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All Things CLG --Compiled by Lori Price 16 Oct 2010 Sure, you visit the Citizens for Legitimate Government website and get the CLG Newsletter, but did you know that nearly two thousand of us enjoy the relatively new CLG Facebook fansite? Or, did you know that we are on Twitter and have an RSS feed? You're thinking, 'I did not know that.' Well, here is a list of groups, feeds, and discussion boards that you can join - so you can enjoy and *share the CLG love!*

Anthem Approved For Health Rate Hikes As High As 47 Percent

Anthem Approved For Health Rate Hikes As High As 47 Percent 14 Oct 2010 The state's largest insurer has won approval to raise health premiums by as much as 47 percent for policies sold to individual buyers, the largest price hikes seen in Connecticut since the adoption of national health care reform the insurance cartel giveaway. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has received approval to raise rates on those individual market plans by at least 19 percent -- including a range of 30 to 44 percent for the brand that was most popular in 2009, Century Preferred. [See: Arming the Left: Is the time now? By Charles Southwell 21 Oct 2003.]

US soldier reveals he threw fatal grenade

US soldier reveals he threw fatal grenade --The mission was relayed on to six televisions at the command centre, yet Ms Norgrove's death was first attributed to an insurgent detonating a suicide vest - an account that was reported around the world. 15 Oct 2010 A US special forces soldier who is believed to have 'accidentally' killed the British aid worker Linda Norgrove is likely to face disciplinary action after failing to inform his commanding officers that he had used a grenade until long after the event. Sources in Kabul and London have confirmed that during the assault on the kidnappers' hideaway, the hostage broke away from her captors and lay in a foetal position to avoid harm... It has also emerged that US forces monitored the kidnappers using a network of informers and drones.

US state department defends Europe-wide terror alert

US state department defends Europe-wide terror alert 14 Oct 2010 The US state department today defended the decision to issue a terror alert covering all of Europe but admitted that it had no specific information of any plot or potential target. The alert issued on 3 October stated "current information suggests that al-Qaida and affiliated organisations continue to plan terrorist attacks". It warned American citizens to take safety measures when travelling in Europe, particularly on public transport or at tourist sites. The alarm led to consternation across Europe... anonymous criticism by European security officials, and claims by Pakistani diplomats that the US move was politically motivated.

Six killed in Iraq bomb attacks

Six killed in Iraq bomb attacks 14 Oct 2010 Six people were killed on Thursday in separate bomb attacks in Iraq, one of which targeted an official from the secular Iraqiya [CIA] bloc of former premier Iyad Allawi, an interior ministry official said. In Jurf al-Nadaf, some 10 kilometres (6 miles) southeast of Baghdad, a bomb targeting the convoy of Iraqiya official Karim Mahud killed his bodyguard and three passers-by, and wounded four other civilians.

Afghan detainees mistreated in secret U.S. jail: report

Afghan detainees mistreated in secret U.S. jail: report 14 Oct 2010 Former detainees at a secret U.S. prison in Afghanistan say jailers mistreated them by depriving them of natural light, failing to provide proper food and withholding Red Cross visits, a report said Thursday. In the report by Open Society Foundations, former Afghan detainees prisoners say they were abused at the classified detention center on Afghanistan's U.S. Bagram airbase, north of Kabul. The jail, the existence of which is not openly acknowledged by Washington, is separate from the main U.S. prison in Afghanistan, also at Bagram and now housed in a new $60 million complex.

Soldier silenced for testimony in Afghan killings probe

Soldier silenced for testimony in Afghan killings probe --The Army is doing everything it can to limit the publicity its own explosive account created. 14 Oct 2010 First, Justin Stoner blew the whistle on his platoon. Now, the Army apparently wants to silence him. In photos obtained by CNN, Stoner sports bruises and abrasions on his back, chest and near his neck -- the marks of a beating inflicted by fellow soldiers as payback for reporting their rampant hashish use, the Army said... That move, and the subsequent beating he endured for being viewed as a snitch, triggered a wide-ranging criminal investigation that has left some soldiers accused of killing innocent Afghan civilians and others accused of posing in gruesome photos with the dead or keeping body parts as war trophies.

WikiLeaks says funding blocked after government blacklisting

WikiLeaks says funding blocked after government blacklisting --Founder Julian Assange hits out at decision by Moneybookers, which collects the whistleblowing website's donations 14 Oct 2010 The whistleblowing group WikiLeaks claims that it has had its funding blocked and that it is the victim of financial warfare by the US government. Moneybookers, a British-registered internet payment company that collects WikiLeaks donations, emailed the organisation to say it had closed down its account because it had been put on an official US watchlist and on an Australian government blacklist.

New report confirms torture at Bagram

New report confirms torture at Bagram --Human rights groups say Bagram has remained a US torture center since the toppling of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan nine years ago. 14 Oct 2010 A new report reveals that American prison guards have mistreated Afghan detainees held at the notorious US-run Bagram prison camp and airbase in Afghanistan. According to the report, issued by the US-based Open Society Foundation on Thursday, former Bagram detainees say their US jailors placed prisoners in solitary confinement, abused them and prevented them from observing religious rituals.

14 US-led troops killed in Afghan war

14 US-led troops killed in Afghan war 14 Oct 2010 At least 14 US-led foreign soldiers, including six Americans have been killed in a spate of attacks across Afghanistan in the past two days. The soldiers were killed in separate incidents in different parts of the war-torn country... The latest fatalities come just a day after six American soldiers were slain in the violence-wracked country.

DHS scoured social media sites during Obama inauguration for 'items of interest'

DHS scoured social media sites during Obama inauguration for 'items of interest' --EFF documents reveal broad range of targets including Facebook, Twitter and MySpace 14 Oct 2010 An electronic rights advocacy group is expressing concern over what it contends was an overly broad surveillance of social networking sites conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the days leading up to the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) recently obtained documents pertaining to the DHS's monitoring of social networking sites through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit. The documents show that the DHS established a unit called the Social Network Monitoring Center (SNMC) last year to scour social sites for signs of potential security threats during the presidential inauguration.

U.S. to Let Insurers Raise Fees for Sick Children

U.S. to Let Insurers Raise Fees for Sick Children 14 Oct 2010 The Obama administration, aiming to encourage health insurance companies to offer child-only policies wh*ring for the insurance cartel once again, said Wednesday that they could charge higher premiums for coverage of children with serious medical problems, if state law allowed it. Insurers "can adjust their rates based on health status until 2014, to the extent state law allows," said Jay Angoff, director of the Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at the Department of Health and Human Services.

As Terror Alert Continues, NYPD Holds Drill to Prep For Mumbai-Style Attack

As Terror Alert Continues, NYPD Holds Drill to Prep For Mumbai-Style Attack --New York Terror Exercise Simulates Commando Assault On Wall Street 14 Oct 2010 As US officials proclaim an alleged European [but actually CIA-based] terror plot still active, New York City police conducted a drill Thursday that simulated a Mumbai-style attack on civilians on a crowded street in Manhattan's financial district. The drill simulated multiple bombs and shooters, including a bomb under a vehicle, and police responded with helicopters, dogs, automatic weapons and an armored car. [But, the larger question remains: Would a 'commando assault on Wall Street' really be that bad? <g>]

Fresh violence injures 11 in Iraq

Fresh violence injures 11 in Iraq 14 Oct 2010 More than 10 people have been injured in the latest string of bombings and shooting attacks in Iraq as terror continues to ride in the violence-weary country. Five policemen were wounded Wednesday morning when a bomb blast hit their patrol in central Baghdad, Aswat al-Iraq news agency reported. In a separate incident, an explosive device stuck to a civilian car detonated close to central Baghdad's Alwiya Telephone Exchange Office, leaving four people wounded.

Oregon National Guard members deploying to Iraq

Oregon National Guard members deploying to Iraq 13 Oct 2010 Eight Oregon Army National Guard members from Salem are being mobilized for deployment to Iraq. The Oregonian reports the four pilots, three crew members and one supply sergeant with Alpha Company, 641 Aviation operate the C-23 Sherpa military transport plane. A larger unit, 600 Oregon Army National Guard members now training in Mississippi, will deploy next month to Iraq.

Ore. white separatist pleads in Obama threat

Ore. white separatist pleads in Obama threat 12 Oct 2010 A white separatist has pleaded guilty to writing a letter from the Oregon State Penitentiary threatening to kill President Barack Obama. Federal prosecutors said 27-year-old David Earl Anderson had written several threatening letters from prison, including one with racial epithets directed at the president.

Petraeus Launches Afghan Air Assault; Strikes Up 172 Percent

Petraeus Launches Afghan Air Assault; Strikes Up 172 Percent By Noah Shachtman 12 Oct 2010 There’s once again a full-blown air war over Afghanistan. Last month, NATO attack planes dropped their bombs and fired their guns on 700 separate missions, according to U.S. Air Force statistics. That’s more than double the 257 attack sorties they flew in September 2009, and one of the highest single-month totals of the entire nine-year Afghan campaign.

Iraq Says It's Near Final Draft of $12 Billion Gas Contract With Shell

Mission accomplished! Iraq Says It's Near Final Draft of $12 Billion Gas Contract With Shell 13 Oct 2010 Iraq is in the final stages of agreeing on a draft of its $12 billion gas contract with Royal Dutch Shell PLC, the country's oil minister said Wednesday... Speaking upon his arrival in Vienna for a meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC, Hussein al-Shahristani also said a planned bidding round for three major gas fields would go ahead as planned on Oct. 20 after being delayed twice before.

Unauthorized US attack kills 5 Pakistanis

Unauthorized US attack kills 5 Pakistanis 13 Oct 2010 Another non-UN-sanctioned US drone attack in Pakistan has killed at least five people and wounded several others in the troubled northwestern parts of the country. Pakistani security officials said an unmanned US plane fired two missiles at a house in North Waziristan.

Afghan plane crash killed 8 crew members - army

Afghan plane crash killed 8 crew members - army 13 Oct 2010 Six Filipinos, one Indian national and a Kenyan were killed on Tuesday when a cargo plane crashed outside Afghanistan's capital Kabul, the Afghan army said on Wednesday. The U.S.-based company operating the aircraft, National Air Cargo, said the civilian cargo transport plane was en route from sprawling U.S. Bagram Air Base to Kabul when it hit a mountain 20-30 km (15-20 miles) east of Kabul.

Administration is expected to appeal 'don't ask' injunction

Administration is expected to appeal 'don't ask' injunction 14 Oct 2010 When the dust settles by the end of the year, the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy could be history - or it could remain on the books, with a new right-leaning Congress disinclined to do anything about it. The Obama administration, which is seeking a repeal of the law, nevertheless is expected to appeal a ruling by a California federal judge who declared the policy unconstitutional. The administration is also expected to seek a stay of the judge's injunction Tuesday ordering the military to immediately stop enforcing the ban worldwide.

Bomb kills 3 foreign troops in west Afghanistan

Bomb kills 3 foreign troops in west Afghanistan 14 Oct 2010 A bomb attack in western Afghanistan on Thursday killed three foreign troops from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the alliance said. ISAF did not immediately provide further details on the nationalities of the casualties or on the attacks. Troops from the United States, Italy, Spain and Lithuania are based in western Afghanistan.

Chile Celebrates World's Longest Mine Rescue as Last Man Freed

Chile Celebrates World's Longest Mine Rescue as Last Man Freed 13 Oct 2010 Chile completed the rescue of 33 miners trapped half a mile below the Atacama Desert for more than two months, sparking celebrations at the mine site and on city streets throughout the South American country. Foreman Luis Urzua emerged from the San Jose copper mine at 8:55 p.m. New York time yesterday, the last member of the group hoisted to the surface in a four-meter long capsule. Rescuers hugged each other and sang the national anthem as the miners' relatives and friends sprayed champagne and confetti.

U.S. September home foreclosures top 100,000 for 1st time

U.S. September home foreclosures top 100,000 for 1st time 14 Oct 2010 The number of U.S. homes taken over by banks topped 100,000 for the first time in September, though foreclosures are expected to slow in coming months as lenders work through questionable paperwork, real estate data company RealtyTrac said on Thursday. Banks foreclosed on 102,134 properties in September, the first single month above the century mark, RealtyTrac said.

Iran: Five people to be tried for providing information to foreigners

Iran: Five people to be tried for providing information to foreigners 14 Oct 2010 Iran has announced that five people arrested for infiltrating into some of the country's governmental organizations and providing information to foreign entities will soon be brought to trial. These people passed information about Iran's space and cyber programs, defense capabilities, and economy to foreign entities, Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi told reporters on Wednesday.

Digger wounded in Afghanistan

Digger wounded in Afghanistan 14 Oct 2010 An Australian soldier has been shot in the leg during a battle with insurgents in Afghanistan, the Defence Department has confirmed. A statement from the department says the soldier was part of a patrol that was attacked by insurgents with a rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms fire in the Baluchi Valley region of Uruzgan.

Authorities: Army engineer built Bushkill mansion with bribes from Iraq

Authorities: Army engineer built Bushkill mansion with bribes from Iraq 13 Oct 2010 (PA) Federal authorities say a U.S. Army engineer took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes for funneling Iraq reconstruction contracts to friends, building a $1.1 million mansion in Bushkill Township with the proceeds. John Alfy Salama Markus, 38, also known as John Salama, was arrested Wednesday at his Bushkill home and charged in New Jersey with money laundering and conspiracy to commit bribery and to defraud the United States, charges that could land him in prison for 20 years if he is convicted.

All 33 Miners Pulled to Safety in Chile

All 33 Miners Pulled to Safety in Chile 14 Oct 2010 Two months, nine days, and eight hours after their excruciating ordeal began, the last of the 33 miners trapped in an apartment-sized hole a half mile under Chile was delivered safely to the earth’s surface, capping perhaps the most dramatic survival story in mining history. With the entire nation rapt and much of the world riveted, the last miner, Luis Urzua, rose smoothly out of the small hole in the ground, prompting an eruption of applause and cheers that seemed just as heartfelt as the outpouring that followed the emergence of the first miner nearly a day earlier.

Zardari believed 'US was behind Taliban attacks in Pak' to gain access to its nukes

Zardari believed 'US was behind Taliban attacks in Pak' to gain access to its nukes 13 Oct 2010 Zalmay Khalilzad, the former US envoy to Afghanistan, once brushed off Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's claim, that the US was "arranging" the (suicide) attacks by Pakistani Taliban inside his country, as 'madness', and was of the view that both Zardari and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who believed in this US conspiracy theory, were "dysfunctional" leaders. The account of Zardari's claim about the US hand in the attacks has been elaborately reproduced by US journalist Bob Woodward, on Page 116 of his famous book 'Obama's Wars,' The News reported.

DHS, Defense Join Forces to Battle Cyber Threats

DHS, Defense Join Forces to Battle Cyber Threats --Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved S. 3480 in June. The cyber-security bill would allegedly provide Obama with an 'Internet kill switch' in the event of an emergency [false flag]. 13 Oct 2010 The Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense signed an agreement this week under which they will work together to 'defend' the country's Internet backbone. "We are building a new framework between our Departments to enhance operational coordination and joint program planning," DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and DOD Secretary Robert Gates said in a joint statement.

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