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UK army chief secretly visits Tel Aviv

November 5, 2011 by legitgov

UK army chief secretly visits Tel Aviv 04 Nov 2011 British military chief General Sir David Richards has secretly visited Tel Aviv earlier this week, the Israeli daily The Jerusalem Post quoted Israel's military sources as saying. Richards, who is Britain's Chief of the Defense Staff, reportedly held several meetings with the senior commanders of the Israeli army though there are no details on the subject of his talks. He also visited the northern parts of the Israeli occupied territories at Israel's borders with Lebanon.

Occupy Oakland: second Iraq war veteran injured after police clashes

November 4, 2011 by legitgov

Occupy Oakland: second Iraq war veteran injured after police clashes --Kayvan Sabehgi in intensive care with a lacerated spleen after protests in Oakland. He says police beat him with batons. 04 Nov 2011 A second Iraq war veteran has suffered serious injuries after clashes between police and Occupy movement protesters in Oakland. Kayvan Sabehgi, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is in intensive care with a lacerated spleen. He says he was beaten by police close to the Occupy Oakland camp, but despite suffering agonising pain, did not reach hospital until 18 hours later. Sabehgi, 32, is the second Iraq war veteran to be hospitalised following involvement in Oakland protests. Another protester, Scott Olsen, suffered a fractured skull on 25 October.

Watchdog group: Cain campaign broke campaign-finance laws

November 4, 2011 by legitgov

Watchdog group: Cain campaign broke campaign-finance laws --The Cain campaign has said it has retained an outside counsel to investigate the allegations. 04 Nov 2011 In a legal complaint filed today, a public watchdog group charged that Herman Cain's top campaign aide illegally used corporate funds to pay for iPads and charter flights for Cain's fledgling presidential campaign. The charges are based on documents -- first disclosed this week by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel -- showing that funds from a non-profit founded by Cain campaign Chief of Staff Mark Block (called Prosperity USA) were used to pay early expenses for Cain's presidential campaign.

Israel Navy intercepts Gaza-bound aid vessels

November 4, 2011 by legitgov

Israel Navy intercepts Gaza-bound aid vessels 04 Nov 2011 The Israel Navy on Friday afternoon intercepted two boats that approached the coast of the Gaza Strip with the intent to violate Israel's naval blockade of the territory. After the boats failed to heed calls to turn around or dock in Egypt or Israel, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Benny Gantz ordered naval forces to board the ships. Nobody was injured during the boarding of the ships, a military source said.

Cain settlement dated 9/99

November 4, 2011 by legitgov

Herman Cain settlement dated 9/99 --Attorney for one of the women who worked at NRA said client's settlement was dated September 1999 04 Nov 2011 Joel Bennett, the attorney for one of the women who complained about Herman Cain at the National Restaurant Association said Friday that his client's settlement was dated in September of 1999 and signed by the trade group's general counsel but not Cain. Cain had already left the organization by then, before his three-year term was completed. That the settlement was signed by the restaurant association's counsel, Peter Kilgore, illustrates just how central he is in the allegations against Cain.

AP: CIA following Twitter, Facebook

November 4, 2011 by legitgov

AP: CIA following Twitter, Facebook 04 Nov 2011 In an anonymous industrial park in Virginia, in an unassuming brick building, the CIA is following tweets -- up to 5 million a day. At the agency's Open Source Center, a team known affectionately as the "vengeful librarians" also pores over Facebook, newspapers, TV news channels, local radio stations, Internet chat rooms -- anything overseas that anyone can access and contribute to openly. The CIA facility was set up in response to a recommendation by the 9/11 Commission, with its first priority to focus on counterterrorism and counterproliferation.

NORAD, Quantico training exercises could create noise

November 4, 2011 by legitgov

NORAD, Quantico training exercises could create noise --NORAD also conducting calibration flights with Department of Homeland Security from 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. 03 Nov 2011 (VA) The North American Aerospace Defense Command is conducting another exercise starting late tonight and continuing through Sunday involving jets and low-flying planes. The training flights, coupled with explosives munitions training at Quantico Marine Corps base between now and Sunday at midnight, could rattle some residents. The NORAD training flights are scheduled between 11:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m., and then again from 2:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.

Arrests follow Occupy Oakland demonstrations

November 4, 2011 by legitgov

Arrests follow Occupy Oakland demonstrations By David Brown 04 Nov 2011 A one-day protest in Oakland, California on Wednesday that involved more than ten thousand people was followed by police action in the early morning hours of Thursday, including the use of tear gas and rubber bullets, followed by dozens of arrests. The demonstrations on Wednesday involved the participation of many workers and youth outraged over earlier police actions that led to the near-fatal injury of one protester, Iraq war veteran Scott Olsen, who was struck in the head by a projectile.

Occupying Reedsport

November 4, 2011 by legitgov

Occupying Reedsport --Protesters want to see numbers grow 02 Nov 2011 (OR) It drizzled rain all afternoon Sunday, but when 3 p.m. rolled around, it was time to get out her signs and head for Triangle Park. One sign reads "Equality, not poverty," another declares that "We are the 99%," and another begs Congress to "End endless war."

US drone raids kill over 120 in 2 days

November 4, 2011 by legitgov

US drone raids kill over 120 in 2 days 03 Nov 2011 At least 127 people have been killed in separate US assassination drone strikes in Somalia and Pakistan's northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan over the past two days. On Thursday, 41 people were killed and 33 others were injured when the US military launched a assassination drone attack on the outskirts of Hoomboy town, which is situated in Somalia's southern region of the Middle Juba. The aerial attack followed a US assassination strike against Jamame town in Somalia's southern Jubbada Hoose region. At least 28 people were killed and dozens more were wounded.

9 Arrested as Occupy Philly Converges on Comcast Center

November 4, 2011 by legitgov

9 Arrested as Occupy Philly Converges on Comcast Center --Protesters marched to the headquarters of Comcast from their base camp at City Hall 02 Nov 2011 Dozens of protesters with the Occupy Philadelphia movement have converged on the downtown headquarters of cable giant Comcast. According to Philly.com, "Police have arrested seven men and two women. Some of the protesters reportedly got into the lobby of the tower at 17th Street and JFK Boulevard. About 20 others linked arms on the sidewalk outside, chanting slogans and singing a song about solidarity to the tune of La Marseillaise."

U.S. census income data shows 1 in 15 Americans rank among the nation's neediest

November 4, 2011 by legitgov

U.S. census income data shows 1 in 15 Americans rank among the nation's neediest --Highest rate in 35 years shows depth and reach of the recession 03 Nov 2011 One in every 15 Americans now ranks among the nation's poorest of the poor, eking by on $11,000 a year or less. According to new census data, about 20.5 million Americans are now in the bottom half of people living below the poverty line as the gap between the haves and the have-nots widens. By the numbers, the nation's poorest include a single person earning less than $5,570 annually or a family of four living on $11,157.

IDF gears for 'Freedom Waves' flotilla

November 4, 2011 by legitgov

IDF gears for 'Freedom Waves' flotilla --US issued official warning to American citizens advising them against taking part in sail 04 Nov 2011 The Gaza-bound "Freedom Waves" flotilla, which left Turkey's shores on Wednesday is expected to arrive at its destination on Friday, and the Israeli Navy (INF) is set to stop it from violating the Gaza blockade - should it decided to actually breach it. Freedom Waves is believed to include some 30 activists. The INF said that barring any other choice, it will stop the vessels at sea. "US citizens attempting to break Israel's naval blockade of Gaza could face action for violating Israeli and American law," Washington cautioned.

IAF holds distant-strike exercise

November 4, 2011 by legitgov

IAF holds distant-strike exercise --Home Front Command to hold rocket attack simulation Thursday 02 Nov 2011 IAF fighter jets have recently concluded a lengthy exercise in Sardinia, Italy, Ynet learned on Wednesday. The maneuvers included several scenarios, including long-distance missions and midair fueling. Earlier, the IDF successfully completed a ballistic missile test. Previous similar missile tests included Hetz ("Arrow") missile tests.

Iraqi cleric: US seeking to 'occupy' Mideast

November 4, 2011 by legitgov

Iraqi cleric: US seeking to 'occupy' Mideast --Al-Sadr noted the Pentagon's recent reminders that it will keep an estimated 40,000 troops across the region. 03 Nov 2011 U.S. plans to station troops across the Mideast after withdrawing from Iraq amount to occupying other Islamic countries, Iraq's prominent cleric said in an interview broadcast Thursday. Muqtada al-Sadr said he's not satisfied with President Barack Obama's pledge to pull all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year, calling it a partial withdrawal because of the thousands of diplomats and security guards mercenaries who will remain. "The American occupation will stay in Iraq under different names," al-Sadr told Al-Arabiya TV. "America is not only occupying Iraq but also other Islamic countries," he said. "Occupying Iraq means occupying what is around Iraq, and then to control the Middle East."

Big profits, zero taxes for large U.S. companies

November 4, 2011 by legitgov

Big profits, zero taxes for large U.S. companies --Tax rate for 280 profitable firms ranges from 41% to negative 58%: study 03 Nov 2011 The official federal corporate income tax rate in the U.S. is 35%, but plenty of the nation's largest publicly traded companies are paying no taxes -- even getting money back from the government in some cases -- in years when they reap big profits, according to a new report. Thirty of the 280 Fortune 500 companies studied paid zero in federal income taxes or enjoyed tax rebates in 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to the study by the left-leaning Citizens for Tax Justice, a Washington-based nonprofit research and advocacy group, and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research group.

Cain Accuser Got a Year's Salary in Severance Pay

November 3, 2011 by legitgov

Cain Accuser Got a Year's Salary in Severance Pay 02 Nov 2011 The National Restaurant Association gave $35,000 -- a year's salary -- in severance pay to a female staff member in the late 1990s after an encounter with Herman Cain, its chief executive at the time, made her uncomfortable working there, three people with direct knowledge of the payment said on Tuesday. The woman was one of two whose accusations of sexual harassment by Mr. Cain, now a Republican candidate for president, led to paid severance agreements during his 1996-99 tenure at the association.

Herman Cain accuser got $45,000 settlement

November 3, 2011 by legitgov

Herman Cain accuser got $45,000 settlement 03 Nov 2011 POLITICO has learned that one of the women who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s received a payout of about $45,000 as part of her settlement -- significantly more than the two or three months' salary Cain initially recalled the woman obtained. The woman who received the approximately $45,000 is the staffer who Cain has acknowledged formally lodged a complaint about his behavior.

'US spent $1trillion on arms since 9/11'

November 3, 2011 by legitgov

'US spent $1trillion on arms since 9/11' 03 Nov 2011 The US has spent roughly USD 1 trillion on new weapons since the 9/11 attacks, using the money that was supposed to be spent on US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. "The services capitalized on funding to modernize their forces, especially the major weapons programs that constitute the heart of the services' capabilities," a new report by Stimson Center said on Thursday. Twenty two percent of the roughly USD 1 trillion spent on weapons since 9/11 comes from "supplemental" war funding, which are voted on separately from the regular defense budget.

New Report: Military Losing the Battle Against Suicide

November 3, 2011 by legitgov

New Report: Military Losing the Battle Against Suicide 02 Nov 2011 Between 2005 to 2010, a U.S. service member took his or her own life every 36 hours, according to a new report by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). "Although only 1 percent of Americans have served in the military, former service members represent 20 percent of suicides in the United States," the report stated. Military suicide has risen over the past 10 years, with an estimated 18 veteran suicides a day. However, the report's authors say the true number is unknown.

White House to face subpoenas on Solyndra

November 3, 2011 by legitgov

White House to face subpoenas on Solyndra --White House: The 'unprecedented' subpoenas are part of a 'partisan' effort 03 Nov 2011 A House panel voted Thursday to subpoena the White House for documents related to the solar energy company Solyndra. The House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on oversight and investigations voted along party lines, 14 to 9, in favor of issuing the subpoenas for internal documents regarding the decision to issue more than half a billion dollars in federal loan guarantees in 2010 to Solyndra, which later filed for bankruptcy.

Workers, students join Occupy rally in Oakland

November 3, 2011 by legitgov

Workers, students join Occupy rally in Oakland 02 Nov 2011 Thousands of anti-Wall Street protesters marched in the streets of Oakland on Wednesday as they geared up with labor unions to picket banks, take over foreclosed homes and vacant buildings and disrupt operations at the nation's fifth-busiest port. Demonstrators as well as city and business leaders expressed optimism that the widely anticipated "general strike" would be a peaceful event for a city that became a rallying point last week after an Iraq War veteran was injured in clashes between protesters and police.

Occupy Oakland protesters remove barricade at port entrance

November 3, 2011 by legitgov

Occupy Oakland protesters remove barricade at port entrance 03 Nov 2011 After a night of confrontations with police and 80 arrests in downtown Oakland, Occupy protesters temporarily blocked an entrance at the Port of Oakland Thursday morning, attempting to prevent trucks from entering... It had been a tense scene at the port entrance at Adeline and 3rd streets, where truckers faced off with about a dozen protesters who erected a chain-link fence across four lanes of traffic and reinforced it with Dumpsters to keep truckers and port employees out.

Hotel guests recruited in terrorism fight with Homeland Security TV spots

November 3, 2011 by legitgov

Hotel guests recruited in terrorism fight with Homeland Security TV spots 02 Nov 2011 The Department of Homeland Security is recruiting hotel guests to join the fight against terrorism. Starting today, the welcome screens on 1.2 million hotel television sets in Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton, Holiday Inn and other hotels in the USA will show a short public service announcement from DHS. The 15-second spot encourages viewers to be vigilant and call law enforcement if they witness something suspicious during their travels.

Israel Navy tracks new Gaza-bound flotilla

November 3, 2011 by legitgov

Israel Navy tracks new Gaza-bound flotilla --Two ships leave Turkey carrying between 20 to 30 pro-Palestinian activists; IDF says plans to intercept vessels, offer them to dock at Ashdod or port in Egypt. 02 Oct 2011 The Israeli Navy is tracking two ships, believed be part of a new flotilla to Gaza, that departed Wednesday from Turkey headed for the Gaza Strip, according to the IDF spokesperson. The IDF intends to intercept the vessels if they continue on their course.

AP: Third worker says Cain harassed her

November 3, 2011 by legitgov

AP: Third worker says Cain harassed her 02 Nov 2011 A third woman considered filing a workplace complaint against Herman Cain over what she deemed aggressive and unwanted behavior when she and Cain, now a Republican presidential candidate, worked together during the late 1990s, the woman told The Associated Press on Wednesday. She said the behavior included a private invitation to his corporate apartment. The woman said he made sexually suggestive remarks or gestures about the same time that two co-workers had settled separate harassment complaints against Cain, who was then the head of the National Restaurant Association.

Occupy Oakland awaits police response

November 3, 2011 by legitgov

Occupy Oakland awaits police response 02 Nov 2011 Economic inequality is the driving force behind the Occupy Wall Street protests. Oakland has become a flashpoint for the movement following violent clashes between protesters and police. On Wednesday, organizers there called for a general strike. Many in Oakland did stay away from work. The demonstrators call themselves members of the 99-percent and say they reflect a wide cross-section joined by one thing: A call for more economic equality.

U.S. Army soldier arrested on suspicion of espionage

November 3, 2011 by legitgov

U.S. Army soldier arrested on suspicion of espionage --FBI: Case would be tried in military courts 01 Nov 2011 A U.S. Army specialist who was serving as a military policeman has been arrested at an Alaska military base on suspicion of spying, an Army spokesman said on Tuesday. Specialist William Colton Millay, 22, was taken into custody at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on October 28 following a joint espionage investigation by the FBI and Army Counterintelligence special agents, Army spokesman Lt. Col. Bill Coppernoll said. "We do expect to prefer charges sometime this week," Coppernoll told Reuters.

Ex-cop to be sentenced for Katrina cover-up

November 2, 2011 by legitgov

Ex-cop to be sentenced for Katrina cover-up 02 Nov 2011 Federal prosecutors are seeking leniency [!] for a former police lieutenant who will be sentenced Wednesday for his role in a plot to cover up deadly police shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina. Michael Lohman faces a maximum of five years in prison when a judge sentences him for pleading guilty last year to conspiring to obstruct justice. Prosecutors have urged the judge to impose a five-year sentence but suspend three years so Lohman is released after serving two.

GOP pollster makes Herman Cain accusation

November 2, 2011 by legitgov

GOP pollster makes Herman Cain accusation 02 Nov 2011 A veteran Republican pollster and former National Restaurant Association employee said Wednesday morning that Herman Cain sexually harassed a woman at an Arlington, Va., restaurant in the late 1990s. Chris Wilson, now the principal of an Oklahoma-based GOP consulting firm, said in an interview on Oklahoma City's KTOK radio station that the episode took place in the neighborhood where Cain kept an apartment when he headed the restaurant trade group. "This occurred at a restaurant in Crystal City (Virginia), and everybody was aware of it," Wilson said on the station.

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