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WikiLeaks suspect wins battle over US documents

June 26, 2012 by legitgov

WikiLeaks suspect wins battle over US documents 26 Jun 2012 A US military judge ordered prosecutors Monday to share more documents with WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning after defense lawyers accused them of hiding information that could help their client's case. For months, Manning's defense team has demanded access to reports by government agencies, including the CIA, that assessed the effect of the leak of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website. Judge Denise Lind ruled that government prosecutors must provide "damage assessment" reports from the CIA, the State Department, the FBI, the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive (Oncix) and other documents that were relevant for the defense.

Supreme Court strengthens Citizens United decision with Montana ruling

June 26, 2012 by legitgov

Supreme Court strengthens Citizens United decision with Montana ruling 25 Jun 2012 The Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed the right of corporations to make independent political expenditures, summarily overturning a 100-year-old Montana state law that barred corporations from such political activity. The justices ruled in an unsigned opinion that Montana's law was in conflict with the court's 2010 Citizens United decision, which shifted the campaign finance landscape, opening the door to the massive political expenditures that have been shaping this year's presidential race. The decision was 5-4, split along ideological lines. Despite the Citizens United decision, the Montana Supreme Court had refused to strike down the state's ban on election spending by corporations.

Supreme Court doubles down on 'Citizens United'

June 26, 2012 by legitgov

Supreme Court doubles down on 'Citizens United' 25 Jun 2012 The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision Monday to strike down a Montana law that limits corporate spending on elections made clear that the outrage generated by the 2010 "Citizens United" decision has done nothing to change the minds of the justices. Today's decision boils down to a declaration that the "Citizens United" decision, which allowed for unlimited spending by corporations and special interest groups to influence elections, also applies to state and local elections. Montana - backed by Sen. John McCain (R) and 22 states - had argued that its 1912 law limiting corporate influence in elections needed to remain in place, in part because of the state's history of election interference by its mining industry "copper kings." [Start reading. Arming the Left: Is the time now? By Charles Southwell 21 Oct 2003.]

Drones vulnerable to terrorist hijacking, researchers say

June 26, 2012 by legitgov

Drones vulnerable to terrorist hijacking, researchers say 25 Jun 2012 A small surveillance drone flies over an Austin stadium, diligently following a series of GPS waypoints that have been programmed into its flight computer. Then, as if some phantom has given the drone a self-destruct order, it hurtles toward the ground... Professor Todd Humphreys and his team at the University of Texas at Austin's Radionavigation Laboratory have just completed a successful experiment: illuminating a gaping hole in the government's plan to open US airspace to thousands of drones. They could be turned into weapons. "Spoofing a GPS receiver on a UAV is just another way of hijacking a plane," Humphreys told Fox News. In other words, with the right equipment, anyone can take control of a GPS-guided drone and make it do anything they want it to.

Paraguay's ousted president, Fernando Lugo, denounces 'parliamentary coup'

June 25, 2012 by legitgov

Paraguay's ousted president, Fernando Lugo, denounces 'parliamentary coup' 24 Jun 2012 The ousted president of Paraguay, Fernando Lugo, has denounced his removal from office as a "parliamentary coup" that was not based on proper evidence. Lugo, who was impeached on Friday by a Congress which accused him of failing to maintain social harmony, said his opponents had sidelined him because of his efforts to help the poor. Asked whether he had any hope of retaking office, Lugo exhorted his followers to remain peaceful but suggested that popular national and international clamour could lead Paraguayan politicians to reverse his impeachment.

Paraguay's ousted president forms shadow government

June 25, 2012 by legitgov

Paraguay's ousted president forms shadow government 25 Jun 2012 Paraguay's ousted president Fernando Lugo says he is planning to form a shadow cabinet, aiming to return to power and to attack the legitimacy of the government that replaced him. "I call on people from the countryside, the youth and all citizens to resist until we are back in the office we unfairly had to leave," Lugo told reporters on Monday. He further added that he intends to take his case on the international stage at this week's regional summit of MERCOSUR in Argentina. "I want to resist until we regain power because here there was a parliamentary coup," he said. Lugo, took power on pledges to champion the poor in 2008, accused his rivals of planning to "rob the people of their supreme decision" when they elected him to put an end to six decades of ruling by the right-wing Colorado Party.

Iraqi Police Given Orders to Shut Down 44 Local and Foreign Media Agencies

June 25, 2012 by legitgov

Iraqi Police Given Orders to Shut Down 44 Local and Foreign Media Agencies 23 Jun 2012 An official document has been obtained by the JFO, revealing that security forces in Iraq have received orders from the authorities to shut down the offices of 44 media agencies. Included are prominent local TV channels and radio stations such as Sharqiya and Baghdadia satellite television stations and foreign-owned media such as BBC, Radio Sawa and Voice of America. On June 20, followers of cleric Muqtada al Sadr held a demonstration in Baghdad's Firdos Square, in which they protested restrictions on Iraqi media, as well as calling for a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to be held at the Iraqi parliament. [Saddam Hussein: *Clearly* the better deal.]

4 NATO Service Members Killed in Afghanistan

June 25, 2012 by legitgov

4 NATO Service Members Killed in Afghanistan 24 Jun 2012 NATO says four service members have died in southern Afghanistan in the past two days. The alliance says one service member died in an insurgent attack and another in a bomb blast on Saturday. The two other service members died Sunday in a traffic accident in the south.

New Egyptian President Worked for NASA

June 25, 2012 by legitgov

New Egyptian President Worked for NASA By Lori Price, http://www.legitgov.org/ 26 Jun 2012 Egypt's president-elect, Mohammed Mursi, received his Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Southern California in 1982. He was an Assistant Professor at California State University, Northridge, from 1982 to 1985. An expert on precision metal surfaces, he worked at NASA on the development of space shuttle engines in the early 1980s.

Supreme Court to rule Thursday on 'health care'

June 25, 2012 by legitgov

Supreme Court to rule Thursday on 'health care' 25 Jun 2012 The U.S. Supreme Court will rule Thursday on the constitutionality of the sweeping health care law insurance cartel giveaway championed by President Barack Obama. The stakes cannot be overstated -- what the justices decide will have an immediate and long-term impact on all Americans, both in how they get medicine and health care, and also in vast, yet unknown areas of "commerce." The challenge focused primarily on the law's requirement [drafted and championed by the GOP until Obama decided to embrace the Republican idea] that most Americans buy health insurance or pay a fine.

Supreme Court upholds most controversial part of Arizona immigration law

June 25, 2012 by legitgov

Supreme Court upholds most controversial part of Arizona immigration law 25 Jun 2012 The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the most controversial element of Arizona's immigration law, allowing the state to require police officers to enforce immigration laws. Three other provisions of the law have been struck down. Arizona's law S.B. 1070, passed in 2010, makes it a crime to be in the state as an undocumented immigrant and compels local law officials to enforce the law.

Lawmakers reworked financial portfolios after talks with Fed, Treasury officials

June 25, 2012 by legitgov

Lawmakers reworked financial portfolios after talks with Fed, Treasury officials 24 Jun 2012 In January 2008... the subprime mortgage industry was collapsing, and the Dow Jones industrial average had lost more than 2,000 points in less than three months. House Minority Leader John A. Boehner became the Bush administration's point person on Capitol Hill to negotiate a $150 billion stimulus package. In the days that followed, Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. made frequent phone calls and visits to Boehner. Neither Paulson nor Boehner would publicly discuss the progress of their negotiations to shore up the nation's financial portfolio. On Jan. 23, Boehner (R-Ohio) met Paulson for breakfast. Boehner would later report the rearrangement of a portion of his own financial portfolio made on that same day. He sold between $50,000 and $100,000 from a more aggressive mutual fund and moved money into a safer investment.

Blocking Parts of Arizona Law, Justices Allow Its Centerpiece

June 25, 2012 by legitgov

Blocking Parts of Arizona Law, Justices Allow Its Centerpiece 26 Jun 2012 The Supreme Court on Monday delivered a split decision on Arizona's tough 2010 immigration law, upholding its most hotly debated provision but blocking others on the grounds that they interfered with the federal government's role in setting immigration policy. The court unanimously sustained the law's centerpiece, the one critics have called its "show me your papers" provision, though they left the door open to further challenges. The provision requires state law enforcement officials to determine the immigration status of anyone they stop or arrest if they have reason to suspect that the individual might be in the country illegally.

UK soldiers 'beat innocent Iraqi men in black ops jails, but their torture will be hidden forever'

June 25, 2012 by legitgov

UK soldiers 'beat innocent Iraqi men in black ops jails but new secret justice law means their torture will be hidden forever' 24 Jun 2012 The Mail on Sunday can today reveal devastating new claims of abuse by British soldiers carried out at a secret network of illegal prisons in the Iraqi desert. One innocent civilian victim is said to have died after being assaulted aboard an RAF helicopter, while  others were hooded, stripped and beaten at a camp set up at a remote phosphate mine deep in the desert. The whereabouts of a separate group of 64 Iraqi men who were spirited away on two RAF Chinooks to a 'black site' prison, located at  an oil pipeline pumping station, remain unknown. Perhaps the most shocking aspect of these alleged abuses, which appear to have been flagrant breaches of international law, is that this secret network is claimed to have been sanctioned by senior Ministry of Defence lawyers. Meanwhile, the Government last week introduced its new secrecy law in Parliament, which, if enacted, would mean details of the emerging scandal would be hidden for ever.

WikiLeaks founder wants guarantee he won't be sent to US

June 25, 2012 by legitgov

WikiLeaks founder wants guarantee he won't be sent to US 24 Jun 2012 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Monday called for diplomatic guarantees he will not be pursued by the United States for publishing secret documents if he goes to Sweden to face criminal allegations. The Australian said he is prepared to go to Sweden to face questioning over sex assault claims, but fears Stockholm will turn him over to the US where he could face espionage and conspiracy charges over revelations by WikiLeaks. "Ultimately it may be a matter of what guarantees the United Kingdom, the United States and Sweden are willing to provide," he told the Sydney Morning Herald from the Ecuador embassy in London, where he is seeking asylum.

Military computer upgrades 30 years behind schedule, cost $7 billion

June 25, 2012 by legitgov

Military computer upgrades 30 years behind schedule, cost $7 billion 22 Jun 2012 Nine computer network upgrade projects across the Defense Department were collectively 30 years behind schedule and more than $7 billion over budget, government auditors have told Congress. The problems first identified in 2010 persist, the auditors told lawmakers in a report this month. The delayed programs include Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps projects, some of which were begun about a decade ago [under George W. Sociopath]. [Notice that we only hear about 'Solyndra' because this corpora-terrorist blowjob was a Bush blowjob, and we never heard about those. --LRP]

Bradley Manning lawyers accuse prosecutors of misleading judge

June 24, 2012 by legitgov

Bradley Manning lawyers accuse prosecutors of misleading judge 24 Jun 2012 The US government is deliberately attempting to prevent Bradley Manning, the alleged source of the massive WikiLeaks trove of state secrets, from receiving a fair trial, the soldier's lawyer alleges in new court documents. David Coombs, Manning's civilian lawyer, has made his strongest accusations yet about the conduct of the military prosecutors. In motions filed with the military court ahead of a pre-trial hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland, on Monday, he goes so far as to accuse the government in essence of lying to the court. Coombs charges the prosecutors with making "an outright misrepresentation" to the court over evidence the defence has been trying for months to gain access to through disclosure.

Israeli protesters smash bank windows, block roads

June 24, 2012 by legitgov

Israeli protesters smash bank windows, block roads 24 Jun 2012 Scores of demonstrators clashed with police, smashed bank windows and blocked roads in Israel's commercial capital Tel Aviv overnight during a protest against the arrest of an activist. Police said they detained 85 people at the rally, the latest sign of a nationwide protest movement demanding social reforms and affordable housing. People at the rally said they were angered after a protest leader said she had been injured while being taken into custody at a demonstration in Tel Aviv on Friday.

Climate change threatens to disrupt the denning habits of polar bears

June 24, 2012 by legitgov

Climate change threatens to disrupt the denning habits of polar bears 23 Jun 2012 (Hudson Bay) Now that climate change is rapidly warming this part of the world, this centuries-old tradition may be in peril. Forest fires, which were once rare in this part of the world because it has been too cold and wet, have already destroyed dozens of dens in the past decade. Milder winters are also resulting in snow dens collapsing and killing bears and their cubs in some cases. Building new ones, according to research by scientist Evan Richardson while he was a graduate student at the University of Alberta, could further tax the polar bear's already strained energy supplies.

Syria arrests over 40 Germans for smuggling arms: Report

June 24, 2012 by legitgov

Syria arrests over 40 Germans for smuggling arms: Report 24 Jun 2012 Syria has reportedly arrested more than 40 German nationals for attempting to smuggle arms into the country. An alternative news weblog, the NSNBC, cited a German journalist as saying that the German nationals are the employees of a "security firm." The weblog report further said that the Germans were detained while attempting to smuggle arms and ammunition from a cargo vessel in the international waters off the coast of Syria.

U.S. plans more drone flights over Caribbean

June 24, 2012 by legitgov

USociopaths want to torch every domestic program but spend billions on surveillance drones to facilitate the CIA's drug trade: U.S. plans more drone flights over Caribbean 23 Jun 2012 After quietly testing Predator drones over the Bahamas for more than 18 months, the Department of Homeland Security plans to expand the unmanned surveillance flights into the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico to fight foment drug smuggling, according to U.S. officials. The move would dramatically increase U.S. drone flights in the Western Hemisphere, more than doubling the number of square miles now covered by the department's fleet of nine surveillance drones, which are used primarily on the northern and southwestern U.S. borders.

House bill extends TSA intel sharing to mass transit

June 23, 2012 by legitgov

House bill extends TSA intel sharing to mass transit 22 Jun 2012 The Transportation Security Administration already shares intelligence it collects with airports. Now a House bill would expand TSA's intel sharing to local mass transit systems as well. The House passed the bill May 30 and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is now considering the bill. In an interview with The Federal Drive, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), the bill's sponsor, said the bill creates "fusion centers" where TSA can provide intel to local law enforcement and emergency management officials.

Poland shaken by case alleging an illicit CIA prison there

June 23, 2012 by legitgov

Poland shaken by case alleging an illicit CIA prison there 21 Jun 2012 For years, the idea seemed unthinkable, absurd. A secret U.S. detention center in a remote corner of Poland, where 'Al Qaeda' suspects were brutally interrogated by the CIA? About as likely as "the Loch Ness monster," is how one Pole described it recently. That monster is now rearing its head. Cloistered inside government offices, surrounded by classified documents, Polish prosecutors are building a case that could result in criminal charges against the nation's former spy chief and even, some say, against former senior political leaders. The prosecutors' investigation centers on a Polish military garrison that allegedly hosted a CIA "black site" where foreign detainees were subjected to internationally condemned interrogation torture techniques, such as waterboarding, during 2002 and 2003. [Where's the 'fast and furious' investigation of Bush officials for war crimes?]

Bird Flu Paper Is Published After Debate

June 23, 2012 by legitgov

Bird Flu Paper Is Published After Debate 22 Jun 2012 The more controversial of two papers describing how the lethal H5N1 bird flu could be made easier to spread was published Thursday, six months after a scientific advisory board suggested that the papers' most potentially dangerous data be censored. The paper, by scientists at Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands, identified five mutations apparently necessary to make the bird flu virus spread easily among ferrets, which catch the same flus that humans do... The Dutch team artificially introduced three mutations.

CIA Wanted 'Torture' Cage for Secret Prison: Official

June 23, 2012 by legitgov

CIA Wanted 'Torture' Cage for Secret Prison: Official 22 Jun 2012 A Polish official says that prosecutors have a construction order that proves the CIA wanted a cage for terror suspects built at a secret 'black site' prison inside Poland. Senator Jozef Pinior claims Krakow prosecutors have a document that shows a local contractor was asked to build a cage at Stare Kiekuty, a Polish army based used as a CIA prison for 'al Qaeda' terror suspects in 2002 and 2003. Asked if he was sure the cage was for humans, Pinior told the Polish paper Gazeta Wyborcza, "What was it for? Exotic birds?" He said he has not seen the construction order, but that the Krakow prosecutor's office, which is investigating the prison, has a copy of it.

Jerry Sandusky found guilty of most charges in landmark child sex-abuse trial

June 23, 2012 by legitgov

Jerry Sandusky found guilty of most charges in landmark child sex-abuse trial 22 Jun 2012 A jury on Friday found former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky guilty on 45 of 48 counts in his child sex abuse trial. The decision by a jury of seven women and five men came after about 21 hours of deliberations over two days. The charges had rocked Pennsylvania State University and college sports and focused national attention on the issue of child sexual abuse.

Explosives found near Swedish nuclear plant

June 23, 2012 by legitgov

Explosives found near Swedish nuclear plant 22 Jun 2012 Security at Sweden's three nuclear power plants has been tightened after explosives were found on a truck at Ringhals atomic power station in the south-west of the country. Sniffer dogs detected the material in a routine check on Wednesday. Police declined to describe the amount or type of explosive discovered but said they were investigating possible sabotage. The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority said the explosives were found on the truck "en route from the Ringhals industrial park into a protected area... and did not enter the facility".

Romney plans posh weekend donor retreat featuring Rove and VP hopefuls

June 22, 2012 by legitgov

Romney plans posh weekend donor retreat featuring Rove and VP hopefuls 20 Jun 2012 Fresh off the best fundraising stretch of his presidential campaign, Mitt Romney plans to spend this weekend strategizing and fraternizing with his biggest bundlers at a posh resort in Park City, Utah. The presumptive Republican nominee and his senior advisers and aides are hosting two days of policy sessions and campaign strategy discussions at the Deer Valley resort for more than 100 top fundraisers and their spouses. Those who raised more than $100,000 are expected to attend.

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June 22, 2012 by legitgov

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Romney-Rove get-together again raises super PAC-candidate coordination issue

June 22, 2012 by legitgov

Romney-Rove get-together again raises super PAC-candidate coordination issue 22 Jun 2012 Republican candidate Mitt Romney is hosting GOP strategist Karl Rove at a retreat for his biggest donors in Utah this weekend, raising objections about coordination between Romney’s presidential campaign and two interest terrorist groups advised by Rove, American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS. Under federal law, candidates aren't allowed to tell super PACs and other interest groups what to do with their money - a provision designed to limit federal officeholders from the corrupting influence of the million-dollar donations accepted by independent groups. Romney himself tried to explain these rules during the Republican primary battle as a super PAC run by his former aides hammered his rivals for the GOP nod.

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