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Wife of Man Who Filmed NYPD Chokehold Is Arrested

August 7, 2014 by legitgov

Wife of Man Who Filmed NYPD Chokehold Is Arrested 6 Aug 2014 The wife of the man who recorded video of New York Police Department officers performing a fatal chokehold has been arrested on assault charges. Chrissie Ortiz, 30, allegedly struck a woman outside a Staten Island grocery in New York Tuesday after the two got into an argument. She faces a misdemeanor assault charge, the Staten Island Advance reports. Ortiz's arrest comes just days after her husband, 22-year-old Ramsey Orta, was arrested on gun possession charges. While being taken into custody, Orta told arresting officers, "You're just mad because I filmed your boy."

U.S. Homeland Security contractor reports computer breach

August 7, 2014 by legitgov

U.S. Homeland Security contractor reports computer breach 7 Aug 2014 A company that performs background checks for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday it was the victim of a cyber attack, adding in a statement that "it has all the markings of a state-sponsored attack." The computer breach at Falls Church, Virginia-based US Investigations Services (USIS) probably involved the theft of personal information about DHS employees, according to the Washington Post, which first reported the story. DHS said it had suspended all work with the company amid an investigation by the FBI.

Obama Weighs Airstrikes in Iraq

August 7, 2014 by legitgov

Obama Weighs Airstrikes in Iraq 7 Aug 2014 President Obama is considering airstrikes or airdrops of food and medicine to address a humanitarian crisis among as many as 40,000 religious minorities in Iraq who have been dying of heat and thirst on a mountaintop after death threats from the [CIA's] Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, administration officials said on Thursday. The president, in meetings with his national security team at the White House on Thursday morning, has been weighing a series of options ranging from dropping humanitarian supplies on Mount Sinjar to military strikes on the fighters from ISIS now at the base of the mountain, a senior administration official said. The administration had been delaying taking any military action against ISIS until there is a new Iraqi government. But administration officials said on Thursday that the crisis on Mount Sinjar may be forcing their hand. ['The Obama-to-Obusha metamorphosis is nearly complete.' --LRP. 'Can you take the comment out? That transition was complete from day one.' --MDR.]

Snowden granted 3-yr residence permit - lawyer

August 7, 2014 by legitgov

Snowden granted 3-yr residence permit - lawyer 7 Aug 2014 Edward Snowden has received a residence permit in Russia, which is valid for three years, starting on August 1, the former NSA contractor's lawyer announced. "On the first of August he received a three-year residence permit," lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told reporters. He added that Snowden had not asked for political asylum. "He will be able to travel freely within the country and go abroad. He'll be able to stay abroad for not longer than three months," Kucherena said. The former NSA contractor will be able to apply for the Russian citizenship in five years.

UN: Palestinian children tortured, used as human shields by Israel

August 7, 2014 by walden9

Lest we forget (historical): UN: Palestinian children tortured, used as human shields by Israel 20 June 2013 New UN human rights agency report claims Israeli forces arbitrarily arrest Palestinian children in Gaza and West Bank, subject them to degrading treatment, exploit them to scope out potentially dangerous buildings and use them as shields to deter stone throwers.

US senator filibusters live coverage of powerful Palestinian testimonies

August 7, 2014 by walden9

US senator filibusters live coverage of powerful Palestinian testimonies 5 Aug 2014 On Friday, fifteen-year-old Tariq Abukhdeir spoke at a hearing on Capitol Hill about the brutal beating he endured at the hands of Israeli police in early July....The purpose of the hearing was to address Israeli impunity and US complicity in crimes against Palestinians. Tariq was one of six panelists to address the room, which was overflowing with congressional staffers...But just as Tariq started to detail the Israeli beating that left him unconscious and unrecognizable, C-SPAN2, which was broadcasting the hearing live, cut to the Senate floor.

'Help Israel avoid war crimes charges,' Netanyahu urges US lawmakers

August 7, 2014 by walden9

'Help Israel avoid war crimes charges,' Netanyahu urges US lawmakers 7 Aug 2014 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu appealed to American legislators to help Israel stave off what is likely to be a concerted global push to haul the country's military and political leaders to international courts for alleged [actual] war crimes committed in Gaza, The New York Post is reporting on Thursday.

US missile cruiser enters Black Sea again to 'promote peace'

August 7, 2014 by legitgov

US missile cruiser enters Black Sea again to 'promote peace' 7 Aug 2014 US missile cruiser Vella Gulf has entered the Black Sea in what the American Navy described as a move to "to promote peace and stability in the region." Moscow has considered any such acts as "offensive." The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) entered the Black Sea on Wednesday as part of the effort to "strengthen the collective security of NATO allies and partners in the region," according to a statement by the US 6th Fleet...Vladimir Putin has promised Russia will respond to NATO's expansion towards its borders.

CDC issues highest-level alert for Ebola

August 7, 2014 by legitgov

CDC issues highest-level alert for Ebola 6 Aug 2014 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued its highest-level alert for a response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. "Ops Center moved to Level 1 response to given the extension to Nigeria & potential to affect many lives," CDC chief Tom Frieden said Wednesday on Twitter. Level 1 means that increased staff and resources will be devoted to the outbreak, officials said.

Liberia declares state of emergency as Ebola death toll rises to 932

August 7, 2014 by legitgov

Liberia declares state of emergency as Ebola death toll rises to 932 --World Health Organization: 932 people have died from recent Ebola outbreak 6 Aug 2014 Liberia's president declared a state of emergency on Wednesday to combat the ongoing outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, as the country began implementing quarantine checkpoints. The country's president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, said that the scale of the Ebola outbreak represents a threat to Liberia's security. "I...hereby declare a State of Emergency throughout the Republic of Liberia effective as of Aug. 6, 2014, for a period of 90 days," she said via statement.

Number of Conn. Residents Without Health Insurance Drops 50 Percent

August 7, 2014 by legitgov

Number of Conn. Residents Without Health Insurance Drops 50% 6 Aug 2014 The number of people in Connecticut without health insurance has dropped by 50 percent since 2012, according to research findings released Wednesday by the state's health insurance exchange. Access Health CT, the state-run online health insurance marketplace created under the federal Affordable Care Act, has enrolled more than 256,000 state residents in private health plans or Medicaid since the website launched last fall. CEO Kevin Counihan said at a press conference with the governor Wednesday that the percentage of state residents who lack health coverage dropped from 7.9 percent at the start of the open enrollment period to 4 percent.

W.H.O. Weighing Emergency Decree on Ebola

August 7, 2014 by legitgov

W.H.O. Weighing Emergency Decree on Ebola 06 Aug 2014 Scrambling to catch up with the worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday that it was considering the declaration of an international public health emergency and would convene a panel of experts in coming days to explore the use of experimental treatments for the incurable disease. The announcements came as fears spread that a Saudi citizen may have brought the Ebola virus home to Saudi Arabia...The organization also announced 108 new Ebola cases recorded from Saturday to Monday, bringing the total to 1,711, with 932 deaths.

Invoking emergency health powers, U.S. to use Pentagon Ebola test overseas

August 6, 2014 by legitgov

Invoking emergency health powers, U.S. to use Pentagon Ebola test overseas 6 Aug 2014 U.S. health regulators on Wednesday authorized the use of an Ebola diagnostic test developed by the Pentagon to help 'contain' the world's worst outbreak of the deadly virus. The diagnostic test was authorized for use abroad on military personnel, aid workers and emergency responders in laboratories designated by the Department of Defense to respond to the Ebola outbreak, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. The test, called DoD EZ1 Real-time RT-PCR Assay, is designed for use on individuals who have symptoms of Ebola infection, who are at risk for exposure or who may have been exposed. The agency can evoke emergency authorization for a medical product it has not approved when there are no adequate alternatives.

Irish senator condemns Gaza massacre, "Nazi talk" by Israelis

August 6, 2014 by walden9

Must see video: Irish senator condemns Gaza massacre, "Nazi talk" by Israelis 6 Aug 2014 Irish senator and former presidential candidate David Norris made a powerful speech on 31 July condemning Israel's massacre in Gaza and the complicity of American, Irish and other European governments. Norris called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador. The eight-minute speech can be seen in the video here.

Senator says CIA trying to hide facts in torture report

August 6, 2014 by legitgov

Senator says CIA trying to hide facts in torture report 5 Aug 2014 Sen. Dianne Feinstein accused the CIA on Tuesday of trying to "eliminate or obscure key facts" from a Senate report on alleged U.S. torture of terrorism suspects before it is released to the public. The Senate Intelligence Committee's report, the culmination of a years-long battle between the California Democrat and the CIA, is expected to be released within the next two weeks. Feinstein said the CIA redactions from the report's executive summary are unacceptable, and that until the snipped sections are restored, she will not allow the report to be made public.

Putin bans agricultural imports from sanctioning countries for 1 year

August 6, 2014 by legitgov

Putin bans agricultural imports from sanctioning countries for 1 year 6 Aug 2014 A 1-year ban has been imposed on certain agricultural produce, foods and raw materials from countries that have sanctioned Russia. A law on economic measures to protect the country has been signed by President Putin. The decree "on the use of specific economic measures" is aimed at ensuring Russia's security; it has been signed in response to sanctions imposed on the country by a number of states over the Ukrainian crisis, the Kremlin said on its website.

Bodies dumped in streets as West Africa struggles to curb Ebola

August 6, 2014 by legitgov

Bodies dumped in streets as West Africa struggles to curb Ebola 6 Aug 2014 Relatives of Ebola victims in Liberia defied government orders and dumped infected bodies in the streets as West African governments struggled to enforce tough measures to curb an outbreak of the virus that has killed 887 people...In neighbouring Sierra Leone and Liberia, where the outbreak is now spreading fastest, authorities deployed troops to quarantine the border areas where 70 percent of cases have been detected.

NSAssociate Google Relegated 2nd Part of 5 August 2014 CLG Newsletter to the Spam Bin

August 6, 2014 by legitgov

Looking for the 2nd part of Tuesday's CLG Newsletter? NSAssociate Google Relegated 2nd Part of 5 August 2014 CLG Newsletter to the Spam Bin Posted by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 5 Aug 2014 CLG subscribers: If you use Gmail as your email provider, please go to your spam bin to retrieve the 2nd part of Tuesday's CLG Newsletter. Perhaps Google did not like the subject line: 'Barack Obama's Secret Terrorist-Tracking System, by the Numbers.'

UK protest group 'shuts down' factory for supplying Israel arms

August 6, 2014 by walden9

UK protest group 'shuts down' factory for supplying Israel arms 5 Aug 2014 A group of pro-Palestine activists have allegedly shut down operations in a Staffordshire factory that they say supplies arms to Israel...Around 10 activists from the London Palestine Action Group have taken to the roof of Elbit systems, an Israeli company with a subsidiary based in Shenstone, near Birmingham...According to the LPAG, Elbit systems is one of the world's leading manufacturers of unmanned aerial drones, which many suspect the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have used in their ongoing offensive in Gaza.

Official: Israel to allow Gaza rebuilding in exchange for disarmament

August 5, 2014 by walden9

Official: Israel to allow Gaza rebuilding in exchange for disarmament 5 Aug 2014 Israel is willing to agree to the rebuilding of the Gaza Strip in exchange for the disarmament of militant groups there, an official said Tuesday...Ofer Gendelman told Ma'an that the Israeli government linked the rebuilding of Gaza with disarming factions in the coastal enclave.

Explosions, small arms fire heard in Eastern Ukraine

August 5, 2014 by legitgov

Explosions, small arms fire heard in Eastern Ukraine 5 Aug 2014 (CNN) This story will be updated.

US terrorism database doubles in recent years

August 5, 2014 by legitgov

US terrorism database doubles in recent years 5 Aug 2014 A U.S. government database of known or suspected terrorists doubled in size in recent years, according to newly released government figures. The growth is the result of intelligence agencies submitting names more often after a near-miss attack false flag in 2009. There were 1.1 million people in the database at the end of 2013, according to the National Counterterrorism Center, which maintains the information. About 550,000 people were listed in the database in March 2010.

British Airways Suspends Flights Over Ebola

August 5, 2014 by legitgov

British Airways Suspends Flights Over Ebola --BA stops flying to parts of Africa worst hit by ebola amid fears a Welsh person may have come into contact with the virus. 5 Aug 2014 British Airways has halted all flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone for one month due to the ebola outbreak. The airline said in a statement that it would be keeping the routes under review...In Wales, a person who recently returned from West Africa has voluntarily absented themselves from work and confined themselves to home after believing they may have come into contact with the virus.

U.S. general killed, German general wounded in Afghan attack - officials

August 5, 2014 by legitgov

U.S. general killed, German general wounded in Afghan attack - officials 5 Aug 2014 A U.S. general was killed and more than a dozen people were wounded, including a German general, in the latest insider attack by a man believed to be an Afghan soldier, U.S., German and Afghan officials said on Tuesday. The slain general, whose identity was not immediately released by the Pentagon, was believed to be the most senior U.S. military official killed in action in Afghanistan since the war there began in 2001. Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters that "many were seriously wounded" and the gunman was killed in the attack, which took place on Tuesday at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University, a training centre in Kabul.

Putin asks government to develop countermeasures to Western sanctions

August 5, 2014 by legitgov

Putin asks government to develop countermeasures to Western sanctions 5 Aug 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged his government to come up with countermeasures to Western sanctions imposed against Russia over the Ukrainian conflict. Putin stressed that Moscow's response should be "cautious." The president expects the government to present a response to the sanctions as soon as possible.

Barack Obama's Secret Terrorist-Tracking System, by the Numbers

August 5, 2014 by legitgov

Barack Obama's Secret Terrorist-Tracking System, by the Numbers --Since taking office, Obama has boosted the number of people on the no fly list more than ten-fold, to an all-time high of 47,000--surpassing the number of people barred from flying under George W. Bush. 5 Aug 2014 Nearly half of the people on the U.S. government's widely shared database of terrorist suspects are not connected to any known terrorist group, according to classified government documents obtained by The Intercept. Of the 680,000 people caught up in the government's Terrorist Screening Database--a watchlist of "known or suspected terrorists" that is shared with local law enforcement agencies, private contractors, and foreign governments--more than 40 percent are described by the government as having "no recognized terrorist group affiliation." That category--280,000 people--dwarfs the number of watchlisted people suspected of ties to al Qaeda [al-CIAduh], Hamas, and Hezbollah combined.

Obama's 'helplessness' an act: Snowden reveals scale of US aid to Israel

August 5, 2014 by legitgov

Obama's 'helplessness' an act: Snowden reveals scale of US aid to Israel 5 Aug 2014 The turmoil gripping the Middle East is a direct result of the provision of cash, weapons and surveillance to Israel by the US, the latest Snowden leak illustrates. Obama's "helpless detachment" is just for show, the Intercept's Glenn Greenwald writes. In a bold examination, Greenwald reveals the amazing contrast between what the United States says publicly, and what it does behind the curtain. Greenwald has published his analysis of the latest leaked Edward Snowden document of April 12, 2013 [explains as false the notion that the US is a bystander to the Middle Eastern crisis].

New leaker is exposing national security documents, say U.S. officials

August 5, 2014 by legitgov

New leaker is exposing national security documents, say U.S. officials 5 Aug 2014 The federal government has concluded there's a new leaker exposing national security documents in the aftermath of surveillance disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, U.S. officials tell CNN. Proof of the newest leak comes from national security documents that formed the basis of a news story published Tuesday by the Intercept, which also published the Snowden's leaks. The Intercept article focuses on the growth in U.S. government databases of known or suspected terrorist names during the Obama administration.

Google claims CLG is sending 'malicious messages,' stripping links from newsletters

August 5, 2014 by legitgov

Please share, repost, retweet: Google claims CLG is sending 'malicious messages,' stripping links from newsletters By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 5 Aug 2014 CLG readers have informed me that NSAssociate Google is often blocking and/or removing links in CLG newsletters, and/or including the following warming: "This message could be a scam. The sender's account may have been compromised and used to send malicious messages. If this message seems suspicious, let us know and then alert the sender as well. Learn more." Google then provides the reader with the following options: "Report this suspicious message. Ignore. I trust this message."

Obama Administration Program Secretly Sent Young Latin Americans to Cuba to Foment Rebellion

August 5, 2014 by legitgov

Obama Administration Program Secretly Sent Young Latin Americans to Cuba to Foment Rebellion - AP --In one case, the workers formed an HIV-prevention workshop that memos called 'the perfect excuse' for the program's political goals. 4 Aug 2014 An Obama administration program secretly dispatched young Latin Americans to Cuba using the cover of health and civic programs to provoke political change a coup d'etat, a clandestine operation that put those foreigners in danger even after a U.S. contractor was hauled away to a Cuban jail. Beginning as early as October 2009, a project overseen by the U.S. Agency for International Development sent Venezuelan, Costa Rican and Peruvian young people to Cuba in hopes of ginning up rebellion. The AP found USAID [terrorists -- Obama's old 'stomping grounds' from the 1980s] and its contractor, Creative Associates International, continued the program even as U.S. officials privately told their government contractors to consider suspending travel to Cuba after the arrest of contractor Alan Gross, who remains imprisoned after smuggling in sensitive technology.

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