and Rolls-Royce Group PLC in a town that abuts Mr. Boehner's southwest Ohio district, and the speaker and his top lieutenants opposed the move to kill the project.

Hacked and Now Vandalized, HBGary Pulls out of RSA

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

Hacked and Now Vandalized, HBGary Pulls out of RSA 16 Feb 2011 The California security company that is at the center of a controversy over a plan to discredit WikiLeaks and its supporters abruptly pulled itself out of the RSA security conference in San Francisco this week, citing security concerns. The company's subsidiary, HBGary Federal, also cancelled a talk it had planned to give on the Internet activist group, Anonymous. It was news of this talk that riled Anonymous and precipitated the controversy last week.

NORAD to conduct exercises Thursday over Montreal

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

NORAD to conduct exercises Thursday over Montreal 16 Feb 2011 Montrealers might notice some unusual sights and sounds in the skies over the city on Thursday. The North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) announced Wednesday morning that it would be conducting a series of "intercept and identification procedures" in airspace over southern Quebec, eastern Ontario, northeastern Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. "Those living in these areas may hear and/or see NORAD-controlled fighter jets in close proximity to a U.S. Air Force C-21, which will be taking on the role of a Track of Interest (TOI)," said a release issued by NORAD.

CIA: If caught, bin Laden would go to Guantanamo

February 17, 2011 by legitgov

CIA: If caught, bin Laden would go to Guantanamo 16 Feb 2011 What would the government do if Osama bin Laden, an FBI most-wanted terrorist for more than a decade, were captured? Washington is abuzz about questions whether bin Laden would ever see the inside of an American courtroom or where he might be imprisoned if he doesn't stand trial. For years, President Barack Obama's administration has maintained that criminal courts were more than equipped to handle even the most serious terror cases, but when faced with that question Wednesday during a Senate hearing, CIA Director Leon Panetta said the administration probably would just send bin Laden to the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. [See: Has Osama Bin Laden been dead for seven years - and are the U.S. and Britain covering it up to continue war on terror? 11 Sep 2009.]

Skeptical judge gives Bagram detainees another shot at trying to win access to federal courts

February 16, 2011 by legitgov

Skeptical judge gives Bagram detainees another shot at trying to win access to federal courts 16 Feb 2011 A skeptical judge is giving terrorism detainees at a U.S. air base in Afghanistan another shot at trying to win the right to challenge their imprisonment in federal court. U.S. District Judge John Bates ruled two years ago that detainees at Bagram Airfield should have access to U.S. courts just like Guantanamo Bay prisoners. But his ruling was overturned on appeal last year.

Israel says Iran warships to transit Suez for Syria

February 16, 2011 by legitgov

Israel says Iran warships to transit Suez for Syria --Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel was tracking them and had alerted 'friendly nations in the region' accordingly. 16 Feb 2011 Two Iranian warships planned to sail through the Suez Canal en route to Syria on Wednesday, Israel's foreign minister said, calling it a "provocation," but the vessels were seen as posing no serious military threat. Israel's state-funded Channel One television said Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, a vociferously far-right partner [nutjob] in the conservative coalition, had spoken out of turn as the Defense Ministry "had preferred to ignore" the ships' approach. [USociopaths don't 'own' the Suez Canal, despite assertions to the contrary. Who cares what the US (and Israel) thinks?]

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