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The CEO Plan to Steal Your Social Security and Medicare

August 2, 2012 by legitgov

The CEO Plan to Steal Your Social Security and Medicare 30 Jul 2012 Many people are following the presidential election closely with the idea that the outcome will have a major impact on national policy. However, according to Steven Pearlstein, a veteran Washington Post columnist and reporter, it may not matter who wins the election. In a column last week, Pearlstein told readers that the top executives of some of the country's largest companies are getting together to craft a budget package that they will try to push through Congress and get the president to sign. As Pearlstein openly acknowledges, this corporate coup is an end-run around the electorate. Pearlstein's plotters are not inviting the rest of us into the conversation.

Obama authorizes secret U.S. support for Syrian 'rebels'

August 2, 2012 by legitgov

Obama authorizes secret U.S. support for Syrian 'rebels' 01 Aug 2012 President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for rebels foreign terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, U.S. sources familiar with the matter said. Obama's order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence "finding," broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the rebels oust Assad. This and other developments signal a shift toward growing, albeit still circumscribed, support for Assad's armed opponents.

San Antonio airport terminals reopen after threat

August 1, 2012 by legitgov

San Antonio airport terminals reopen after threat 01 Aug 2012 A bomb threat temporarily cleared out San Antonio International Airport on Wednesday after officials said someone called alleging that three packages had been left inside a parking garage. About 2,000 passengers in the terminal were herded onto the tarmac for about 1½ hours after the unknown person called around 2:30 p.m. warning about the packages, and flights were not allowed to land at the airport, fire and airport officials said. No packages were found in the terminal but bomb-sniffing dogs were still searching a parking garage Wednesday afternoon, and roads leading to and from the airport remained closed, San Antonio Fire Department spokeswoman Deborah Foster said.

Ecuador wants to avoid Assange's extradition to Sweden

August 1, 2012 by legitgov

Ecuador wants to avoid Assange's extradition to Sweden 01 Aug 2012 Ecuador wants to prevent Julian Assange's extradition to Sweden because it is disappointed that the Scandinavian country has turned down an offer to question the WikiLeaks founder in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, a minister said on Wednesday. Assange has been holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London for six weeks as he awaits a decision on his asylum request by the leftist government of Rafael Correa. The Australian anti-secrecy campaigner, who angered [the rightist governmnet of] Washington in 2010 when his WikiLeaks website published secret U.S. diplomatic cables, is wanted for questioning in Sweden over sex crime allegations. He fears that if he is sent to Sweden he could be bundled off to the United States.

San Antonio airport evacuated after bomb threat

August 1, 2012 by legitgov

San Antonio airport evacuated after bomb threat --Three bombs reported in airport's parking garage --San Antonio airport evacuated, flights on hold after "very specific threat" by phone: airport spokesman 01 Aug 2012 Both terminals of the San Antonio, Texas, airport have been evacuated after a bomb threat was called in, according to news report. Three bombs were reported in the airport's parking garage about 2:15 p.m. CT (3:15 p.m. ET), a fire department spokeswoman said, the San Antonio Express-News is reporting. Police have blocked all entrances and exits to the airport, KSAT-TV says.

Fukushima residents say resounding 'no' to nuclear energy

August 1, 2012 by legitgov

Fukushima residents say resounding 'no' to nuclear energy 01 Aug 2012 Get out of nuclear power and do it fast, angry Fukushima residents told Japanese government officials on Wednesday at a public hearing on energy policy held in an area ravaged by a nuclear disaster that has whipped up opposition to atomic power. The Fukushima hearing, the ninth out of 11 planned nationwide, sought to gather views on nuclear power's role in the nation's energy mix. Meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima nuclear plant after events in March 2011 caused radiation to spew over large areas of Fukushima, forcing more than 160,0000 people to flee.

Maryland man who called himself 'joker' charged

August 1, 2012 by legitgov

Maryland man who called himself 'joker' charged 01 Aug 2012 Maryland prosecutors say a man accused of threatening to shoot up his workplace and identifying himself as "a joker" has been charged with misdemeanor telephone misuse. Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks says the charge is punishable by up to three years in prison. The charges against Neil E. Prescott were announced at a news conference Wednesday in Upper Marlboro.

Harry Reid: Bain Investor Told Me Mitt Romney 'Didn't Pay Any Taxes For 10 Years'

August 1, 2012 by legitgov

Harry Reid: Bain Investor Told Me Mitt Romney 'Didn't Pay Any Taxes For 10 Years' 31 Jul 2012 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has what he says is an informed explanation for why Mitt Romney refuses to release additional tax returns. According a Bain investor, Reid charged, Romney didn't pay any taxes for 10 years. Romney couldn't make it through a Senate confirmation process as a mere Cabinet nominee, the majority leader insisted, owing to the opaqueness of his personal finances... "You guys have said his wealth is $250 million," Reid went on. "Not a chance in the world. It's a lot more than that. I mean, you do pretty well if you don't pay taxes for 10 years when you're making millions and millions of dollars."

U.S. to give $1 billion in military aid to Pakistan

August 1, 2012 by legitgov

U.S. to give $1 billion in military aid to Pakistan [Oh. I thought there was a *deficit?* We can't get single-payer health care or a road built on US soil, though, right?] 31 Jul 2012 Pakistan and the United States signed a deal regulating the shipment of American troop supplies to and from Afghanistan on Tuesday, prompting Washington to agree to release over $1 billion in frozen military aid. The developments represent the formal end to a crisis between the two countries that started in November when Pakistan closed its border to supplies meant for U.S. and other NATO troops in Afghanistan in retaliation for American airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

Tea-Party-Backed Cruz Wins Texas Senate GOP Runoff

August 1, 2012 by legitgov

Tea-Party-Backed Cruz Wins Texas Senate GOP Runoff 31 Jul 2012 Houston lawyer Rafael "Ted" Cruz easily won a runoff election Tuesday to become the Republican U.S. Senate nominee in Texas, underscoring how tea-party activists are upending this year's GOP primary contests. Mr. Cruz, a tea-party favorite, defeated Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the candidate backed by most of the state GOP establishment, including Gov. Rick Perry. He led by 55% to 45%, with 53% of the state's 7,957 precincts reporting.

Mitt Romney Adviser to Press: 'Kiss My Ass... Shove It'

July 31, 2012 by legitgov

Mitt Romney Adviser to Press: 'Kiss My Ass... Shove It' 31 Jul 2012 Mitt Romney's Offend the World megatour continued in Poland today, where the gaffe outbreak is apparently now contagious. Fresh off putdowns of the British and Palestinians, Romney aide Rick Gorka chipped in today by giving the press a lashing for... asking about all of the gaffes abroad. While leaving the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw, reporters from CNN and the New York Times sent some questions in Romney's direction, causing Gorka to snap, "Have some respect." When a journalist noted, "We haven't had another chance to ask a question... " Gorka shot back, "Kiss my ass. This is a holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect." Then he told a Politico reporter to "Shove it."

Fukushima utility TEPCO gets $12.8B nuclear crisis bailout

July 31, 2012 by legitgov

Fukushima utility TEPCO gets $12.8B nuclear crisis bailout 31 Jul 2012 The Japanese operator of the nuclear power plant devastated in last year's disasters received a 1 trillion yen ($12.8 billion) bailout Tuesday, putting it under government ownership. Tokyo Electric Power Co. apologized for the "inconvenience and anxiety" caused by the accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant in northeastern Japan, and for raising electricity charges to cover the costs of dealing with the[ir] crisis. [Gee, if I lived in Japan, I'd be ready for armed insurrection...]

Deadly Seal Flu Virus Poses Threat to Humans

July 31, 2012 by legitgov

Deadly Seal Flu Virus Poses Threat to Humans --Strain closely related to one circulating in North American birds since 2002 30 Jul 2012 Seal flu could pose a new threat to human health, scientists have warned. A new flu virus identified in American harbour seals has the potential to pass to other mammals, including humans, say experts. The H3N8 strain was discovered after the death of 162 New England harbour seals last year. Post-mortem examinations of five of the animals showed they were killed by a flu infection.

Colo. shooting suspect's psychiatrist in threat-assessment team

July 31, 2012 by legitgov

Colo. shooting suspect's psychiatrist in threat-assessment team 28 Jul 2012 A former University of Colorado graduate student accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others in a shooting rampage at a Denver-area movie theater last week had been under the care of a psychiatrist who was part of a campus threat-assessment team. The disclosure came in court documents filed overnight, NZT, by lawyers for James Holmes, 24, who is accused of opening fire last weekend on a packed showing of the latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, in the Denver suburb of Aurora. The defence attorneys, in their request to an Arapahoe County district judge, are seeking a court order requiring prosecutors to turn over the contents of a package that Holmes sent to Dr Lynne Fenton and was later seized by investigators. [See also: CLG's Aurora, Colorado Shooting 'Oddities'.]

Palestinians disgruntled by Romney

July 31, 2012 by legitgov

Palestinians disgruntled by Romney 31 Jul 2012 US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday tapped Jewish-American donors for more than US$1 million, ending a trip to Israel that aimed to show he would be a better ally than President Barack Obama. Las Vegas casino owner Sheldon Adelson, an ally of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well, sat to Romney's left at the breakfast event in Jerusalem. While Romney carried a clear pro-Israel message, he also noted a "stark difference" in the average incomes of Israelis and Palestinians - US$25,000 and US$10,000, respectively. On Monday, Palestinians accused Romney of undermining peace prospects by calling Jerusalem "the capital of Israel,"  ignoring their own claims to the city and most world opinion.

Colorado shooting suspect charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder

July 31, 2012 by legitgov

Colorado shooting suspect charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder 30 Jul 2012 The former graduate student accused of opening fire at a midnight screening of the new "Batman" film in Colorado, killing 12 people, was charged on Monday with 24 counts of first-degree murder, making him eligible for the death penalty if convicted. James Holmes, who was arrested behind a suburban Denver multiplex minutes after the July 20 shooting at a packed showing of "The Dark Knight Rises," also faces 116 counts of attempted murder in one of the worst outbursts of U.S. gun violence in recent years.

U.S. agency launches probe after Enbridge oil spill

July 31, 2012 by legitgov

U.S. agency launches probe after Enbridge oil spill 28 Jul 2012 The U.S. pipeline safety agency launched an investigation on Saturday into an oil spill in Wisconsin on Enbridge Inc’s network that forced the partial shutdown of a main artery carrying light sweet Canadian crude to Chicago-area refineries. Enbridge’s 318,000 barrel per day Line 14 pipeline, part of the Lakehead system, was shut after an estimated 1,200 barrels of oil were leaked. This happened almost two years to the day after another major spill in a different section of the line, in Michigan.

US audit: $200M wasted on Iraqi police training

July 30, 2012 by legitgov

US audit: $200M wasted on Iraqi police training 30 Jul 2012 U.S. auditors have concluded that more than $200 million was wasted on a program to train Iraqi police that Baghdad says is neither needed nor wanted. The Police Development Program -- which was drawn up to be the single largest State Department program in the world -- was envisioned as a five-year, multibillion-dollar push to train security forces after the U.S. military left last December. But Iraqi political leaders, anxious to keep their distance from the Americans, were unenthusiastic. The findings call into question funding needs at the largest U.S. embassy in the world, as the Obama administration prepares its new spending plan for the 2013 fiscal year that begins Oct 1.

Iran sentences four people to death for bank fraud

July 30, 2012 by legitgov

Iran sentences four people to death for bank fraud [<g>] 30 Jul 2012 An Iranian court has sentenced four people to death for a billion-dollar bank fraud that tainted the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, state media reported on Monday. Iranians, hit by sanctions and soaring inflation, were shocked by the scale of the $2.6-billion bank loan embezzlement that was exposed last year and by allegations it was carried out by people close to the political elite or with their assent. Of the thirty-nine people tried for the fraud - the biggest in the Islamic Republic's history - four were sentenced to hang, the IRNA state news agency reported.

Scranton, Penn. to pay back workers' wages, plus interest

July 30, 2012 by legitgov

Scranton, Penn. to pay back workers' wages, plus interest 30 Jul 2012 After slashing public employees' pay to minimum wage on July 6, the mayor of cash-poor Scranton, Pennsylvania, has struck a deal to pay them back what they are owed with interest. Mayor Christopher Doherty agreed that the city would pay approximately $750,000 in compensation owed to firefighters, police officers and public works employees, plus at least $5,100 in interest, said Tom Jennings, a lawyer for the employees' unions. In exchange, the unions said they would drop their bid to have the mayor held in contempt of court, according to the agreement, reached Saturday and presented to a judge on Monday.

Scientists warn it's the 'new norm' after worst drought in 800 years

July 30, 2012 by legitgov

Scientists warn it's the 'new norm' after worst drought in 800 years 30 Jul 2012 The signs of drought were everywhere, from shrivelled rivers and lakes in the American West to brittle brown lawns and parched farm crops in the Canadian Prairies. Even the hardy, drought-tolerant pinyon pine forests of New Mexico turned grey as they withered and died, starved of water for far too long. The stubborn dry spell that enveloped western North America from 2000 to 2004 was harsh, but now a group of researchers has concluded it was the most severe drought in 800 years - bone-dry conditions that the scientists believe could become the "new norm" in this vital agricultural region.

Bradley Manning's lawyers seek to show torturous holding conditions

July 30, 2012 by legitgov

Bradley Manning's lawyers seek to show torturous holding conditions --Manning's lawyers move to have the 22 charges against him dismissed due to treatment during his detention likened to torture 29 Jul 2012 Bradley Manning, the suspected WikiLeaks source, is seeking to call several military psychiatrists to testify that he was held in custodial conditions likened to torture against their professional advice. Manning's defence lawyers have lodged a motion with the military court in Fort Meade, Maryland, requesting the appearance of seven medical and other experts at the next pretrial hearing scheduled for 1 October. The defence team, led by civilian lawyer David Coombs, is trying to have all 22 charges against Manning thrown out of court on grounds that he was subjected to illegal pretrial treatment in violation of the constitutional prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment.

Romney in favor of 'any measures' against Iran

July 30, 2012 by legitgov

Romney in favor of 'any measures' against Iran 29 Jul 2012 In a 6,000-mile reach for evangelical and Jewish voters in the presidential election, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney said Sunday that the U.S. should "employ any and all measures" to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, arguing that it is the nation's most pressing national security issue. With the Tower of David in the Old City of Jerusalem as a backdrop, Mr. Romney said that "we recognize Israel's right to defend itself," but stopped short of reiterating the words of a foreign policy aide who told reporters that the Republican would "respect" a unilateral Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities.

Barclays told to stop fundraising for Mitt Romney

July 30, 2012 by legitgov

Barclays told to stop fundraising for Mitt Romney 29 Jul 2012 Barclays has been accused of fundraising for political candidates instead of working to rebuild the public's trust in banks following the Libor-setting scandal. Executives at Barclays have reportedly donated more than $1m (£645,000) to US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's election campaign. They are set to hand over more this evening at fundraising dinner in a secret Mayfair location, where tickets cost between $50,000 and $75,000, according to the Guardian.

Libor scandal: Barclays executive Jerry del Missier given8.75m-pound pay-off

July 30, 2012 by legitgov

Libor scandal: Barclays executive Jerry del Missier given £8.75m pay-off 25 Jul 2012 Jerry del Missier, the former Barclays Bank executive at the centre of the interest-rate rigging scandal that cost the lender £290m, has walked away with a pay-off of almost £9m. Mr del Missier, the bank's former chief operating officer who resigned three weeks ago, is understood to have negotiated the deal with Barclays' outgoing chairman Marcus Agius in the days before he quit. The pay-out looks certain to trigger another political storm over bankers' pay. Mr del Missier was one of Barclays' highest-paid executives, receiving a salary and bonus package for 2011 worth £6.7m plus a further £10.8m from share awards from previous years.

Mitt Romney backs Israeli military action against Iran

July 30, 2012 by legitgov

Mitt Romney backs Israeli military action against Iran 29 Jul 2012 Mitt Romney gave his backing to a unilateral Israeli military strike against Iran, insisting he would not stand-by while the "ayatollahs in Tehran" threatened to wipe the Jewish state "off the map". Seeking to salvage his pre-election world tour after a series of gaffes during his visit to London, the Republican presidential challenger indicated that he would not stand in Israel's way were it to launch an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. He courted further controversy by proclaiming Jerusalem to be "the capital of Israel", a status not recognised by the United States or any foreign power because the eastern part of the city is also claimed by the Palestinians.

USociopaths caught photoshopping events in Syria

July 30, 2012 by legitgov

USociopaths caught photoshopping events in Syria Posted by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 30 Jul 2012 (Photo) Translation of headline: "Assads (sic) Tanks roll through the streets to the 'Mother of all Battles.'"

DHS gears up for civil unrest prior to presidential election

July 30, 2012 by legitgov

DHS gears up for civil unrest prior to presidential election 28 Jul 2012 The Department of Homeland Security has ordered masses of riot gear equipment to prepare for potential significant domestic riots at the Republican National Convention, Democratic National Convention and next year's presidential inauguration. The DHS submitted a rushed solicitation to the Federal Business Opportunities site on Wednesday, which is a portal for Federal government procurement requisitions over $25,000. The request gave the potential suppliers only one day to submit their proposals and a 15-day delivery requirement to Alexandria, Virginia.

Obama releases Israeli military funding

July 29, 2012 by legitgov

Obama releases Israeli military funding 28 Jul 2012 US President Barack Obama said he is releasing an additional $US70 million ($67 million) in military aid for Israel. The stepped-up US aid, first announced in May, will go to help Israel expand production of a short-range rocket defense system known as Iron Dome. Obama announced the new military assistance as he signed a bill in the Oval Office expanding military and civilian cooperation with Israel. Obama said the bill underscores the United States' "unshakable commitment to Israel."

NSA wants to hire hackers

July 29, 2012 by legitgov

NSA wants to hire hackers 28 Jul 2012 Wearing a t-shirt and jeans, America's top spymaster -- National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander, also the head of the U.S. Cyber Command -- took the stage Friday at the nation's largest hacker convention to deliver a recruiting pitch. Alexander's appearance is a milestone for DefCon, a hacker mecca with an often-uneasy relationship with the feds. To hammer the point home, the NSA set up a special recruiting site for the show: http://www.nsa.gov/careers/dc20/. It's not your standard government careers page. This one includes the line: "If you have a few, shall we say, indiscretions in your past, don't be alarmed."

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