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Title: 7) Statist News Blog: Politics & Economics to Prosper & Live Long
Post by: Luck on August 26, 2011, 08:22:23 am
[Most recent post is at End of Thread.]

Joe, check this out:
Tractor Hacking: The Farmers Breaking Big Tech's Repair Monopoly
https://video.vice.com/en_us/video/motherboard-farmers-fighting-big-tech-right-to-repair-tractors/59a04cd18950d06e318a1c53

Blog for important statist news.

Food Sovereignty - Maine Town Declares Food Rights

Sedgwick, Maine has done what no other town in the United States has done. Earlier this year the town unanimously passed an ordinance giving its citizens the right "to produce, process, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing."

This is WITHOUT government regulation.

This includes raw milk, locally slaughtered meats, and just about anything else you can imagine. It means that farmer and patron agree to enter into private agreements with one another, and settle any disputes that arise personally and civilly.

It is the way things used to be done before Americans sacrificed their freedoms to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Food sovereignty ordinances are what must be in place to enable an explosion of local food production.  This is only the beginning!

Learn about the principles in this video.
Video: (4:25)
http://www.nextworldtv.com/page/4469.html (http://www.nextworldtv.com/page/4469.html)
http://viacampesina.org/en/ (http://viacampesina.org/en/)

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Title: Re: Maine Town Declares Food Rights
Post by: Uncle Walt on August 26, 2011, 09:22:41 am
Don't know about other states ... but that's nothing new for WA/OR.
We have plenty of "farmers markets" and "produce stands" that sell with no licensing.
Plenty of farmers/ranchers that sell to individuals without being licensed.

We've just never thought it necessary to pass any ordinance - since that wouldn't "trump" federal regulations, anyway.
(those selling just stay below the federal requirements to meet the regulations)
Title: Re: My Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on September 16, 2011, 07:40:02 am
Court Rules That Citizens Can Videotape Police
[AND ANY OTHER PUBLIC OFFICIAL ON DUTY - Luck]
Submitted by Lois Rain on September 13, 2011 – 9:18 pm
http://healthfreedoms.org/2011/09/13/court-rules-that-citizens-can-videotape-police/ (http://healthfreedoms.org/2011/09/13/court-rules-that-citizens-can-videotape-police/)

There’s been a long rash of arrests over recording police officers on duty; recording that floods the internet with footage of police abuse. The First Circuit Court of Appeals made an important decision last week to reaffirm the right to videotape police on duty.

In a similar story, the ACLU recently won a $48,500 settlement of a lawsuit from a man who was arrested in 2009 for videotaping the police arresting his friend. The ACLU brought the case to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals and the charges against the man were dropped.

Gee, courts, thanks for the permission to use our first amendment rights! (~Health Freedoms)

First Circuit Court of Appeals Rules that Citizens Can Videotape Police

The filming of government officials while on duty is protected by the First Amendment, said the Court

The First Circuit Court of Appeals reached a crucial decision last Friday allowing the public to videotape police officers while they’re on the clock.

The decision comes after a string of incidents where individuals have videotaped police officers and were arrested. Police officers across the United States believed citizens didn’t have the right to videotape them as they conducted official duties, but issues like police brutality put the issue up for debate.

One instance where a citizen was arrested for videotaping an officer was when Khaliah Fitchette, a law-abiding teenager from New Jersey, boarded a bus in Newark. Two police officers boarded the bus as well to remove a drunken man. Fitchette began taping the police officers because of how they were handling the man, and a police officer instructed her to stop recording them. When Fitchette refused, she was arrested and placed in the back of a cop car for two hours while the officers took her phone to delete the video. Fitchette was then released, but she and her mother then filed suit against the Newark Police Department with the New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Another example involves Simon Glik, a passerby on the Boston Common. He used his cell phone to tape police officers when the Boston police were punching a man. Citizens surrounding the scene were saying, “You’re hurting him.” Glik never interfered with the police officers’ actions, but recorded the entire incident. The police officers ended up charging Glik with violating a wiretap statute that prohibits secret recording, even though the police officers admitted that they knew Glik was recording them. He was also charged with disturbing the peace and aiding the escape of a prisoner.

While all charges against Glik were dropped due to lack of merit, he still decided to join forces with the ACLU and file a civil rights suit to prevent a similar incident from occurring with others.

On Friday, August 26, 2011, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, which is New England’s highest federal court just below the U.S. Supreme Court, ruled that citizens are allowed to videotape law officials while they conduct official duties.

The city’s attorneys made the argument that police officers should have been exempt from a civil rights lawsuit in the first place in this case because the law is unclear as to whether there’s a “constitutionally protected right to videotape police” conducting their daily duties in public.

“The filming of government officials engaged in their duties in a public place, including police officers performing their responsibilities, fits comfortably within these principles [of protected First Amendment activity].,” said the Court. “Gathering information about government officials in a form that can readily be disseminated to others serves a cardinal First Amendment interest in protecting and promoting the free discussion of governmental affairs.”

The Court added that the police officers should have understood this all along, and that videotaping public officials is not limited to the press.

“Moreover, changes in technology and society have made the lines between private citizen and journalist exceedingly difficult to draw,” the Court continued. “The proliferation of electronic devices with video-recording capability means that many of our images of current events come from bystanders with a ready cell phone or digital camera rather than a traditional film crew, and news stories are now just as likely to be broken by a blogger at her computer as a reporter at a major newspaper. Such developments make clear why the news-gathering protections of the First Amendment cannot turn on professional credentials or status.”

The Court concluded that police officers are to expect to deal with certain “burdens” as citizens practice First Amendment rights, but that there needs to be a healthy balance between police officers being videotaped while acting irresponsibly and the harassment of officers with recording devices while they’re conducting their duties responsibly.

Sources:

http://www.dailytech.com/First+Circuit+Court+of+Appeals+Rules+that+Citizens+Can+Videotape+Police/article22587.htm

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11250/1172776-100.stm
Title: Re: My Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on September 16, 2011, 08:37:38 pm
Health Freedom Alert
September 14, 2011
Freedoms I Wish The Military Were Defending
We have heard it repeated loudly and continuously since 9/11 - the troops are defending our freedoms.
This cliche is actually quite insidious. It is used as a mantra to justify or excuse anything the U.S. military does.
Click here for more information >>>
http://healthfreedoms.org/freedoms-i-wish-the-military-were-defending/

September 16, 2011
USDA Seizes 1,000 Personal Lemon Trees, Threatens Fed Raid
Bridget Donovan heard it repeated loudly and continuously since 9/11 - the troops are defending our freedoms.
The lemon tree was under a quarantine at the time of purchase but three years later, the USDA sent a seizure notice although there were no signs of disease.
Click here for more information >>>
http://healthfreedoms.org/usda-seizes-1000-personal-lemon-trees-threatens-fed-raid/

Decade After 9/11: Time to Choose to be America Again?
Did the 10th anniversary make more people question and compare their freedoms and security with that of the day before the tragic event?
The last ten years were a fear motivated blur - it's time to be America again.
Click here for more information >>>
http://healthfreedoms.org/decade-after-911-time-to-choose-to-be-america-again/

You're A Terrorist At The Mall of America
Retail therapy or retail trauma?
Seemingly normal behavior is enough to raise suspicion and have one detained for multi-department questioning for hours, complete with a full length suspicion report on record.
Click here for more information >>>
http://healthfreedoms.org/youre-a-terrorist-at-the-mall-of-america/
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on September 17, 2011, 08:27:16 am
* There's a Ron Paul rally at Granite & Commercial in Manchester today, Saturday, from 1 to 2:30 pm.
* Dave Ridley will interview anyone who doesn't mind being on video.

* Okay, it's over now. There will probably be another one next Saturday same time at 114 & 101 intersection in Bedford.
* You can bring along things to barter, if you like. Or bring a list of things you have for barter. It may become a barter network too.

--- Misc. ---
 Anti-Authoritarians and Schizophrenia: Do Rebels Who Defy Treatment Do Better?
« on: March 24, 2014, 10:26:52 am »

Learn/Teach Holistic Prosperity
1. Homeschool your kids
2. Build Holistic Prosperity website
3. Teach young adults Self-sustaining Prosperity requirements: Discipline, Health, History, Science
   Discipline is: Organized Thinking, Planning, Morality, Cooperation, Fun Events.
   - Organized Thinking includes prayer, meditation, self-correction, making amends, sharing experience
   - Planning is best with helpers and tools like Wishcraft
   - Morality has to do only with not harming anyone or their property, including oneself
   - Cooperate with others and live thriftfully (to avoid the need to work fulltime or to pay taxes)
   - Fun Events should be creative, unifying and educational
   Health requires healthy lifestyle and avoidance of harmful influences (See http://qdl.scs-inc.us/?top=4741-4760-5079-11759-7272-7777 ,
http://mercola.com ,
http://naturalnews.org
and http://curezone.com )
   History shows proper political and economic policies, i.e. constitutional natural law and progressive economics
   Science requires proper scientific method free from political manipulation
4. Graduates promote HP in 3 Regions:
   1. Non-arid Regions (eastern U.S.): Frugal Organic Permaculture + Intentional Community (FOP-IC) + HPP
   2. Arid Regions (western U.S.): Holistic Land Management + FOP-IC +HPP
(See: Savory's TED video: http://www.ted.com/talks/allan_savory_how_to_green_the_world_s_deserts_and_reverse_climate_change.html
and http://savoryinstitute.com )
   3. Eroding Coasts: Floating Mangrove Islands + FOP-IC + HPP ( See http://forum.freestateproject.org/index.php?topic=26558.0 )

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My dinner with the family of Justina Pelletier, By Dr. Keith Ablow a psychiatrist
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/04/17/my-dinner-with-family-justina-pelletier

Updates
http://www.preparingyou.com/wiki/Free_Justina
[Image] Before DCF kidnapped Justina skates
[Image] After months of DCF abuse Justina is in a wheelchair and still not home

Warning! Don't drive through Massachusetts if you think your children might need medical help. The truth is you may not be safe anywhere.

Judge Joseph Johnston Rules Justina Pelletier to Remain in State’s Custody. Why does the state think it has more rights to your children than you do? http://www.preparingyou.com/wiki/Father

"Judge Johnston is assuring that the mistreatment and abuse of Justina will continue,” said the family’s spokesman Rev. Patrick Mahoney.

Keith Mason, president of Personhood USA, which is also a part of the Free Justina coalition, said with each delay it seems like Justina is “being treated worse than a piece of property.” http://www.preparingyou.com/wiki/Merchandise

"A child’s health and welfare are hanging in the balance. We cannot continue to withhold treatment from this young girl,” said Mat Staver, attorney and founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.

What will you do if this happens to your family?

    The above is as of March 25, 2014
    If parents treated Justina like Massachusetts DCF [treats her] they would be put in jail. Instead of deciding custody last Monday Judge Joseph Johnston put his decision off until Friday, then put it off again until the following Monday, and now he will fax it to her lawyers before the end of Tuesday delaying his custody ruling of Justina until then. Note: no new evidence has come over the last 9 days. This Judge Joseph Johnston is just taking his own sweet time to make the ruling. “It is an outrage that Judge Johnston continues this nightmare for the Pelletier family and Justina. By delaying his decision, he disregards the emotional toll upon Justina and her family,” the family’s spokesman Rev. Patrick Mahoney. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/03/21/judge-again-delays-ruling-on-custody-of-justina-pelletier/
"In all my years in practice, I have never seen a more outrageous overreach by a state agency. Judge Johnston should return Justina to her family that loves her. Prayer is urgently needed!" [Action is needed.] http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/24/justina-pelletiers-health-is-scary-her-sister-says-in-new-interview/
    Misinformation and apathy seen in other news sources misreporting the Justina Pelletier story, like this one from Charlie Butts OneNewsNow.com that is full of incorrect information; the comments show even more ignorance, demonstrating the very root of the problem which is the Modern American attitude. Read more at: Misinformation and apathy. http://www.preparingyou.com/wiki/Free_Justina#Misinformation_and_apathy
    Massachusetts lawmakers are getting involved in the Justina Pelletier case [ http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/02/26/major-updates-in-justina-pelletier-case-lawmakers-get-involved-teen-will-not-be-transferred-to-foster-care  ] and have begun circulating a resolution asking the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to initiate the process of releasing the teenager to her parents. "Removing a child from her family is reserved for only the most egregious circumstances where evidence of malicious intent, negligence or the blatant inability to care for the child is present." - State Rep. Marc Lombard said in a press release. The truth is hundreds of families are torn apart on a regular bases by children services. They did not get national attention. They were financially destroyed and emotionally devastated often with no happy outcome...The truth is children services with the bias aid of children's or family courts, overzealous psych evaluations, the deft ears of the media have had far to much power for years and power corrupts. This has been going on for decades because of the apathy of the people and their churches who have failed to do what Christ said, attend to the "weightier matters". We should not think this is over, this is not an aberration but all to common.
    A judge ruled Monday that Lou Pelletier's daughter, 15-year-old Justina Pelletier, will be placed into foster care. “We’re fighting corruption. We’re fighting evil,” Lou Pelletier told Lis Klimas, adding that the case is a “national outrage.” 2014-2-24
    New website being constructed http://freejustinanow.com with Petition
    Justina's father could be held in contempt of court now that DCF has filed against him. http://www.glennbeck.com/2014/02/19/lou-pelletier-talks-to-glenn-about-the-contempt-of-court-charges-and-what-comes-next-for-his-family/

Story Exposed
Lou Pelletier talks to Glenn about the contempt of court charges and what comes next for his family Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 11:54 AM EST
"Despite the fact that the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) filed for Lou Pelletier, the father of 15-year-old Justina Pelletier who is being held against her parents’ will, to be held in contempt of court, Lou joined Glenn on radio this morning to discuss what comes next in the fight to save his daughter’s life." Read more: http://www.glennbeck.com/2014/02/19/lou-pelletier-talks-to-glenn-about-the-contempt-of-court-charges-and-what-comes-next-for-his-family/

Justina's Medical Kidnapping ~ Part 1 - 13 min http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=36OAKFIQ3MM
Justina's Medical Kidnapping ~ Part 2 - 12 min http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=36OAKFIQ3MM
Free Justina Pelletier Program - 51 min http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wkLjUFz2QuA

Anti-Authoritarians and Schizophrenia: Do Rebels Who Defy Treatment Do Better?
(excerpts)

Video: Wake Up to Psychiatric Abuse
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=d-NXULCzhAg&list=UUgab3kEB-7kiAIWJPmvwd8Q

http://www.madinamerica.com/2012/05/anti-authoritarians-and-schizophrenia-do-rebels-who-defy-treatment-do-better

National Empowerment Center http://power2u.org

Project Return: Peer Support Network http://prpsn.org 323-346-0960

National Empowerment Center: Consumer-Run Statewide Organizations http://www.power2u.org/consumerrun-statewide.html
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on September 22, 2011, 09:22:31 am
Hungary Introduces 'Fat Tax' Are We Next?
Can an economic solution fix a problem of the palate?
Hungary recently adopted a tax for foods considered high in fat, sugar, and salt. Other countries in the European Union are following suit. [And some U.S. states are considering it too. Natural fats and salt don't even contribute to obesity, so it's doubly ridiculous.]
Click here for more information >>>
http://healthfreedoms.org/hungary-introduces-fat-tax-are-we-next/ (http://healthfreedoms.org/hungary-introduces-fat-tax-are-we-next/)

My Fight Against The 'Smart Meter'
Devvy Kidd has documented her own battle in stopping the installation. Her issue is one to consider...
She offers a concise summary of smart meter threats and how to stop them from entering your area.
Click here for more information >>>
http://healthfreedoms.org/my-fight-against-the-smart-meter/ (http://healthfreedoms.org/my-fight-against-the-smart-meter/)

3 [make that 100] Girls Dead, Others Hospitalized After Gardasil HPV Vaccine
Following controversy over U.S. state legislatures requiring young girls to take Gardasil, a number of severe side effects have been observed along with the recent deaths of 3 young girls.
Gardasil is now marketed towards men and women up to age 26 as a "preventative" tool against anal cancer.
- Important update: There are actually 103 reports of death following an HPV vaccination. And 3 of them are boys! The total number of VAERS reports on HPV is 23,388.
- Some U.S. state legislatures require young girls to take Gardasil vaccines. In August 2008, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) required all female immigrants between the ages of 11 and 26 to receive at least one dose of the Gardasil vaccination if they planned on entering the United States. The enforcement was due to a law created in 1996 that required immigrants to receive any vaccination that was recommended by the United States government.
Click here for more information >>>
http://healthfreedoms.org/3-girls-dead-others-hospitalized-after-gardasil-hpv-vaccine/ (http://healthfreedoms.org/3-girls-dead-others-hospitalized-after-gardasil-hpv-vaccine/)
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on September 22, 2011, 09:28:47 am
* Another Ron Paul rally is scheduled for Saturday from 1 to 2:30 pm at Rts 114 & 101 intersection in Bedford. Oops. Make that Granite and Commercial in Manchester again.
* You can bring along things to barter, if you like. Or bring a list of things you have for barter. Trying to set up a barter network.

* Here's Ron Paul on pre-emptive Peace and Mutually Assured Respect plus comments:
http://www.dailypaul.com/178800/ron-paul-9-15-11-mutually-assured-destruction-vs-mutually-assured-respect (http://www.dailypaul.com/178800/ron-paul-9-15-11-mutually-assured-destruction-vs-mutually-assured-respect).
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on September 22, 2011, 06:48:37 pm
CORRECTION
The Ron Paul rally will be at Granite and Commercial in Manchester again (from 1 to 2:30 pm), in case anyone saw the previous post before it was corrected.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: John Edward Mercier on September 22, 2011, 09:09:22 pm
Hungary Introduces 'Fat Tax' Are We Next?
Can an economic solution fix a problem of the palate?
Hungary recently adopted a tax for foods considered high in fat, sugar, and salt. Other countries in the European Union are following suit. [And some U.S. states are considering it too. Natural fats and salt don't even contribute to obesity, so it's doubly ridiculous.]
Click here for more information >>>
http://healthfreedoms.org/hungary-introduces-fat-tax-are-we-next/ (http://healthfreedoms.org/hungary-introduces-fat-tax-are-we-next/)

My Fight Against The 'Smart Meter'
Devvy Kidd has documented her own battle in stopping the installation. Her issue is one to consider...
She offers a concise summary of smart meter threats and how to stop them from entering your area.
Click here for more information >>>
http://healthfreedoms.org/my-fight-against-the-smart-meter/ (http://healthfreedoms.org/my-fight-against-the-smart-meter/)

3 [make that 100] Girls Dead, Others Hospitalized After Gardasil HPV Vaccine
Following controversy over U.S. state legislatures requiring young girls to take Gardasil, a number of severe side effects have been observed along with the recent deaths of 3 young girls.
Gardasil is now marketed towards men and women up to age 26 as a "preventative" tool against anal cancer.
- Important update: There are actually 103 reports of death following an HPV vaccination. And 3 of them are boys! The total number of VAERS reports on HPV is 23,388.
- Some U.S. state legislatures require young girls to take Gardasil vaccines. In August 2008, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) required all female immigrants between the ages of 11 and 26 to receive at least one dose of the Gardasil vaccination if they planned on entering the United States. The enforcement was due to a law created in 1996 that required immigrants to receive any vaccination that was recommended by the United States government.
Click here for more information >>>
http://healthfreedoms.org/3-girls-dead-others-hospitalized-after-gardasil-hpv-vaccine/ (http://healthfreedoms.org/3-girls-dead-others-hospitalized-after-gardasil-hpv-vaccine/)

You need causation... not just correlation.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on September 24, 2011, 09:24:58 pm
Quote
John said: You need causation... not just correlation.
* No way. You need to uphold people's rights to make their own health care decisions and not be forced against their will to take or use anything, whether it's dangerous or safe.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on September 24, 2011, 09:30:38 pm
The Beast (Govt) Strikes Again
Troy Davis execution goes ahead despite serious doubts about his guilt --Condemned man proclaimed innocence in last words to victim's family before lethal injection in Georgia prison 22 Sep 2011 - Moments before he was put to death, Troy Davis lifted his head from the gurney to which he was strapped and looked the family of Mark MacPhail, the police officer for whose murder he was convicted, directly in the eyes. "I want to talk to the MacPhail family," he said. "I was not responsible for what happened that night. I did not have a gun. I was not the one who took the life of your father, son, brother." He was administered with a triple lethal injection of pentobarbital, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride, and at 11.08 pm he was pronounced dead.
See: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/22/troy-davis-execution-last-words (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/22/troy-davis-execution-last-words).
Troy Davis campaigners vow to fight 'inhumane and inflexible' death penalty
Relatives and activists say execution in Georgia should act as a wake-up call to US politicians to abolish the death penalty
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: John Edward Mercier on September 25, 2011, 10:09:31 am
Quote
John said: You need causation... not just correlation.
* No way. You need to uphold people's rights to make their own health care decisions and not be forced against their will to take or use anything, whether it's dangerous or safe.
Children generally don't have the Right to make their own health care decisions.
But your still implying causation without correlation.


Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on September 26, 2011, 06:27:44 pm
* Regarding John's diversion, I didn't say correlation is causation; I didn't imply that correlation is causation. Correlation is reason to worry. In a non-authoritarian system, correlation would lead to experimentation to determine if there is causation. But in authoritarian systems, like we have, there are generally coverups. Living in such systems, it's prudent to accept correlation as a serious danger sign.
* Parents have the right to decide what health care their children get, unless they are abusive or irrational. Then the children and their loved ones have the right to make those decisions. Children have the same rights as anyone else.

Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on September 26, 2011, 06:31:36 pm
The 'Lemon Tree Lady' Speaks Out About USDA Threats Over TREE
A special HFA interview with Bridget Donovan, aka "The Lemon Tree Lady," USDA's Most Wanted. Or rather, her little beloved lemon tree was. Thanks to The Lemon Tree Lady, we know that the USDA spies on our purchases, yards, and even into windows!
Click here for more information >>>
http://healthfreedoms.org/the-lemon-tree-lady-speaks-out-about-usda-threats-over-tree/

[Medical] Drug Deaths Now Outnumber Car Crash Fatalities
But the real problem here is not drug deaths zooming past car fatalities - it's why the recent climb is causing so much death. Did you know that prescription drug deaths have also overtaken deaths due to cocaine and heroin abuse combined?
Click here for more information >>>
http://healthfreedoms.org/drug-deaths-now-outnumber-car-crash-fatalities/

World Cancer Rates Rise, More Gov't Action
Cancer rates have risen in most countries, and WHO is attributing it to population growth and longer life expectancies. A declaration signed at the end of a recent UN summit held governments responsible for more action against cancer. One of those actions included more tobacco restrictions.
Click here for more information >>>
http://healthfreedoms.org/world-cancer-rates-rise-more-govt-action/

Why Music Needs To Get Political Again
Today's music industry, like many entities, is tightly controlled and rarely, if ever, allows political songs to play... The punk music of yore, both a boon and bane to society, could not be ignored when it crashed the scene in the 1970s.
Click here for more information >>>
http://healthfreedoms.org/why-music-needs-to-get-political-again/

Doctors Help Govt Kidnap Children
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/09/24/jim-navarro-featured-in-cut-poison-burn.aspx
* Navarro describes the Child Protective Services (CPS) as "the thugs of the doctors, the pharmaceutical companies, and the FDA," and it's easy to see why, when you hear his story.
    "When we began, we were completely uncomfortable with everything and we wanted a second opinion. The minute those words are heard: 'second opinion,' CPS is brought into it," he explains. "You're charged with child abuse and medical neglect automatically. The charges go up from there depending on your level of resistance. They will kick in your door; come in armed. They will attempt to kidnap your child, which we had gone through several times with Thomas. By any means necessary they will get your child.
    It didn't used to be that way. Doctors sadly have gotten to the point where they don't even threaten you with CPS, they just contact them when you don't know about it.
    ... Donna and I had a hearing on the first [CPS] case, because there were actually two; one in Arizona and one in Texas, and I said, "Child abuse? I don't think so. Medical neglect? I don't think so. I am spending approximately $12,000 to $15,000 a month on my son's well being. I have him continually checked by doctors and nurses. He's got a health regimen, which includes a change of diet, vitamins, supplements. I'm doing all the right things, plus I have a wife that is by profession a caregiver. She spent many years in the emergency room, ER and trauma. I've got a sense that she knows what she's doing.
- There are four primary organizations that are responsible for this travesty: the FDA, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and the child services system. These are the white-collar bureaucrats making life and death decisions about people they've never met or cared for in a medical capacity. Their primary objective is to protect the profits of Big Pharma and the cancer industry itself.

Banned in 27 European Countries - Yet Considered Healthy?
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/09/25.aspx
In its purest form it has many health benefits, but if you're unlucky enough to buy the 1/3rd which is laundered from China you're probably also consuming illegal antibiotics, lead and a toxin which may cause DNA damage and cancer.
> [Millions of pounds of honey that has been banned by the European Union is being smuggled into the US from China. Much of this honey is tainted with illegal antibiotics, including chloramphenicol, which can cause DNA damage and cancer, and heavy metals like lead.]
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: John Edward Mercier on September 27, 2011, 10:40:51 am
* Regarding John's diversion, I didn't say correlation is causation; I didn't imply that correlation is causation. Correlation is reason to worry. In a non-authoritarian system, correlation would lead to experimentation to determine if there is causation. But in authoritarian systems, like we have, there are generally coverups. Living in such systems, it's prudent to accept correlation as a serious danger sign.
* Parents have the right to decide what health care their children get, unless they are abusive or irrational. Then the children and their loved ones have the right to make those decisions. Children have the same rights as anyone else.


Millions of Americans ingested milk this morning... some of them will die today or over the next few days... is that correlation telling me that milk is dangerous?
There is no prevention of independent study.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on October 02, 2011, 07:57:32 am
September 28, 2011
Door-To-Door Surprise Vaccinations In CA District
A school district in California took a healthcare employee with a news crew around to make sure all the kids had their vaccinations. You can see in the video they applied pressure to parents to vaccinate the children on the spot. A mother told the worker to "Get the f--- out!"
Click here for more information >>>
http://healthfreedoms.org/door-to-door-surprise-vaccinations-in-ca-district/ (http://healthfreedoms.org/door-to-door-surprise-vaccinations-in-ca-district/)

Internet All-Time High News Source, TV All-Time Low
In the last 15 years, the amount of Americans using TV as their news source has declined and reached an all time low at 66 percent. Since the inclusion of Internet news sources in the Pew surveys, the ratings continue to increase, now at an all-time high.
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http://healthfreedoms.org/internet-all-time-high-news-source-tv-all-time-low/ (http://healthfreedoms.org/internet-all-time-high-news-source-tv-all-time-low/)

September 30, 2011
Thousands In Calif. Started School Without Vaccines
Thousands of parents in Sacramento, California did not let their children get vaccinations this school year. More than 11,000 declined vaccinations; the highest decline rate [since] 1978 which is before MMRs became a requirement.
Click here for more information >>>
http://healthfreedoms.org/thousands-in-calif-started-school-without-vaccines/ (http://healthfreedoms.org/thousands-in-calif-started-school-without-vaccines/)
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on October 06, 2011, 09:32:12 pm
Health Freedom Alert
October 02, 2011
WI Judge Food Nazi: No Right To Cow, Its Milk, Or Food Choice
Remember the soup nazi from Seinfeld? That's going to sound very familiar in a minute. FTCLD went with an interesting stand... One Wisconsin judge finds that both Constitutional grounds and significant court cases hold no merit with raw milk. He says, "No, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right...
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http://healthfreedoms.org/wi-judge-food-nazi-no-right-to-cow-its-milk-or-food-choice/ (http://healthfreedoms.org/wi-judge-food-nazi-no-right-to-cow-its-milk-or-food-choice/)

TSA Re-search Woman - Her Hair Might Have Explosives!
"Hey, you, stop...the lady with the hair, you..." That's how the TSA called an African American hairdresser back to put her through another grueling search.
Click here for more information >>>
http://healthfreedoms.org/tsa-research-woman-her-hair-might-have-explosives/ (http://healthfreedoms.org/tsa-research-woman-her-hair-might-have-explosives/)

October 04, 2011
Who Put Bill Gates In Charge Of The World?
Bill Gates looks so angelic and friendly. Looks are deceptive. This man is trying to rule and ruin the world... The global elite have launched a world-wide operation against an unaware population to reduce and control fertility. Vaccines and even staple food crops have been modified to achieve these goals.
Click here for more information >>>
http://healthfreedoms.org/who-put-bill-gates-in-charge-of-the-world/ (http://healthfreedoms.org/who-put-bill-gates-in-charge-of-the-world/)

[By the way, I read that Steve Jobs died about Oct. 6 at age 56, I think, after previously having had cancer and a live transplant.]

October 06, 2011
Flu Vaccine Pushed Despite Nerve Disease Link
What isn't emphasized among the government and medical community is the strong link between the vaccine and a rare, debilitating nerve disease. The Guillain-Barre Syndrome and death link is well known, but that doesn't keep doctors from administering them even though 50 percent of doctors are refusing them.
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http://healthfreedoms.org/flu-vaccine-pushed-despite-nerve-disease-link/

SNL Takes A Crack At HPV Vaccine
It was only inevitable that Saturday Night Live would feature a spoof! Funny, scary, creepy or all of the above? They did a seemingly fun, upbeat ad featuring a little girl's doll that can inoculate its young owner with the HPV vaccine.
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http://healthfreedoms.org/snl-takes-a-crack-at-hpv-vaccine/
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on October 09, 2011, 12:58:32 pm
[Re: U.S. Drone Attack on U.S. Citizen in Yemen]
Secret U.S. Memo Made Legal Case to Kill a Citizen

By CHARLIE SAVAGE
Published: October 8, 2011

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s secret legal memorandum that opened the door to the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical Muslim cleric hiding in Yemen, found that it would be lawful only if it were not feasible to take him alive, according to people who have read the document.

The memo, written last year, followed months of extensive interagency deliberations and offers a glimpse into the legal debate that led to one of the most significant decisions made by President Obama — to move ahead with the killing of an American citizen without a trial.

The secret document provided the justification for acting despite an executive order banning assassinations, a federal law against murder, protections in the Bill of Rights and various strictures of the international laws of war, according to people familiar with the analysis. The memo, however, was narrowly drawn to the specifics of Mr. Awlaki’s case and did not establish a broad new legal doctrine to permit the targeted killing of any Americans believed to pose a terrorist threat.

The Obama administration has refused to acknowledge or discuss its role in the drone strike that killed Mr. Awlaki last month and that technically remains a covert operation. The government has also resisted growing calls that it provide a detailed public explanation of why officials deemed it lawful to kill an American citizen, setting a precedent that scholars, rights activists and others say has raised concerns about the rule of law and civil liberties.

But the document that laid out the administration’s justification — a roughly 50-page memorandum by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, completed around June 2010 — was described on the condition of anonymity by people who have read it.

The legal analysis, in essence, concluded that Mr. Awlaki could be legally killed, if it was not feasible to capture him, because intelligence agencies said he was taking part in the war between the United States and Al Qaeda and posed a significant threat to Americans, as well as because Yemeni authorities were unable or unwilling to stop him.

The memorandum, which was written more than a year before Mr. Awlaki was killed, does not independently analyze the quality of the evidence against him.

Read more here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/09/world/middleeast/secret-us-memo-made-legal-case-to-kill-a-citizen.html?_r=1
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on October 09, 2011, 01:12:04 pm
[The following news actually preceded that of  the previous post.]
White House death panel, fully operational: Secret panel can put Americans on 'kill list'
(Reuters) - [Alleged] American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials.

There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House's National Security Council, several current and former officials said. Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate.

The panel was behind the decision to add Awlaki, a U.S.-born militant preacher with alleged al Qaeda connections, to the target list. He was killed by a CIA drone strike in Yemen late last month.

The role of the president in ordering or ratifying a decision to target a citizen is fuzzy. White House spokesman Tommy Vietor declined to discuss anything about the process.

Current and former officials said that to the best of their knowledge, Awlaki, who the White House said was a key figure in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, al Qaeda's Yemen-based affiliate, had been the only American put on a government list targeting people for capture or death due to their alleged involvement with militants.

The White House is portraying the killing of Awlaki as a demonstration of President Barack Obama's toughness toward militants who threaten the United States. But the process that led to Awlaki's killing has drawn fierce criticism from both the political left and right.

In an ironic turn, Obama, who ran for president denouncing predecessor George W. Bush's expansive use of executive power in his "war on terrorism," is being attacked in some quarters for using similar tactics. They include secret legal justifications and undisclosed intelligence assessments.

Liberals criticized the drone attack on an American citizen as extra-judicial murder.

Conservatives criticized Obama for refusing to release a Justice Department legal opinion that reportedly justified killing Awlaki. They accuse Obama of hypocrisy, noting his administration insisted on publishing Bush-era administration legal memos justifying the use of interrogation techniques many equate with torture, but refused to make public its rationale for killing a citizen without due process.

Read more here:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/05/us-cia-killlist-idUSTRE79475C20111005
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on October 09, 2011, 01:39:16 pm
["Legal" Child Abuse - I'll discuss this a bit at http://forum.freestateproject.org/index.php?topic=17799.msg270916#msg270916 ]

Great Job, Anderson Cooper… But Don’t Stop There!

Recently, CNN’s Anderson Cooper did a sad but powerful exposé on child abuse in some fundamentalist Christian sects in our country. The report, Ungodly Discipline, was definitely a positive step… but our examination of this topic shouldn’t be limited to the abuse of children by religious fundamentalists....

I found that every state in our country has legalized abuse of children under some guise or other… or no guise at all.

Look at some of what exists in some of our “united states”*:

Abuse does not include physical discipline of a child if reasonable and moderate and inflicted by a parent or guardian for restraining or correcting a child…
A parent who is committed to correcting a child in non-abusive ways will find non-abusive ways.

Any investigation of child abuse shall take into account the child-rearing practices of the child’s culture.
This allows a group or a family in which abuse has taken place generation after generation to continue that abuse under the guise of ‘culture.’

… may use reasonable physical force, when and to the extent that he reasonably believes necessary to maintain discipline or promote welfare of minor
Even someone who could not control his rage at a child who is so hurt or so frightened he can’t stop crying can say he ‘believes’ the abuse was necessary.

Corporal discipline of a child by a parent or legal custodian for disciplinary purposes does not in itself constitute abuse when it does not result in harm to the child.
Every act of abuse, corporal discipline or otherwise, does result in harm of some kind to the child.

Abuse includes physical cruelty in excess of that required for reasonable disciplinary purposes.
Do you realize what this says? That some physical cruelty is reasonable for disciplinary purposes, but abuse is only physical cruelty in excess of that.

Abuse includes a parent, guardian, or other person with control or custody inflicting excessive corporal punishment (which must be excessive to the point that the child’s physical, mental, or emotional condition has been impaired or is in imminent danger of becoming impaired as a result).
I have worked with adults who were abused as children. Their mental and emotional selves were changed by even the threat of being hit. Their mental and emotional selves were changed by witnessing their siblings or their other parent being hit. The actual experience of being hit – even once – for whatever reason, deepens and escalates that change in ways most people cannot imagine… instilling terror in them, mind, body, heart, and soul.

Renowned psychoanalyst and pioneer, Alice Miller, worked tirelessly toward ending child abuse. In her book For Your Own Good, she wrote about Adolph Hitler having been beaten mercilessly by his father, under the guise of the German child rearing practices of the time. As part of his efforts to defend against the pain of his childhood experience, he eventually managed to go through his father’s beatings silently, counting the lashes and able to announce proudly to his mother how many times his father had beaten him. If you understand the human psyche, the defense against childhood pain, and the acting out of that which we defend against (until we are conscious of it and heal it)… it becomes clear as you read this book that Hitler was not the only one acting out his childhood and his response to his childhood when he became Fuhrer and tortured others as he was tortured. Many of his country people were also acting out their childhoods and their responses to their childhoods. People who had themselves been abused under the guise of child rearing too often got as close as they could to Hitler, to join with him in an effort to please him and not be at his mercy, just as they might have with their father as children.  They also joined with him in doing to others what was done to them in their young helpless childhoods.

We need to look at this and take it seriously.  Looking not only at Hitler and his childhood but also at childhood in Germany at that time… gives us a way to see the bridges from our individual lives as children, to our lives as adults, to our communal lives as families, towns, nations, and a world.

What does the legal ok to children being abused in our country tell us about us as a society? Especially in light of the existence of 28 countries in our world (including Germany) that make corporal punishment of children by parents unlawful!

Read more here: http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/corporal-punishment-child-abuse/
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on October 12, 2011, 09:01:58 pm
'US drones fly from secret Kenya bases' (Well, *formerly* secret bases.)
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/204121.html (http://www.presstv.ir/detail/204121.html)
12 Oct 2011 - US drones are flown to southern Somalia from secret US bases in neighboring Kenya, Press TV reports, quoting a Somali official. A Somali government official, who spoke on the condition of [anonymity], told Press TV that there are secret US bases in Kenya mainly used for flying American pilotless drone bombers. He also said that there are secret US jails in Kenya where hundreds of young people, captured in Somalia, are being held.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: John Edward Mercier on October 13, 2011, 11:08:06 am
You do realize how big a 'base' is used to control drones?
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on October 13, 2011, 06:18:44 pm
Have you heard where the drone came from that killed an American citizen in Yemen recently? Yemen is near Somalia. If it didn't come from Kenya, I imagine it would have come from Saudi Arabia. Do you know about that?
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on October 16, 2011, 06:36:39 pm
Even FDA Stops Merck's Gardasil Expansion
The Food and Drug Administration, a very pro-vaccine government organization, has stopped Merck's attempts to increase the approved age range for death-linked HPV vaccine Gardasil to 45. It appears that even the FDA is concerned about the effects of the Gardasil immunization, which has been tied to over 49 deaths along with countless negative reactions that have led to hospitalizations and crippled health....
Click here for more information >>>
http://healthfreedoms.org/even-fda-stops-mercks-gardasil-expansion/

Flu Shots Have More Than 250x EPA Mercury Safety Limit
Thimerosal is a widely used vaccine preservative that is present in the majority of flu shots and other vaccines. Each dose of flu vaccine contains around 25 micrograms of thimerosal, over 250 times the Environmental Protection Agency's safety limit of exposure.
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http://healthfreedoms.org/flu-shots-have-more-than-250x-epa-mercury-safety-limit/

FL Co. Stops Water Fluoride, Cites Forced Gov't Medicating
A controversial hearing in a Florida county led to the halt of fluoride in water supplied to about 700,000 residents. Brain damage, cancer, and government Soviet-style control were cited as dangers of water fluoridation.
Click here for more information >>>
http://healthfreedoms.org/fl-stops-water-fluoride-cites-forced-govt-medicating/

CA Gov Legalizes Children Consent For Vaccines Without Parent Knowledge!
Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed bill AB499 into law allowing 12 year old children to give their own consent for vaccinations without any parental knowledge or permission whatsoever. Reuters reported that on the same day, Brown banned the use of tanning beds by minors; the same minors who can opt for their own vaccinations!
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http://healthfreedoms.org/ca-gov-legalizes-children-consent-for-vaccines-without-parent-knowledge/

FDA Ignored OWN Scientist Warnings About GMOs
The FDA's own science department waved cautionary flags as early as 1991! One doctor accused the agency of forcing a square peg into a round hole and believing what they wanted to suit themselves.
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http://healthfreedoms.org/fda-ignored-own-scientist-warnings-about-gmos/

FL's Underground Surge In Raw Milk Demand - Sold As Pet Food
Even in just the last six months, Florida's underground milk demand has gone through the roof. Floridians enjoy a special loop hole; buying it as commercial animal feed.
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http://healthfreedoms.org/fls-underground-surge-in-raw-milk-demand-sold-as-pet-food/

CA Ballot Initiative: Standing Up to Monsanto
We can't seem to outright ban GMOs, but California has tirelessly fought to get the labeling of genetically modified foods on the ballot. Follow California's breaking progress below and see how you can join the fight!
Click here for more information >>>
http://healthfreedoms.org/ca-ballot-initiative-standing-up-to-monsanto/

CDC Vaccine Secrets Revealed, Shirks Responsibility
The CDC adamantly enforces vaccine use but doesn't exactly have its own scientific basis for backing its claim. It calls on the use of many third party claims, all pro-vaccine of course.
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http://healthfreedoms.org/cdc-vaccine-secrets-revealed-shirks-responsibility/

Sausage The Riot Dog Coming To America?
The reality of the situation in Greece is clear for anyone who is willing to look at the facts as they stand. Greek debt is a dead end investment. In the meantime, the mainstream media has, as it always does, turned towards disturbing attempts at quirk and fluff to pass the time between catastrophes. One of these stories is that of "Sausage The Riot Dog..."
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http://healthfreedoms.org/sausage-the-riot-dog-coming-to-america/
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: John Edward Mercier on October 17, 2011, 12:00:07 am
The mercury in thermisol is not the one with an EPA Mercury Safety Limit.
If you want to try that one... eat some freshwater fish from a NH lake.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on October 21, 2011, 05:52:00 pm
* I know NH made it a crime of sexual harassment or the like for the TSA to grope anyone in NH airports. I hope that applies to the highways too. In fact I think we should tell TSA to stay the hell out of our state.
 
TSA Nazis on the Highways
from Brasscheck TV

If you were one of the many Americans that thought you and your family could "opt-out" of being manhandled by the TSA by simply not flying, you were wrong.

TSA VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) teams are now conducting roadside searches in Tennessee, and soon to be in other states as well.

Right now, in Tennessee, if you're driving on the roads you have no Fourth Amendment protections against government abuses...

Video: http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/5441.html (http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/5441.html)
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Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on November 03, 2011, 07:21:45 pm
Pakistanis protest US drone strikes - 22 Oct 2011
http://www.legitgov.org/Pakistanis-protest-US-drone-strikes
Hundreds of Pakistanis have taken to the streets in the northwestern city of Peshawar to protest continuing non-UN-sanctioned US drone strikes in the country's tribal regions, Press TV reports. The latest protests were organized by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party, the country's religious-political party. The protesters chanted anti-US slogans and condemned civilian deaths in US drone strikes. "We strongly oppose US drone attacks on our country. This is in violation of our sovereignty. I feel the military operation against Taliban militants is no solution, we should hold dialogue with Taliban militants," rally organizer Qazi Ayaz said.

US and Afghan Troops Forced Locals to Walk Mined Road - 26 Oct 2011
http://www.military.com/news/article/report-us-afghan-troops-forced-locals-to-walk-mined-road.html
Action would appear to violate the Geneva Conventions governing treatment of civilians: NPR - Villagers in Afghanistan say they were forced to walk ahead of Afghan and U.S. Soldiers along roads in areas believed to be mined by the Taliban. National Public Radio reports villagers said the Afghan and U.S. troops pulled them from their homes one evening in early September and forced them to walk in front of the troops for more than a mile in the Panjwai district, southwest of Kandahar city.

US assassination drone kills 3 in Yemen - 27 Oct 2011
http://www.legitgov.org/US-assassination-drone-kills-3-Yemen
Three people have been killed and six others have been injured in a US assassination drone attack in the southern Yemeni province of Abyan, a government official says. The Yemeni official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said on Thursday that the unauthorized aerial attack targeted the village of Shaqra in Abyan, AFP reported. Local residents have reported sounds of gunfire and explosions in nearby areas over the past few days.

Heads up! 'Rogue websites' bill introduced in US House - 26 Oct 2011
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h0lMAk6iagrEKSzgqOspWakwtz5A
Bill allegedly paves way for US law enforcement to unilaterally shut down websites, including foreign sites, without due process - US lawmakers introduced a bill on Wednesday that would give US authorities more tools to crack down on websites accused of piracy of movies, television shows and music and the sale of counterfeit goods. The Stop Online Piracy Act has received bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and is the House version of a bill introduced in the Senate in May known as the Theft of Intellectual Property Act or Protect IP Act.

Lithuania to be investigated for CIA rendition links -- Investigation by Lithuanian legislators two years ago found two CIA prisons set up in the Baltic state - 28 Oct 2011
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/lithuania/8854720/Lithuania-to-be-investigated-for-CIA-rendition-links.html
Lawyers for an alleged al-Qaeda facilitator have filed a case against Lithuania at Europe's court of human rights over torture and secret detention at a CIA-run site in the Baltic state. Abu Zubaydah, a Palestinian currently being held by the US at Guantanamo Bay, hopes the suit will force Lithuanian authorities to reopen their investigation into secret CIA facilities and victims of torture, according to Interights, a London-based human rights protection group.

Ex-cop to be sentenced for Katrina cover-up - 02 Nov 2011
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jF0N3NNaw84gskrNi2tCHg6TQNcQ?docId=d53e486d72af425392eb4d5d21ecf971
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.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on November 06, 2011, 07:11:46 pm
This is from the libertarian doctor, Mercola.

* The US' Surprising Eugenics Program Revealed
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/10/31.aspx
This will make your blood boil - 65,000 Americans have been through this cruel practice, most often without their consent or knowledge. Even social workers made recommendations if someone was alcoholic, on welfare, "feeble minded" or promiscuous.
> [As reported by ABC News, to this day only seven of the 33 states that had sterilization programs have publicly acknowledged or apologized to victims, and only North Carolina has taken steps to compensate victims for damages. While no decision has yet been reached, the suggested compensation for deceptively taking away a person's ability to procreate is floating around $20,000 to $50,000 per living victim. In 2011, most of the victims have since passed away, but their families are still living with the pain. Opting Out of a History of Government Abuses: How could anyone ever conceive of doing something like this?  Well, that question may never be answered, as human exploitation and experimentation at the hands of the government not only existed well into the 20th century, it's still going on today. Right now, virtually everyone reading this is taking part in any number of unethical experiments you are not being told about, involving substances and technologies that stand to seriously harm your health: Unsafe prescription drugs and medical procedures; Genetically modified foods; Fluoride in your drinking water; Mercury dental fillings; Cell phones. These examples may not be as barbaric as forced sterilization, but they are no less deceitful in terms of the impact they can have on your health. You have taken the first step to opting out of these dangerous, population-wide experiments being thrust upon Americans and much of the world … and you did that by getting informed. Use your knowledge as your shield to help you make wise choices for you and your family in regard to food, medications and technology.]

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2011/11/05.aspx
* How Many More of these "Unavoidably Unsafe" Drugs Will Become Mandatory?
And if you say no, you'll be branded an enemy of the state. In fact, a new law recently passed which allows doctors to vaccinate your child without your consent. Here's how to turn the tables on them and insulate your health.
Never Buy Meat, Potatoes or Herbs With This Label on it
> [Your health and liberty is seriously threatened by increasing pressure from pharmaceutical and medical lobbyists promoting more mandatory vaccinations, effectively branding unvaccinated citizens as enemies of the state. In February, the U.S. Supreme Court granted pharmaceutical industry total immunity from lawsuits.]
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on November 15, 2011, 08:45:16 am
US drone raids kill over 120 in 2 days
http://www.legitgov.org/US-drone-raids-kill-over-120-2-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.

Iraqi cleric: US seeking to 'occupy' Mideast
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jQXKj2dH8yLQQWzHhDf-WimR8dhA
03 Nov 2011 - Al-Sadr noted the Pentagon's recent reminders that it will keep an estimated 40,000 troops across the region. 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."

Hotel guests recruited in terrorism fight with Homeland Security TV spots
http://travel.usatoday.com/hotels/story/2011-11-02/Hotel-guests-recruited-with-Homeland-Security-TV-spots/51032602/1
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.
- Note to DHS: What's most suspicious of all is YOU!

CIA Drones Kill Large Groups Without Knowing Who They Are
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/11/cia-drones-marked-for-death/
04 Nov 2011 - The expansion of the CIA's undeclared drone war in the tribal areas of Pakistan required a big expansion of who can be marked for death. ...The number of people targeted at once has grown. This is the new standard, according to a piece in the Wall Street Journal: "men believed to be militants associated with terrorist groups, but whose identities aren't always known." The CIA is now killing people without knowing who they are, on suspicion of association with terrorist groups... Strikes targeting those people -- usually "groups" of such people -- are called "signature" strikes. "The bulk of CIA's drone strikes are signature strikes," the Journal reports.

AP: CIA following Twitter, Facebook
http://articles.sfgate.com/2011-11-04/news/30363093_1_cia-facebook-open-source-center
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.

Children may be vaccinated with anthrax to test if they can survive bioterrorism attack
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2053344/Children-vaccinated-anthrax-test-survive-bioterrorism-attack.html
25 Oct 2011 - The anthrax vaccine has been tested extensively in adults and more than 2.6million members of the armed forces have also been inoculated, the Washington Post said. But there is no data on how well the vaccine works on children, or whether it would be safe. In 1998, the Pentagon began an anthrax immunisation programme in the military, but it was halted over concerns on the vaccine's safety. Personnel currently assigned to bioterrorism activities, including defence, are required to have anthrax vaccinations - as well as those deployed for 15 days or more in the Middle East and South Korea.

Waterboarding yes, power drills no: defining torture now the issue at spruced-up Guantanamo Bay
www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/waterboarding-yes-power-drills-no-defining-torture-now-the-issue-at-spruced-up-guantanamo-bay/story-e6frg6so-1226190594225
10 Nov 2011 - Mr Nashiri's counsel will argue that threatening a detainee with a power drill was not on the Justice Department's approved list of [torture] techniques. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged mastermind of a suicide attack on the USS Cole [another US inside job] in Aden on October 12, 2000, was expected to appear overnight in Guantanamo's fortified military courtroom. If convicted, he could face the death penalty... Nashiri speaks no English, but understands the proceedings he now faces and responds to questions, according to his legal team, but they describe him as "a victim of trauma". According to an official CIA report, their client was not only waterboarded, he also had a gun put to his head and was threatened with a power drill during interrogation.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on November 15, 2011, 08:45:43 am
[Old News:] Oppose the extradition of Julian Assange By Robert Stevens
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/nov2011/pers-n07.shtml
07 Nov 2011 - The decision last week by the High Court in London to dismiss the appeal of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of his extradition to Sweden is an attack on democratic rights. The judgement by Sir John Thomas and Mr. Justice Ouseley upheld the February 2011 decision by District Judge Howard Riddle at Belmarsh Magistrates Court for extradition, rejecting every issue of substance in Assange's appeal. Relying on antidemocratic and arbitrary European Arrest Warrant (EAW) legislation, the judges pronounced, "The Prosecutor must be entitled to seek to apply the provisions of Swedish law to the procedure once it has been determined that Mr. Assange is an accused and is required for the purposes of prosecution."

Wall St. Made More Money In 2.5 Years of Obama Than 8 Years of Bush
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/11/07/wall_street_made_more_money_in_first_25_years_of_obama_than_8_years_of_bush.html
07 Nov 2011 - (Video) Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC's "Morning Joe": "New government data shows profits for America's largest financial firms are once again reaching record highs not seen sense before the financial crisis of 2008. In fact, Wall Street firms have earned more in the first two and a half years of the Obama presidency than all 8 years of the Bush presidency [sic]. Over 85 billion dollars in profits compared to 77 billion." [CLG says: Remember this when the Obama campaign dares to position Obama as the ally of the 99% and the enemy of Wall Street!]

US soldier found guilty in Afghan thrill-killings
http://www.sacbee.com/2011/11/10/4046043/us-soldier-found-guilty-in-afghan.html
10 Nov 2011 - A U.S. Army soldier accused of exhorting his bored underlings to slaughter three civilians for sport was convicted of murder, conspiracy and other charges Thursday in one of the most gruesome war crimes cases to emerge from the Afghan war.

US soldier found guilty in Afghan trophy killing case
http://feeds.bignewsnetwork.com/?sid=200904795
11 Nov 2011 - An American soldier has been convicted of three counts of premeditated murder for leading a rogue "kill team" in Afghanistan by a US military court. Sergeant Calvin Gibbs admitted during his trial to cutting off the fingers of his victims to keep as war trophies, but insisted he only killed militants engaged in armed conflict with US forces. The 26-year-old soldier was given a life sentence for 15 convictions related to the killing of three men, with option for parole within nine years.
- Note: Most of the guilt belongs to unjust war supporters.

Authorities Warn Terrorists Increasingly Eyeing Attacks on Buses Over Other Transit Targets
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/11/11/authorities-warn-terrorists-increasingly-eyeing-attacks-on-buses-over-other/
11 Nov 2011 - In the lead-up to one of the busiest travel weeks of the year, a new intelligence bulletin obtained by Fox News warns that terrorists have targeted bus networks more than any other mode of surface transportation. The two page assessment, sent to law enforcement in the nation’s capital, says in part, "bus systems are considered attractive terrorist targets because they are relatively soft targets."
- Note: Looks like U.S. black ops are planning to blow up a bus now.

CIA assassination and bombing operations underway in Iran
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/cia-operations-iran-underway-tehran-bigs-mission-dismantle-weapons-program-article-1.977103
14 Nov 2011 - Explosions and assassinations at Iran nuke base pinned to Israel may have been CIA - Iranian officials revealed that one of the 17 men killed in a huge explosion at a munitions depot was a key Revolutionary Guard commander who headed Iran's missile program. And the IRNA state news agency reported that scientists had discovered a new computer virus in their systems, a more sophisticated version of the Stuxnet worm deployed last year to foul up Iran's centrifuges. Israeli newspapers and some U.S. experts said it appeared to be more from an ongoing secret operation acts of terrorism by the CIA and Israel's Mossad to eliminate Iran's [alleged] nuclear threat.

Any action against Iran will speed up Israel's collapse: ambassador
http://tehrantimes.com/index.php/politics/4489-any-action-against-iran-will-speed-up-israels-collapse-ambassador
12 Nov 2011 - TEHRAN – Tehran's Ambassador to Rome Seyyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini has said that any action against Iran by Tel Aviv not only will be met with a strong and immediate reaction, but will also speed up the Zionist regime's collapse. Israel and the U.S. have threatened to use military strike against Iran for its nuclear program which is under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Reports: U.S. Troops Headed to Nigeria to Help Fight Terrorists
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/11/u-s-troops-nigeria/
11 Nov 2011 - The Pentagon's shadow war in Africa could have a new front, if reports coming out of Nigeria are accurate. U.S. troops are headed to Nigeria to help local forces do battle with Boko Haram, an Islamic terror group that has killed up to 400 people this year in an escalating campaign of bombings and shootings. At least that's what Nigerian military sources tell Scott Morgan, a journalist based in Washington, D.C. who writes under the pseudonym "Confused Eagle."
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on November 15, 2011, 08:51:48 am
Good News!
* Most of the previous page that I just posted has the usual bad news, but there is some good news, which I already reported on the OK thread.
* Former Sheriff Richard Mack of Arizona is teaching Sheriffs across the country to uphold the Constitution and stand up against corruption and abuse by the Fed Govt and local govts. He's holding the first convention for about 200 sheriffs in Las Vegas about Jan. 30. I plan to [and now did] send a contribution.
* Details are at http://forum.freestateproject.org/index.php?topic=24272.msg272221#msg272221
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on November 15, 2011, 09:14:17 am
More Bad News, But the Good News is We Can Change Bad News to Good

Government Wants 9 Year Old Boys To Get HPV Vaccine
Drug dealing is illegal unless you work for Big Pharma or the government. Health Freedoms has relayed numerous articles to our readers about the dangers of the  Gardasil HPV drug for young girls. Enough parents have heeded the warning to cause the vaccine's sales to slow but now Big Pharma and our crony capitalist government [I guess that's a Liberal speaking - Luck] have found new victims, nine year old boys. Have they no shame!
Click here for more information >>> http://healthfreedoms.org/2011/11/02/government-wants-9-year-old-boys-to-get-hpv-vaccine/

New Mental Health ‘Bible’ Will Lead To Almost Everyone Having A [Supposed] Disorder
An updated edition of a mental health bible for doctors could mean that soon no-one will be classed as normal, experts warned today. Diagnoses for 'disorders’ could be based on symptoms including toddler tantrums, mild mood swings and binge eating.
Click here for more information >>> http://healthfreedoms.org/2011/11/02/new-mental-health-bible-will-lead-to-almost-everyone-having-a-disorder/

Children May Be Vaccinated With Anthrax
The Obama administration is considering whether scientists should inject healthy children with the anthrax vaccine to see if it would protect them from a bioterrorism attack. A working group of federal advisers endorsed testing last month and the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) will meet on Friday to vote on its recommendation.
Click here for more information >>> http://healthfreedoms.org/2011/11/02/children-may-be-vaccinated-with-anthrax/

Elderly patients condemned to early death by secret use of do not resuscitate orders
With the government taking a bigger role in our nation’s healthcare it is more important th[a]n ever to keep a watchful eye on them. We have to pay attention not only to the regulations that they put down in writing but also their unspoken methodology. Elderly patients are being condemned to an early death by hospitals making secret use of “do not resuscitate” orders, an investigation has found.
Click here for more information >>> http://healthfreedoms.org/2011/11/08/elderly-patients-condemned-to-early-death-by-secret-use-of-do-not-resuscitate-orders/
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on November 22, 2011, 05:08:56 pm
ATTENTION: RON PAUL ET AL

Audit of the IRS - 1999 & 2010
FROM: Walter Burien  
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 7:36 AM
CAFR1 NATIONAL POST

For those that have an interest, the following is the GAO (Government Accounting Office) 2010 audit of the IRS. The collection agency assigned by Congress to collect federal tax:
http://CAFR1.com/STATES/FEDERAL-GAO-AUDIT-OF-IRS/FED-GAO-AUDIT-OF-IRS-FINANCIAL-STATEMENTS-2010.pdf

The US Government started auditing the "Private" Collection agency of the IRS in 1992. Federal Government Agencies were audited from their inception. The audit of the "Private" IRS began long after it was contracted out as a collection agency contracted by Congress.

The IRS puts out two sets of Annual Financial Reports. One for their collection obligations under contract with the US Congress (The Audit noted above) and their internal AFR showing their corporate structure and corporate identity (that one they keep under lock and key)

You will note that every guideline that the IRS is supposed to follow is: "Recommended" or "Suggested" for voluntary compliance by the IRS establishing its status as a NGO (Non Government Organization).

For actual Federal Government agencies the US Government "tells; instructs; requires; or mandates" what to do by US Code.

For additional reference here is the 1999 GAO audit of the IRS:
http://CAFR1.com/STATES/FEDERAL-GAO-AUDIT-OF-IRS/FED-GAO-AUDIT-OF-IRS-FINANCIAL-STATEMENTS1999.pdf

So, if you have a problem with the IRS, don't fight the IRS, go after the "first line responsible party" the one who employes that private collection agency of the IRS under contract, the US Congress. If you do so, don't forget to motion for discovery to be provided in your case with the IRS's "Corporate" Annual Financial Report, you know, that one they keep under lock and key.

One of the first rules of a civil action is "clear" and truthful disclosure of who the {o}pposing party to that civil action is. False, or attempts for false representation on that point would in true light invalidate on its face any civil action by established law.

Conjointly, federal or local courts in light of the above would have a tad bit of a conflict of interest out of financial self-interest enforcing collection activities of a private collection agency in which in part they were the beneficiary. (The Fox taking out a civil court action against the rancher to eat a certain percentage of the rancher's chickens, with the case being decided by the Fox's family back in the Fox den)

Sent FYI from,

Walter Burien - CAFR1
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: John Edward Mercier on November 22, 2011, 06:01:59 pm
The Bureau of Internal Revenue is a 'private' agency  ::)


Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on November 22, 2011, 06:38:01 pm
* John, the website covers the IRS, not the BIR.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on November 22, 2011, 06:40:13 pm
The Union Leader: Right to Record [Cops] - FSP News - November 15, 2011
Read the rest of this blog post on http://FreeStateBlogs.net - http://freestateblogs.net/node/12930
Republicans, Democrats, police, prosecutors and judges in New Hampshire, please pay attention to this ruling and how strongly the Union Leader came out in favor of freedom on the issue of recording public officials. Please check the comments on the 1st editorial to see how the people of NH feel on this issue. Just be clear, when this blog was posted, not a single comment suggested that the Weare police were correct and the judge was wrong on this issue. However, over a dozen people commented in favor of the ruling.

Government Forced to Admit No One Has Died From Raw Milk - November 22, 2011
Click here for more information >>> http://healthfreedoms.org/2011/11/17/government-forced-to-admit-no-one-has-died-from-raw-milk/
The CDC has admitted that those it said died from raw milk over the last ten years did not die from raw milk. So is raw milk safe? Well that depends. It's safe to drink but if you produce or distribute it the government may show up with weapons drawn and eventually someone will get shot and die.

MTA Plans Unprecedented Overnight Subway Shutdowns - 15 Nov 2011 (NY)
http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Subways-Overnight-Shutdown-Trains-MTA-133825548.html
MTA says plan will save more than $1 million - The MTA revealed Monday that it plans to shut down entire sections of subway lines overnight for several different periods to complete track work and maintenance, rather than do the repairs in pieces on weekends. Transit officials plan to pilot the unprecedented program on the Lexington Avenue line between Grand Central Terminal and Atlantic Avenue starting Jan. 9 by shutting down parts of the 4, 5 and 6 trains between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. for several days in a row.

Zuccotti Park protester arrested for making terroristic threats - 16 Nov 2011
http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-11-16/news/30407885_1_protester-fire-bomb-terror-threat
After the rant, officers from NYPD's intelligence division immediately began working on trying to identify man. A protester was arrested in Zuccotti Park Wednesday after he threatened to fire-bomb the city - and his rant went viral on YouTube, police said. Nkrumah Tinsley, 29, was arrested after cops saw a video of him claiming he would torch the city during Thursday's mass protest posted online, police said. Cops later identified Tinsley at Zuccotti Park Wednesday and collared him about 5 p.m., police said. He was charged with making terroristic threats.

Justice Dept: Homeland Security Advised Raids On Occupy Wall Street Camps - 16 Nov 2011
http://gothamist.com/2011/11/16/justice_dept_official_raids_of_occu.php
According to Rick Ellis at the Examiner, a Justice Department official says that the recent evictions of Occupy movement across the country including Salt Lake City, Denver, Portland, Oakland, and New York City were "coordinated with help from Homeland Security, the FBI and other federal police agencies." Ellis reports that his source says though the decision to evict protesters ultimately rested with each individual jurisdiction, the local police departments "had received tactical and planning advice from national agencies" from the feds. Oakland's mayor Jean Quan told the BBC yesterday that she had participated in a conference call with the leaders of 18 other cities to discuss (the Occupy protest situation).
- LUCK's NOTE: So is Obama with the Occupy movement then -- and against Homeland Stupidity?

Reporters Say Police Denied Access to Protest Site - 15 Nov 2011
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/15/reporters-say-police-denied-access-to-protest-site/
As New York City police cleared the Occupy Wall Street campsite in Zuccotti Park early Tuesday morning, many journalists were blocked from observing and interviewing protesters. Some called it a "media blackout" and said in interviews that they believed that the police efforts were a deliberate attempt to tamp down coverage of the operation. The city blog Gothamist put it this way: "The NYPD Didn't Want You To See Occupy Wall Street Get Evicted."
http://gothamist.com/2011/11/15/nypds_zuccotti_eviction_swift_shrew.php

Obama tells Asia U.S. [is] 'here to stay' as Pacific power - 16 Nov 2011
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/17/us-obama-asia-idUSTRE7AF32X20111117
President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that the U.S. military would expand its role in the Asia-Pacific region, despite budget cuts, declaring America was "here to stay" as a Pacific power which would help shape the region's future. The U.S. military, turning its focus away from Iraq and Afghanistan, would be more broadly distributed in Asia, particularly Southeast Asia, more flexible and help build regional capacity, Obama told the Australian parliament.

Obama: US to boost Asia-Pacific military presence --U.S. to send 2,500 Marines to Australia - 17 Nov 2011
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45318987/ns/politics-white_house/
Signaling a determination to counter a rising China, President Barack Obama vowed Thursday to expand U.S. influence in the Asia-Pacific region and "project power and deter threats to peace" in that part of the world. "The United States is a Pacific power, and we are here to stay," he declared in a speech to the Australian Parliament, sending an unmistakable message to Beijing. Obama's bullish speech came several hours after announcing he would send military aircraft and up to 2,500 Marines to northern Australia for a training hub to help allies and protect American corpora-terrorists' interests across Asia.

U.S. Troops to Stay in Iraq as Trainers, Top Officer Says - 16 Nov 2011
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/16/world/middleeast/some-troops-to-stay-in-iraq-as-trainers.html?_r=1
Some United States forces will remain as military trainers on 10 bases in Iraq even after an end-of-year deadline for all American troops to be out of the country, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate committee on Tuesday. The forces will provide training in counterterrorism to Iraqis and also instruction in operating American-made tanks and F-16 fighter jets, General Dempsey said. Overall, there will be about 16,000 American Embassy personnel in Iraq, including a large number of civilian contractors as security guards.

Fake terror plots, paid informants: the tactics of FBI 'entrapment' questioned - 16 Nov 2011
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/16/fbi-entrapment-fake-terror-plots
Critics say bureau is running a sting operation across America, targeting vulnerable people by luring them into fake terror plots. Even more shocking was that the organisation, money, weapons and motivation for this plot did not come from real Islamic terrorists. It came from the FBI, and an informant paid to pose as a terrorist mastermind paying big bucks for help in carrying out an attack... Critics say the FBI is running a sting operation across America, targeting – to a large extent – the Muslim community by luring people into fake terror plots.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: John Edward Mercier on November 24, 2011, 01:21:04 am
* John, the website covers the IRS, not the BIR.
They are one and the same.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on January 02, 2012, 02:09:07 pm
When Governments Go Rogue
http://www.alt-market.com/articles/369-when-governments-go-rogue

There are those today who would claim that the lifeblood of a nation is dependent upon the graces of its government.  That government is the focal point of cultural growth, and that we as citizens should respect it as such.  I would be more inclined to agree if the public did not so easily confuse the ideals of leadership with the actions of criminals.  That is to say, regardless of what we wish our government to be, bureaucracies rarely, if ever, embody the spirit of the common man (a necessity for any system that purports to defend the citizenry).  Instead, bureaucracies almost inevitably deteriorate into vehicles for the perpetuation of tyranny driven by the very worst of all stewards; elitist minorities with delusions of godhood.

Unfortunately, despite this fact, the masses often treat these industrious vermin and the plagues of society that they build with the same reverence as they would a sincere and honorable body politic.

Government is not nor has it ever been a foregone conclusion.  Government is not concrete.  It is not tangible.  It is not the foundation of society.  Instead, government is an abstraction; a fantastic dream of collectivist paternity in the face of individual hardship.  Those who fear to wander the world on their own courage, strength, and merit, seek to elevate and empower "decision makers" to provide the comfort of limited liability.  

Through this process, governments are created out of thin air.  All governmental authority is, thus, HANDED to those in positions of leadership.  What makes one man a "king" and another man a "peasant"?  Only the people of a country, and where they choose to place their personal control; in their own hands, or the hands of others.

To put it simply, there is no power over us but that which we give away, and no freedom lost, that cannot be regained.

Until this reality is understood, consecutive generations of human beings will be left to wonder astonished at the endless atrocities of governments they thought they could trust.  The truth is, no government, no matter how seemingly noble, deserves our full faith.  All governments must be treated like storehouses of aging dynamite; with extreme vigilance, care, and suspicion, because, it is in the very nature of centralized power to sink towards destabilization and disaster.

The American dynamic was meant to be different.  For the first time in history, a group of people organized an administrative body which was predicated upon the will of the general populace and not the will of the incorporated elite.  The Constitution was the first legal document designed to LIMIT the power of government, not endlessly exonerate it.  Though many in our modern age have become completely ignorant of its original intent, the Constitution and its written protections allowed for the first decentralized government of the Western world, if not the entire world.  A government which was specifically tasked with shielding the rights of the individual beyond the desires of the mindless "majority", or the normally influential aristocracy.

(See link above for the rest.)
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on January 02, 2012, 02:22:16 pm
* This is from Dec. 9th CAFR1.com.
CHINA AND GAS PRICES

You can not compare GDP with imports. The service industry accounts for a very large portion of GDP and US consumer goods and customer service made or provided in the US have strong underpins of made elsewhere parts or forwarding to personnel providing the customer service located elsewhere . The only thing to compare imports with are exports and the US has been running a severe trade deficit for over the last decade. So what percentage is China imports compared with US exports in the same categories?

Per debt held by China, it is e-relevant compared to the market capitalization owned in China by US Interests. US Government global funds sank in about two-trillion into China back in 1999 - 2000. With the boom over the last ten years in China, and trade imports into the US (everything in Walmart / K-Mark having made in China on the bottom) that growth on the two-trillion now has a market capitalization as of 2010 of somewhere between twelve and fourteen-trillion dollars in value. China reciprocates and is forced to hold US Debt so that they have available to them transfer equity held in US dollars in the event a substantial portion of that market capitalization is pulled from China. People parrot their soundbite conditioning of: "China has 1.5 trillion dollars in reserves. If they dumped them they would collapse the dollar." Those parrots are useful idiots to the syndicate to give the exact opposite impression of reality which suits the government corporate syndicate's purpose just fine. If US Interests pulled four-trillion dollars in value (now valued Yuan) and converted back into dollars, China would be a tad short, approximately two-and-a-half-trillion dollars short. The dollar would shoot through the roof as dollars were bought to finalize the conversion. Now if China for whatever reason froze and seized that US capitalization held in China, WW-III would be quickly on the horizon.

Per oil, I sent a CAFR1 post out several years ago when crude was verging on $150 a barrel noting that imported oil from the Middle East into the US is a very small percentage used in the US. The selective presentation used by him and the syndicate and not mentioned by omission is that the US EXPORTS substantially more oil than it imports [maybe he means substantially more than it uses] and also US owned oil fields outside the US primarily ship to other than the US locations. The reason for the high prices in the US are due to the fact that US interests get a substantially better price in countries like Italy, Spain, France where gas sells by the liter in many of these locations for over $2 a liter (about $8 a gallon) There was no shortage of oil in or for the US. The prices are maintained and thus the profits by exporting oil for NON-US consumption. The wars started in the Middle East were just the fronted excuse used for higher prices.

Walter Burien - CAFR1.com
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: John Edward Mercier on January 03, 2012, 04:24:21 pm
Sorry, but the US does not export more oil than it imports.
The US does not own oil fields outside the US... doesn't even own all the oil fields in the US.
And the retail price of fuel in other countries has more to do with taxation than base commodity price.

Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on January 17, 2012, 05:57:55 pm
Romney to Help States Illegally Privatize Power & Leave Taxpayers with Debts
paraphrasing Walter Burien - http://CAFR1.com
01/18/12

"Private Associations" were used over the last 75-years to transition local governments from what we used to know as government into "Corporate" for profit enterprises.

Before 1995 Massachusetts changed their government status from the "State" government of Massachusetts to the "Commonwealth" of Massachusetts. Then they consolidated control and ownership of all counties in the state.

The implications here are grave specifically as would apply to the transfer and masking of public wealth. The People own government; they do not own private associations. The same would apply to wealth transferred from "State" holdings transitioned into the "Private Association" holdings of the "Commonwealth" of Massachusetts. They leave the liabilities under the "State" government shell and transfer the wealth holdings to and under the "Commonwealth" association. This was done right under the noses of the Massachusetts residents without a clue. The same is covertly taking place in NJ, PA, CT, and many other states.

When this transition took place about two decade ago, Massachusetts no longer produced a "State" government CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report). The CAFR was now produced under the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The State Court  System and Financial operations were also transitioned into and under the same "Commonwealth" structure.

Mit Romney is the Presidential pick to be promoted by the syndicate, being the prior governor of Massachusetts. He is versed on operating procedure to implement the same nationally. That will be his primary mission, if elected President, and thus the Syndicate is moving forward full steam, utilizing all of their contacts and tactics to force Mitt Romney's win as President.

I note Barack Obama as an attorney and current President is attempting to consolidate through restructuring federal government into the same transition.

For government to be "of, by and for the People" this transition needs to be stopped cold in its tracks and reversed. It is well under way and, if the roots of its structure hold, it will no longer be "of, by and for the People" but "of, by and for the Associations" under the direction of its minions of attorneys.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on January 18, 2012, 06:47:42 am
* This is from http://Oathkeepers.org.
Congress Attacking Internet

On January 18th, 2012, from 8am to 8pm Eastern, the Oath Keepers website will go dark to protest the looming SOPA (House) and PIPA (Senate) Bills.  We are joining with many other websites across the internet who are also going dark in protest. [Maybe they've changed their minds by now in light of the news below.]

* And the good news is from:
http://www.infowars.com/dead-on-arrival-sopa-shelved-indefinitely-obama-succumbs-to-pressure-issues-official-veto-threat/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Dead On Arrival: SOPA Shelved Indefinitely, Obama Succumbs to Pressure, Issues Official Veto Threat

Mac Slavo
SHTFPlan.com
Monday, January 16, 2012

Amid significant pressure from tens of thousands of internet users and major web behemoths like Google, Facebook, and Reddit, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is, in its current form, Dead on Arrival:

Misguided efforts to combat online privacy have been threatening to stifle innovation, suppress free speech, and even, in some cases, undermine national security. As of yesterday, though, there’s a lot less to worry about.

The first sign that the bills’ prospects were dwindling came Friday, when SOPA sponsors agreed to drop a key provision that would have required service providers to block access to international sites accused of piracy.

The legislation ran into an even more significant problem yesterday when the White House announced its opposition to the bills. Though the administration’s chief technology officials officials acknowledged the problem of online privacy, the White House statement presented a fairly detailed critique of the measures and concluded, “We will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.” It added that any proposed legislation “must not tamper with the technical architecture of the Internet.”

etc.

Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on January 23, 2012, 03:22:01 pm
Missouri Trying to Stand up to the Feds
Here's info about the amendment that Missouri is trying to pass:
gaveltogavel.us/site/2012/01/17/missouri-courts-may-be-prohibited-from-enforcing-federal-law-court-orders-may-be-required-to-use-only-originalist-interpretations

Here's mainly what the article says about it, and you may not like some of it:

If approved by Missouri voters, the amendment would:

    Prohibit the Missouri judicial branch from recognizing, enforcing, or acting in furtherance of any federal action that exceeds the powers delegated to the federal government.
    Prohibit Missouri courts from recognizing, enforcing, or acting in furtherance of any federal actions that
        restrict the right to bear arms
        legalize or fund abortions, or the destruction of any embryo from the zygote stage
        require the sale or trade of carbon credits or impose a tax on the release of carbon emissions
        involve certain health care issues
        mandate the recognition of same sex marriage or civil unions
        increase the punishment for a crime based on perpetrator’s thoughts or designate a crime as a hate crime
        interpret the establishment clause as creating a wall of separation between church and state
        restrict the right of parents or guardians to home school or enroll their children in a private or parochial school or restrict school curriculum
    Requires Missouri courts [to] interpret the U.S. Constitution based on its language and the original intent of the signers of the Constitution. Further provides amendments to the U.S. Constitution shall be interpreted based on their language and the intent of the congressional sponsor and co-sponsors of the amendment
    Grants standing to Missouri citizens to sue in state court to enforce the provisions of the amendment and that enforcement of the amendment applies to federal actions taken after the amendment is approved by the voters, federal actions specified in the amendment, and any federal action, regardless of when it occurred, that the Missouri Supreme Court determines to exceed the powers enumerated and delegated to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: John Edward Mercier on January 24, 2012, 02:50:49 am
It would be over ridden by certain sections of the US Constitution whereby the State of Missouri authorized the actions.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on January 31, 2012, 10:29:10 am
"Citizen" Speaks out in Court
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrW54C5wvj8&feature=player_embedded#!
* This guy speaks some apparently uncomfortable truths to the City of Austin regarding corporate governments' illegitimacy.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on February 03, 2012, 02:54:15 pm
* I just got this from Oathkeepers.org

Today is the day. REPEAL the NDAA! (That's the current Natl Defense Authorization Act, which pretends to have the authority to allow the fed govt to do anything it wants to anyone, even without making charges or providing a fair trial, on the pretext of suspicion of supporting terrorism.)

Call any time all day long
Oath Keepers encourages everyone to saddle-up and ride hard on this national effort to express outrage over the NDAA-2012.
FORWARD FAR AND WIDE AND FAST ALL GROUPS - ALL LISTS - EVERYONE

SUPPORT THE RON PAUL AMENDMENT H.R.3785
 http://theopenglobe.org/wiki/Ron_Paul_introduces_bill_to_repeal_NDAA_indefinite_detention_clause
 
(VIDEO) http://youtu.be/8HFgVYnRm5E
 
MELT THE PHONE LINES TODAY TO REPEAL THE NDAA
Don't forget to call your "representatives" today!!!
 
GO HERE TO CONTACT YOUR US SENATOR
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
 
GO HERE TO CONTACT YOUR CONGRESS CRITTER
http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

... Section 1021 of the NDAA contains language that endangers American citizens by nullifying essential liberties guaranteed by the Constitution -- rights to privacy and a fair trial.

HR 3785 -- which repeals section 1021 -- was introduced by Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) on January 18, 2012. A portion of Rep. Paul's statement is as follows:
"Section 1021 essentially codifies into law the very dubious claim of presidential authority under the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force to indefinitely detain American citizens without access to legal representation or due process of law. Section 1021 provides for the possibility of the US military acting as a kind of police force on US soil, apprehending terror suspects - including Americans - and whisking them off to an undisclosed location indefinitely. No right to attorney, no right to trial, no day in court."

HR 3785 reads simply: "Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112-81) is hereby repealed."

Tell Congress: Support HR 3785
http://petitions.conservativeactionalerts.com/5959/tell-congress-support-hr-3785/

TELL YOUR SENATOR'S YOU ARE ASHAMED OF THEM
WHY must we always have to defend our constitutional rights with new state legislation when these people were elected to defend our liberty in the first place? VA bill to Nullify NDAA indefinite detention of US citizens
http://americanvisionnews.com/1548/va-bill-to-nullify-ndaa-indefinite-detention-of-us-citizens


Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Financial Tyranny Ending?]
Post by: Luck on February 29, 2012, 06:12:35 am
* Yesterday's report of Geithner's recent temporary arrest led me to find some probable substance behind that report as follows, and it's good news in that it looks like corruption may truly be being overthrown (as recently claimed in the article, FINANCIAL TYRANNY: Defeating the Greatest Cover-Up of All Time, at http://divinecosmos.com/start-here/davids-blog/1023-financial-tyranny (http://divinecosmos.com/start-here/davids-blog/1023-financial-tyranny)).
Bush, Fed, Europe Banks in $15 Trillion Fraud, All Documented
http://www.veteranstoday.com/2012/02/21/intel-exclusive-trillion-dollar-terror-exposed/
Lord James of Blackheath $15,OOO,OOO,OOO,OOO FRAUD EXPOSED
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL5hqvTWkYg&feature=player_embedded
UK Column Interviews EIR's Mike Billington [re: plutocrats seeking Asian thermonuclear war etc.]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDn7mXXnL9Y&context=C36ffc22ADOEgsToPDskJeVs8DyfewJYF3mlE2kEqH
BIX WEIR: (He says Ron Paul has a good chance to be elected President) Silver More RARE Than Gold - Are Fulford & Wilcock Correct? [Part 1]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG0SjhlPrp0&feature=uploademail
BIX WEIR: A Spring 2012 CRASH - and a Ron Paul White House
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0O3yGqk4NU
The $15 TRILLION Money-Laundering Mystery
http://bullionbullscanada.com/us-commentary/24220-the-15-trillion-money-laundering-mystery
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... While Lord James (himself a former banker) is holding the “paper trail” for all of this dirty money, he himself has no firm ideas about either the source of the money nor the intent of all of these massive transfers (all in the $100’s of billions) to U.S. and UK banks. Perhaps I can help him out?
... I understand that for the average reader the mind simply rebels at the thought of our governments and (supposedly) respectable leaders of business demonstrating themselves to be no different (at all) from a Mafia crime family. So let me once again summarize these parameters altogether:
a) There are no buyers for the $trillions of U.S. Treasuries (i.e. no one wants this paper), and especially not at the highest prices in history.
b) There are no sources of (legitimate) capital to finance the purchases of these $trillions.
c) The U.S. government is so close to outright financial collapse that it cannot afford to pay any interest on its massive debts. An increase of U.S. interest rates by even 1% would send the U.S. economy into an immediate, deflationary death-spiral (as I have explained in many previous commentaries).
d) Debt-saturated Western government balance sheets cannot tolerate any further large increases in debt without a series of domino-like debt defaults.
e) Because of the factors above, the only way to prop-up the Treasuries market (and fraudulently maintain prices at the highest levels in history) was to create a mountain of unofficial/illegitimate money (i.e. counterfeit it), and then use that unofficial currency to buy these worthless Treasuries.
- For those clinging to the belief that there must be some rational/legitimate explanation for the paper-trail uncovered by Lord James, he dispels that with some further observations of his own. To begin with, there are concrete financial protocols which have been created to integrate any/every new large batch of the bankers’ fiat paper into global financial markets. None of those protocols was followed.
- Along the way with this scam, Lord James also pointed out that $100’s of billions in profits were generated, with none of those profits ever being recorded let alone reported (and taxed). In short, this is every bit as illegal as the $100’s of billions in heroin-trade profits laundered by Wall Street each year – from the poppy fields of Afghanistan.  For those pointing out that the fraudulent U.S. Treasuries market hasn’t (yet) required $15 trillion in funny-money to extend this Ponzi-scheme, obviously the banksters can come up with plenty of other uses for their counterfeited/laundered money.
- Where do people think that the Plunge Protection Team comes up with its own capital for its daily manipulations of U.S. markets? ...

Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Financial Tyranny Ending?]
Post by: Luck on February 29, 2012, 06:58:10 pm
(Financial Tyranny Ending? see previous post.)

The Cruel Science Experiment They Want to Force You to Take
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/21/ama-site-suggests-forcing-your-child-into-vaccine-experimentation.aspx
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They'll tell you it's "for the greater good" but it's not only outlandish - it's tyranny, and the epitome of a heartless system based on broken ethics.
> [A paper published by the American Medical Association’s Virtual Mentor is concerned that current enrollment in vaccine trials is extremely low. As a solution, the authors propose a federal law that would force all Americans to “opt-out” if they do not want to participate in vaccine trials or let their children be used in vaccine trials. Human experimentation -- the practice of subjecting live human beings to science experiments that are sometimes cruel, painful, or deadly -- is shameful part of U.S. history, and if the authors of the featured paper have anything to say about it, medical experimentation on ALL infants would not only be possible; it would be mandatory! While mandatory vaccine trial participation is still nothing but a theoretical proposal, everyone should be educated about their medical rights, including their right to refuse vaccinations of all kinds. In the US, you have three types of exemptions: religious, medical, and philosophical, although not all are available in all states.

FDA's Outrageous New Claim: Your Body Is a Drug -- and They Can Regulate It
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/25/fda-states-stem-cells-are-body-regulator.aspx
Quote
- Has the FDA crossed the line now that they have claimed that cells from your body are “drugs” that fall under their nearly absolute regulatory power?
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is attempting to regulate stem cell procedures at a Colorado clinic, stating that stem cells are “drugs” that fall under FDA jurisdiction.
- The FDA is making this claim even though the stem cells being used in the procedure come from the patient’s own body, which means they are essentially claiming that they can regulate a part of your body.
- In court documents, the FDA also stated that the procedure would adversely affect the market for out-of-state drugs that are approved by FDA.
- The FDA has a sordid history of attacking natural products and procedures that threaten to interfere with big business; knowledge is power -- the more you know the better you’ll be able to make informed health care decisions.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog
Post by: Luck on March 04, 2012, 07:48:56 pm
HR 347 MAKES FREE SPEECH A FELONY
http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=232419
- Posted By: AndiV - Date: Sunday, 4-Mar-2012 00:52:39
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- Once signed, HR 347 will empower federal agents to arrest and bring felony criminal charges against citizens engaged in political protests anywhere in the USA. ... The bill breezed through the Senate with unanimous consent and now lacks only corporate fascist puppet President Barack Obama’s signature to become law. The three patriots who voted Nay were Paul Broun (R-GA-10), Justin Amash (R-MI-3) and Ron Paul (R-TX-14).
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: U.S. Sponsored Massacre]
Post by: Luck on March 04, 2012, 09:52:42 pm
Alex Jones with Mossad?
* This webpage http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=232114 shows that Alex Jones likely works for Israeli Intelligence. The LaRouche organization people were saying similar things about ten years ago.

HR 347 MAKES FREE SPEECH A FELONY
http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=232419
- Posted By: AndiV - Date: Sunday, 4-Mar-2012 00:52:39
Quote
- Once signed, HR 347 will empower federal agents to arrest and bring felony criminal charges against citizens engaged in political protests anywhere in the USA. ... The bill breezed through the Senate with unanimous consent and now lacks only corporate fascist puppet President Barack Obama’s signature to become law. The three patriots who voted Nay were Paul Broun (R-GA-10), Justin Amash (R-MI-3) and Ron Paul (R-TX-14).
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Alex Jones: Mossad?]
Post by: Luck on March 12, 2012, 11:13:40 am
Another U.S.-sponsored Massacre
News from http://legitgov.org
Massacre in Kandahar: US soldier guns down Afghan civilians, including 9 children --Witness: barking dog also shot dead by gunman - 11 Mar 2012 - In the pre-dawn hours of Sunday, a US soldier stationed at a base in Afghanistan's Kandahar province allegedly launched a single-handed gun attack on nearby Afghan villagers. He is said to have broken into homes in two villages, Alkozai and Najeeban, both located about 500m (yds) from the base in Panjwai district. By the end of the attack, 16 people, nine of them children, were dead and five wounded. Some of the bodies had been set on fire. The unidentified soldier, believed to be a staff sergeant, later returned to his base, where he was put under arrest [and gets probation - the typical punishment for USociopaths who commit war crimes. But if you download a file on said massacre (think Bradley Manning), you're in solitary confinement for life. 'They hate us for our freedoms?' No, they hate us for our war crimes.--LRP]

US soldier opens fire on Afghan civilians - 11 Mar 2012 - A U.S. soldier went on a shooting rampage outside Kandahar city early Sunday, causing an unknown number of deaths and injuries, Afghan officials and the Western military said. The incident seemed certain to harden anti-American sentiment that flared into deadly riots last month after U.S. troops burned copies of the Koran at a base north of Kabul. The shooting early Sunday took place in Panjwayi district outside Kandahar city. The NATO force issued a terse statement saying the shooter was in custody and the incident would be 'investigated' by the U.S. military and Afghan authorities.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: U.S. Sponsored Massacre]
Post by: 10stateswithnh on March 12, 2012, 04:19:53 pm
If you train people to kill innocents, and think of the local population near them as less than human, you can't expect good results. What happens when these killing-trained people return to the US and get jobs with the police?
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: U.S. Sponsored Massacre]
Post by: Luck on March 14, 2012, 01:40:29 pm
Looks like it was a conspiracy.
http://www.legitgov.org
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Afghan tribal leaders [say]: Afghan civilians' massacre pre-planned (13 Mar 2012) - Afghan tribal leaders say the recent massacre of Afghan civilians by US troops has been pre-planned and not carried out by a lone soldier, Press TV reports. The tribal leaders of the southern province of Kandahar said on Monday that several US forces, not [just] a single soldier, contributed to the brutal carnage of Afghan civilians and that the violent action had been planned previously. They said the carnage was in retaliation against a deadly bomb attack on the US troops in the Zangabad district in the town of Panjwaii in the province of Kandahar, which inflicted serious damage on the American military forces. Following the blast, the American forces summoned local Afghans and tribal leaders of the region and vowed a bloody revenge on their children and wives, Kandahar tribal leaders added.

'US forces burned bodies of Afghans after massacre' (12 Mar 2012) - Afghan eyewitnesses say US troopers have burnt nearly a dozen bodies of the Afghan victims, whom American servicemen had killed during an earlier massacre. Early Sunday, US forces opened fire on Afghan civilians inside their homes in the district of Panjwaii in the southern province of Kandahar, killing at least 17 civilians and injuring several others. The Taliban militants said at least 50 people were killed in the massacre.

Also more drone murders.
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US terror drones kill 30 in southern Somalia 13 Mar 2012 At least 30 people have been killed and a dozen injured in an attack by US assassination drones in southern Somalia, Press TV reports. The unmanned aircraft fired several missiles at al-Shabab positions in the Dayniile district of south Mogadishu on Tuesday. Sheik Ibrahim Jaabar, a senior al-Shabab official, confirmed the attack, saying the aerial strike caused major damage to the group’s positions.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Govt Supports Animal Abuse]
Post by: Luck on March 24, 2012, 08:04:40 pm
Gov. Dept. Works With Major Corporation to Hide Animal Abuse
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2012/03/22.aspx
Animal abuse is only one of the atrocities that occur regularly at the hands of corporate agricultural systems.
- Following allegations of animal abuse, police raided a North Carolina Butterball turkey farm in December 2011, but a government veterinarian at the North Carolina Department of Agriculture reportedly tipped off a Butterball veterinarian about the coming raid.
- The U.S. government has a history of supporting confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), both by looking the other way when abuse or contamination occurs, and by directly subsidizing cheaply produced beef, and corn and soy used for feed.
- From animal abuse and environmental contamination, to antibiotic overuse and contaminated meat, CAFOs are an unsustainable, unethical and unhealthy way to raise food.
- To optimize your health, return to the basics of healthy food choices and buy your food from responsible, high-quality, sustainable sources, such as small organic family farms -- NOT CAFOs.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Conspiracy Winding Down]
Post by: Luck on March 28, 2012, 09:51:59 pm
GOOD NEWS!
* The conspirators are about to be rounded up and removed from power.
* See http://divinecosmos.com/start-here/davids-blog/1035-divineintervention1
* But, please don't say a word to the conspirators about it, or they may get away.
* Oh, by the way, the people behind this purge are from the Galactic Federation, I think, and they're supposed to be letting us have access to free energy technology at last. I can't wait till they get the job done and we start having free energy and everything. FSP will soon reach its goal.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: EPA Threat]
Post by: Luck on May 01, 2012, 02:00:26 pm
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2012/04/25.aspx
* Coming Soon: A Controversial "Ruling" That Threatens Your Job AND the Economy
As if the U.S. economy isn't on weak-enough knees already, this soon-to-be-released ruling threatens to plunge it into debt even further -- more than $1 trillion per year -- AND could wipe out 7.3 million U.S. jobs. Here's the worst part... it's based on FLAWED science.
> [Ozone is not inherently bad, nor dangerous. It's a normal part of your air supply, and it’s only when ozone levels are excessive that health problems can occur. At the appropriate natural levels like you find outside on a non-polluted day, ozone is not only effective – it’s nature's method for cleaning the air we breathe -- it's naturally safe. The EPA’s latest ozone ruling is unsupported by scientific evidence and may cost the U.S. a trillion dollars and millions of lost jobs.]
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: 9/11 Trial]
Post by: Luck on May 07, 2012, 05:53:08 pm
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government
06 May 2012
http://www.legitgov.org
All links are here:
http://www.legitgov.org/#breaking_news

Washington Post Reports 2010 Pentagon-CIA Drone Target Criteria as 'New' By Lori Price, http://www.legitgov.org/ 06 May 2012 An April 2012 article published in The Washington Post reported as 'new' an expansion of Pentagon-CIA killer drone target criteria. In fact, the change in policy was reported in May 2010 in the Los Angeles Times. Although the country discussed in the 2012 article was Yemen and the 2010 Los Angeles Times story referred to Pakistan, the Pentagon-CIA policy of killing broad numbers of unidentified targets is not a 2012 policy but one established in 2008 by George W. Bush and amplified in 2010 by President Barack Obama.

9/11 defendants charged in Guantanamo 'court' 06 May 2012 The five men accused of plotting the deadly September 11, 2001, attacks [which were actually carried out by the US government] in the United States were formally charged on Saturday with crimes that include murder and terrorism. Confessed [after being waterboarded 183 times] mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed  and the four other accused opted to plead neither innocent nor guilty, but rather to defer their plea to a later date. The special military tribunal charged Mohammed, 47, and the four others with "conspiracy, attacking civilians, murder and violation of the law of war, destruction, hijacking, terrorism" for their role in the strikes in which Al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] militants flew hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: former military prosecutor denounces trial --Morris Davis says allowing evidence from torture means the world will never see Guantanamo Bay trials as fair 04 May 2012 The former chief US prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay has denounced the military trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the [Bush regime's] 9/11 attacks due to appear in court at Guantanamo on Saturday, as intended primarily to prevent the defendants from presenting evidence of torture. Morris Davis, a former colonel who was chief prosecutor when Mohammed was brought to Guantanamo in 2006, said the military commissions will be badly discredited by the use of testimony obtained from waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation" techniques used on the accused men.

ACLU makes request for access to terror statements --US interrogators have been accused of using torture techniques at Guantanamo Bay on alleged terror suspects, many of whom are still being held without charge. 05 May 2012 The American Civil Liberties Union has requested access to statements made by alleged conspirators of the September 11th attacks. The ACLU has made an official request for documents on five alleged plotters who are being tried by a military court. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators are facing a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay prison. Mohammed, who was captured in Pakistan in 2003, is believed to have made statements about treatment he received at the facility.

U.S. special forces commander seeks to expand operations 04 May 2012 A top U.S. commander is seeking authority to expand clandestine operations against militants and insurgencies around the globe, a sign of shifting Pentagon tactics and priorities. Adm. William H. McRaven, a Navy SEAL and commander of the raid that killed 'Osama bin Laden,' has developed plans that would provide far-reaching new powers to make special operations units "the force of choice" against "emerging threats" over the next decade, internal Defense Department documents show. America's secret military forces have grown dramatically over the last decade as the Pentagon and the U.S. intelligence community have increasingly merged missions, including drone strikes and counter-terrorism operations.

U.S. to intensify drone strikes in Pakistan 06 May 2012 The United States has decided to intensify drone strikes in tribal areas to mount pressure on Pakistan to restore Nato supply line without tendering apology. Sources told Online that the U.S has absolutely denied demand of apology over Salala check post attack last year added that U.S has informed about its new drone policy to Pakistan. "During recent visit to Pakistan, the US Special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Marc Grasman, had informed the leadership of Pakistan about the new drone policy and the U.S is not considering apologizing over Salala attack", sources said.

Suspected U.S. drone attack kills nine in Pakistan 05 May 2012 At least nine people were killed Saturday in an airstrike from a suspected U.S. drone in Pakistan's lawless tribal region along Afghan border, security officials said. The attack was carried out in the Shawal area of North Waziristan. An intelligence official said that the drone fired at least two missiles at a house that was allegedly used by militants. The U.S. has refused to halt drone strikes, saying the pilotless aircraft have helped to kill several top militants.

US airstrike kills four civilians in Afghanistan 06 May 2012 At least four Afghan farmers have been killed in a US airstrike in Kapisa Province in northeastern Afghanistan, Press TV reports. According to Afghan officials, the victims were working in the fields when the airstrike hit early Saturday morning. The raid was carried out despite the security pact signed by Kabul and Washington on Tuesday. [Wow, USociopaths lasted a whole *96 hours* before violating a treaty! That's got to be some kind of record!]

Heads up! US sociopaths are attacking themselves again so they can blame Anonymous and/or Iran and pass psycho CISPA: Alerts say major cyber attack aimed at gas pipeline industry --Intrusions aimed at control systems, agency of Homeland Security warns 06 May 2012 A major cyber attack is currently under way aimed squarely at computer networks belonging to US natural gas pipeline companies, according to alerts issued to the industry by the US Department of Homeland Security. At least three confidential "amber" alerts – the second most sensitive next to "red" – were issued by DHS beginning March 29, all warning of a "gas pipeline sector cyber intrusion campaign" against multiple pipeline companies. But the wave of cyber attacks, which apparently began four months ago – and may also affect Canadian natural gas pipeline companies [Yeah, right!] – is continuing. That fact was reaffirmed late Friday in a public, albeit less detailed, "incident response" report from the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), an arm of DHS based in Idaho Falls.


Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Jailed for $280 medical bill]
Post by: Luck on May 12, 2012, 08:44:57 am
* Breast Cancer Survivor Jailed Over Accidental $280 Medical Bill

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2012/05/07.aspx

Can you really go to jail for not paying a $280 bill? Just ask the thousands of Americans who have had warrants issued for their arrest due to medical debt-related charges.

If you live in certain U.S. states, like Illinois or Colorado, you can be arrested for not paying your bills; more than 5,000 warrants for arrest were issued for debt-related charges since 2010. One recent case involved Lisa Lindsay, an Illinois breast cancer survivor who was imprisoned for a $280 medical bill she didn’t actually owe. Many people are struggling financially in the United States not because of lavish lifestyles or irresponsible spending, but because of exorbitant medical bills that can become virtually impossible to pay off; medical bills are actually the most common cause of bankruptcy. The healthier you are, the less you will need to rely on conventional medical care, and its often-exorbitant costs; also ask questions before agreeing to medical tests, screenings and procedures, as many are unnecessary.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Jailed for $280 medical bill]
Post by: MaineShark on May 12, 2012, 05:15:05 pm
Can you really go to jail for not paying a $280 bill? Just ask the thousands of Americans who have had warrants issued for their arrest due to medical debt-related charges.

If you live in certain U.S. states, like Illinois or Colorado, you can be arrested for not paying your bills; more than 5,000 warrants for arrest were issued for debt-related charges since 2010. One recent case involved Lisa Lindsay, an Illinois breast cancer survivor who was imprisoned for a $280 medical bill she didn’t actually owe.

You cannot be imprisoned for merely owing money, anywhere in the US - debtors' prisons are illegal.  You can be imprisoned for failing to appear at a court date if you are sued.  You can be imprisoned for contempt if you lose a suit and are ordered to make payments, then willfully fail to do so.  Judges have abused that power by ordering folks to make payments they couldn't afford, or such, but that is a rare and extreme case, not something that happens to "thousands" of Americans.  These warrants are being issued for folks not showing up at court, or for buying a big-screen TV instead of paying their bills.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Order against NDAA]
Post by: Luck on May 22, 2012, 12:59:01 pm
New York Judge Stays Enforcement of NDAA Detention Rule
http://larouchepub.com/pr/2012/120518_military_detention_stayed.html

May 18, 2012 (EIRNS)—U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan May 16 ruled in the Hedges v. Obama case in favor of a group of writers and activists temporarily blocking enforcement of the section of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which allows for indefinite military detention of U.S. citizens. Forrest's order prevents enforcement of the provision of the statute pending further order of the court or an amendment to the statute by Congress.

A reading of the Judge's ruling, which reports on the refusal of the government attorneys to provide any definitions of what kind of activity would subject individuals to that detention during the trial, provides shocking evidence of how the Obama Administration is using this vague language to implement police-state measures. The Judge's conclusion reads:

    "It must be said that it would have been a rather simple matter for the Government to have stated that as to these plaintiffs and the conduct as to which they would testify, that § 1021 did not and would not apply, if indeed it did or would not. That could have eliminated the standing of these plaintiffs and their claims of irreparable harm. Failure to be able to make such a representation given the prior notice of the activities at issue requires this Court to assume that, in fact, the Government takes the position that a wide swath of expressive and associational conduct is in fact encompassed by § 1021." (pp. 33-34)
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: False Flag Shutdown of Internet]
Post by: Luck on May 24, 2012, 08:20:49 am
CLG at http://www.legitgov.org/#breaking_news says the following about this news item:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/05/22/al-qaeda-video-calling-for-cyberattacks-on-western-targets-raises-alarm-in/

Heads up! USociopaths are trolling to censor/shut down the Internet and blame 'al-Qaeda:'

Al Qaeda video calling for cyberattacks on Western targets raises alarm in Congress 22 May 2012 A newly revealed Al Qaeda al-CIAduh video calls on followers to launch cyberattacks on Western targets, a message called "alarming" by U.S. lawmakers in light of the increase in such attacks last year. Sens. Susan Collins and [sociopath] Joe Lieberman, who top the Senate Homeland Security Committee, say they first learned of the Al Qaeda video a week ago in a meeting with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The six-minute video instructs Al Qaeda followers that the U.S. is vulnerable to cyberattacks in the same way airline security was vulnerable in 2001 before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

[CLG: Gag me with a chainsaw! Everyone knows that the video was produced in Langley, Virginia!]
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: NC vs NDAA]
Post by: Luck on May 26, 2012, 01:12:50 pm
Here's another message from http://oathkeepers.org .

Stewart Rhodes will Speak on NDAA at Educational session for North Carolina Legislature May 30, 2012
Oath Keepers, we are proud to announce that NC. state Representative Glen Bradley, a Founding Member of Oath Keepers, has introduced a resolution against the NDAA before the N.C. Legislature (based on the model legislation co-authored by Stewart Rhodes, Richard Frye, and Jeff Lewis).  

Representative Bradley has invited Stewart Rhodes to speak to members of the N.C. legislature this next Wednesday, May 30 at 4pm Eastern.   Oath Keepers members are welcome to attend to show your support for the N.C. legislature doing the right thing by passing this critical bill.  See below for details.

NDAA & AGENDA 21 PRESENTATION
for North Carolina General Assembly
(PUBLIC WELCOME & ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Room 544 - Legislative Office Building
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 515
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

LIVE BROADCAST AT HTTP://LIVESTREAM.COM/theintolerableacts  
Mr. Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers,  will be speaking about the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) along with Jeff Lewis, co-founder and National Director of the Patriot Coalition, and Rep. Glen Bradley, sponsor of H.R. 982 & H.R. 983.

Mr. Rhodes and Mr. Lewis, along with Patriot Coalition General Counsel Richard D. Fry, co-authored model NDAA resolutions that have been introduced and/or adopted by sheriffs, other law enforcement, county commissions, and state legislators across the country.

Legislators need accurate, honest information to make informed decisions regarding We the People's business. Provisions in the 2012 & 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) violate no fewer than 14 provisions of the U.S. Constitution, including over half the Bill of Rights, and many more provisions of the North Carolina Constitution and Declaration of Rights.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
LIVE BROADCAST AT HTTP://LIVESTREAM.COM/theintolerableacts
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: NATO Threat to Russia]
Post by: Luck on May 27, 2012, 06:52:22 pm
A Russian physicist sent me this message today.

NATO SCHIZOPHRENICS INCREASE ATOMIC WAR PROBABILITY
Ph.M. Kanarev
kanarevfm@mail.ru
http://www.micro-world.su/  Folder English

Announcement. History has proved invincibility of the Russian army when it protects its motherland. The horse armies of Russia returned the unasked Napoleon from Moscow to Paris. The mechanized troops of the USSR prevented the unasked Hitler to enter Moscow and put to rout in Berlin. NATO has adopted the next decision against Russia, which increases probability of atomic war nowadays.

Dear tellurians [Earthlings],

The purpose of my intellectual information for you is to protect life on our planet. It obliges me to reflect reality more precisely. You know that NATO schizophrenics have forgotten history and profess their collective apelike intellect to the whole world. Only a schizophrenic cannot understand that Russia, which is taught by history, will not make it possible to violate nuclear parity with USA in all its elements. The Russian systems of the automatic destruction of the American GMD bases in Europe will be on their way to the European borders with a hundred percent guarantee from the first minutes of their activation. The Russian aerospace power functions have been strengthened; the measures connected with strengthening of current and long-term invulnerability of its nuclear forces have been taken.

It is natural that it is unnecessary to arrange a button for a simultaneous counterblow on the American GMD bases in Europe in the nuclear briefcase of our President. It will be performed by automatics. The USA President will hardly have time to inform the Russian President that their anti-rocket has been launched by chance. After the simultaneous automatic destruction of the American GMD in Europe, the Russian President will have the only possibility: to press a button the nuclear counterblow.

NATO schizophrenics, why do you fail to understand that your decision to arrange GMD in Europe increases nuclear war probability up to 95% minimum? It means that it becomes possible that our planet will be deprived of the conditions for HUMAN life in it!!! NATO schizophrenics, is it clear for you??? If not, there is a saying: they are not human beings; they are hornless nowt [newt?, maybe chameleon] meaning that the intellect of hornless nowt [chameleon?] is lower than the intellect of an ape.

The mankind should know that the main danger on the Earth is a schizophrenic level of political ideation of the American power, which without a moment’s hesitation adopts the decisions, which increase nuclear war probability, and thus eliminates the achievements connected with the reduction of the nuclear arsenals.

The American power fails to understand that all areas on the Earth have already been divided. History has taught their inhabitants the method of collective protection of their safety. Millions of their countrymen gave their life for it. There is every condition for complete nuclear weapon elimination, but the American politicians-schizophrenics who have not experienced the atrocities of war on their territory go on performing aggressive militaristic schizophrenic activities.

I am in sorrow when I see how the offices mould our dignified contemporaries into political schizophrenics, which will be called hornless nowt [or chameleon] by our descendants. I hope that such thing will not take place, and the politicians - my contemporaries will be able to be preserved in memory as the creations of the Holy, not Satan.

All Russians should understand a global complexity of the problems, which have to be solved now by our elected power, and cool their ardour till the next stage of the elections.

Ph. M. Kanarev
May 24, 2012
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: More Drones & War Plans]
Post by: Luck on May 30, 2012, 10:59:31 am

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26 May 2012
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25 May 2012 Federal prosecutors on Friday urged a judge to lift her order barring enforcement of part of a new law that permits indefinite military detention [of US citizens]. Manhattan federal court Judge Katherine Forrest this month ruled in favor of activists and reporters who said they feared being detained under a section of the law, signed by President Barack Obama in December. The judge's preliminary injunction bars the government from enforcing section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act's "Homeland Battlefield" provisions. The section authorizes indefinite military detention for those deemed to have "substantially supported" al Qaeda [al-CIAduh], the Taliban or "associated forces."

US assassination drones kill 8 in northwestern Pakistan 27 May 2012 A US assassination drone strike has killed eight people and injured several others in the northwestern Pakistan tribal region near the Afghan border, early Monday. The attack took place in the Hassokhel town, 25 kilometers east of Miranshah, the main town of the North Waziristan area, Pakistani TV channel Dunya News reported. A Pakistani security official said US drones had fired four more missiles at a compound in the town. He added that the exact number of the drones that participated in the airstrike was not immediately known.

Amnesty International: Israel frequently uses excessive force against Palestinians 24 May 2012 The Amnesty International 2012 annual report was released on Wednesday. The report is highly critical of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians, charging that the Israel Defense Forces frequently uses excessive, sometimes lethal, force against demonstrators in the West Bank and civilians in Gaza. The IDF this year has killed 55 civilians in the West Bank and Gaza, including 11 children, the report said. The report charges that Israeli authorities were prolonging the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip with the continued implementation of blockade.

U.S. Plans to Arm Italy's Drones 29 May 2012 The Obama administration plans to arm Italy's fleet of Reaper drone aircraft, a move that could open the door for sales of advanced hunter-killer drone technology to other allies, according to lawmakers and others familiar with the matter. The sale would make Italy the first foreign country besides Britain to fly U.S. drones armed with missiles and laser-guided bombs. U.S. officials said Italy intends initially to deploy the armed drones in Afghanistan. [See CLG's Drone Hunting Permit.]

Obama personally oversees Al-Qaeda kill list: New York Times 30 May 2012 U.S. President Barack Obama has personally overseen a top-secret process for determining which Al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] suspects should be placed on a "kill list," the New York Times reported Tuesday. The Times, citing dozens of top officials and former advisers, said the administration had developed what it termed the "kill list" as part of a stepped-up drone war against Al-Qaeda and its affiliates in Pakistan and Yemen. "He is determined that he will make these decisions about how far and wide these operations will go," it quoted National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon as saying.

Pentagon has plans for military strike on Iran: Panetta 28 May 2012 US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the Pentagon has readied plans to carry out a military strike on Iran, if diplomacy fails in the dispute over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. "The fundamental premise is that neither the United States or the international community [aka Israel] is going to allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. We will do everything we can to prevent them from developing a weapon," Panetta said in an interview with ABC's This Week on Sunday. Iran says that according to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), all signatories have the right to use nuclear energy for peaceful applications and no country should have the right to possess nuclear weapons.

BBC uses fake photo for Houla massacre 29 May 2012 The British state-run broadcaster BBC has been caught passing off an old photo from Iraq in 2003 for the massacre in the Syrian town of Houla. In a report published hours after the massacre, the network used an old photo of dead Iraqi children taken in Al Mussayyib that was first published over nine years ago and presented it as a photo of victims of the recent massacre of civilians in the town of Houla in western Syria, The Telegraph reported. The photographer who took the original picture, Marco Di Lauro, posted on his Facebook page, "Somebody is using my images as a propaganda against the Syrian government to prove the massacre."

Heads up! USociopaths are trolling for new wars: US military warns Syria as pressure builds on Obama --Top US general warns military is prepared to act if 'necessary' 28 May 2012 The US's top military officer has warned Syria it could face armed intervention as international outrage grows over the massacre of women and children by [non-Bashar] tanks and artillery in Houla. General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, said that following the UN security council's condemnation of the slaughter – in which more than 100 people were killed – there needed to be increased diplomatic pressure on Damascus. But he added that the US would be prepared to act militarily if it was "asked to do so". [LOL! The only sociopaths to 'ask' for US 'help' would be other predators, such as ExxonMobil, BP, and Blackwater.]

UK lunatics want to force pharma-terrorists' mercury-laden vaccines on all children to fight the pandemics they're creating: Vaccinate all school children against flu: experts --Children already receive 12 jabs 'against' eight diseases by the time they start school. 30 May 2012 All children should be vaccinated against flu from the age of five to stop them spreading the illness among their families, government advisers have said. Under the plans a new universal vaccination programme could start in the autumn of 2014 with a nasal spray vaccine, called Fluenz, that avoids the use of needles. Schoolchildren from the age of five would be vaccinated every year.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: More Drones & War Plans]
Post by: Luck on June 03, 2012, 07:56:39 am
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With Plan X, Pentagon seeks to spread U.S. military might to cyberspace 30 May 2012 Plan X is a project of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency... The five-year, $110 million research program will begin seeking proposals this summer. Among the goals will be the creation of an advanced map that details the entirety of cyberspace. Another goal is the creation of a robust operating system capable of launching attacks and surviving counterattacks. The architects of Plan X also hope to develop systems that could give commanders the ability to carry out speed-of-light attacks and counterattacks using preplanned scenarios that do not involve human operators manually typing in code.

Ahmadinejad: 20% enrichment, Iran's right under intl. law 30 May 2012 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said enriching uranium up to 20 percent is the Islamic Republic's right under the international law. "Producing 20-percent-enriched uranium is our legal right, although, we are not interested in making use of this right," Ahmadinejad stated in an interview with the French news channel, France 24 in Tehran on Wednesday. The Iranian president noted that under the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regulations, countries wielding 20-percent enriched uranium should have supplied Iran without preconditions.

US military to launch Plan X cyberwarfare 31 May 2012 US Department of Defense has engaged in a scheme to develop technologies aimed at enhancing its cyberwarfare potentials, waging effective attacks and countering retaliatory measures. The Pentagon has turned to the private sector, universities as well as computer-game companies for the previously unreported venture, dubbed Plan X, marking a fresh phase in American military operations in cyberspace, The Washington Post reported Thursday. The plan X project has grown out of the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency that plays a key role in harnessing computer power to help the US military wage war more effectively, according to the report.

US raises prospect of intervention in Syria 31 May 2012 America has raised the possibility of intervening in Syria without United Nations approval and accused Russia of pushing the country into civil war... Susan Rice, the American ambassador to the UN, said that Russia's veto-wielding membership of the Security Council would not necessarily prevent international action. If the violence worsened and the peace plan proposed by Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general, made no progress, some countries would consider whether to bypass Russian and Chinese opposition in the UN.

Barack Obama 'ordered Stuxnet cyber attack on Iran' 01 Jun 2012 President Barack Obama ordered the Stuxnet attack on Iran as part of a wave of cyber sabotage and espionage against the would-be nuclear power, according to a new book citing senior Washington sources. The computer virus, aimed at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, was designed to damage centrifuges by making covert adjustments to the machines controlling them. It formed part of a "wave" of digital attacks on Iran codenamed "Olympic Games" and was created with the assistance of a secret Israeli intelligence unit, The New York Times said in a report based on a book chronicling secret wars under the Obama administration. The report confirms the suspicions of computer security experts who detected and forensically examined Stuxnet in 2010.

Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran 01 Jun 2012 From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran's main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America's first sustained use of cyberweapons, according to participants in the program. Mr. Obama decided to accelerate the attacks - begun in the Bush regime and code-named Olympic Games - even after an element of the program accidentally became public in the summer of 2010 because of a programming error that allowed it to escape Iran's Natanz plant and sent it around the world on the Internet... "Should we shut this thing down?" Mr. Obama asked, according to members of the president's national security team who were in the room. ...Mr. Obama decided that the cyberattacks should proceed. In the following weeks, the Natanz plant was hit by a newer version of the computer worm, and then another after that. [Remember, though... turnabout is fair play.]

Iran missiles can hit all US bases in Mideast: Commander 02 Jun 2012 A top Iranian military commander says the United States' bases in the Middle East are all within the range of Iran's missiles. "The politicians and the military men of the United States are well aware of the fact that all of their bases [in the region] are within the range of Iran's missiles; and in any case, the US military forces in the region are highly vulnerable," Brigadier General Yahya Rahim-Safavi, a senior military adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, said on Friday. In case of military aggression against Iran, there is no spot in Israel that does not fall within the range of the Iranian missiles, he added, IRNA reported.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: More Drones Plus Drugs]
Post by: Luck on June 06, 2012, 06:53:04 pm
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04 Jun 2012
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[Comments are CLG's, not mine. Luck]

US spree killing continues: Drone blitz on Pakistan enters third straight day --Up to 27 people have died in strikes that began on Saturday as US shows no signs of bowing to Pakistani objections 04 Jun 2012 Rockets fired from a US drone killed between eight and 15 people in north-west Pakistan on Monday, officials have said in varying accounts. It is the third strike in as many days after attacks on Saturday and Sunday killed a total of 12 people. US drones hit targets in the South Waziristan tribal region on Saturday and Sunday. There have been a total of seven strikes in less than two weeks.

US terror drones kill 16 in NW Pakistan 04 Jun 2012 As many as 16 people have been killed and several others injured in two airstrikes carried out by US assassination drones on the northwestern Pakistan tribal area of North Waziristan. [This is *ridiculous.* People need to get much better at shooting drones out of the sky.]

Western banks 'reaping billions from Colombian cocaine trade' 02 Jun 2012 The vast profits made from drug production and trafficking are overwhelmingly reaped in rich "consuming" countries - principally across Europe and in the US - rather than "producing" nations such as Colombia and Mexico, new research has revealed. And its authors claim that financial regulators in the west are reluctant to go after western banks in pursuit of the massive amount of drug money being laundered through their systems. The most far-reaching and detailed analysis to date of the drug economy in any country - in this case, Colombia - shows that 2.6% of the total street value of cocaine produced remains within the country, while a staggering 97.4% of profits are reaped by criminal syndicates, and laundered by banks, in first-world consuming countries. [That's why USociopaths won't leave Afghanistan - they want the opium routes that the Taliban virtually eliminated in 2001.]

Military May Be Using Drones In US to Help Police --Air Force: 'A court order or warrant is not required in all circumstances.' 04 Jun 2012 A non-classified U.S. Air Force intelligence report obtained by KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO dated April 23, 2012, is helping fuel concern that video and other data inadvertently captured by Air Force drones already flying through U.S. airspace, might end up in the hands of federal or local law enforcement, doing an end-run around normal procedures requiring police to obtain court issued warrants. Data collected by drones accidentally, under the guidelines, can be kept by the military up to three months before being purged and can also be turned over to "another Department of Defense or government agency to whose function it pertains." The Air Force guidelines permit using drones domestically to assist law enforcement. [Be sure to get your Drone Hunting Permit.]

Congress Looking Happy to Reauthorize Broad, Secret Spying Powers 31 May 2012 House lawmakers of both stripes in a Thursday hearing seemed amenable to the Obama administration's request to continue giving the government broad, warrantless electronic surveillance powers over American citizens - though some suggested Americans or at least members of Congress deserved to know how many people have been caught in the dragnet. At issue is the FISA Amendments Act, expiring legislation authorizing the government to electronically eavesdrop on Americans' phone calls and e-mails without a probable-cause warrant so long as one of the parties to the communication is outside the United States. The communications may be intercepted "to acquire foreign intelligence information."
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: More Drones, Plus Drugs]
Post by: Luck on June 17, 2012, 06:08:15 am
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13 Jun 2012
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Indiana First State to Allow Citizens to Shoot Law Enforcement Officers 11 Jun 2012 Police officers in Indiana are upset over a new law allowing residents to use deadly force against public servants, including law enforcement officers, who unlawfully enter their homes. It was signed by Republican Governor Mitch Daniels in March. The first of its kind in the United States, the law was adopted after the state Supreme Court went too far in one of its rulings last year, according to supporters. The court had ruled that there was "no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers."

Flame Malware Code Traced to Stuxnet [=U.S. Govt] --Researchers find a link between the two different pieces of malware, suggesting that the U.S. government may be behind both 11 Jun 2012 Did the U.S. government commission the recently discovered Flame malware? According to new research, the developers of the Stuxnet and Flame malware families crossed paths--swapping source code at least once--which suggests that the U.S. government didn't just commission Stuxnet, but Flame as well. "In 2009, part of the code from the Flame platform was used in Stuxnet," said Alex Gostev, the chief malware researcher at Kaspersky Lab, Monday in a blog post. "We believe that source code was used, rather than complete binary modules," he said, which suggests some degree of collaboration or crossover.

Websites Will Be Forced to Identify Trolls 12 Jun 2012 (UK) Websites will be legally obliged to provide victims with the identity of people who post abusive and defamatory online messages about them under plans by the Government. Major 'reforms' of the libel laws will also see internet service providers (ISPs) given greater protection from being sued if they help to identify so-called trolls. The Defamation Bill will be debated in the House of Commons later today.

US assassination drone strike kills at least four in Pakistan 13 Jun 2012 At least four people have been killed in an airstrike carried out by a US assassination drone in the North Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan. The Wednesday attack was carried out in the town of Miranshah, the administrative headquarters of the North Waziristan Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Despite the Pakistani government's repeated calls on Washington to end the drone attacks on civilians, the US government continues its strikes on the tribal regions of the country.

3 die in US drone attack in NW Pakistan 14 Jun 2012 A US assassination drone strike has killed three people in Pakistan's northwestern tribal area of North Waziristan, which borders Afghanistan. The attack took place early on Thursday when the drone fired two missiles on a building in Miranshah, the main town in the area, AFP reported. At least four people had been killed in another US drone attack on the same town on Wednesday. Last Saturday, US President Barack Obama ordered a sharp increase in the assassination strikes in the tribal areas.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: More Drones, Plus Drugs]
Post by: Luck on June 17, 2012, 06:19:41 am
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15 Jun 2012
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Wisconsin: None dare call it vote rigging By Bob Fitrakis 14 Jun 2012 If vote-rigging prospers, none may call it vote-rigging. It simply becomes the new norm. Once again, the universal laws of statistics apply only outside U.S. borders. The recall vote in Wisconsin produced another significant 7% discrepancy between the unadjusted exit poll and the so-called "recorded vote." In actual social science, this level of discrepancy, with the results being so far outside the expected margin of error would not be accepted... Here's where U.S. elections become laughable. A couple of private companies count our votes with secret proprietary hardware and software, the most notable being ES&S. Every standard of election transparency is routinely violated in the U.S. electronic version of faith-based voting. How the corporate-dominated media deals with the issue is by "adjusting the exit polls."

Pakistanis blame CIA for fresh polio cases 15 Jun 2012 Dr Shakil Afridi, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison on May 23 on charges of treason, is said to have helped the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States track down bin Laden by collecting DNA samples from selected residents in the cantonment town of Abbottabad. Afridi's role appears to have exacerbated suspicions among people in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) that polio vaccinations are part of a US conspiracy to render their children infertile. "This is a program by the US to cut the population of the Muslims and weaken them to a point that they become incapacitated to defend Islam," Qari Mohammad Akram, a resident of FATA's Bajaur agency, told IPS over telephone. "Last week, parents refused to allow vaccination in South Waziristan agency, saying they would prefer to have electricity, paved roads and clean drinking water first," Dr Muhammad Khalid of the expanded program on immunization (EPI) in the FATA, told IPS.

House wants airline pilots to pack guns 15 Jun 2012 Congress refuses to gut the one program the Transportation Security Administration has offered to minimize: pilots who pack guns. The House passed an amendment in its Homeland Security appropriations bill that would boost funding for armed-pilot training by $10 million. That throws a sharp rebuke at both the TSA and the Obama administration, which proposed chopping financing in half.

U.S. to Stop Deporting Some Illegal Immigrants 16 Jun 2012 Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children will be able to obtain work permits and be safe from deportation under a new policy announced on Friday by the Obama administration. President Obama, speaking to reporters in the White House Rose Garden on Friday afternoon, said the changes would make the immigration system "more efficient, more fair and more just." The policy, effective immediately, will apply to people who are currently no more than 30 years old, who arrived in the country before they turned 16 and have lived in the United States for five years.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: More Drones, Plus Drugs]
Post by: TJames on June 17, 2012, 02:43:09 pm
U.S. to Stop Deporting Some Illegal Immigrants by making more immigration legal, something I actually praise Obama for.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Drones in America]
Post by: Luck on June 19, 2012, 09:28:44 pm
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Revealed: 64 Drone Bases on American Soil --22 locations planned for future bases 13 Jun 2012 There are 64 drone bases on American soil. That includes 12 locations housing Predator and Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles, which can be armed. Public Intelligence, a non-profit that advocates for free access to information, released a DoD Current and Future U.S. Drone Activities Map on Tuesday. Assembled from military sources - especially this little-known June 2011 Air Force presentation - it is arguably the most comprehensive map so far of the spread of the Pentagon's unmanned fleet. The exact missions performed at those locations, however, are not clear.

Ottawa airport wired with microphones as Border Services prepares to record travellers' conversations 15 Jun 2012 Sections of the Ottawa airport are now wired with microphones that can eavesdrop on travellers’ conversations. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is nearing completion of a $500,000 upgrade of old video cameras used to monitor its new "customs controlled areas," including the primary inspection area for arriving international passengers. As part of the work, the agency is introducing audio-monitoring equipment as well.

U.S. government faulted over risk of pathogens escaping lab [USociopaths *want* them to escape, so contractors can make a killing on the clean-up while implementing new police state measures, as they did after the 9/11 inside job.] 15 Jun 2012 The Department of Homeland Security underestimates the risk that 'human error' could allow pathogens to escape from a proposed $1 billion lab designed to study lethal animal-borne diseases, a U.S. advisory panel warned on Friday. The department's risk assessment was "overly optimistic" about the chances of mistakes leading to a release of infectious material from the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility planned for Manhattan, Kansas, according to a report by the National Research Council.

Google reports 'alarming' rise in censorship by governments [LOL, they should know! Try getting the CLG Newsletter w. a Gmail account, and see what I mean.] 17 Jun 2012 There has been an alarming rise in the number of times governments attempted to censor the internet in last six months, according to a report from Google. Since the search engine last published its bi-annual transparency report, it said it had seen a troubling increase in requests to remove political content. Many of these requests came from western democracies not typically associated with censorship. UK police asked the company to remove five YouTube accounts for allegedly promoting terrorism. Google agreed.

Rodney King, Whose Beating Led to Riots in Los Angeles, Dies at 47 18 Jun 2012 Rodney G. King, whose 1991 videotaped beating by the Los Angeles police became a symbol of the nation's continuing racial tensions and subsequently led to a week of deadly race riots after the officers were acquitted, was found dead Sunday in a swimming pool at the home he shared with his fiancée in Rialto, Calif. He was 47. There was no evidence of foul play, the Rialto police said.

Talk of drones patrolling US skies spawns anxiety 19 Jun 2012 The prospect of thousands of drones patrolling U.S. skies by the end of this decade is spawning anxiety across the political spectrum that Americans' privacy may be at risk. The concern has spilled over into Congress, where there are bipartisan efforts by lawmakers to address the civil liberties issues raised by drones. The drone market is expected to almost double over the next 10 years, from current worldwide expenditures of nearly $6 billion annually.

Julian Assange seeking asylum in Ecuadorian embassy in London --WikiLeaks founder walked into embassy and asked for asylum under United Nations human rights declaration 19 Jun 2012 The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has sought political asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, sparking a new crisis in the tortured history of his extradition to Sweden. Assange walked into the embassy in Knightsbridge and asked for asylum under the UN human rights declaration. He said: "I can confirm I arrived at the Ecuadorian Embassy and sought diplomatic sanctuary and political asylum. This application has been passed to the ministry of foreign affairs in the capital Quito."

CIA, Mossad responsible for Syria massacres 20 Jun 2012 A Turkish political party says the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Israel's spy agency Mossad are responsible for massacres in Syria, Press TV reports. A Turkish paper quoted the Deputy Chief of Turkey's Felicity Party, Temel Karamollaoglu as saying, "Not only the Syrian crisis will not be solved, but also it will lead to civil war." On the one hand, Western countries claim that they do not support armed conflicts in Syria, but on the other, the US is obviously making attempts to arm the Syrian rebels, who are fighting the Middle Eastern country's government, he said. "Due to having common interests in Syria, the US, Israel, and the EU make no attempt to stop bloodshed in the country."

Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Movie about U.S. Corruption]
Post by: Luck on June 20, 2012, 01:59:18 pm
Immigration
* Yeah, people should be able to go anywhere in the world freely on public roadways, ports and public property. I have a friend in India who'd like to come to the U.S., but he's too poor etc. Corruption and conditions in India are so bad, that all he can think of is leaving.

Movie
* Bill Windsor has a Youtube channel about U.S. corruption at http://youtube.com/lawlessamerica and a website at http://lawlessamerica.com . He just started a tour of the U.S. to interview people in every state about their personal experience with corruption, to be used in a movie. He's supposed to be at the NH capitol in Concord on July 12 & 13. The videos already posted on those sites are pretty good too.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Movie about U.S. Corruption]
Post by: Luck on June 22, 2012, 12:01:40 pm
[See previous post regarding the movie.]

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22 Jun 2012
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Drone strikes: activists seek to lift lid on open secret of targeted killings 19 Jun 2012 The CIA's covert targeted killing programme will come under fresh scrutiny on Wednesday, the deadline for Barack Obama's administration to respond to a lawsuit over the agency's refusal to confirm or deny its existence. The federal lawsuit is part of a three-year battle by lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union for details of the drone programme, one of the US government's most important security operations in the war against al-Qaida [al-CIAduh]. Under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed in 2010, ACLU seeks the legal memo underlying the killing programme, the basis for drone strikes that have killed American citizens and the process by which individuals are placed on a kill list. [Anonymous needs to hack Obama's drone kill list, and make some *edits.*]

[Great Satan] U.S. & Israel developed Flame computer virus to slow Iranian nuclear efforts, officials say 19 Jun 2012 The United States and Israel jointly developed a sophisticated computer virus nicknamed Flame that collected intelligence in preparation for cyber-sabotage aimed at slowing Iran's ability to [allegedly] develop a nuclear weapon, according to Western officials with knowledge of the effort. The massive piece of malware secretly mapped and monitored Iran's computer networks, sending back a steady stream of intelligence to prepare for a cyber­warfare campaign, according to the officials. The effort, involving the National Security Agency, the CIA and Israel's military, has included the use of destructive software such as the Stuxnet virus to cause malfunctions in Iran's nuclear-enrichment equipment.

Arrest made for video post, threat to Pittsburgh officials 20 Jun 2012 Federal prosecutors charged an Ohio man with posting a YouTube video [!] and making a comment [?] that threatened University of Pittsburgh officials. FBI agents from Pittsburgh and Cincinnati this morning arrested Alexander Waterland, 24, of Loveland, Ohio, and he’s scheduled to appear in an Ohio federal court today. U.S. Attorney David Hickton would not say during a news conference whether prosecutors believe Waterland is connected to a series of bomb threats that preceded the YouTube post and disrupted classes and other activities at Pitt for six weeks.

Swarms of cyborg insect drones are the future of military surveillance 20 Jun 2012 The real high-tech story of surveillance drones is going on at a much smaller level, as tiny remote controlled vehicles based on insects are already likely being deployed. Over recent years a range of miniature drones, or micro air vehicles (MAVs), based on the same physics used by flying insects, have been presented to the public. The University of Pennsylvania GRASP Lab recently showed off drones that swarm, a network of 20 nano quadrotors flying in synchronized formations. The SWARMS goal is to combine swarm technology with bio-inspired drones to operate 'with little or no direct human supervision' in 'dynamic, resource-constrained, adversarial environments.'

Drone strikes threaten 50 years of international law, says UN rapporteur --US policy of using drone strikes to carry out targeted killings 'may encourage other states to flout international law' 21 Jun 2012 The US policy of using aerial drones to carry out targeted killings presents a major challenge to the system of international law that has endured since the second world war, a United Nations investigator has said. Christof Heyns, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, summary or arbitrary executions, told a conference in Geneva that President Obama's attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere, carried out by the CIA, would encourage other states to flout long-established human rights standards. In his strongest critique so far of drone strikes, Heyns suggested some may even constitute "war crimes". [People --both in America and in countries occupied by the US --need to get *a lot better* at shooting them down.]

[Great Satan] U.S. Seeks to Reject ACLU Request For Information On Drone Strikes 21 Jun 2012 The United States government is seeking to reject a lawsuit demanding information about drone strikes that target suspected terrorists overseas, saying releasing details on the program would have a major effect on counterterrorism [sic] efforts. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit in New York after a Freedom of Information Act request they submitted to the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense, and the CIA, was denied. The rights group is seeking the release of a copy of the memo outlining the Obama administration's program that targets suspected terrorists overseas. In its response, the government asked for a summary judgment dismissing the complaints and defended its decision not to release the requested information.

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23 Jun 2012

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?]

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.

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.

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.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Movie about U.S. Corruption]
Post by: TJames on June 22, 2012, 03:04:26 pm
Insect drones... My right to buy them should be covered in the 2nd Amendment.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Forced Health "Insurance"]
Post by: Luck on June 30, 2012, 09:01:14 pm
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government
27 Jun 2012
http://www.legitgov.org

Biden, in leaked memo, told Obama war plan flawed 25 Jun 2012 As President Barack Obama considered adding as many as 40,000 U.S. forces to a backsliding war in Afghanistan in 2009, Vice President Joe Biden warned him that the military rationale for doing so was flawed, a new book about Obama's expansion of the conflict says. The book, "Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan," also says that in planning the drawdown of troops two years later, the White House intentionally sidelined the CIA. Obama purposely did not read a grim CIA assessment of Afghanistan that found little measurable benefit from the 30,000 "surge" forces Obama eventually approved, the book quotes a U.S. official as saying.

Small-Town Cops Pile Up on Useless Military Gear 26 Jun 2012 Small police departments across America are collecting battlefield-grade arsenals thanks to a program that allows them to get their hands on military surplus equipment, such as amphibious tanks and night-vision goggles at virtually no cost - except for shipment and maintenance. Over the last five years, the top 10 beneficiaries of this "Department of Defense Excess Property Program" included small agencies such as the Fairmount Police Department. It serves 7,000 people in northern Georgia and received 17,145 items from the military. The cops in Issaquah, Washington, a town of 30,000 people, acquired more than 37,000 pieces of gear.

CDC considers having U.S. Army scientists check on bioterror labs 26 Jun 2012 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering having U.S. Army scientists or another outside agency inspect its bioterror labs in the wake of a USA TODAY report this month. USA TODAY reported that the agency's $214 million Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory in Atlanta has had repeated problems with airflow systems designed to prevent the release of infectious agents. The lab, also called Building 18, has a secure, high-containment block where experiments can be done on anthrax, monkeypox, dangerous strains of flu and other agents that have the potential to be used as bioterror weapons [by USociopaths].

Arizona to enforce 'show me your papers' policy ASAP 26 Jun 2012 Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said that police agencies can immediately begin enforcing the controversial "show me your papers" provision of the state's landmark immigration law -- the section that was upheld by the U.S Supreme Court. "We will move forward instructing law enforcement to begin practicing what the United States Supreme Court has upheld," Brewer said at a news conference Monday.

Senate vetoes call for Hicks inquiry 26 Jun 2012 The federal government and opposition have joined forces to reject another call by the Greens for an inquiry into the role of the Howard government in the US detention of David Hicks. LABOR and coalition Senators joined forces to vote 37-8 to defeat the motion in parliament on Tuesday. The motion was proposed by Greens Senator Penny Wright in tandem with an International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. "Australian David Hicks experienced torture and cruel and degrading treatment during his detention in Guantanamo Bay," she told the chamber.

Texas college hacks government drone 27 Jun 2012 There is much you can do with $1,000, but scientists at an Austin, Texas college have come across one that is often overlooked: for less than a grand, how'd you like to hijack a US government drone? A group of researchers led by Professor Todd Humphreys from the University of Texas at Austin Radionavigation Laboratory recently succeeded in raising the eyebrows of the US government. With just around $1,000 in parts, Humphreys's team took control of an unmanned aerial vehicle operated by the US Department of Homeland Security. After being challenged by his lab, the DHS dared Humphreys's crew to hack into their drone and take command. Much to their chagrin, they did exactly that. [Hack and mark them 'return to sender.']

Judge refuses to block Florida voter purge 27 Jun 2012 A federal judge has refused to stop Florida from removing potentially non-U.S. citizens Democrats from its voter rolls. The U.S. Department of Justice sued the state to halt the purge, arguing it was going on too close to a federal election. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle said Wednesday that there was nothing in federal voting laws that prevent the state from identifying non-U.S. citizens even if it comes less than 90 days before the Aug. 14 election.

Supreme Court upholds GOP concept of individual mandate in Obama 'health care' law 28 Jun 2012 The concept of individual mandate - originating with the GOP and implemented by Governor Mitt Romney in Massachusetts and Barack Obama nationally - has been upheld by the Supreme Court. [This story will be updated.]

Dotcom searches illegal: Judge --Dotcom lawyer: 'The search warrants were unlawful and the FBI sending the clones to the USA was also unlawful.' 28 Jun 2012 The High Court has ruled the police raid on internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom's Auckland mansion was illegal and the removal from New Zealand of cloned copies of hard drives seized was unlawful. Justice Helen Winkelmann found the warrants used did not adequately describe the offences to which they were related. "Indeed they fell well short of that. They were general warrants, and as such, are invalid."

NYPD gets $10M radiation-spotting chopper 28 Jun 2012 The newest tool designed to protect New York is a specially outfitted helicopter -- the Bell 412 chopper. The new $10 million dollar craft was being delivered from the factory in Tennessee. It's loaded with $4 million worth of hi-tech equipment, and part of its job is to keep a nuclear bomb out of the city. [Yeah, right!] The new New York Police Department chopper is equipped with new radiation detection equipment so sensitive that it can fly over a container, cargo or tanker ship and accurately detect a radiation signature from an altitude of 200 feet.

Top court upholds healthcare law in Obama triumph 28 Jun 2012 The U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama's healthcare law on Thursday in an election-year triumph for him and fellow Democrats and a setback for Republican opponents of the most sweeping overhaul since the 1960s of the unwieldy U.S. healthcare system. In a 5-4 ruling based on the power of Congress to impose taxes, the nation's highest court preserved the law's "individual mandate" requiring that most Americans obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a tax. The justices also preserved, with some changes, a provision of the law expanding the Medicaid health insurance program for the poor. - A sharply divided Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare overhaul law that requires that most Americans get insurance by 2014 or pay a financial penalty. "The Affordable Care Act's requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court's majority in the opinion. "Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness," he concluded.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Juries Can Nullify Bad Laws in NH]
Post by: Luck on July 01, 2012, 05:36:52 pm
Jury Nullification Law Signed by New Hampshire Governor

Posted By: Basil
Date: Sunday, 1-Jul-2012 11:46:50

        ~"The law has no application to this case, because it is unconstitutional - Not Guilty." :)
        ~Basil

        http://www.policemisconduct.net/jury-nullification-law-signed-new-hampshire-governor/

        With all the buzz and anticipation surrounding the final rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court the past week, there has been little attention to an interesting legal development in New Hampshire: On June 18, Governor John Lynch (no relation) signed HB 146 into law and it becomes effective on January 1, 2013. HB 146 concerns "the right of a jury to judge the application of the law in relationship to the facts in controversy. " It's popularly known as "the jury nullification bill." In this post, I will try to explain what impact this new law may have in the New Hampshire courts. ......

More Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government
30 Jun 2012
http://www.legitgov.org

Mitt Romney reacts to Health-care decision: 'I will act to repeal Obamacare' 28 Jun 2012 Republican Mitt Romney is promising that he will repeal the federal health care law the Supreme Court just upheld. He called the decision incorrect and said Thursday that it is a 'bad law.' (Video: http://www.washingtonpost.com/romney-supreme-court-ruling-on-health-law-wrong/2012/06/28/gJQAGGEK9V_video.html )

Britons protest Olympic missiles scheme in east London 30 Jun 2012 Britons residing in East London have staged a demonstration to stress their opposition to the government's plans to install surface-to-air missiles on rooftops for added security during the Olympics. According to campaigners, more than 1,000 people signed a petition to censure the government's scheme to install surface-to-air missiles on at least six sites, some of them in residential districts including Bow and Leytonstone. The Ministry of Defence said the safety of the Games was paramount and a "broad range of community engagement" had taken place.

Terrorists 'R Us: Footage shows US Marine vehicles destroying Afghans' homes 30 Jun 2012 New video footage [ http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/06/30/248653/us-marines-destroy-afghan-homes-video/ ] has been released showing US Marine vehicles destroying Afghan property in the residential areas in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province. The footage demonstrates Assault Breacher Vehicles in 2011 demolishing Afghan property under the excuse of clearing the pathways for troops and vehicles through the minefields... However, the images taken during the operation show the US Marine vehicles were opening new routes through residential areas. [The video doesn't really show much of this. It mostly just shows an explosion on open ground near a building.]

Assange refuses to surrender 30 Jun 2012 Julian Assange has defied a police order to turn himself in and will remain holed up in Ecuador's embassy, his spokeswoman said. Mr Assange, who has applied for asylum in Ecuador, was served notice to surrender himself to a central London police station, but has decided not to comply, a spokeswoman for the WikiLeaks founder said. "Julian will remain in the embassy under the protection of the Ecuadorian government," Susan Benn of the Julian Assange Defence Fund told reporters outside the embassy in central London.

Soldier allegedly kills his superior officer 30 Jun 2012 Officials at Fort Bragg say a soldier from the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade shot and killed his superior officer and then turned the weapon on himself. The shooting happened close to the corner of Letterman and Armistead Streets, near military housing, around 3:30 p.m. Thursday during a unit safety brief. The shooter was injured and was taken into custody. A third soldier who was wounded during the shooting is out of the hospital.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Lawless America Tour]
Post by: Luck on July 05, 2012, 09:50:47 am
Jeff Merkley, Oregon Senator Takes on the Banks

30. June 2012 by admin.

Editor’s Notes (from Neil Garfield):  

Hat Tip to Nancie Koerber, whose efforts in Oregon have achieved more traction than virtually any other group in the nation. I endorse this petition. Senator Jeff Merkley’s efforts could have national implications if we the people get on this drive and enforce it through petitions and letters. I have often said in my speaking engagements and in my meetings with politicians, that if they really want to win big, they should capitalize on the one common idea about which all sides of the political spectrum are in agreement: the Banks did this to us and we should stop them. This applies to all politicians — Democrat, Republican, Independent and minor parties. Any politician who fails to grasp this essential truth of the American psyche is putting their political career behind them, not in front of them.

There is a lot of anger out there which has not been focused or directed at any particular result. This petition basically seeks to re-establish the protection of bank deposits from the whims of bankers who want to gamble with what is left of their money. It’s not the same as Glass-Steagal but it seeks the same result.

This is not a theoretical argument. Banks were allowed to be created so that people would have a safe place to keep their money and the banks were allowed to lend out a percentage of that money to make a profit and pay expenses. Banking was never intended to be a vehicle for paying $10 million bonuses at the expense of protected pension funds, homeowners and consumers.

Investment firms were allowed to exist because they created a marketplace in which access to capital was easier than without that marketplace. The purpose was to fuel an expanding economy. It was never intended that brokerage firms would be a vehicle for draining wealth out of the economy. The very fact that we have that result indicates that the current investment bank infrastructure needs to be revamped.

It’s like driving a car. When you turn the key you expect the car to start. When you step on the accelerator you expect the car to move. But none of that can happen if there is no gas in the tank to drive the engine that turns on when you turn the key and makes the engine work when you press the accelerator. Until Glass-Steagal was repealed, we had the right infrastructure, more or less, for capital creation and access to capital. Then the whole model was turned upside down and the wealth drained from the economy into the investment banks. Now the Banks want to keep it upside down, meaning their goal is no longer to provide capital but to take it, converting our capitalist society into a fascist society. Look up the terms and you’ll see what I mean.

It is all up to you. The Banks have legislators by the throats and law enforcement is all tangled up in politics and “Settlements” that prevent them from acting properly. In the Savings and Loan crisis in the 1980’s, similar behavior landed more than 800 people in jail. This time we have nothing because some of the behavior was made legal. The excuse for not prosecuting fraud, forgery, fabrication and false recording of false documents with false information in them is yet to be explained.

[For Economic Recovery] And the remedy for the 5 million foreclosures that have been “closed out” is not yet in public discourse. I intend to make it central to public discourse because the return of property or money to the victims of this heinous economic crime is essential to the recovery of our economy. Right now, the financial services sector accounts for about half of our reported Gross Domestic Product whereas thirty years ago it accounted for 16%. They have tripled their size and influence at the expense of real economic activity, which has been replaced by trading fabricated documents and declaring false profits.

For those of you who like the idea of slavery, keep voting with the politicians who remove restrictions from the banks’ activities. If you think slavery was not a good idea, then sign this petition and start a few of your own. The physical chains of our immoral history allowing and promoting the trading of people as property has been replaced by the trading of people as property through derivatives and other false instruments. The net result is the same. Changing the title from plantation owner to banker does little to expand the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. With an increasing number of people earning less out of our economic growth than any other time in history and replacing earnings with debt, we are now subject to a system of slavery that is enforced by the government.

Below is an email from your U.S. Senator, Jeff Merkley (D-OR). Sen. Merkley created a petition on SignOn.org, the nonprofit site that allows anyone to start their own online petition. If you have concerns or feedback about this petition, click here: http://civic.moveon.org/signon_feedback/?id=44278-19313702-uxkpvGx&t=1

Dear Oregon MoveOn member,

Bankers on Wall Street wrecked our economy by taking reckless risks in pursuit of massive paydays. And, as J.P. Morgan has made clear, Wall Street learned nothing and is still gambling.

If you agree that gambling should happen in hedge funds, not in the federally insured banks that families and small businesses depend on, click here to sign my petition:

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=276552&id=44278-19313702-uxkpvGx&t=2

I successfully fought, with your help, for a ban on high-risk trading by big Wall Street banks. This rule, called the Volcker rule firewall, is meant to ensure that when Wall Street’s bad bets blow up, you and I don’t get burned again. But for the last two years, Wall Street’s legion of lobbyists have been trying to blow holes in that firewall.

Wall Street lobbyists want the Fed to write the J.P. Morgan loophole into law. We can’t let that happen. And with your help, we won’t.

Please add your name to my http://SignOn.org petition urging Ben Bernanke and the Fed to close down the JP Morgan loophole.

Thanks!

–U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Campaign against Banks]
Post by: MaineShark on July 05, 2012, 10:01:24 am
Banks were "allowed" to exist?  Isn't that nice of them.

Banks didn't cause this collapse.  The government did.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Campaign against Banks]
Post by: Luck on July 07, 2012, 07:22:56 pm
The biggest campaign contributors own the govt, so what the govt does it does on their behalf.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Campaign against Banks]
Post by: Luck on July 07, 2012, 07:26:14 pm
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government
03 Jul 2012
http://www.legitgov.org

10,000 armed men enter Syria for civil war 02 Jul 2012 An estimated 10,000 armed men equipped with highly-sophisticated weapons, including anti-tank missiles, have reportedly entered Syria to help fuel the unrest in the country, Press TV has learned. Informed sources in the Qusayr village in Homs say the terrorists crossed into Syria from the Lebanese border and that they have taken positions in the suburbs of the restive city. Meanwhile, Syrian forces are still tracking armed groups fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad across the country.

US court orders Twitter to hand over Occupy tweets 02 Jul 2012 A New York judge Monday ordered Twitter to turn over data on one of its users involved in the Occupy Wall Street protest movement, in a case watched closely as a test of online freedom of speech. Manhattan criminal court Judge Matthew Sciarrino ruled that law enforcement had the right to see tweets and other user data from Malcolm Harris, who is being prosecuted for disorderly conduct in connection with the Occupy Wall Street protest on the Brooklyn Bridge last year. The judge said that the tweets are not private information and thus not subject to the constitutional guarantee of privacy.

US Adds Forces in Persian Gulf, a Signal to Iran 03 Jul 2012 The United States has quietly moved significant military reinforcements into the Persian Gulf to deter the Iranian military from any possible attempt to shut the Strait of Hormuz and to increase the number of fighter jets capable of striking deep into Iran if the standoff over its nuclear program escalates. The deployments are part of a long-planned effort to bolster the American military presence in the gulf region... The Navy has doubled the number of minesweepers assigned to the region, to eight vessels, in what military officers describe as a purely defensive move.

US ramps up covert operations overseas: Report 03 Jul 2012 Data released by the British not-for-profit news organization, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, shows that the United States has ramped up its covert operations in Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia, killing scores of civilians. According to a recent analysis, published by the London-based organization on Monday, the CIA assassination drone attacks continue to claim the lives of Muslims in Pakistan, despite Islamabad's repeated condemnation of such strikes against the Pakistani tribal areas. Washington claims that its airstrikes target militants crossing the border with Afghanistan, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the attacks.

NATO tied to Muslim slaughter at Srebrenica 03 Jul 2012 One of the most brutal incidents in recent history is the massacre at Srebrenica in 1995 by a paramilitary group known as "the Scorpions." We now have a top level witness and reams of official documents that categorically prove that it was NATO ordered, not only the Dutch "stand down" that led to the killings, but recruited, paid and controlled the Scorpions as well.

Poor Land in Jail as Companies Add Huge Fees for Probation 03 Jul 2012 Richard Earl Garrett is the lead plaintiff in a class action suit against the town of Harpersville, Ala. Mr. Garrett has spent a total of 24 months in jail and owes $10,000, all for traffic and license violations that began a decade ago. William M. Dawson, a Birmingham lawyer and Democratic Party activist, has filed a lawsuit for Mr. Garrett and others against the local authorities and the probation company, Judicial Correction Services, which is based in Georgia. In Georgia, three dozen for-profit probation companies operate in hundreds of courts, and there have been similar lawsuits.

Maple Seed Drones Will Swarm the Future [Not if enough people *blow them out of the sky.*] 04 Jul 2012 Imagine a cheap, tiny, hovering aerial drone capable of being launched with the flick of a person's wrist and able to provide manipulable 360-degree surveillance views. It's real, it's inspired by maple seeds, and the company behind it, Lockheed Martin, envisions a future in which swarms of the new drones can be deployed at a fraction of the cost and with greater capabilities than drones being used today by the military and other agencies. "Think about dropping a thousand of these out of an aircraft," said Bill Borgia, head of Lockheed Martin's Intelligent Robotics Lab, in a phone interview with TPM.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Campaign against Banks]
Post by: MaineShark on July 07, 2012, 09:59:16 pm
The biggest campaign contributors own the govt, so what the govt does it does on their behalf.

They operate based upon a desire for power, not a desire for money.  For those who thirst for power, money is but a tool.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Campaign against Banks]
Post by: Luck on July 09, 2012, 11:58:09 am
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=652_1341423015
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2012/jul/06/us-helicopter-american-pie-video
US helicopter appears to fire on Afghans --Video released on internet appears to show US helicopter crew singing before blasting Afghans with a missile 06 Jul 2012 A video has surfaced online that appears to show a US helicopter crew singing "Bye-bye Miss American Pie" before blasting a group of Afghan men with a Hellfire missile. The footage comes in the wake of a string of damaging videos and pictures showing US forces in Afghanistan urinating on the bodies of dead 'insurgents,' and posing with the remains of suicide bombers and civilians killed for sport by a group of rogue soldiers. The posting says the video was recorded in Wardak province, which lies south-west of the capital, Kabul, in September 2009.

[Thought Police at Work] Wireless Firms Are Flooded by Requests to Aid Surveillance 09 Jul 2012 In the first public accounting of its kind, cellphone carriers reported that they responded to a startling 1.3 million demands for subscriber information last year from law enforcement agencies seeking text messages, caller locations and other information in the course of investigations. The cellphone carriers’ reports, which come in response to a Congressional inquiry, document an explosion in cellphone surveillance in the last five years, with the companies turning over records thousands of times a day in response to police emergencies, court orders, law enforcement subpoenas and other requests. The reports also reveal a sometimes uneasy partnership with law enforcement agencies, with the carriers frequently rejecting demands that they considered legally questionable or unjustified.

Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Mini-Missiles for Drones]
Post by: Luck on July 16, 2012, 06:38:28 pm
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government
15 Jul 2012
http://www.legitgov.org

Tiny 2-Foot Missile Could Be 'Months' Away From Drone War 13 Jul 2012 The drone war could be shrinking faster than anyone expected. Raytheon's teeny, tiny drone missile might be ready to arm a small drone within months, the defense giant says. Since 2009, Raytheon has been experimenting with what it understatedly calls a Small Tactical Munition. It's a laser-guided missile less than two feet long and barely a 10th the weight of the Hellfire missiles that the iconic Predators and Reapers pack. And the wait for it may be almost over: "We're just tweaking the software and running some environmental tests," a business manager for Raytheon's missile division told AIN Online. That would open new worlds of possibility for the U.S. drone arsenal.

Italian court postpones ruling in CIA rendition case 14 Jul 2012 The CIA and U.S. military officials appealing their convictions before the Italian Supreme Court on charges of kidnapping a terrorist suspect in Milan must wait until September for a possible final verdict in the long-running case. The Supreme Court of Cassation in Rome on Saturday postponed until Sept. 19 its highly anticipated ruling, which will determine the fates of two Washingtonians, Sabrina De Sousa, a former CIA operative, and Col. Joseph L. Romano III, a retired Air Force commander. The case is considered significant because a foreign country - an ally - prosecuted and convicted U.S. officials for the practice of rendition, in which a terrorist suspect is flown against his will to another country for interrogation to be tortured.

Egyptians pelt Clinton motorcade with tomatoes 15 Jul 2012 Protesters threw tomatoes and shoes at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's motorcade on Sunday during her first visit to Egypt since the election of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. A tomato struck an Egyptian official in the face, and shoes and a water bottle landed near the armored cars carrying Clinton's delegation in the port city of Alexandria after she gave a speech on democratic rights. A senior U.S. official said neither Clinton nor her vehicle, which was around the corner from the incident, were hit by the projectiles, which were thrown as U.S. officials and reporters walked to the motorcade after her speech.

One dead, three hurt after US fires on UAE fishing boat 16 Jul 2012 A U.S. Navy vessel fired on an approaching fishing boat off the United Arab Emirates on Monday, killing an Indian national and seriously injuring three others, the UAE's state news agency (WAM) said. "The firing has led to the death of one Indian national and serious injury of three Indian nationals," Tarek al-Hedan, an aide to the foreign minister for political affairs, told WAM. He said that authorities in the UAE are investigating the matter.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: HSBC Money Laundering]
Post by: Luck on July 19, 2012, 12:31:59 pm
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government
11 & 18 Jul 2012
http://www.legitgov.org

London 2012: Olympic missile tenants in terrorist fear 09 Jul 2012 Council tenants have argued a plan to place surface-to-air missiles on their tower block during the Olympics could make them a terrorism target. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) rejected the claim, saying missile deployment as part of security measures for the Games was legitimate and proportionate. Residents of Fred Wigg Tower in Leytonstone, east London, have applied for permission for a judicial review at the High Court. [Residents are terrified of the government's impending false flag.]

Police embracing tech that predicts crimes 09 Jul 2012 Predictive-analytics software is the latest piece of policing technology working its way into law-enforcement stations around the country. A map of a city is marked up with small red squares, each indicating a 500-by-500-foot zone where crimes are likely to take place next. A heat-map mode shows even more precisely where cars may be stolen, houses robbed, people mugged. The program is called PredPol, and it calculates its forecasts based on times and locations of previous crimes, combined with sociological information about criminal behavior and patterns.

SWAT raid on organizers of Occupy Seattle and E4E By kasama 10 Jul 2012 Early morning July 10, SWAT police forced their way into the Seattle apartment of organizers from the Occupy movement. The sleeping residents scrambled to put on clothes as they were confronted with automatic weapons. Neighbor Natalio Perez heard the attack from downstairs: "Suddenly we heard the bang of their grenade, and the crashing as police entered the apartment. The crashing and stomping continued for a long time as they tore the place apart."

C.I.A. Vaccine Ruse May Have Harmed the War on Polio 10 Jul 2012 After the ruse by Dr. Shakil Afridi was revealed by a British newspaper a year ago, angry villagers, especially in the lawless tribal areas on the Afghan border, chased off 'legitimate' vaccinators, accusing them of being spies. And then, late last month, Taliban commanders in two districts banned polio vaccination teams, saying they could not operate until the United States ended its drone strikes. One cited Dr. Afridi, who is serving a 33-year sentence imposed by a tribal court, as an example of how the C.I.A. could use the campaign to cover espionage. Rumors about polio vaccine abound: that it is a Western plot to sterilize girls, that it is unclean under Islamic law, that it contains the AIDS virus. ['A rumor is just a premature fact.' The US wants to weaken the populations in Afghanistan and Pakistan so that it's easier for the US to steal resources and install controllable regimes. That's why US assassination drones kill civilians daily. --LRP]

Chains you can believe in: Lawyers for Bagram detainees seek habeas like at Guantánamo --About 3,200 prisoners reportedly are being held at Bagram 16 Jul 2012 Prisoners held without trial for years at an American air base in Afghanistan shouldn't be able to challenge their indefinite detention with the help of the U.S. Constitution, Obama administration attorneys argued Monday. Reinforcing a hard-line view that's prevailed in past court battles, the administration said again that the foreign-born detainees at Bagram Air Field lacked the habeas corpus rights that the U.S. Supreme Court has extended to those held at the American naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

New York and Connecticut look into LIBOR rate-fixing allegations 16 Jul 2012 New York and Connecticut attorneys general have joined forces to investigate alleged manipulation of the LIBOR interest rates. The scandal is already being investigated by the US justice department and financial regulators on both sides of the Atlantic. But the involvement of New York state is likely to ramp up the investigation. New York state's Martin Act gives its attorney general the most wide-ranging investigative powers of any state.

Court demands secret files on US 'black jails,' torture 17 Jul 2012 The United States is facing fresh embarrassment over its use of 'black' detention sites after the European Court of Human Rights ordered Poland to hand over secret documents about its role in the War on Terror, The Daily Telegraph has learned. Judges in Strasbourg have requested documents that contain details of how the CIA set up its "extraordinary rendition" centre outside Warsaw in 2002 where it subjected al-Qaeda suspects to water-boarding and other extreme interrogation techniques. A month ago, a Polish whistle-blower alleged that a document existed which allowed the setting up of the prison – including procedures to adopt in the event of an inmate's death. It was said to have been signed by the head of Polish intelligence. According to the leak, American officials "laughed" and refused to sign the document. "They considered us amateurs and explained that this kind of business could not be dealt with by means of formal agreements," the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza reported.

HSBC Allegedly Financed al-Qaeda, Made Billions on Illegal US Drug Sales: Report 17 Jul 2012 , HSBC is a British multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in London. The result of the Senate's work, a nearly 400-page report, describes in exhaustive detail how HSBC Holdings Plc. executives repeatedly ignored warning signs from their own compliance officers, and from outside regulators, all of whom watched what they believed to be billions of dollars in suspicious transactions passing through the bank without adequate scrutiny. The report describes how HSBC's Mexican affiliate moved $7 billion in physical U.S. dollars through the bank in a two-year stretch, "raising red flags that the volume of dollars included proceeds from illegal drug sales in the United States." It lays out how HSBC's executives ignored warnings that it was providing currency to a Saudi bank alleged by some U.S. officials to be involved in financing al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh].

Arpaio: Obama birth record 'definitely fraudulent' 18 Jul 2012 Investigators for an Arizona sheriff's volunteer posse have declared that President Barack Obama's birth certificate is definitely fraudulent. Members of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's posse said in March that there was probable cause that Obama's long-form birth certificate released by the White House in April 2011 was a computer-generated forgery. Now, Arpaio says investigators are positive it's fraudulent. Mike Zullo, the posse's chief investigator, said numeric codes on certain parts of the birth certificate indicate that those parts weren't filled out, yet those sections asking for the race of Obama's father and his field of work or study were completed.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Shooter's Federal Grant]
Post by: Luck on July 24, 2012, 04:52:27 pm
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government
22 Jul 2012
http://www.legitgov.org

'Private contractors are whacking people like crazy over in Afghanistan for the CIA.' --The Terrifying Background of the Man Who Ran a CIA Assassination Unit 18 Jul 2012 It was one of the biggest secrets of the post-9/11 era: soon after the attacks, President Bush gave the CIA permission to create a top secret assassination unit to find and kill Al Qaeda operatives. The program was kept from Congress for seven years. And when Leon Panetta told legislators about it in 2009, he revealed that the CIA had hired the private security firm Blackwater to help run it. "The move was historic," says Evan Wright, the two-time National Magazine Award-winning journalist who wrote Generation Kill. "It seems to have marked the first time the U.S. government outsourced a covert assassination service to private enterprise." ..."Running operations through Blackwater gave the CIA the power to have people abducted, or killed, with no one in the government being exactly responsible." ..."While Blackwater's covert unit began as a Bush administration story, President Obama now owns it."

Pentagon, CIA Sued for Lethal Drone Attacks on U.S. Citizens 18 Jul 2012 Survivors of three Americans killed by targeted drone attacks in Yemen last year sued top-ranking members of the United States government, alleging Wednesday they illegally killed the three, including a 16-year-old boy, in violation of international human rights law and the U.S. Constitution. "The government has killed three Americans. It should account for its actions. This case gives us an opportunity to do that," Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director with the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a press call. The suit is being litigated by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the ACLU. It seeks unspecified damages and highlights the government's so-called unmanned "targeted killing" program. The ACLU and the Center maintain the drone attacks have killed thousands, including hundreds of innocent bystanders overseas.

Justice Department Sues Telecom for Challenging National Security Letter 18 Jul 2012 Last year, when a telecommunications company received an ultra-secret demand letter from the FBI seeking information about a customer or customers, the telecom took an extraordinary step - it challenged the underlying authority of the FBI's National Security Letter, as well as the legitimacy of the gag order that came with it. Both challenges are allowed under a federal law that governs NSLs, a power greatly expanded under the Patriot Act that allows the government to get detailed information on Americans' finances and communications without oversight from a judge. The FBI has issued hundreds of thousands of NSLs and been reprimanded for abusing them - though almost none of the requests have been challenged by the recipients. After the telecom challenged its NSL last year, the Justice Department took its own extraordinary measure: It sued the company, arguing in court documents that the company was violating the law by challenging its authority.

Protect privacy from drones at home, lawmakers say 20 Jul 2012 Before thousands of civilian drones begin flying in U.S. skies, Congress should take steps to protect the public's privacy and prevent terrorists from hacking or jamming signals that control the aircraft, lawmakers said Thursday. House members from both parties said at an oversight hearing that they're worried about potential privacy and security threats as the use of small unmanned aircraft becomes widespread. The Federal Aviation Administration forecasts an estimated 10,000 civilian drones will be in use in the U.S. within five years.

Colo. shooter's father, Robert M. Holmes, authored US Navy, military reports, Posted by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org, 20 Jul 2012.

Aurora, Colorado Shooting 'Oddities' -- HOW is a former student, jobless, able to spend *thousands of dollars* on, essentially, a full-blown military arsenal? Just curious. Oh. Unless, of course, someone *gave* it to him... like... his handler? By Lori Price, http://www.legitgov.org/ 21 Jul 2012

University: CO shooting suspect had federal grant 21 Jul 2012 The University of Colorado says shooting suspect James Holmes had a federal grant to study neuroscience. University spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery said Saturday that Holmes was one of six neuroscience students at the school to get National Institutes of Health grant money. She didn't know how much money he got. The NIH says the university decides who gets the grants. Criteria for receiving the grant weren't immediately clear.

Pentagon: Three Military Members Injured in Colorado Shooting; Sailor Unaccounted For 21 Jul 2012 Two military members have been reported dead, according to reports from CNN and Bloomberg News. Air Force Staff Sergeant Jesse Childress, 29, a cyber systems operator, and Navy Petty Officer Third Class John Larimer, 27, a cryptologic technician, both died due to the shooting. Both had been assigned to Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., Bloomberg reports. One sailor remains unaccounted for following a shooting at a Colorado movie theater that left 12 dead and dozens more wounded Friday morning, according to a Pentagon statement. A second sailor and two airmen were injured in the shooting, but the extent of their injuries remains unknown. Earlier, The Associated Press reported that "some members of the military were either killed or wounded," according to a Pentagon spokesman.

Aurora Shooting Mirrored Training Exercise on Same Day Near Denver --'The irony is amazing, just amazing.' 21 Jul 2012 The tragedy that played out in an Aurora movie theater Friday was ironically paralleled as a classroom learning experience in a medical school in Parker the same day. Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine is in the middle of holding specialized classes in disaster life support for 150 second-year medical students. Along with response to natural disasters like hurricanes and floods and terrorist attacks, one of the scenarios being used to train the students is how to respond if a shooter fires at people in a movie theater and also uses a bomb in the attack. "The irony is amazing, just amazing," said Rocky Vista Dean Dr. Bruce Dubin.

CIA, allies behind terrorist attack in Syria: Iran MP 21 Jul 2012 A senior Iranian lawmaker says the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and its regional as well as Arab allies are behind the recent terrorist attack in Syria. "The recent terrorist attack in Damascus has been organized by the US Central Intelligence Agency and its Western and Arab allies," Alaeddin Boroujerdi, Chairman of the Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said in a Saturday statement. "Today state terrorism, led by the US [and Israel], is the most dangerous form of terrorism that is threatening regional and global security," he added.

Heads up! Odds skyrocketing for big London MOSSAD/MI6/CIA false flag so Israel can attack Iran: London on alert for terror attack ahead of Olympic Games 22 Jul 2012 Israel [pretends it] fears an Iranian terror squad in Europe are planning to attack their athletes during the London Olympics, according to reports. Agents from Israel's elite intelligence organisation, Mossad, are hunting Iranian-backed terrorists in Europe, who are allegedly planning an "anniversary" attack 40 years after the Munich massacre, Britain's The Sunday Times reports. In preparation for an Olympic terror assault, panic rooms for VIPs and spectators have been set up beneath London's Olympic Stadium to protect them from being taken hostage or killed, according to The Sunday Times.

Marine Corps creates law enforcement battalions --The battalions will be capable of helping control civil disturbances, handling detainees, carrying out forensic work, and using biometrics to identify suspects. 22 Jul 2012 The Marine Corps has created its first law enforcement battalions - a lean, specialized force of military police officers that it hopes can quickly deploy worldwide to help investigate crimes from terrorism to drug trafficking and train fledgling security forces in allied nations. The Corps activated three such battalions last month. Each is made up of roughly 500 military police officers and dozens of dogs.

Power Pwn: This DARPA-funded power strip will hack your network 22 Jul 2012 The Power Pwn may look like an ordinary power strip, maybe with an included surge protector, but it's far from it. Network administrators and IT staff in general need to be wary of this one: it can do much more than meets the eye. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Cyber Fast Track program helped fund the development of the Power Pwn. Pwnie Express, which developed the $1,295 gizmo, says it's "a fully-integrated enterprise-class penetration testing platform." That's great, but the company also notes its "ingenious form-factor" and "highly-integrated/modular hardware design," which to me translates to: it's the perfect tool for hacking a corporate network.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Shooter's Federal Grant]
Post by: Luck on August 02, 2012, 01:25:54 pm
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government
25 to 31 Jul 2012
http://www.legitgov.org

DHS-FBI 17 May 2012 Memo: 'Terrorists' Interest in Attacking Theaters and Similar Mass Gatherings' [That was just two months before the actual shooting.] Posted by Lori Price, http://www.legitgov.org/ 23 Jul 2012 On 17 May 2012, the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a warning regarding possible attacks to US movie theaters. The release, 'Terrorists' Interest in Attacking Theaters and Similar Mass Gatherings,' has been saved by Citizens For Legitimate Government (CLG) as the memo appears to have been pulled by the DHS/FBI. The warning was issued in collaboration with the Interagency Threat Assessment and Coordination Group. The memo includes the following warning. '(U//FOUO) An early April 2012 suicide bombing of a theater in Somalia and a violent extremist communication advocating attacks on US theaters highlight terrorists' continued interest in attacking such venues. Although we have no specific or credible information indicating that terrorists plan to attack theaters in the United States, terrorists may seek to emulate overseas attacks on theaters here in the United States because they have the potential to inflict mass casualties and cause local economic damage.'

A Spiteful New Policy at Guantánamo Bay (The New York Times) 23 Jul 2012 The Obama administration's latest overuse of executive authority at Guantánamo Bay is a decision not to let lawyers visit clients in detention under terms that have been in place since 2004. Because these meetings pose little risk and would send a message about America's adherence to the rule of law, the administration looks as if it is imperiously punishing detainees for their temerity in bringing legal challenges to their detention and losing. In one case, the administration is saying that the Yemeni national Yasin Qasem Muhammad Ismail no longer has the right to meet with his counsel, David Remes, because his plea to be released was "terminated." The Justice Department will only let them meet, it said in an e-mail to Mr. Remes, if he signs a new memorandum giving the government what Mr. Remes calls "absolute authority over access to counsel."

US drone strike kills 13 in North Waziristan, Pakistan 23 Jul 2012 Miranshah: At least 13 people have been killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan Agency of Pakistan, northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan, sources said on Friday. The sources said that the drone fired eight missiles on a house in Shawal area of the agency, killing 13 people in the attack. "Fear prevailed in the area as more drones are still flying in the air," they added.

Witnesses: General Opposed Hospital Abuse Probe 24 Jul 2012 The American general who led NATO's training mission in Afghanistan opposed an inspector general's investigation into "Auschwitz-like conditions" and corruption at the main Afghan army military hospital, two retired U.S. military officers are telling Congress. The retired officers, in testimony prepared for a House hearing Tuesday, said Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV admonished subordinates for contacting the Defense Department's inspector general about Dawood National Military Hospital. Retired Army Col. Gerald Carozza Jr., who was chief of legal development assisting the Afghan Army and defense ministry, said Caldwell at one point expressed concern that the request was too close to the 2010 congressional elections.

Ecuadorean officials invite Swedish authorities to London to interview Julian Assange 26 Jul 2012 The Wikileaks founder Julian Assange could yet avoid extradition for questioning over sexual assault allegations after Ecuadorean government officials invited the Swedish authorities to London, offering to host an interview there instead. Senior Ecuadorean government sources said today they have sent a formal request to Sweden and would be happy to facilitate questioning between Mr Assange and the Swedish prosecutor in their west London embassy, where the Wikileaks founder has been staying for the more than a month after claiming asylum.

Jim Greer denounces Florida Republican Party officials as liars, 'right-wing crazies' in deposition --Greer: GOP leaders met to discuss ways they could suppress black votes 26 Jul 2012 In a wide-ranging deposition that spanned two days in late May, former Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer denounced some party officials as liars and "whack-a-do, right-wing crazies" as he described turmoil in the months before his resignation. Greer said some GOP leaders were meeting to discuss ways they could suppress black votes while others were constantly scheming against each other.

Alabama asks court to back GOP-backed redistricting plan 26 Jul 2012 Alabama's attorney general filed a lawsuit Thursday asking a federal court to approve a redistricting plan for his Legislature without requiring the plan to go through the U.S. Justice Department for approval to make sure it doesn't discriminate against minority voters. The lawsuit seeks a declaratory judgment from a three-judge panel of U.S. District Court in Washington finding that the plan approved by the Alabama Legislature during a special session in May does not deny or abridge the right to vote based on race or color. Democrats in the Legislature have complained that the plan passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature was written to favor Republicans and packed black voters in some districts while leaving them with little influence in other districts. Senate Minority Leader Roger Bedford, D-Russellville, said the attorney general's office wants to avoid the justice department's preclearance process because the Legislature "passed a racially gerrymandered plan."
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Shooter's Federal Grant]
Post by: Luck on August 02, 2012, 01:26:47 pm
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government
25 to 31 Jul 2012
http://www.legitgov.org

US report says Iraq 'rebuilders' died by hundreds --'Reconstruction' effort in Iraq cost US taxpayers about $62 billion 27 Jul 2012 In the first tally of its kind, a federal investigative agency has calculated that at least 719 people, nearly half of them Americans, were killed working on projects to rebuild Iraq following the U.S. invasion in 2003. The actual number of people killed doing reconstruction work is probably much higher than 719 but cannot be reliably determined, the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction said in releasing its estimate Friday.

DARPA's Blue Angel - Pentagon prepares millions of vaccines against future global flu 28 Jul 2012 The Pentagon's DARPA lab has announced a milestone, but it doesn't involve drones or death missiles. Scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency say they've produced 10 million doses of an influenza vaccine in only one month's time. In a press release issued by the agency's office this week, scientists with DARPA say they've reach an important step in being able to combat spread a flu pandemic that might someday decimate the Earth's population. By working with the Medicago Inc. vaccine company, the Pentagon's cutting edge research lab says that they've used a massive harvest of tobacco plants to help produce a plethora of flu-fighting vaccines. [Am I the *only one* wondering: WHY is *DARPA* manufacturing vaccines? You would have to be *out of your mind* to allow an injection of *anything* concocted by the Pentagon!]

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....

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.

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."

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.

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 [<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.

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.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Lawless America Tour]
Post by: Luck on August 02, 2012, 01:43:41 pm
It's time for us to take back Lawless America and make it America once again
    Wednesday, 01 August 2012 00:00
    William M. Windsor
http://www.lawlessamerica.com/

http://www.lawlessamerica.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1074:its-time-for-us-to-take-back-lawless-america-and-make-it-america-once-again&catid=133:lawless-america-the-movie&Itemid=105

[Youtube videos: https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Ayoutube.com+%22lawless+america]

PARDON MY FRENCH, BUT I'M PISSED OFF NOW.  When I left on the Lawless America Movie Road Trip 49 days ago, I was on a mission.  I knew the judicial and government corruption in America was bad, but I underestimated how bad.  
Our country is broken. We must save America. We must help the millions of victims.
We must save our children and grandchildren from this.

We must turn LAWLESS AMERICA into a peaceful revolution -- a movement that will grab the attention of millions of people. And it seems we will have to do it with little or no exposure from the mainstream media. This means we have to turn the Internet into our own mainstream media.

Please reach out to everyone you know, everyone who is a victim, everyone who belongs to appropriate organizations and Facebook groups. The predicament our country is in is FAR WORSE than what the colonists faced. Please be a Paul Revere -- get on "your horse" and spread the word.

I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!

The Basics

Lawless America...The Movie is all about exposing the fact that we now live in Lawless America.  We no longer have laws that are enforced because judges do whatever they want to do.  America has also become lawless because government officials are dishonest and/or corrupt.

The movie will expose corruption in every state.  The Movie will focus on victims.  Corrupt judges and corrupt government officials will be exposed, and we will confront a number of the crooks. ...
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Lawless America Tour]
Post by: Luck on August 03, 2012, 04:06:44 pm
Possibly Good Govt News for a change:
Calif. Heads Roll
http://forum.freestateproject.org/index.php?topic=16396.msg278206#msg278206
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Lawless America Tour]
Post by: Luck on August 05, 2012, 09:17:09 pm
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government
03 Aug 2012
http://www.legitgov.org

Resumed NATO Convoys Mean Millions for Taliban --Insurgents earned millions of dollars from [US-funded] Afghan security firms 31 Jul 2012 As the United States trumpeted its success in persuading Pakistan to end its seven-month blockade of supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan, another group privately cheered its good fortune: the Taliban. One of the Afghan war's great ironies is that both NATO and the Taliban rely on the convoys to fuel their operations - a recipe for seemingly endless conflict. The U.S. military estimated last year that $360 million in U.S. tax dollars ended up in the hands of the Taliban, criminals and power brokers with ties to both. More than half the losses flowed through a $2.1 billion contract to truck huge amounts of food, water and fuel to American troops across Afghanistan.

Tenn. Legislator Kelly Keisling Mass-Emailed Obama 'Staged Assassination' Rumor 31 Jul 2012 A Republican member of the Tennessee state legislature emailed constituents Tuesday morning with a rumor circulating in conservative circles that President Barack Obama is planning to stage a fake assassination attempt in an effort to stop the 2012 election from happening. Rep. Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown) sent an email from his state email account to constituents containing a rumor that Obama and the Department of Homeland Security are planning a series of events that could lead to the imposition of martial law and delay the election. Among the events hypothesized in the email is a staged assassination attempt on the president that would lead to civil unrest in urban areas and martial law.

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.

CIA drone strikes violate Pakistan's sovereignty, says senior diplomat 02 Aug 2012 One of Islamabad's most senior diplomats is warning that CIA drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas are weakening democracy and risk pushing people towards extremist groups. Wajid Shamsul Hasan, the high commissioner to London and one of Pakistan's top ambassadors, also accuses the US of "talking in miles" when it comes to democracy but "moving in inches". In an interview with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Hasan, four years into his second stint in the post, argues that US drone strikes risk significantly weakening Pakistan's democratic institutions.

Court Upholds Domestic Drone Use in Arrest of American Citizen --A motion to dismiss charges based on the use of a Predator drone was denied Wednesday 02 Aug 2012 A North Dakota court has preliminarily upheld the first-ever use of an unmanned drone to assist in the arrest of an American citizen. A judge denied a request to dismiss charges Wednesday against Rodney Brossart, a man arrested last year after a 16-hour standoff with police at his Lakota, N.D., ranch. Brossart's lawyer argued that law enforcement's "warrantless use of [an] unmanned military-like surveillance aircraft" and "outrageous governmental conduct" warranted dismissal of the case, according to court documents obtained by U.S. News.

Britain secretly equipping Syrian 'rebels' with latest satellite phones to help topple Assad 04 Aug 2012 British officials are secretly equipping Syrian 'rebel' groups with satellite phones in a bid to topple President Bashar al-Assad. The phones, used by the Ministry of Defence, are designed for rugged environments and are shock, dust and water resistant. Whitehall sources also confirmed the Foreign Office is teaching negotiation and 'stabilisation' skills to opposition leaders, and advising on how to address the Syrian people and international audiences.

Breaking: Wisconsin shooting to be considered 'domestic terrorism' --Authorities treating Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting as domestic terror incident --FBI handling criminal investigation on the incident --Police, SWAT, other law enforcement teams converged on temple --ATF is involved.  05 Aug 2012

US assassination drone crashes in Somalia 05 Aug 2012 A US assassination drone has crashed near Galgala Mountains close to Bosaso city in northern Somalia, Press TV reports. Senior al-Shabab official Sheikh Muhammad Talal Daahir told the Press TV correspondent in Mogadishu that the drone went down on Saturday. After the crash, Daahir said another unmanned aerial vehicle fired several missiles and killed 13 al-Shabab fighters in the region.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Lawless America Tour]
Post by: Luck on August 09, 2012, 10:00:16 pm
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
6-9 Aug 2012
http://www.legitgov.org

Leftover GMO corn stubs 'a field of little spears' wreaking havoc on tires 02 Aug 2012 Corn modified (genetically modified organisms) to stand tall and tough against pests is also wreaking havoc on tractor tires. Mark Newhall of Farm Show Magazine tells American Public Media's Marketplace that after the stalks are cut during harvest, the leftover stubs are like "having a field of little spears." So instead of tractor tires lasting the usual five to six years, they're getting chewed up after just one or two years. One tractor tire can cost thousands of dollars, and some tractors have as many as eight tires. How does a modern farmer fight back against a genetically modified enemy intent on destroying the very thing his business rides on? The same way our military defends against its enemies: Kevlar. [Make no mistake about it: Monsanto is the enemy of mankind.]

Obama is considering executive-order option on cybersecurity 04 Aug 2012 Senate Republicans recently blocked cybersecurity legislation, but the issue might not be dead after all. The White House hasn't ruled out issuing an executive order to strengthen the nation's defenses against cyber attacks if Congress refuses to act.

Witness: 4 Men Dressed in Black Opened Fire on Congregation Posted by sharlenemusiclover 05 Aug 2012 An eyewitness to the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin says that a team of four men, "four white males dressed darkly" carried out the massacre, contradicting the official narrative that a lone gunman was the culprit. (Video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSvex9GYPlc

Shooting suspect was US Army psy-ops specialist: Pentagon 06 Aug 2012 The gunman suspected of attacking a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and killing six people was a former US Army "psychological operations specialist," the Pentagon said Monday. Wade Michael Page, who was himself shot dead by police during the incident, was a 40-year-old who had served between April 1992 and October 1998, ending his career at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He received his basic training in Fort Sill, Oklahoma before being moved to Fort Bliss in Texas. Fort Bragg, where he finished his career, is home to many of the US Army's airborne units and its Special Operations Command.

New York Times complains to police over treatment of photographer 06 Aug 2012 The New York Times has complained to the city's police department after one of its photographers said he was assaulted by officers who arrested him on Saturday. Robert Stolarik, a freelance photographer, claimed a New York Police Department (NYPD) officer "slammed" his camera into his face before he was dragged to the ground, kicked and arrested. Stolarik was on assignment with two other reporters in the Bronx when he was stopped by police on Saturday evening. Police ordered Stolarik to stop taking pictures of a teenage girl being arrested. When he refused, an officer reputedly grabbed Stolarik's camera and dragged him to the ground.

James Holmes's Psychiatrist Contacted University Police Weeks Before Movie-Theater Shooting - ABC News 06 Aug 2012 The psychiatrist who treated suspected movie-theater shooter James Holmes made contact with a University of Colorado police officer to express concerns about her patient's behavior several weeks before Holmes' alleged rampage, sources told ABC News. The sources did not know what the officer approached by Dr. Lynne Fenton did with the information she passed along. They said, however, that the officer was recently interviewed, with an attorney present, by the Aurora Police Department as a part of the ongoing investigation of the shooting. Fenton would have had to have serious concerns to break confidentiality with her patient to reach out to the police officer or others, the sources said.

NYPD Unveils Crime- and Terror-Fighting 'Domain Awareness System' 08 Aug 2012 A dramatic new way to track criminals and potential terrorists [facilitate false flags] was unveiled Wednesday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. It melds cameras, computers and data bases capable of nabbing bad guys before they even know they’re under suspicion. If a suspicious package is left at a location by a terrorist, the NYPD will be able to instantly tap into video feeds to look back in time to see who left it there, and that's just one of the many tasks the NYPD's new high-tech "Domain Awareness System" can do, CBS 2 reported.

Army Tests Spy Blimp Over NJ 09 Aug 2012 The Army is testing its $517 million spy blimp in the skies over the New Jersey military base where the German airship Hindenburg crashed in 1937. [Hopefully, the spy blimp will go the same route.] The Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle spent more than 90 minutes around Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Ocean County on Tuesday. Manufacturer Northrop Grumman says the 302-foot long airship is designed to be a high altitude observation platform. It can be operated by a crew or by remote control.

Rand Paul: Government spied on Americans 'gazillions' of times 09 Aug 2012 Does the government really peer into the personal business of everyone in America? According to Judge Andrew Napolitano, Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has put the number of instances that the feds have spied on Americans in the "gazillions." In a column published this week by the frequent cable news commentator, Judge Napolitano explains that members of Congress are barred from quoting certain statistics disclosed during secret security briefing, so Sen. Paul has reportedly relayed the actual information as accurately as he can without providing a real number. Gazillion, suggests Napolitano, is close enough.

France deploys troops to Syria-Jordan border 09 Aug 2012 France has sent troops to the Syrian border with Jordan amid reports of escalating foreign support for the insurgents fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. France said its soldiers have been deployed to 'help refugees' in the border area. On Monday, the spokeswoman for the so-called Syrian National Council (SNC), Bassma Kodmani, singled out Saudi Arabia and Qatar among the countries providing arms for the insurgents.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Lawless America Tour]
Post by: Luck on August 11, 2012, 02:15:14 pm
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Britain faces legal challenge over secret US 'kill list' in Afghanistan 09 Aug 2012 Britain's role in supplying information to an American military "kill list" in Afghanistan is being subjected to legal challenge amid growing international concern over targeted strikes against suspected insurgents and drug traffickers. An Afghan man who lost five relatives in a missile strike started proceedings against the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) and the Ministry of Defence demanding to know details of the UK's participation "in the compilation, review and execution of the list and what form it takes". Legal letters sent to Soca and the MoD state the involvement of UK officials in these decisions "may give rise to criminal offences and thus be unlawful".

Chevron Refinery fire blamed for rising gas prices 10 Aug 2012 The Richmond Refinery produces nearly 15 percent of the gasoline made in California, so Monday's fiery disaster was bound to have an impact at the pump. Average Bay Area gas prices have now climbed past $4 a gallon. ... Oil analysts say Chevron is contributing to the price spike by not indicating when the Richmond Refinery can restore operations.
- ABC7 News has learned there was a fire last fall in the same crude oil unit that ignited Monday night at the Chevron refinery in Richmond. There is also evidence that removing insulation from the line could have played a major role in that fire. The fire occurred on November 14, 2011, in unit four, the same crude oil unit that ignited into flames Monday night.

Stratfor emails reveal secret, widespread TrapWire surveillance system 11 Aug 2012 Former senior intelligence officials have created a detailed surveillance system more accurate than modern facial recognition technology -- and have installed it across the US under the radar of most Americans, according to emails hacked by Anonymous. Every few seconds, data picked up at surveillance points in major cities and landmarks across the United States are recorded digitally on the spot, then encrypted and instantaneously delivered to a fortified central database center at an undisclosed location to be aggregated with other intelligence. It's part of a program called TrapWire and it's the brainchild of the Abraxas, a Northern Virginia company staffed with elite [fascists] from America's intelligence community.

U.S., Turkey to explore imposing Syria no-fly zones 11 Aug 2012 The United States and Turkey indicated on Saturday they might impose no-fly zones in Syria as battles between [CIA-backed] rebels and President Bashar al-Assad's forces shook Aleppo and fighting erupted in the heart of Damascus. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said after meeting her Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul that Washington and Ankara should develop detailed operational planning on ways to assist the 'rebels' fighting to topple Assad. "Our intelligence services, our military have very important responsibilities and roles to play so we are going to be setting up a working group to do exactly that," she said.

Anger as US prosecutors scrap probe of Goldman 11 Aug 2012 Goldman Sachs was let off the hook yesterday as the US Department of Justice dropped plans to bring criminal charges over claims the bank was betting against the same toxic subprime mortgage securities it sold to clients. In April last year, Senator Carl Levin demanded a criminal investigation after his sub-committee spent more than a year looking into Goldman. Chief executive Lloyd Blankfein faced an embarrassing grilling for hours from Mr Levin over whether it was morally correct for the firm to sell its clients products described internally as "crap".
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: DHS Roadside Unabombers]
Post by: Luck on August 11, 2012, 06:48:22 pm
A new twist on the Homeland Security purchase of Ammonium nitrate...

[See the link at the end for the fuller story. It seems DHS & co are planning to plant IEDs and make our roads as dangerous as those in Iraq in order to keep us afraid of the "enemy".]

PM john g
Date: 8/11/2012 10:58:41 AM
URL:   http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=1973105

interesting... just after the department of homeland security orders a massive purchase of ammonium nitrate (used in fertilizer bombs) the U.S. government starts warning about the danger of roadside bombs IN THE US? this is getting ridiculous as Zen Gardner points out below... not real hard to figure out who is going to be planting these roadside bombs in the U.S... and just in time for the roll out of the nationwide spying system. how very convenient:

http://www.zengardner.com/false-terror-iedocy-ramps-up/

"IEDs increasingly a U.S. threat

“Roadside bombs have been the U.S. military’s worst enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, a top general is warning that our enemies are increasingly trying to use IEDs in the United States.

“The global proliferation of IEDs and associated technology is pervasive and continues to threaten U.S. interests at home and abroad,” Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero, head of the military’s Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, told a congressional hearing on Thursday.

Barbero sounded the alarm before a partially closed hearing of a subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee titled, “Securing Ammonium Nitrate: Using Lessons Learned in Afghanistan to Protect the Homeland from IEDs.

In prepared testimony beforehand, Barbero called the threat “one of the enduring operational and domestic security challenges for the foreseeable future.”

And by the way, they never define once what IED stands for, as if we’re all able to talk “warspeak” now. Improvised Explosive Device."

For the rest: http://www.zengardner.com/false-terror-iedocy-ramps-up/
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: WikiLeaks Battles]
Post by: Luck on August 16, 2012, 08:09:52 pm
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Israel media talk of imminent Iran war push 10 Aug 2012 Israel's prime minister and defence minister would like to attack Iran's nuclear sites before the U.S. election in November but lack crucial support within their cabinet and military, an Israeli newspaper said on Friday. The front-page report in the biggest-selling daily Yedioth Ahronoth came amid mounting speculation - fuelled by media leaks from both the government and its detractors at home and abroad - that war with Iran could be imminent even though it might rupture the bedrock ties between Israel and the United States.

FBI raids homes of Occupy protesters in Oregon and Washington 12 Aug 2012 Over the last month, heavily armed "domestic terrorism" units of the FBI used battering rams and stun grenades to conduct early-morning raids on the homes of political protesters in Seattle and Olympia, Washington and Portland, Oregon. On July 25, three homes were raided in Portland alone and, since July 10, as many as six homes have been raided.

WikiLeaks endures a lengthy DDoS attack 13 Aug 2012 According to the WikiLeaks Twitter feed, the organization has sustained a several-day Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack that has left its Web site effectually inoperable. "The attack is well over 10Gbits/second sustained on the main WikiLeaks domains," read one of several tweets the organization posted on Friday. "The range of IPs used is huge. Whoever is running it controls thousands of machines or is able to simulate them." Apparently WikiLeaks' Web site has been slow moving or inaccessible since the beginning of August, according to the Associated Press.

U.S. government is secretly spying on EVERYONE using civilian security cameras, say Wikileaks --Disturbing echoes of CIA officials in hit film 'The Bourne Identity' 14 Aug 2012 Anyone who takes a photograph at high-risk locations is logged as a suspected terrorist on a vast network of secret spy cameras linked to the U.S. Government, according to leaked emails. People pointing cameras in New York are regarded as suspicious and the facial recognition images of them from the civilian CCTV are fed into a data centre run by U.S. firm Abraxas. It has disturbing echoes of the film, 'The Bourne Identity' starring Matt Damon, in which CIA officials use a network of spy cameras to track around the world someone they thought they had assassinated. TrapWire is used by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in a bid to deter terrorist attacks - or catch those responsible once an incident has happened.

Julian Assange will be granted asylum, says official 14 Aug 2012 Ecuador's president, Rafael Correa, has agreed to grant Julian Assange asylum, officials within Ecuador's government have said. The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up at Ecuador's London embassy since 19 June, when he officially requested political asylum. "Ecuador will grant asylum to Julian Assange," said an official in the Ecuadorean capital, Quito, who is familiar with the government discussions.

Britain threatens to storm Ecuador embassy to get Assange --Quito says it would see a raid as 'hostile and intolerable act' --UK says obliged by law to extradite Assange to Sweden 15 Aug 2012 The diplomatic standoff over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange escalated on Wednesday after Britain threatened to raid Ecuador's embassy in London if Quito did not hand over Assange, who has been taking refuge there for two months. The Ecuadorean government said such an action would be considered a "hostile and intolerable act" as well as a violation of its sovereignty.

US uses Iraq consulate to smuggle arms to anti-Iran terrorist cell 16 Aug 2012 The US Consulate in the Iraqi city of Basra has reportedly prepared a shipment of weapons to smuggle for a terrorist cell operating inside Iran. The cargo, including light and heavy guns, was shipped into Iraq's southern city of Basra through the Turkish soil, according to an informed security source, who asked not to be identified. The US mission in the city used its diplomatic immunity to take the shipment into the consulate's building without bothering to answer to Iraqi security officials.

Families of assassinated Iranian scientists sue Israel, US, UK 16 Aug 2012 The families of Iranian nuclear scientists assassinated by foreign-backed terrorists have filed a lawsuit against Israel, the United States and the United Kingdom, for their involvement in the murders. Rahim Ahmadi Roshan, father of Iranian scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, who was killed in a terrorist attack in January, told a press conference in Tehran on Wednesday, that the families have asked Iran's Judiciary to pursue their complaints and bring those responsible for the assassinations to justice.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: WikiLeaks Battles]
Post by: Luck on August 23, 2012, 10:17:31 am
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Nurse Who 'Saw Everything' at Hospital After 'Batman' Shootings Found Dead at 46 18 Aug 2012 Jenny Gallagher, a nurse who treated victims of the highly suspicious 'Batman' shooting in Aurora, Colorado last month, is dead at age 46. The reported cause of death: drowning. "She worked the morning after the Batman massacre in a very busy unit of the hospital - so she saw everything really, some really bad injuries," her husband Greg reportedly told Ireland's Herald earlier today... Gallagher was actually found dead ten days ago, on August 7th. Despite recent conflicting and incorrect reports about the location (multiple reports say it was in Colorado, while another says Ohio), The End Run has determined that she was actually found dead in Okoboji Lake, which is in Dickson County, Iowa, about 700 miles from her home town of Denver by car. [See also: Aurora, Colorado Shooting 'Oddities' By Lori Price.]

'You don't know who you're dealing with': Ecuador President warns Britain of 'grotesque' threat to storm embassy over Julian Assange 18 Aug 2012 The diplomatic row over Julian Assange escalated last night when the President of Ecuador warned Britain that any attempt to storm its embassy in London would destroy relations between the two countries. Rafael Correa used his weekly address to the nation to deliver his strongest warning to Britain yet, describing the UK's stance as 'grotesque' and 'intolerant'. He said if British police 'violated Ecuador's diplomatic mission' in London it would destroy ties between the two countries.

Syria Rebels 'Aided By British Intelligence' 19 Aug 2012 Forces loyal to President Bashar al Assad have reportedly used helicopter gunfire and mortars in the battle for Aleppo, amid fresh claims British intelligence is helping rebel fighters to oust the Syrian leader. According to an opposition official, information on Syrian troop movements is helping rebels [aka foreign terrorists] launch successful attacks on government forces in the second city, where both sides have been locked in fierce fighting for weeks. "British intelligence is observing things closely from Cyprus," the official told The Sunday Times.

Anonymous launches DDOS attacks in the name of Julian Assange --@AnonIRC: 'The website of the UK Ministry of Justice is down.' 20 Aug 2012 Anonymous targeted United Kingdom government websites today in a show of solidarity with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who is fleeing London to Ecuador for fear of being extradited to the United States. The hacker collective famous for using distributed denial of service attacks to make a political point allegedly attacked the U.K. Justice Department website, along with British Prime Minister's website "Number 10." Other reports included attacks on the Department of Work and Pensions. Anonymous used the hash tag "#OpFreeAssange," referencing the founder of Wikileaks who was taken into custody in the U.K. for sex-crime allegations in Sweden.

Assange urges US to end 'war on whistleblowers' 20 Aug 2012 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has urged the US to end its "witch-hunt" as he used an appearance at the Ecuadorean embassy to thank supporters. Assange thanked the nation of Ecuador for taking a "stand for justice" in giving him political asylum, while warning that the US risked shunting the world into an era of journalistic oppression. He appeared on the balcony of the South American country's embassy in London, where he has been taking refuge for two months as he seeks to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning on sexual assault allegations.

Netanyahu 'determined to attack Iran' before US elections, claims Israel's Channel 10 --TV reporter adds: 'I doubt Obama could say anything that would convince PM to delay a possible attack' 20 Aug 2012 Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "is determined to attack Iran before the US elections," Israel's Channel 10 News claimed on Monday night, and Israel is now "closer than ever" to a strike designed to thwart Iran's [alleged] nuclear drive. The TV station's military reporter Alon Ben-David, who earlier this year was given extensive access to the Israel Air Force as it trained for a possible attack, reported that, since upgraded sanctions against Iran have failed to force a suspension of the Iranian nuclear program in the past two months, "from the prime minister's point of view, the time for action is getting ever closer."

At Guantanamo tribunals, don't mention the 'T' word 20 Aug 2012 CIA agents have written books about it. Former President [sic] George W. Bush has explained why he thought it was necessary and legal. Yet the 'al Qaeda' suspects who were subjected to so-called harsh interrogation techniques, and the lawyers charged with defending them at the Guantanamo Bay military tribunals, are not allowed to talk about the treatment they consider torture. Defense attorneys say that and other Kafkaesque legal restrictions on what they can discuss with their clients and raise in the courtroom undermine their ability to mount a proper defense on charges that could lead to the death penalty.

US drone strikes target rescuers in Pakistan - and the west stays silent --Attacking rescuers - a tactic long deemed by the US a hallmark of terrorism - is now routinely used by the Obama administration By Glenn Greenwald 20 Aug 2012 The US government has long maintained, reasonably enough, that a defining tactic of terrorism is to launch a follow-up attack aimed at those who go to the scene of the original attack to rescue the wounded and remove the dead. Morally, such methods have also been widely condemned by the west as a hallmark of savagery. Yet, as was demonstrated yet again this weekend in Pakistan, this has become one of the favorite tactics of the very same US government.

US assassination drone strike kills three in northwestern Pakistan 21 Aug 2012 A US assassination drone strike has killed at least three people in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region. The unmanned aircraft reportedly fired four missiles at a house in North Waziristan on Tuesday. Since Saturday, at least 24 people have been killed by US drone strikes in the same region.

US Scholars: Israeli Extremists Should be Designated Terrorists 22 Aug 2012 Amid a rising spate of Jewish extremist violence in Israel and the occupied West Bank, two prominent US Middle East scholars are urging the United States to officially designate as terrorists those Israeli extremists who perpetrate terrorist violence against Palestinian civilians, Israeli citizens and even moderate elements of the settler movement. The US, "much like Israel... should consider designating individuals involved in acts of violence against Palestinians as terrorists," Daniel Byman and Natan Sachs, researchers at the Brookings Institution Saban Center, wrote in the current issue of Foreign Afffairs.

Agencies [falsely] warn of possible anarchist activity at conventions 22 Aug 2012 Law enforcement officials are [pretending to be] concerned about possible violence by anarchist extremists at the upcoming Republican and Democratic national conventions, according to an intelligence bulletin prepared by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security. The bulletin, which was obtained by CNN, says that [CIA supported false flag] anarchists could try to use improvised explosive devices. It also says that, as of March, the FBI had intelligence [TrapWire?] indicating individuals from New York "planned to travel to Tampa and attempt to close" all of the Tampa Bay-area bridges during the Republican National Convention next week.

Surveillance unit produced no terrorism leads, NYPD says --The NYPD's Demographics Unit was put together with the CIA's help. 22 Aug 2012 A controversial NYPD surveillance unit that cataloged information on Muslim communities never produced a lead that linked to a potential terrorist plot during years of investigating, according to the head of the city's police intelligence division. The NYPD's Demographics Unit -- or Zone Assessment Unit -- was put together with the CIA's help following the September 11, 2001, attacks. The unit has acknowledged that it engaged in monitoring that included Muslim-owned business and mosques across the New York region.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: WikiLeaks Battles]
Post by: Luck on August 25, 2012, 12:44:11 pm
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U.S. sends aircraft carrier back to Gulf to face Iran, Syria 23 Aug 2012 The U.S. Navy is cutting short home leave for the crew of one of its aircraft carriers and sending them back to the Middle East next week to counter any [fabricated] threat from Iran, according to the official Navy News Service. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta told sailors aboard the USS Stennis in their home port of Seattle on Wednesday they were needed back in the Middle East soon, after approving calls from the U.S. Central Command for Stennis to return to the region. "Obviously, Iran is one of those threats," the U.S. military news service quoted Panetta as saying during a send-off event at a military base on the U.S. West Coast. "Secondly, it is the turmoil in Syria," he said. "We're obviously following that closely as well." ['Following?' LOL. Try *fomenting.*]

We are Women Against Rape but we do not want Julian Assange extradited --For decades we have campaigned to get rapists caught, charged and convicted. But the pursuit of Assange is political. By Katrin Axelsson and Lisa Longstaff 23 Aug 2012 When Julian Assange was first arrested, we were struck by the unusual zeal with which he was being pursued for rape allegations. It seems even clearer now, that the allegations against him are a smokescreen behind which a number of governments are trying to clamp down on WikiLeaks for having audaciously revealed to the public their secret planning of wars and occupations with their attendant rape, murder and destruction.

Arrest plan to seize Julian Assange 'under all circumstances' accidentally revealed 24 Aug 2012 Plans to seize Julian Assange "under all circumstances" the moment he leaves the Ecuadorean embassy in London have accidentally been revealed by a police officer displaying restricted documents outside the embassy. The document, pictured under the officer's arm by a Press Association photographer, appears to advocate arresting the WikiLeaks founder whether he leaves the building in a diplomatic bag or in a diplomatic car. The handwritten plan was recorded at a police briefing and only partially covered by the officer's arm as he arrived at the embassy in Knightsbridge on Friday. The brief begins: "BRIEF - EQ. Embassy brief - Summary of current position Re Assange. Action required - Assange to be arrested under all circumstances." It then makes reference to a "dip bag" and a "dip vehicle".

Assange Supporters Hold 24-Hour 'Vigil' Outside Ecuador Embassy 24 Aug 2012 Foreign ministers from Latin America meet in Washington Friday to discuss Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks who has been living inside Ecuador's London Embassy for over two months. Ecuador has granted Assange asylum but Britain has made it clear that the founder of Wikileaks will be arrested if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy... Across the street from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, protesters are holding what they call a "vigil" - they say it is a 24-hour watch in order to ensure that Assange is not forcibly removed from the embassy by British police.

Some 'hit by police bullets' in Empire State Building shooting --Police, already on the scene, were actually 'anti-terrorism units.' By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 24 Aug 2012 Some struck in NYC's Empire State Building shooting were 'wounded or grazed' [*or killed*] by NYPD bullets. Nine bystanders were injured by 'stray' (read: police) fire. There are conflicting reports on whether Jeffrey Johnson, 53, actually shot at police before the counter-terrorism police officers fired at him. The gunman is among two dead in NYC shootings. [So the purpose of this particular op was to get people acclimated to the notion that the police -- and/or anti-terrorism units, DHS, or other federal agencies -- can open fire on crowds and we're supposed to accept such an action as 'necessary.' --LRP]

Israeli protesters warn against war as government appears to prep Iran strikes --Parallel demonstrations took place in Haifa and Jerusalem 24 Aug 2012 A persistent group of anti-war protesters gathered in front Israel's Ministry of Defense in Central Tel Aviv on Thursday, chanting "We don't want another war!" and warning the government against striking Iran's nuclear facilities. Around 100 demonstrators carried signs declaring "No War" and "Don't bomb, talk!" Some lay on the ground and wrapped themselves in white sheets to simulate war casualties.

US drone attack kills 18 in North Waziristan, despite Pakistan protests 24 Aug 2012 American missiles targeting suspected militants in Pakistan along the Afghan border killed 18 today, just one day after Pakistani authorities met with a United States diplomat to protest drone strikes in the country. The US drone campaign has been a serious contributor of tension between the US and Pakistan, and today's attacks were the fourth in one week, reports the Associated Press. All of this week’s attacks took place in North Waziristan, an especially restive area where the Pakistani military has yet to conduct any operations against militants. [Obama: drone-bombing you can believe in!]

Facebook-posting Marine veteran released from hospital 24 Aug 2012 The shifting fortunes of Marine veteran Brandon J. Raub moved in his favor Thursday after a Hopewell judge criticized his forced relocation to a veterans hospital in western Virginia for mental treatment and then ordered him released. Hopewell Circuit Judge W. Allan Sharrett found that a document ordering Raub's transfer this week from a Hopewell hospital to the Salem VA Medical Center was faulty and "so devoid of any factual allegations that it could not be reasonably expected to give rise to a case or controversy." Raub, 26, was released from the Salem hospital shortly after 5 p.m.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: U.S. Govt Terrorism]
Post by: Luck on August 30, 2012, 10:45:47 am
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New state laws make undercover probes of farm operations risky --Prompted by the agriculture industry agri-terrorists, states are debating, and in some cases adopting, 'ag-gag' laws 24 Aug 2012 The undercover investigator who secretly videotaped alleged animal abuses at a meat processing plant in California's San Joaquin Valley would have been a criminal for doing the same thing in Utah, potentially subject to a year in jail. Since March, it's been a misdemeanor in Utah to videotape an agricultural operation without the owner's approval. Nor is Utah alone in trying to shield farms from private investigators and prying media. Kansas, Iowa and North Dakota have all tightened access.

Empire State Building shooting victim says NYPD fired 'randomly' into street 24 Aug 2012 Questions have been raised over the New York Police Department's handling of a shooting near the Empire State Building after armed officers injured nine passers-by as they pursued a gunman who had just shot dead his former boss. One of those injured by police told the Guardian that officers appeared to fire "randomly" as they confronted Jeffrey Johnson, 58. Reports suggest that while Johnson drew his gun when he was confronted by officers, he did not fire; all those injured appear to have been shot by police. [As I stated Friday: So the purpose of this particular op was to get people acclimated to the notion that the police -- and/or anti-terrorism units, DHS, or other federal agencies -- can open fire on crowds and we're supposed to accept such an action as 'necessary.' --LRP]

All shooting victims outside Empire State Building were hit by police gunfire --Officer Craig Matthews shot seven times. Officer Robert Sinishtaj fired nine times. 25 Aug 2012 All nine people wounded during a dramatic confrontation between police and a gunman outside the Empire State Building were struck by bullets fired by the two officers, police said Saturday, citing ballistics evidence. Based on ballistic and other evidence, "it appears that all nine of the victims were struck either by fragments or by bullets fired by police," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told reporters on Saturday at a community event in Harlem.

Prosecutors: Ga. murder case reveals terror plot by US soldiers who formed militia inside Army [Sounds just like the rest of the U.S. govt] 27 Aug 2012 Four Army soldiers based in southeast Georgia killed a former comrade and his girlfriend to protect [supposedly] an anarchist militia group they formed that stockpiled assault weapons and plotted a range of anti-government attacks, prosecutors told a judge Monday. Prosecutors in rural Long County, near the sprawling Army post Fort Stewart, said the militia group of active and former U.S. military members spent at least $87,000 buying guns and bomb components. They allege the group was serious enough to kill two people -- former soldier Michael Roark and his 17-year-old girlfriend, Tiffany York -- by shooting them in the woods last December in order to keep its plans secret.

Abramoff: Lobbyist Money 'Well Spent' at Republican National Convention 27 Aug 2012 Former super lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who served 43 months on fraud, bribery and tax evasion charges, has come to the Republican National Convention in Tampa seeking redemption through honesty... "Virtually every interaction that a lobbyist has with a Congressman is money well spent, from the lobbyist's point of view," Abramoff told ABC News. In Tampa, that lavish spending is well underway -- largely undeterred by stormy weather.

'Operation Free Assange': Anonymous takes down [fascist] Interpol website 27 Aug 2012 Hactivist group Anonymous claims to have taken down the websites of Interpol and a British police force as part of a campaign calling for the freedom of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Several Twitter accounts associated with the loose-knit Anonymous collective have announced that the website of International Criminal Police Organization was taken down. The site was unavailable as of 9:18 pm GMT. The hackers also claim to have taken down the website of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), a UK police unit responsible for operations against serious and organized crime. [Awesome!]

US arms sales hit record high of $66.3 billion in 2011 --Report: Figure was largest single-year sales total in history of US arms sales 27 Aug 2012 The United States' weapons sales tripled in 2011, reaching to a record high of USD 66.3 billion, with Persian Gulf Arab countries as the main customers, a new Congressional report said. A new report from the Congressional Research Service said that the country's weapons sales in 2011 was an "extraordinary increase" over the USD 21.4 billion in deals in 2010.

Up to 100 Korans burned in Afghanistan: U.S. military investigation 27 Aug 2012 A U.S. military investigation released on Monday determined that American troops burned up to 100 Korans and other religious materials in Afghanistan during a February incident that led to deadly riots and strained relations between the two countries. Six soldiers received administrative punishments over the incident, which the investigation concluded was due to factors that included a lack of trust between Americans and Afghans.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Cost of Ending Afghan War]
Post by: Luck on September 01, 2012, 11:49:06 am
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NATO may need more troops to ship home Afghan gear --Estimates: More than $60 billion worth of equipment needs to be pulled out 28 Aug 2012 NATO countries may temporarily send more troops to Afghanistan to pack up and ship out huge quantities of weapons and equipment as they wind down operations after more than a decade of war, a military planner said on Tuesday. Lieutenant-Colonel Colin Richardson also said coalition members could use other routes to ship home their equipment even if the troubled crossings through Pakistan were closed to them.

Second accused LulzSec hacker arrested in Sony breach 28 Aug 2012 A second suspected member of the LulzSec hacker group has been arrested for his alleged role in a 2011 network security breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment. Raynaldo Rivera, 20, of Tempe, Ariz., surrendered to authorities today in Phoenix, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. An indictment unsealed today charged Rivera with conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. He faces 15 years in prison if convicted.

Condi Rice Can't Name a Specific Obama Foreign Policy Failure 29 Aug 2012 Today on CBS’s morning show, former Bush administration Secretary of State and top Mitt Romney surrogate Condoleezza Rice could not offer any specific foreign policy failures made by President Obama. Romney's allies, led by Rice and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), are expected to attack Obama on national security grounds tonight in at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. [No wonder: Obama has continued and expanded every one of Bush's foreign policies. She can't find anything wrong with them because she helped design them!]

Black CNN staffer taunted with nuts at RNC 29 Aug 2012 Two Republican convention-goers were ejected for throwing nuts at a black CNN camerawoman and saying, "This is how we feed the animals," the U.S. network said. "Multiple witnesses observed the exchange" at Florida's Tampa Bay Times Forum, the news network reported. Convention security and police immediately removed the two people from the arena, CNN said.

Frustrated NYC Resident Hangs 'Rat Crossing' Signs 30 Aug 2012 (NYC) Rat infestations are a common problem in the city, but one resident is taking matters into his own hands. Joseph Bolanos, president of the West 76th Street Block Association, installed rat-crossing signs in his neighborhood on the Upper West Side.

Justice Department closes CIA probe without charges 30 Aug 2012 The Justice Department said Thursday that it would not file charges in connection with the deaths of two prisoners held in CIA custody a decade ago, closing the last active criminal investigation into the agency's treatment of prisoners after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The decision marks the culmination of a criminal probe that took nearly five years, examined the treatment of about 100 prisoners and branched out far beyond its initial scope - but ultimately produced no charges against any CIA officer. One of the cases involved the death of an Afghan, Gul Rahman, who was being held at a CIA facility known as the Salt Pit in Afghanistan in 2002, when he was allegedly doused with water and left out in frigid overnight weather to die.

Pentagon threatens lawsuit over Osama bin Laden book 30 Aug 2012 The Defense Department is threatening to go after an ex-SEAL author and his publisher over a new book that challenges the administration's official account of last year's raid that killed 'Osama bin Laden.' The Pentagon late Thursday released a letter from its top lawyer, Jeh Johnson, to publishing giant Penguin and "Mark Owen," the pseudonym of an ex-SEAL special operator who has been identified as Matt Bissonnette. In the letter, Johnson said Bissonnette had breached non-disclosure agreements he signed while on active duty in 2007.

Trial in WikiLeaks case set for Feb., March - 30 Aug 2012 An Army private accused of handing over a trove of classified documents to the website WikiLeaks is scheduled for trial in February. Army Col. Denise Lind, the judge handling the case, said Thursday that Pfc. Bradley Manning's trial is now scheduled to take place between February 4 and March 15. The 24-year-old Manning faces a possible life sentence if convicted of leaking hundreds of thousands of documents, including cables and war logs, to the secret-spelling website.

Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Bush, Blair War Crimes]
Post by: Luck on September 03, 2012, 12:02:14 pm
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03 Sep 2012
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Obama's justice department grants final immunity to Bush's CIA torturers and prison deaths --Human rights group describes outcome as 'nothing short of a scandal' after investigation into treatment of detainees is closed 31 Aug 2012 The US justice department has announced it has ended its investigation into CIA interrogations of terrorist detainees without bringing criminal charges. The decision in the inquiries of the deaths of two terrorist suspects marks the end of a wide-ranging criminal investigation by federal prosecutor John Durham into interrogation practices during the presidency [sic] of George Bush. The Obama administration's aggressive, full-scale whitewashing of the "war on terror" crimes committed by Bush officials is now complete. Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the closing without charges of the only two cases under investigation relating to the US torture program: one that resulted in the 2002 death of an Afghan detainee at a secret CIA prison near Kabul, and the other the 2003 death of an Iraqi citizen while in CIA custody at Abu Ghraib. This decision, says the New York Times Friday, "eliminat[es] the last possibility that any criminal charges will be brought as a result of the brutal interrogations carried out by the CIA".

DNC security rules trigger free speech worries --The new rules have already been used for events before the convention and will remain on the books after it's over. 01 Sep 2012 Starting Saturday, someone walking through Charlotte's central business district could run afoul of the law by carrying water bottles, hair spray, socks or magic markers under sweeping security rules enacted ahead of the Democratic National Convention. The changes to city ordinances adopted earlier this year for "extraordinary events" [!?!] ban a long list of actions and items that would otherwise be legal from a more than 100-square-block zone.

Bush, Blair must stand trial for war crimes, says Desmond Tutu 01 Sep 2012 Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for Tony Blair and George Bush to be hauled before the international criminal court in The Hague and delivered a damning critique of the physical and moral devastation caused by the Iraq war. Tutu, a Nobel peace prize winner and hero of the anti-apartheid movement, accuses the former British and US leaders of lying about weapons of mass destruction and says the invasion left the world more destabilised and divided "than any other conflict in history". Writing in the Observer, Tutu also suggests the controversial US and UK-led action to oust Saddam Hussein in 2003 created the backdrop for the civil war in Syria and a possible wider Middle East conflict involving Iran.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: More Govt Drone Crimes etc]
Post by: Luck on September 08, 2012, 03:38:06 pm
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
5-6 Sep 2012
http://www.legitgov.org

200 Marines Join 'Anti-drug' Effort in Guatemala 30 Aug 2012 A team of 200 U.S. Marines began patrolling Guatemala's western coast this week in an unprecedented operation to beat drug traffickers in destabilize the Central America region, a U.S. military spokesman said Wednesday. The Marines are deployed as part of Operation Martillo, a broader effort started last Jan. 15 to stop drug trafficking along the Central American coast. "This is the first Marine deployment that directly supports countering transnational crime in this area, and it's certainly the largest footprint we've had in that area in quite some time," said Marine Staff Sgt. Earnest Barnes at the U.S. Southern Command in Miami. [Yes, as a result of the last US 'footprint' (stomping) in Guatemala to overthrow a democratically elected leader and to give US corpora-terrorists free reign, 200,000 people died.]

Court ruling that NSA spying violated 4th Amendment remains secret --EFF sues US to uncover details of court decision on phone and e-mail spying 30 Aug 2012 Last month, a letter to Congress noted that "on at least one occasion" a secretive US court ruled that National Security Agency surveillance carried out under a 2008 act of Congress violated the Fourth Amendment's restriction against unreasonable searches and seizures. But the actual ruling remains secret. Decisions handed down by the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) are classified "because of the sensitive intelligence matters they concern," the letter from the Office of the National Intelligence Director to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) states. ...The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for details on the FISC ruling or rulings. Also, today the EFF filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice in US District Court in Washington, D.C., saying its July 26 FOIA request has not been processed within the 20-day deadline.

Revealed: US flew spy drone missions from Australia 03 Sep 2012 The United States flew highly classified Global Hawk spy drone missions from the Royal Australian Air Force base at Edinburgh in South Australia from late 2001 until at least 2006. The operations were detected by a group of Adelaide aviation historians who had a member monitoring aircraft radio frequencies 20 hours a day. The spy drone is the jewel in the crown of America's global electronic intelligence-gathering network. Global Hawk operations are cloaked in secrecy, and the US Air Force likes to keep it that way. But perhaps the Pentagon severely underestimated the vigilance of Adelaide aviation historians the West Beach Aviation Group (WBAG). <g>

Homeland Security's domain seizures worries Congress 03 Sep 2012 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is seizing domains and taking down URLs in the name of 'copyright infringement,' but its tactics are worrying certain members of Congress. In a letter sent last week to Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary Janet Napolitano, three members of the House Judiciary Committee aired their unease. "We are concerned about your Departments' seizure of domain names under Operation In Our Sites, launched in November 2010," the letter said. "Our concern centers on your Department's methods, and the process given, when seizing the domain names of websites whose actions and content are presumed to be lawful, protected speech."

Press outlets protest Manning trial secrecy 04 Sep 2012 More than 30 news outlets and media organizations lodged an official protest Tuesday against secrecy in the court martial of Private Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst accusing of leaking hundreds of thousands of military reports and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks. The amicus brief filed with the military's highest court, the Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces, supports a request from the Center for Constitutional Rights to allow public access to motions, briefs, written rulings and the docket in Manning's court martial.

The Democratic convention opens 04 Sep 2012 On issue after issue, Obama continued the policies of George W. Bush. He embraced the Wall Street bailout, insuring that countless trillions of Treasury dollars were made available to save the banks, while millions of homeowners were plunged into foreclosure and eviction without any government rescue. His stimulus package consisted largely of tax cuts, designed to win Republican support, and the White House refused to launch a public works program or take any other direct action to create jobs for the millions of unemployed workers [CLG is leftist, in case you didn't know]. Obama pushed through the bailout and reorganization of the auto industry at the expense of the workers, slashing pay for new hires by 50 percent and cutting pensions and health care benefits for retirees. After winning the Democratic nomination as the supposedly most antiwar candidate, Obama embraced the Bush administration warmongers, retaining Bush's defense secretary Robert Gates, barring any prosecution of Bush officials for the lies that accompanied the war in Iraq or the use of torture, and keeping open Guantanamo Bay and other US torture centers. Obama tripled the number of troops in Afghanistan, waged war in Libya, and ordered drone missile strikes that have incinerated men, women and children in half a dozen countries. He is the first US president to assert the right to assassinate any American citizen, anywhere on the globe, based solely on his executive authority, without either legal or judicial sanction.

29 Dead in 8 Days as U.S. Puts Yemen Drone War in Overdrive 05 Sep 2012 29 dead in a little over a week. Nearly 200 gone this year. The White House is stepping up its campaign of drone attacks in Yemen, with four strikes in eight days. And not even the slaying of 10 civilians over the weekend seems to have slowed the pace in the United States' secretive, undeclared war.

Secret Service probing claimed theft of Romney tax records, $1M hush money demand 06 Sep 2012 The Secret Service said Wednesday it is investigating the reported theft of copies of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's federal tax records during a break-in at an accounting office in Franklin. Someone claiming responsibility demanded $1 million not to make them public. An anonymous letter sent to Romney's accounting firm and political offices in Tennessee and published online sought $1 million in hard-to-trace Internet currency to prevent the disclosure of his tax filings, which have emerged as a key focus during the 2012 presidential race.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: 9/11 Links]
Post by: Luck on September 12, 2012, 08:29:04 am
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
9-11 Sep 2012
http://www.legitgov.org

New 9/11 truth documentary among 'most watched' on PBS this week 03 Sep 2012 "9/11: Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out" is getting public attention and casting doubt on the scientific validity of the U.S. government's investigation into the WTC tragedy. PBS is the first major network to air the program. Just days away from the 11th anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy and months away from the U.S. presidential election, a game-changing 9/11 documentary is ranking number three among "most watched" documentaries on PBS and number one among "most shared."

Judge to allow Arizona to enforce key part of anti-illegal immigration law 05 Sep 2012 A federal judge in Arizona has rejected a last-ditch effort by civil liberties and immigrants' rights groups to block enforcement of a hotly-contested provision of Arizona's anti-illegal immigration law, S.B. 1070. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton said in an order Wednesday that she would not stand in the way of a provision in the law requiring police to determine the immigration status of people they encounter and suspect of being in the country illegally.

Heads up! White House circulating draft of executive order on cybersecurity -- Concept builds on section in cybersecurity bill from Sen. Joe LIEberman 06 Sep 2012 The White House is circulating a draft of an executive order aimed at protecting the country from cyberattacks, The Hill has learned. The draft proposal, which has been sent to relevant federal agencies for feedback, is a clear sign that the administration is resolved to take action on cybersecurity even as Congress remains gridlocked on legislation that would address the threat. According to the people familiar with the draft, the executive order would set up an inter-agency council that would be led by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Canada closes embassy in Iran, to expel Iranian diplomats 07 Sep 2012 Canada has closed its embassy in Iran and will expel all Iranian diplomats in Canada within five days, Foreign Minister John Baird said on Friday, denouncing Tehran as the biggest threat to global security [when, in reality, that would be the US and its Coalition of the Bribed]. "Diplomatic relations between Canada and Iran have been suspended," Baird said. He cited Iran's nuclear program, its hostility toward Israel [!?!] and Iranian military assistance to the government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, which is locked in civil war with [CIA-backed] rebels. He also said [in a 'Pot-Kettle' moment] Iran was a state sponsor of terrorism.

The Obama administration and the cover-up of CIA torture 07 Sep 2012 On the eve of Barack Obama's acceptance of the Democratic Party nomination for reelection as president, a new report detailing the waterboarding and other forms of CIA torture meted out to Libyan detainees served to demolish the Democrats' image... Coming barely one week after Obama's attorney general, Eric Holder, announced the Justice Department's shutting down of all investigations into CIA torture and other crimes committed in the "global war on terrorism," the report makes clear that the use of torture was far more extensive than previously acknowledged and underscores the continuing criminality of US foreign policy and both major political parties.

Quebec's students provide a lesson in protest politics 07 Sep 2012 So this is how it's done. Students in Quebec, in rebellion against their government over tuition fees, have scored an amazing victory in the province's general elections... The Liberal government led by Jean Charest, which ran on a law-and-order platform against the students, has been defeated. Its plans to implement an 82% tuition fee increase are shredded for now, and the harsh emergency legislation it passed to quell the upsurge is history. Charest is resigning from politics. Two members of the leftist student group, Québec Solidaire, have been elected, and the party gained more than 6% of the popular vote.

FBI begins installation of $1 billion face recognition system across America 08 Sep 2012 The FBI has officially started rolling out a state-of-the-art face recognition project that will assist in their effort to accumulate and archive information about each and every American at a cost of a billion dollars. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reached a milestone in the development of their Next Generation Identification (NGI) program and is implementing the intelligence database in unidentified locales across the country, New Scientist reports this week. The FBI first outlined the project in 2005, explaining to the Justice Department in an August 2006 document that their new system will eventually serve as an upgrade to the current Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) that keeps track of citizens with criminal records across America.

Another dismal US jobs report 08 Sep 2012 Last month, 368,000 people gave up looking for work, according to the monthly survey of households, which is used to calculate the unemployment figures. That survey also showed that the number of people who said they had a job fell by 119,000 in July...The most dramatic impact of the mass exodus from the labor force came from young adults...The unemployment rate for young people in the US rose to 16.8 percent last month, up from 16.4 percent.

Facebook issues 'mental health' warning to CLG editor over posts -- 'You're receiving this message because a friend is concerned about something you posted on Facebook.' By Lori Price, http://www.legitgov.org/ 11 Sep 2012 On Monday, I received a 'substance abuse' warning email from Facebook. The CLG Facebook page has 4,200 'likes' and frequently includes '9/11 inside job' commentary. Update: On September 11, Facebook would *not allow me access* until I checked a box on a pop-up to acknowledge their 'substance abuse warning,' purportedly issued due to the 'nature' of my posts. [See also: Facebook Disables CLG Editor's Account Name, Claiming It Is 'Illegitimate' --'The name you entered was not approved by our system.' 17 Feb 2012.]

9-11 explained in 5 minutes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLXyB5GtfBU
9/11 - A Conspiracy Theory Posted by AG3NTANTHRAX 08 Apr 2012 (Video)
http://www.cpt12.org/tv_schedule/program_details.cfm?series_id=66785954&CFID=40022272
9/11: Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out http://www.cpt12.org/tv_schedule/program_details.cfm?series_id=66785954&CFID=40022272 --Airs September 14 at 10:00 pm on Channel 12.1 (Colorado Public Television) In this new film, over 40 experts in the fields of structural engineering, high-rise architecture, controlled demolition, physics, chemistry and metallurgy lay out the case for a controlled demolition of the World Trade Center on 9/11. The experts cite evidence showing that high-temperature incendiaries and explosives were planted throughout the twin towers and the lesser-known Building 7 which collapsed later the same day... Two years in the making, 9/11: EXPERTS SPEAK OUT is the latest film from Architects & Engineers for 911 Truth, represented by founder Richard Gage, AIA. ...Watch the taped broadcast, with special guest Richard Gage.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Drones to Libya]
Post by: Luck on September 15, 2012, 10:10:31 am
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
14-15 Sep 2012
http://www.legitgov.org

U.S. Used This Torture Box to Interrogate Gadhafi's Enemies 06 Sep 2012 Two Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) members, Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed al-Shoroeiya and Khalid al-Sharif, were captured in Pakistan in 2003. After interrogations by Pakistani and U.S. personnel, they were both sent to American detention facilities that they believe were at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. There, they were "chained to walls naked - sometimes while diapered - in pitch black, windowless cells, for weeks or months at a time," Human Rights Watch alleges. Additionally, Shoroeiya and Sharif say they were "restrained in painful stress positions for long periods of time," "beaten and slammed into walls," "denied food," "denied sleep by continuous, deafeningly loud Western music" and "subjected to different forms of water torture including, in Shoroeiya's case, waterboarding." They were placed in the boxes described that contorted their bodies, while they were naked, cold and in the dark. Shoroeiya also says he was waterboarded on a board that could rotate 360 degrees; the CIA denies waterboarding him.

Al-Qaeda now a US ally in Syria [LOL! Always has been, and not just Syria, but in every country! Heck, al-CIAduh is on the US payroll!] 11 Sep 2012 While we reflect on the 11th anniversary of the al Qaeda attacks on American soil, there is a blinding light that may obscure our view: this sworn enemy now fights hand in hand with the US against the Syrian regime [sic - government]. The historic State of the Union address by US president [sic] George W. Bush on September 20, 2001 is loaded with morals and principles about good and evil. The president's ultimatum was clear: either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. In Syria, there is mounting evidence that Al Qaeda and its allies are actively deploying terror tactics and suicide bombers to overthrow the Assad regime.

5 more charged in Ga. military militia case 11 Sep 2012 Four former Army soldiers and a civilian have been charged in new indictments for connections to an anti-government militia that authorities say was led by Fort Stewart troops who stockpiled weapons and talked of ultimately overthrowing the U.S. government. A Liberty County grand jury indicted the five on charges of illegal gang activity and various counts involving theft, burglary and auto break-ins. Those crimes were committed to help fund the militia group, which called itself F.E.A.R., short for Forever Enduring Always Ready, District Attorney Tom Durden said Tuesday.

Two Mutations Can Transform A Swine Flu Virus 11 Sep 2012 Scientists [authors of a report published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences] detail how a swine flu virus currently circulating in Korea - without apparently making the pigs sick - quickly changed into a deadly flu virus when it was put into ferrets. Once in ferrets, the virus acquired two new mutations that somehow conferred unusual virulence. Infected ferrets died within 10 days and transmitted the virus easily to other animals in respiratory droplets. The mutations occurred in all three ferrets infected with the Korean pig virus. [Yes, and I'm sure they {the scientists} are busy little bees *making it happen* so the pharma-terrorists can make a killing on the vaccines.]

Record U.S. Poverty Rate Holds As Inequality Grows 12 Sep 2012 Today the Census Bureau released its analysis of U.S. poverty in 2011, and the official poverty rate essentially held at 15 percent, meaning that 46.2 million people live below the poverty line. ...Although poverty levels held, there's still bad news. Median real household income fell 1.7 percent, to $62,273, and income inequality rose in 2011. The Gini index, a common measure of inequality, rose 1.6 percent from 2010 to 2011. "This represents the first time the Gini index has shown an annual increase since 1993, the earliest year available for comparable measures of income inequality," the Census said. [Boy, that's change you can believe in -- MDR.]

4 Americans, Including US Ambassador, Killed in Libya Attack 12 Sep 2012 President Barack Obama is condemning in the "strongest possible terms" an attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed four Americans, including the American ambassador. Obama on Wednesday said the U.S. will work with the Libyan government to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice. He says "no acts of terror" will shake America's resolve [to instigate same].

U.S. Sending Drones to Hunt Libyan Attackers --U.S. has previously flown surveillance missions over Benghazi area in 'search for terrorist camps' 12 Sep 2012 CNN reports that the United States will send unmanned drones to Libya

Mayor Emanuel plans to close one-fifth of Chicago public schools 13 Sep 2012 A central issue in the struggle of Chicago teachers is the plan by the city, backed by the Obama administration, to dismantle large sections of the school district, closing dozens of public schools and opening new privately-operated charter schools...On Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reported on the plans of Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel to close between 80 and 120 public schools, mainly in the most impoverished working class parts of the city, including Bronzeville, North Lawndale, Garfield Park and Englewood. This would involve laying off thousands of teachers.

Maryland Police Are Deploying Cameras to Watch Other Cameras [Just take those down first - problem solved.] 13 Sep 2012 Police in Palmer Park, Md., plan to deploy cameras to surveil the other cameras in their district. Ari Ash of WTOP talked to police in the area, who said that local people had started targeting the speed cameras police put up in intersections, as well as surveillance cameras. The police said that since April, six people have been involved camera damaging activities. One man literally pulled out a pistol and used the camera for target practice.

Anonymous's Barrett Brown Raided by FBI During Online Chat 13 Sep 2012 For the second time this year, self-proclaimed Anonymous spokesman Barrett Brown was raided by the FBI. The latest dramatic incident occurred late Wednesday evening while Brown and another woman identified by some as his girlfriend were participating in an online chat on TinyChat with other individuals. Two minutes into the recorded chat session, loud voices could be heard in the background of Brown’s residence in Texas while the woman in the room with him was in front of the computer screen. She quickly closed the computer screen, but the audio continued to capture events in the room as the FBI appeared to strong-arm Brown to put handcuffs on him. Brown could be heard yelling in the background.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Drones to Libya]
Post by: Luck on September 15, 2012, 10:11:51 am
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Oil contracts 'gone missing' from consulate in Benghazi --America 'was warned of embassy attack but did nothing' 14 Sep 2012 The killings of the US ambassador to Libya and three of his staff were likely to have been the result of a serious and continuing security breach, The Independent can reveal. American officials believe the attack was planned, but Chris Stevens had been back in the country only a short while and the details of his visit to Benghazi, where he and his staff died, were meant to be confidential. Sensitive documents have gone missing from the consulate in Benghazi and the supposedly secret location of the "safe house" in the city, where the staff had retreated, came under sustained mortar attack... Some of the missing papers from the consulate are said to list names of Libyans who are working with Americans, putting them potentially at risk from extremist groups, while some of the other documents are said to relate to oil contracts. [Try as I might, I can no longer remain silent on this one -- so Facebook, do your thing. 'Protesters' did not assassinate Ambassador Stevens and 3 Navy Seals (working for mercenaries at the time). This was a likely a(nother) CIA-sanctioned operation, executed so that USociopaths can control Libya's new regime to ensure that corpora-terrorists get Libya's oil and water. --LRP]

Heads up! Officials call for 'universal' flu vaccination strategy 14 Sep 2012 For the third consecutive year, state and federal health officials are advocating a "universal" vaccination strategy to combat the seasonal flu. That means that everyone, 6 months and older, should get a flu shot, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "People should get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available," said Dr. Brooke Rossheim, director of the Rappahannock Area Health District. [US lunatics want to force pharma-terrorists' mercury-laden vaccines on us to 'fight' the pandemics they're creating for profit. (And because they're sociopaths.)]

It's the Obusha Friday Night Civil Liberties Bad News Dump: Feds Seek Stay of Anti-Terrorism Law Ruling in NYC 15 Sep 2012 The federal government asked a judge on Friday to suspend a ruling that bars enforcement of an anti-terrorism law that she called unconstitutional in its provisions for indefinite military detention. The law allows detention of people suspected of "substantially" or "directly" providing support to groups such as al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] or the Taliban. Some journalists, scholars and political activists sued over the law, saying they feared they could end up being held for exercising First Amendment rights. Government lawyers called such concerns unfounded, but U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest said in her ruling Wednesday that she found them legitimate. In court papers filed Friday, the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan asked for a stay of the decision while the government appeals.

US scrambles to rush spies, drones to Libya 15 Sep 2012 The U.S. is sending more spies, Marines and drones to Libya, trying to speed the search for those [CIA-paid] who killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, but the investigation is complicated by a chaotic security picture in the post-revolutionary country, and limited American and Libyan intelligence resources. The CIA has fewer people available to send, stretched thin from tracking fomenting conflicts across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The U.S. has already deployed an FBI investigation team...

Anti-American fury sweeps Middle East over film 15 Sep 2012 Fury about a film that insults the Prophet Mohammad tore across the Middle East after weekly prayers on Friday with protesters attacking U.S. embassies and burning American flags as the Pentagon rushed to bolster security at its missions. At least seven people were killed as local police struggled to repel assaults after weekly Muslim prayers in Tunisia and Sudan, while there was new violence in Egypt and Yemen and across the Muslim world, driven by emotions ranging from piety to anger at Western power to frustrations with local leaders and poverty. A Taliban attack on a base in Afghanistan that killed two Americans may also have been timed to coincide with protests.

Assange gets an Aboriginal passport 15 Sep 2012 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been offered an Aboriginal Nations passport in an inner-city Sydney ceremony after he was "abandoned" by Australian authorities. His father, John Shipton, accepted the document at a celebration in Darlington today. He said his son had been jilted by the Australian government, and the passport ceremony - which follows Ecuador's decision to grant Mr Assange diplomatic asylum - was a show of solidarity.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Inmate Wrote Anti-Islam Film Script]
Post by: Luck on September 17, 2012, 05:35:56 pm
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
16 Sep 2012
http://www.legitgov.org

'Muslims' Movie Producer Was Federal Informant --'I decide to cooperate with the government.' 14 Sep 2012 Before he was involved in the making of a noxious video that provided an excuse for anti-American riots in the Middle East, and before he was convicted of federal bank fraud, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was arrested on charges relating to the making of phencyclidine (PCP). In recent days, we've learned that Nakoula used 14 different aliases in a complex check kiting scheme. We've learned that Nakoula was sentenced to 21 months in federal custody for the affair. According to The Smoking Gun, Nakoula was released from the United States Penitentiary in Lompoc, California in September, 2010... The punishment was relatively gentle, even though it wasn't Nakoula's first encounter with the law. That's because Nakoula had decided to become a federal informant.

Anti-Islam Film Producer Wrote Script in Prison: Authorities 13 Sep 2012 The controversial "Innocence of Muslims" was written, produced and directed by a convicted drug manufacturer and scam artist, who has told authorities he actually wrote the script in federal prison and began production two months after his June 2011 release from custody. Authorities say Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, of Cerritos, California, admitted his role in the film, after seeking help from law enforcement in dealing with death threats he has received since the release of the film.

Armada of British naval power massing in the Gulf as Israel prepares an Iran strike 15 Sep 2012 An armada of US and British naval power is massing in the Persian Gulf in the belief that Israel is considering a pre-emptive strike against Iran's 'covert nuclear weapons programme.' Battleships, aircraft carriers, minesweepers and submarines from 25 nations are converging on the strategically important Strait of Hormuz in an unprecedented show of force as Israel and Iran move towards the brink of war... In preparation for any pre-emptive or retaliatory action by Iran, warships from more than 25 countries, including the United States, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, will today begin an annual 12-day exercise.

FBI arrest suspect over 'bomb plot' --The device he planted was provided to him by undercover federal agents [as usual]. 16 Sep 2012 An 18-year-old man has been arrested in Chicago on suspicion of plotting a bomb attack. Adel Daoud, said to be a US citizen of Arab descent, was caught in an FBI sting operation. Agents allege he was attempting to detonate what he thought was a car bomb outside a city centre bar. He has been charged with trying to use a weapon of mass destruction and trying to blow up a building, though the device that he planted was a bogus provided to him by undercover federal agents posing as extremists.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Obama Loves NDAA]
Post by: Luck on September 21, 2012, 03:49:31 pm
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
20 Sep 2012
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Condom used as evidence in Assange sex case 'does not contain his DNA' --Swedish authorities requesting his extradition from Britain to stand trial 15 Sep 2012 Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have revealed that a key piece of evidence does not contain his DNA. A torn condom given to Swedish police by one of the alleged victims was examined by staff at two forensic laboratories but they could not find any conclusive evidence of Mr Assange's DNA on it. The same forensic teams found DNA thought to belong to the WikiLeaks boss on another condom, which was submitted by the second alleged victim. The revelation is contained in a 100-page police report that was written after witnesses were interviewed and forensic evidence had been examined.

White House demands military prisons for Americans under NDAA 17 Sep 2012 The White House has asked the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals to place an emergency stay on a ruling made last week by a federal judge so that the president's power to indefinitely detain Americans without charge is reaffirmed immediately. On September 12, US District Court Judge Katherine Forrest made permanent a temporary injunction she issued in May that bars the federal government from abiding by the indefinite detention provision in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, or NDAA. Judge Forrest ruled that a clause that gives the government the power to arrest US citizens suspected of maintaining alliances with terrorists and hold them without due process violated the Constitution and that the White House would be stripped of that ability immediately.

Iran's newest nuclear facility struck by saboteurs 17 Sep 2012 Saboteurs have struck Iran's newest and most sensitive nuclear facility by blowing up its power supply cables, the head of the country's atomic energy programme disclosed. This announcement offered a rare glimpse of a long-running campaign to sabotage Iran's critical nuclear installations, believed to be a key priority of Western and Israeli intelligence agencies. The Fordow plant, located inside a bunker dug into a mountainside, became the latest target on Aug 17 when an explosion severed its electricity cables, running from the nearby city of Qom. Fereydoun Abbasi, the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation, disclosed the incident during a speech in Vienna to the 155 members of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He noted that IAEA inspectors visited Fordow the day after the explosion and insinuated that they might have been responsible.

Feds Hired British Security Firm to Protect Benghazi Consulate 17 Sep 2012 The State Department signed a six-figure deal with a British firm [Blue Mountain] to protect the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya just four months before a sustained attack on the compound killed four U.S. nationals inside. Contrary to Friday's claim by State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland that "at no time did we contract with a private security firm in Libya," the department inked a contract for "security guards and patrol services" on May 3 for $387,413.68. An extension option brought the tab for protecting the consulate to $783,000. The contract lists only "foreign security awardees" as its recipient.

Chains you can believe in: Obama [claims] right to indefinitely detain Americans under NDAA 18 Sep 2012 A lone appeals judge bowed down to the Obama administration late Monday and reauthorized the White House's ability to indefinitely detain American citizens without charge or due process. Last week, a federal judge ruled that a temporary injunction on section 702 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 must be made permanent, essentially barring the White House from enforcing a clause in the NDAA that can let them put any US citizen behind bars indefinitely over mere allegations of terrorist associations. On Monday, the US Justice Department asked for an emergency stay on that order, and hours later US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Judge Raymond Lohier agreed to intervene and place a hold on the injunction. The stay will remain in effect until at least September 28, when a three-judge appeals court panel is expected to begin addressing the issue.

Facebook blocks Press TV advertisements 18 Sep 2012 Facebook has blocked Press TV’s advertisements on the social networking website, saying that the Iranian news network is located in a region which is "not eligible to use this feature." Facebook’s risk management department informed Press TV in an email that the social networking website’s security systems had shut down the payments functionality on Press TV’s account. [CLG cannot include direct links to Press TV's news items because filters then block the delivery of the CLG Newsletter.]

Syria accuses West of nuclear double standards over Israel 19 Sep 2012 Syria, itself suspected of illicit nuclear activity, accused the West at a major UN meeting on Wednesday of double standards in implicitly condoning an Israeli atomic arsenal and warned of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. The United States said last week Damascus was using the "brutal repression" of its people waging an uprising as an excuse not to address international concerns about its past nuclear work. Syrian Ambassador Bassam Al-Sabbagh insisted that his country was ready to cooperate with the UN agency and he sought to turn the tables on Damascus's accusers by hitting out at Israel. Israel is believed to have the Middle East's only nuclear arsenal, although it refuses to disclose any capability. Clearly referring to Washington and its allies, Al-Sabbagh told the IAEA's 155-nation annual assembly in Vienna: "The fact that some influential states... condone Israel's possession of nuclear capabilities and its failure to subject them to any international control exposes clearly the extent of double standards used by those states."

Appeals court judges seem skeptical of CIA secrecy on drone program 20 Sep 2012 Federal appeals court judges Thursday questioned the CIA's efforts to block information on the use of unmanned drones to kill suspected terrorists. A lower court federal judge sided with the CIA last year and dismissed a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union seeking records about the use of drones. In response to an ACLU Freedom of Information Act request, the CIA had refused to confirm or deny the existence of responsive records. At a hearing on its appeal of the lower court ruling, the ACLU told the three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia that several high-ranking officials, from then-CIA Director Leon Panetta to President Barack Obama, have publicly acknowledged the use of drones.

Italy upholds rendition convictions for 23 Americans, including 21 CIA agents 19 Sep 2012 Italy's highest criminal court on Wednesday upheld the convictions of 23 Americans found guilty of kidnapping a Muslim cleric from a Milanese street and transferring him to a country where torture was permitted. The court of cassation's ruling is the final appeal in the world's first judicial review of the CIA practice of abducting terror suspects and transferring them to third countries, a practice also known as extraordinary rendition. The 23 Americans were all convicted in absentia following a trial that lasted over three years.

CLG readers: I am resending yesterday's CLG Newsletter to the list, because I learned that AT&T/Yahoo has relegated this particular edition to the spam bins. Below, I removed any possible sp*m triggers and replaced them with an asterisk - hope that helps. If you already received this newsletter, please accept my apology for cluttering your inbox! Note: if you received this copy but did not get it Thursday, pls. feel free to let me know, so I learn the location of these 'roadblocks.' Thank you!
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: More Obama Drone Terrorism]
Post by: Luck on September 27, 2012, 04:51:06 am
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23-26 Sep 2012
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Terror laws: customs officials could take passengers' DNA 13 Sep 2012 Passengers could be forced to provide fingerprints and DNA samples against their will as they pass through airports, under planned changes to anti-terror laws. For the first time, customs officials and immigration officers would have the power to take mouth swabs or hair samples without a passenger's consent, the Home Office confirmed. Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is proposing to reform existing powers that police and immigration officers have to stop and search anyone entering the UK, regardless of whether they are suspected terrorists. The government conceded that there were concerns that the sweeping powers were being "unfairly" applied to Muslims and other minorities.

Facilitate the false flags: Pentagon should take over nuclear plant security: lawmaker 21 Sep 2012 The Defense Department should take over security for U.S. nuclear weapons sites after a nuclear complex was broken into with ease in July by an 82-year-old nun and two other peace activists, a top lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Friday. Mike Turner, the Republican chairman of the House Armed Services panel that oversees the Energy Department's nuclear weapons complex, has drafted legislation to put the U.S. military in charge of protecting facilities like the Y-12 complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. [Hey, Turner and all corporate welfare wh*res on Capitol Hill: Corpora-terrorists should fund their own 'security' at their deadly nuclear power plants - WHY should US taxpayers foot the bill?]

5 killed, several injured in US terror drone strike in Pakistan 22 Sep 2012 At least five people have been killed and several others wounded in a US assassination drone attack in Pakistan's tribal area of North Waziristan. The attack took place in the Datta Khel area on Saturday when American terror drones targeted a vehicle with two missiles. The strike comes as Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar is in the United States for an official visit.

US Soldiers on the Ground in Nepal 22 Sep 2012 Early this week, sixty-five American soldiers landed in Kathmandu and moved to Dhikurpokhari of Kaski district of Nepal. They are also travelling in Manang and Mustang districts bordering China's Tibet region. Ostensibly they are on a "humanitarian mission" of assessing the quality of healthcare services available to the local people... In reality, it looks like an advance reconnaissance party to evaluate the nature of local terrain and assess possible local cooperation to overcome logistical bottleneck in the event of Nepal’s occupation.

Ecuador mulls Assange transfer to Sweden 22 Sep 2012 Ecuador is considering asking Britain to authorise the transfer of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to its embassy in Sweden so he can respond to sex crimes allegations there. Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino told reporters on Friday there were several possibilities to resolve the stand-off with Britain over Assange, including "that his statement be taken in our embassy in London or that Ecuador get authorisation to transfer him, if necessary, to our embassy in Sweden so that the case can proceed there with the protection of Ecuador and meeting the needs of Swedish justice".

Voter suppression laws may disenfranchise 10 million Hispanic U.S. citizens: study --Republican-led state legislatures passed most of new laws after 2010 election victories 23 Sep 2012 New voter suppression laws in 23 of the 50 states could keep more than 10 million Hispanic U.S. citizens from registering and voting, a new study said on Sunday, a number so large it could affect the outcome of the November 6 election. The new laws include purges of people suspected of not being citizens in 16 states that unfairly target Latinos, the civil rights group Advancement Project said in the study to be formally released on Monday. Laws in effect in one state and pending in two others require proof of citizenship for voter registration.

US Special Forces Deployed in Iraq, Again 25 Sep 2012 Despite the official US military withdrawal last December, American special forces "recently" returned to Iraq on a counter-terrorism mission, according to an American general in charge of weapons sales there. The mission was reported by the New York Times, in the fifteenth paragraph [LOL!] of a story about deepening sectarian divides. The irony is that the US is protecting a pro-Iran Shiite regime in Baghdad against a Sunni-based insurgency while at the same time supporting a Sunni-led movement against the Iran-backed government in Syria.

America's deadly double-tap drone attacks are 'killing 49 people for every known terrorist in Pakistan' 25 Sep 2012 Just one in 50 victims of America's deadly drone strikes in Pakistan are terrorists - while the rest are innocent civilians, a new report claimed today. The authoritative joint study, by Stanford and New York Universities, concludes that men, women and children are being terrorised by the operations '24 hours-a-day'. And the authors lay much of the blame on the use of the 'double-tap' strike where a drone fires one missile - and then a second as rescuers try to drag victims from the rubble. One aid agency said they had a six-hour delay before going to the scene.

Obama uses UN speech to threaten war against Iran 26 Sep 2012 President Barack Obama postured before the United Nations Tuesday as the champion of peace and democracy, while threatening war against Iran and demanding a crackdown against the wave of anti-US demonstrations that have swept the Middle East...Obama declared these events "an assault on the very ideals upon which the United Nations was founded—the notion that people can resolve their differences peacefully; that diplomacy can take the place of war"...What insolence! After a decade of US wars that have claimed the lives of over a million Iraqis and Afghans, the US president is the last person to lecture the people of the Middle East on how to "resolve their differences peacefully" and the advantages of diplomacy over war.

Spain prepares more austerity, protesters battle police 26 Sep 2012 Protesters clashed with police in Spain's capital on Tuesday as the government prepared a new round of unpopular austerity measures for the 2013 budget to be announced on Thursday. Thousands gathered in Neptune plaza, a few meters from El Prado museum in central Madrid, where they formed a human chain around parliament, surrounded by barricades, police trucks and more than 1,500 police in riot gear. Police fired rubber bullets and beat protesters with truncheons, first as protesters were trying to tear down barriers and later to clear the square.

Thousands protest austerity measures in Greece 26 Sep 2012 Thousands of Greeks took to the streets Wednesday to protest new austerity measures that critics described as draconian...The protests -- the first general strike since Greece's new coalition government was formed in June -- come amid the nation's struggling economy and soaring debt.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Election Fraud, Torture, Poisoning]
Post by: Luck on October 02, 2012, 11:12:08 am
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GOP Quietly Hires Firm Tied to Voter Fraud Scandal for Work in Battleground States 26 Sep 2012 The Palm Beach Post reported last night that a Florida Republican Party contractor turned in at least 106 "questionable" registration firms, with "similar signatures" and wrong addresses... The contractor in Florida is called Strategic Allied Consulting, a business entity created a few months ago and registered online by a former Arizona Republican Party director named Nathan Sproul. Sproul, a consultant based in Tempe, is infamous for accusations that his firms have committed fraud by tampering with Democratic voter registration forms and suppressing votes. Sproul was hired by the Romney campaign for a period of five months that began last November and ended in March. But there's evidence that the payments continued, only to a different name.
- 'Questionable' Palm Beach County voter registration forms forwarded to state attorney for review 25 Sep 2012 The Republican Party of Florida is dumping a firm it paid more than*1.3 million to register new voters, after Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher flagged 106 "questionable" registration applications turned in by the contractor this month. Bucher asked the state attorney's office to review the applications... because she said her staff had questions about similar-looking signatures, missing information and wrong addresses on the forms. The state GOP hired Strategic Allied Consultants of Glen Allen, Va., for "voter registration services" and get-out-the-vote activities [to steal the 2012 election, as they did in 2000 (Florida) and in 2004 (Ohio)]. The firm got identical payments of *667,598 in July and August.
- Vote counting company tied to Romney 27 Sep 2012 Bain Capital alumni, now raising big money as Mitt Romney bundlers are also in the electronic voting machine business. This appears to be a repeat of the infamous former CEO of Diebold, Wally O'Dell, who raised money for Bush while his company supplied voting machines and election management software in the 2004 election. In all 234 counties of Texas, the entire states of Hawaii and Oklahoma, half of Washington and Colorado, and certain counties in swing state Ohio, votes will be cast on eSlate and ePollbook machines made by Hart Intercivic. Hart Intercivic machines have famously failed in Tarrant County (Ft. Worth), adding 10,000 non-existent votes.
- Six Florida counties investigating 'hundreds' of cases of suspected voter fraud by GOP consulting firm 27 Sep 2012 Election officials in six Florida counties are investigating what appears to be "hundreds" of cases of suspected voter fraud by a GOP consulting firm that has been paid nearly *3 million by the Republican National Committee to register Republican voters in five key battleground states, state officials tell NBC. The allegations of suspected voter fraud committed by Strategic Allied Consulting of Tempe, Arizona spread Thursday to counties throughout Florida. At the same time, the Republican National Committee said it had severed its ties to the firm. "We have heard from supervisors in six counties that they have irregularities in voter registration," said Chris Cate, spokesman for the Florida Department of State, which oversees the state's division of elections.

Romney Advisers: Bring Back Torture [They already did. Have you seen the campaign?] 28 Sep 2012 Mitt Romney's advisers have privately urged him to "rescind and replace President Obama's executive order" and permit secret "enhanced interrogation techniques against high-value detainees that are safe, legal and effective in generating intelligence to save American lives," according to an internal Romney campaign memorandum. "We'll use enhanced interrogation techniques which go beyond those that are in the military handbook right now," he said at a news conference in Charleston, S.C., in December. The Romney campaign document, obtained by The New York Times, is a five-page policy paper titled "Interrogation Techniques." Last December, Mr. Romney was asked about waterboarding at a town-hall meeting in Charleston... At the news conference afterward, a reporter pressed him to say whether he thought waterboarding was torture, and Mr. Romney replied, "I don't." [CLG believes that Obusha's killer drone strikes also constitute torture, and torture still exists at US owned and operated prisons around the world, including US soil.]

It's the Friday afternoon Obama foreign policy bad news dump: US removes MKO from its blacklist of terrorist organizations 28 Sep 2012 The United States has removed Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) [an *actual* terrorist group] from its blacklist of terrorist organizations.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Election Fraud, Torture, Poisoning]
Post by: Luck on October 02, 2012, 11:13:11 am
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Revealed: Army scientists secretly sprayed St Louis with radioactive particles for YEARS to test chemical warfare technology 29 Sep 2012 The United States Military conducted top secret experiments on the citizens of St. Louis, Missouri, for years, exposing them to radioactive compounds, a researcher has claimed. While it was known that the government sprayed 'harmless' zinc cadmium sulfide particles over the general population in St Louis, Professor Lisa Martino-Taylor, a sociologist at St. Louis Community College, claims that a radioactive additive was also mixed with the compound. She has accrued detailed descriptions as well as photographs of the spraying which exposed the unwitting public, predominantly in low-income and minority communities, to radioactive particles.
- U.S. Army's secret Cold War experiments on St. Louisans --'This was a violation of all medical ethics, all international codes, and the military's own policy at that time.' 25 Sep 2012 The KSDK I-Team independently verified that the spraying of zinc cadmium sulfide did take place in St. Louis on thousands of unsuspecting citizens. What is unclear is whether the Army added a radioactive material to the compound as sociologist Lisa Martino-Taylor's research implies. Army archive pictures show how the tests were done in Corpus Christi, Texas in the 1960s. In Texas, planes were used to drop the chemical [the precursor to chemtrails]. But in St. Louis, the Army placed chemical sprayers on buildings and station wagons.

U.S. Forcibly Drugged All Guantanamo Prisoners With Scopolamine - Documents 30 Sep 2012 New evidence has emerged that all Guantanamo Bay prisoners, including David Hicks, were drugged involuntarily with a substance that has a long history as a truth serum. Recently declassified US documents revealing medical procedures have shown that scopolamine was administered to all detainees taken to the Cuban detention centre. Documents... reveal that the rationale for the drug's use on all detainees was to prevent motion sickness. However, US military experts have said that scopolamine is not recommended for motion sickness because of its severe side effects. The Sun-Herald revealed this month that Mr Hicks and other prisoners were drugged against their will with unknown substances and that detainees' medical records were incomplete, with the names and dosages of drugs removed.
- The most dangerous drug in the world: 'Devil's Breath' chemical from Colombia can block free will, wipe memory and even kill --Within minutes, victims are like 'zombies' - coherent, but with no free will 12 May 2012 The drug is called scopolamine, but is colloquially known as 'The Devil's Breath,' and is derived from a particular type of tree common to South America. Demencia Black, a drug dealer in the capital of Bogotá, said the drug is frightening for the simplicity in which it can be administered. Black said that one gram of Scopolamine is similar to a gram of cocaine, but later called it 'worse than anthrax.' In high doses, it is lethal. [Right, in addition to CIAciopaths committing war crimes by forcing Scopolamine on prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Scopolamine was likely administered to James Holmes by his handler. --LRP]
- Hicks forced to take high drug doses in Guantanamo 16 Sep 2102 Guantanamo Bay prisoners, including David Hicks, were forced to take high dosages of anti-malaria drug mefloquine despite showing no signs of the disease, a practice likened to "pharmacological waterboarding" by a US military doctor. Questions have been raised about whether the mass administration of the drug to detainees was a secret, illegal experiment after a medical journal article last month by an army doctor, Major Remington Nevin, highlighted the "inappropriate use" of the drug and asked if its use had been motivated by the drug's psychotic side effects... Dr Nevin also warned high doses of the drug could cause brain injuries. Former Guantanamo guard Brandon Neely also supplied an affidavit for the trial saying detainees were beaten for refusing to take the drugs. He also claimed doctors never told detainees what drugs they were given. What drugs were administered in some cases may never be known.
- Guantanamo's last Western detainee returned to Canada 29 Sep 2012 The youngest prisoner and last Westerner held in the Guantanamo military base, Omar Khadr, was sent to finish his sentence in his native Canada on Saturday, the Canadian government said. Canadian Public Safety Minister [sociopath] Vic Toews said that Khadr, who was a 15-year-old fighting in Afghanistan when captured in 2002, had been flown from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a military base in Trenton, Ontario and transferred to the province's Millhaven maximum-security prison. Khadr's case has been controversial both in Canada and abroad given his age when he was captured, the nature of his detention and hearing, and the reluctance of Canadian officials to accept his return.

Gaddafi was killed by French secret serviceman on orders of Nicolas Sarkozy, sources claim 30 Sep 2012 A French secret serviceman acting on the express orders of Nicolas Sarkozy is suspected of murdering Colonel Gaddafi, it was sensationally claimed today. He is said to have infiltrated a violent mob mutilating the captured Libyan leader last year and shot him in the head. The motive, according to well-placed sources in the North African country, was to stop Gaddafi being interrogated about his highly suspicious links with Sarkozy, who was President of France at the time.

US terror drone kills 13 al-Shabab fighters in Somalia 01 Oct 2012 At least 13 people have been killed in an attack by a US assassination drone in southern Somalia, Press TV reports. The incident happened in Kismayo, a strategically important port city on Somalia's Indian Ocean coast on Monday. According to Press TV correspondents, shortly after the strike, al-Shabab fighters carried out a surprise attack on Somali forces in the outskirts of Kismayo. A number of high-ranking military officers were killed and dozens wounded in the attack.
- US assassination drone kills 3 in northwestern Pakistan 01 Oct 2012 At least three people have been killed in a US assassination drone strike in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, security officials say. The attack took place in the Khaider Khel area of Mir Ali district, 30 kilometres (18 miles) east of Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan tribal region, on Monday when the US terror drone fired four missiles on a vehicle. According to the security officials, several drones were flying in the area at the time of the strike.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: DHS; FEMA; U.S. War-mongering]
Post by: Luck on October 08, 2012, 01:17:23 pm
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3 to 7 Oct 2012
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Detroit workers striking in defiance of federal court order: 'We're not going anywhere' 01 Oct 2012 Striking water department workers continued to picket Monday afternoon despite being ordered back to work by a federal judge. "The strike will continue," said AFSCME Local 207 Secretary Treasurer Michael Mulholland in a statement. "We are fighting to stop the contracting out of over 80% of our jobs... The workers have been demanding better staffing, training and equipment to improve water quality for years, and management has always lent a deaf ear. Now, with the disingenuous claim of 'environmental protection' they are simply union busting and privatizing."

DHS 'fusion centers' portrayed as pools of ineptitude, civil liberties intrusions 02 Oct 2012 An initiative aimed at improving intelligence sharing has done little to make the country more secure, despite as much as $1.4 billion in federal spending, according to a two-year examination by Senate investigators. The nationwide network of offices known as "fusion centers" was launched after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. But after nine years — and regular praise from officials at the Department of Homeland Security - the 77 fusion centers have become [cess]pools of ineptitude, waste and civil liberties intrusions, according to a scathing 141-page report by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs permanent subcommittee on investigations.

DHS Issued False 'Water Pump Hack' Report; Called It a 'Success' 02 Oct 2012 When an Illinois fusion center distributed a report last year stating that hackers from Russia had broken into a water district's SCADA system and sabotaged a water pump, the Department of Homeland Security stepped in publicly to denounce the report as false, blaming the regional fusion center for spreading unsubstantiated claims and sowing panic in the industrial control system community. But while DHS was busy pointing a finger at the fusion center, its own Office of Intelligence and Analysis had been irresponsibly spreading the same false information privately in a report to Congress and the intelligence community, according to a Senate subcommittee investigation released late Tuesday. The DHS report was issued five days after the fusion center report was issued.

Former Pirate Bay hoster raided, and shut down by DDoS attack 02 Oct 2012 Former Pirate Bay host PRQ.se went down in the middle of a police raid on Monday, affecting hundreds of hosted sites and thousands of users of PRQ's other services. But the raid and the outage are unlikely to be related, according to PRQ's owner. All PRQ's services went down on Monday during a police raid, Mikael Viborg, owner and director of the Swedish hosting service, said on Tuesday. The police raided the hosting service because they want to seize four servers that are linked to three or four sites, he said. "I can tell from the order that it is copyright-related," said Viborg.

Turkey continues to shell Syrian military positions: Media 03 Oct 2012 Turkey reportedly continues to shell military positions on the Syrian soil despite the fact that Damascus said it respects the sovereignty of its neighbors and demanded its own sovereignty be respected in return.

G.O.P., Koch Brothers Aim to Remake Florida Supreme Court 03 Oct 2012 In a bid to remake Florida's judiciary, Republicans are asking voters to oust three state Supreme Court justices and give the Legislature greater power over Supreme Court appointments and judicial rules of procedure. The campaign against the justices by Republican state party officials, a conservative group founded by the Koch brothers, and a grass-roots group is similar to the successful push by conservative activists in Iowa during the 2010 election.

General: 'My Career Was Done' When I Criticized Flawed Warplane 04 Oct 2012 Don Harvel thought he was cruising to a well-deserved retirement after 35 years flying cargo planes for the U.S. Air Force. Then in the spring of 2010 he was tapped to investigate the fatal crash of a high-tech Air Force tiltrotor aircraft - and everything changed. What Harvel discovered about the controversial hybrid aircraft drew him into a battle of wills with his superiors at Air Force Special Operations Command. Harvel, then a brigadier general, uncovered evidence of mechanical problems - and resulting safety woes - in the V-22 Osprey, which takes off like a helicopter and flies like an airplane. These are issues the Pentagon has been eager to downplay. So when Harvel refused to alter his findings to match the Defense Department's expectations, he knew that was the final chapter of his decades-long military service... "I turned [my report] in and I knew that my career was done," Harvel says.

US wants to see Syria, Turkey going to war: Iran cmdr. 05 Oct 2012 A senior Iranian military commander says Syria and Turkey should realize that the United States wants a war between the two Muslim countries. "This war is what the US wants and the officials of the two countries [Syria and Turkey] should move towards non-interference in each other's affairs in order to see peace on the borders," Iran's Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Hassan Firouzabadi said on Friday.

Remember Homeland Security's recent big ammo shopping spree? Well. FEMA Ordered to Prepare For 'Mass Fatality Planning' in Bill Introduced Into Congress 06 Oct 2012 H.R. 6566: To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide guidance and coordination for mass fatality planning, and for other purposes. This Act may be cited as the "Mass Fatality Planning and Religious Considerations Act". Section 504 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 314) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: "(c) PREPAREDNESS FOR MASS FATALITIES. In carrying out this section, the Administrator shall provide guidance to and coordinate with appropriate individuals, including representatives from different communities, private sector businesses, non-profit organizations, and religious organizations, to prepare for and respond to a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster [aka nuclear melt-downs, CIA false flags, and pharma-terrorists' pandemics] that results in mass fatalities". According to GovTrack.us, 'This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on September 28, 2012, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.' [Why are WE always the guinea pigs for the US government's chemtrail spraying, biological weapons testing, false flags, pandemics, and scopolamine-fuelled shooting sprees?]

Israeli air force shoots down drone aircraft 06 Oct 2012 The Israeli air force shot down a drone after it crossed into southern Israel on Saturday, the military said, but it remained unclear where the aircraft had come from. The drone was first spotted above the Mediterranean in the area of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip to the west of Israel, said military spokeswoman Avital Leibovich. It was kept under surveillance and followed by Israeli air force jets before it was shot down above a forest in an unpopulated area near the border with the occupied West Bank.

Oil corpora-terrorists pushing for a Romney victory: Gas prices set a record in California 06 Oct 2012 California's average gasoline price set a record Saturday of *4.614 for a gallon of regular, up 12.8 cents overnight – but anyone who filled up in the last few days probably isn't surprised. Saturday's record, as measured by AAA's daily fuel price survey, replaces the old record of *4.610 set in 2008.

Drone protest heads for Pakistan's tribal region 07 Oct 2012 A protest against US drone strikes in Pakistan, led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, is continuing for a second day. Khan led at least 1,000 supporters and dozens of Western peace activists to Tank, the last town before the semi-autonomous area where the Taliban and 'Al-Qaeda' have strongholds and often called the most dangerous place on Earth. "It's our right to go to our people," said student Fakhruddin Shinwari, accusing the Pakistani government of trying to hide the real situation in the tribal belt. "There's no security risk. The main factor is if Imran Khan goes to Waziristan the real situation made by the United States and Pakistan will be seen. There are no terrorists there - it will be shown to be a lie."
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Rally vs. U.S. Drones]
Post by: Luck on October 11, 2012, 12:22:02 pm
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10 Oct 2012
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Thousands of Pakistanis rally against US drone strikes --Nine-mile convoy led by Imran Khan heads towards South Waziristan as local officials say it will not be allowed to proceed 07 Oct 2012 Thousands of Pakistanis, joined by US anti-war activists, have headed toward Pakistan's tribal region to protest against American drone strikes despite [alleged] threats from the Taliban. The demonstrators, headed by former cricketer turned politician Imran Khan, say the strikes violate Pakistani sovereignty and kill civilians. The motorcade started from Islamabad on Saturday morning and, after an overnight stay in the city of Dera Ismail Khan, departed for the tribal belt.

RPT-WikiLeaks founder Assange's bail guarantors ordered to pay out 08 Oct 2012 Nine people who put up bail for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, including two members of the British aristocracy and a Nobel Prize winner, were ordered to pay 93,000 pounds (*150,000) on Monday after Assange took refuge in Ecuador's embassy. The guarantors - who include Nobel prize-winning biologist John Sulston - are liable for part of the 140,000 pound bail fee they pledged, Westminster Magistrate's Court ruled. They were given until Nov. 6 to pay.

Supreme Court lets stand telecom immunity in wiretap case 09 Oct 2012 The Supreme Court is leaving in place a federal law that gives telecommunications companies legal immunity for helping the government with its [illegal] email and telephone eavesdropping program. The justices said Tuesday they will not review a court ruling that upheld the 2008 law against challenges brought by privacy and civil liberties advocates on behalf of the companies' customers. The companies include AT&T, Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. Lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Electronic Frontier Foundation accused the companies of violating the law and customers' privacy through collaboration with the National Security Agency on intelligence gathering.

US-led drone crashes in southern Afghanistan: Locals --Taliban collecting wreckage of 'large' aircraft 09 Oct 2012 Locals say an unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to US-led forces has crashed in southern Afghanistan, Press TV reports. According to local officials, the incident took place on Monday in the southern Helmand Province. Taliban spokesman Qari Yusof Ahmadi also confirmed the incident, saying that the ... group has collected the wreckage of the "large" aircraft.

Texas schools punish students who refuse to be tracked with microchips 09 Oct 2012 A school district in Texas came under fire earlier this year when it announced that it would require students to wear microchip-embedded ID cards at all times. Now students who refuse to be monitored say they are feeling the repercussions. Since October 1, students at John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School in San Antonia, Texas have been asked to attend class clasping onto photo ID cards equipped with radio-frequency identification chips to keep track of each and every pupil's personal location.

U.S. Military Is Secretly Sent to Jordan to "Help" With Crisis in Syria --Officials from the Pentagon and Central Command declined to comment on the task force or its 'mission.' 10 Oct 2012 The United States military has secretly sent a task force of more than 150 planners and other specialists to Jordan to help the armed forces there handle a flood of Syrian refugees, prepare for the possibility that Syria will lose control of its [alleged] chemical weapons and be positioned should the turmoil in Syria expand into a wider conflict. The task force, which has been led by a senior American officer, is based at a Jordanian military training center built into an old rock quarry north of Amman. The American mission in Jordan quietly began this summer. In May, the United States organized a major training exercise, which was dubbed Eager Lion.

US troops operating in Jordan near Syria border 10 Oct 2012 US troops are operating in Jordan near the Syrian border in the biggest fixed deployment of American force in the region since the end of operations in Libya last year, officials have confirmed. The 150 troops are intended in the first instance to 'help' Jordan, a key but fragile US ally, deal with the influx of refugees from the fighting across the northern border. They are also preparing for any action that might be needed to secure Syria's [alleged] chemical weapons in the event of the Assad government losing control of them. But officials also told The New York Times that the possibility of a buffer zone in southern Syria, enforced by Jordanian troops with American logistical support, had also been discussed.

US terror drone strike kills 5 in NW Pakistan 10 Oct 2012 At least five people have been killed in Pakistan in a US assassination drone attack that targeted a compound in North Waziristan tribal region, security officials say. The attack took place in Hurmuz area, Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan tribal region, in the early hours of Wednesday. "Several US drones flew into the area before dawn and fired four missiles on a compound, killing five militants," a security official told AFP after the strike.

Media seek court-martial files in WikiLeaks case 10 Oct 2012 The U.S. military's highest court is hearing arguments on whether the public should have access to written records in the court-martial of an Army private charged with giving reams of classified information to the secret-sharing website WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange are among those represented by the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights at the hearing Wednesday before the Court of Appeals for Armed Forces in Washington. They are seeking reversal of a lower court order denying them access to written motions, opinions and other records that are generally available in civilian courts.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Ex-CIA Case; Venezuela Election]
Post by: Luck on October 13, 2012, 02:49:31 pm
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11-12 Oct 2012
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A Hall of Shame for Venezuelan Elections Coverage By Keane Bhatt 08 Oct 2012 Hugo Chávez, as a number of us expected, won the Venezuelan presidential election in yet another landslide yesterday: 55.1% to his opponent Henrique Capriles's 44.2%. To understand why Chávez's electoral victory would be apparent beforehand, consider that from 1980 to 1998, Venezuela's per capita GDP declined by 14%, whereas since 2004, after the Chávez administration gained control over the nation’s oil revenues, the country’s GDP growth per person has averaged 2.5% each year. At the same time, income inequality was reduced to the lowest in Latin America, and a combination of widely shared growth and government programs cut poverty in half and reduced absolute poverty by 70%--and that's before accounting for vastly expanded access to health, education, and housing. However, the establishment media broadly anticipated that yesterday's election would be a repudiation of the Chávez administration's policies.

Ex-CIA man accused of leaks seeks classified data in his defense, also wants reporters deposed 10 Oct 2012 Lawyers for a former CIA officer accused of leaking the names of covert operatives have told a judge that they will need to expose a wide array of government secrets to provide an adequate defense for their client at trial. Court records unsealed Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria show that lawyers for former CIA officer John Kiriakou want to reveal details of the CIA's capture of 'al-Qaida' operative Abu Zubaydah, further details about the life of one of the exposed covert operatives, information about alleged CIA discussions on the use of contractors to torture detainees [aka war crimes] and other classified information.

'Homeland' star [says]: Obama prefers drones 10 Oct 2012 "Homeland" star Damian Lewis says that President Barack Obama isn't exactly 'dovish' compared to his predecessor. Talking to Rolling Stone about Obama — who's a big fan of his show - the British actor remarked, "And by the way, for all the conventional wisdom that Bush was a warmonger and hawkish and that Obama is not, that he's more dovish - you know, he has ordered more drone strikes in his first term than Bush did in his two terms. I think by a ratio of something like every one in four days, he orders a drone strike to Bush's every one in 10 days when he was in office. It's obviously his preferred method of attack, you know," said Lewis, who plays a Marine-turned-terrorist on "Homeland."

NATO must have U.N. mandate for post-2014 Afghan mission: Russia 10 Oct 2012 Russia will stop cooperating with NATO over Afghanistan after 2014 unless the alliance gets U.N. Security Council authorization for its new training mission in Afghanistan, a senior Russian diplomat said on Wednesday. A NATO official said only that it would be "helpful" to have a U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing the post-2014 training mission, but stopped short of saying it was essential.

Walmart Workers Threaten Black Friday Action 10 Oct 2012 The latest news in the Walmart labor protests -- which have included walkouts and marches in Dallas, San Diego, Chicago and Los Angeles -- is the threat of a strike on Black Friday. That's the day after Thanksgiving, widely considered the busiest, and most lucrative, retail day of the year. Some 200 angry protesters showed up at a meeting of investors and analysts earlier Wednesday at Walmart's headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. Walmart... has long been a target of workers' rights groups, who advocate higher wages, more flexibility in hours and an end to the punishments (reduced shifts, for instance) they claim are meted out to workers seeking to unionize.

Jason Chaffetz Admits House GOP Cut Funding For Embassy Security: 'You Have to Prioritize Things' 11 Oct 2012 Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) acknowledged on Wednesday that House Republicans had consciously voted to reduce the funds allocated to the State Department for embassy security since winning the majority in 2010. On Wednesday morning, CNN asked the Utah Republican if he had "voted to cut the funding for embassy security." "Absolutely," Chaffetz said. "Look we have to make priorities and choices in this country. We have...15,000 contractors in Iraq. We have more than 6,000 contractors, a private army there, for President Obama, in Baghdad. And we're talking about can we get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces. When you're in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize things." [Yes, you have to prioritize your imperialist adventures for oil, gas and opium routes.]

Three journalists subpoenaed by defense in CIA leak case 11 Oct 2012 Three journalists subpoenaed by the defense in the criminal case against of former Central Intelligence Agency officer John Kiriakou will fight efforts to force them to testify in the case, according to court filings and spokespeople for the news outlets involved. The journalists being pressed for testimony are Scott Shane of the New York Times, Julie Tate of the Washington Post and freelancer Matthew Cole, sources told POLITICO. The subpoenas seek to force Shane, Tate and Cole to attend depositions and answer defense questions, apparently about classified information related to the CIA's interrogation torture of alleged terrorists.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Vaccine Problems]
Post by: Luck on October 19, 2012, 12:01:25 pm
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Task Force Tells DHS to Offer 'Cool' Cybersecurity Jobs to Gov. Workers and Test Them Like Pilots 12 Oct 2012 In order to attract the highly skilled and qualified cybersecurity workers the Department of Homeland Security... DHS has to reserve its coolest cybersecurity jobs for federal workers, not contractors, according to a task-force report submitted to DHS this month. This means, in part, hiring at least 600 new cybersecurity professionals, including ones who have proven, hands-on experience to take on critical tasks, the task force recommended in its 41-page report. Furthermore, the government needs to focus less on professional certifications in making its hiring decisions and more on real-world experience and expertise.

New report questions science behind flu vaccine efficacy and use policy 15 Oct 2012 Flu vaccine is not as effective as public health messaging traditionally has claimed, says a new report that suggests overselling of flu shots is getting in the way of developing more effective and longer lasting vaccines. Existing flu shots offer moderate protection some years and less in others and in general are "sub-optimal," according to the report, from public health experts at the Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

Green Party Candidates Arrested at Presidential Debate 16 Oct 2012 Green Party candidate Jill Stein and her vice presidential running mate Cheri Honkala were arrested at the Hofstra University debate site today as they protested their exclusion from the second presidential debate.Stein and Honkala were jailed for disorderly conduct around 3 p.m. when they were blocked by [cops] as they attempted to enter the debate hall, according to Stein's campaign manager, Ben Manski. Manski said that it was unclear when they would be released, but they could remain jailed until midnight.

CLGers: If AT&T actually allows this newsletter to pass, pls. note that they blocked a full newsletter sent earlier today, which I resent. AT&T's domains (snet.net, att.net, etc.) blocked both sends. If you want me to forward that edition to you, pls. write lori at legitgov.org.

Under cover of presidential debate: State Department official: Negotiations to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014 starting soon 16 Oct 2012 Despite statements by Vice President Joe Biden, the State Department is about to begin formal negotiations over the extension of U.S. troops past 2014, a top State Department official said Tuesday. Last week, U.S. and Afghan negotiators met in Kabul to talk about the Bilateral Security Agreement that will govern the extension of U.S. troops past 2014, when President Barack Obama said the combat mission in Afghanistan will end and the U.S. will complete the transition of the entire country to Afghan government control. Some U.S. military officials have said the plan is to keep 25,000 American troops in Afghanistan past 2014, but Grossman insisted that there is no number yet and the 25,000 figure quoted in reports is speculative.

Feds raid Massachusetts lab tied to meningitis outbreak 16 Oct 2012 Federal agents on Tuesday raided the Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a widespread meningitis outbreak that has killed 16 people and sickened more than 200 others, federal prosecutors said. Agents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration searched the New England Compounding Center, or NECC, in the Boston suburb of Framingham, with officers from the local police department providing support, Framingham police said. The raid took place as calls came for an even wider probe into whether the once obscure pharmacy may have broken federal laws dealing with controlled substances, and as additional meningitis cases were announced.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Vaccine Problems]
Post by: Luck on October 22, 2012, 10:13:33 am
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Mitt Romney's Bailout Bonanza By Greg Palast 17 Oct 2012 Mitt Romney's opposition to the auto bailout has haunted him on the campaign trail, especially in Rust Belt states like Ohio. There, in September, the Obama campaign launched television ads blasting Romney's November 2008 New York Times op-ed, "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt." But Romney has done a good job of concealing, until now, the fact that he and his wife, Ann, personally gained at least *15.3 million from the bailout--and a few of Romney's most important Wall Street donors made more than *4 billion. Their gains, and the Romneys', were astronomical--more than 3,000 percent on their investment.

AT&T Stops Holding CLG Newsletters Hostage, Releases 'Quarantined' Editions By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 18 Oct 2012 CLGers, AT&T -- including Yahoo.com, att.net, ameritech.net, bellsouth.net, flash.net, nvbell.net, pacbell.net, prodigy.net, sbcglobal.net, snet.net, swbell.net, and wans.net -- was incontrovertibly blocking the server used to disseminate the CLG Newsletter. And so, some back issues may (finally) be released. Note: This issue has absorbed much of my time and energy over the last few days, which explains why I was unable to respond to email, and/or thank the folks who have donated to CLG. I apologize for that. Note: If your CLG Newsletter suddenly 'stops' arriving in your inbox, please don't hesitate to let us know about the problem, by writing signup at legitgov.org.

CIA proposes to expand fleet of armed drones, officials say --Move would transform CIA into full-blown paramilitary force 18 Oct 2012 The CIA is urging the White House to approve a significant expansion of the agency’s fleet of armed drones, a move that would extend the spy service's decade-long transformation into a paramilitary force, U.S. officials said. The proposal by CIA Director David H. Petraeus would bolster the agency's ability to sustain its campaigns of lethal strikes in Pakistan and Yemen and be able, if directed, to shift aircraft to emerging al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] threats in North Africa or other trouble spots, officials said. If approved, the CIA could add as many as 10 drones, the officials said, to an inventory that has ranged between 30 and 35 over the past few years.

Iraq records huge rise in birth defects 18 Oct 2012 It played unwilling host to one of the bloodiest battles of the Iraq war. Fallujah's homes and businesses were left shattered; hundreds of Iraqi civilians were killed. Its residents changed the name of their "City of Mosques" to "the polluted city" after the United States launched two massive military campaigns eight years ago. Now, one month before the World Health Organisation reveals its view on the legacy of the two battles for the town, a new study reports a "staggering rise" in birth defects among Iraqi children conceived in the aftermath of the war. High rates of miscarriage, toxic levels of lead and mercury contamination and spiralling numbers of birth defects ranging from congenital heart defects to brain dysfunctions and malformed limbs have been recorded... Similar defects have been found among children born in Basra after British troops invaded, according to the new research.

DHS reviews guidelines for use of force 18 Oct 2012 Agent-involved shootings along the U.S.-Mexico border prompted the Department of Homeland Security to review guidelines on agents' use of force, officials said. The review of U.S. Customs and Border Protection enforcement practices followed a request by 16 congressional members who said they were concerned about the death of a Mexican man who suffered a fatal heart attack after a customs officer used a stun gun on him in 2010, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

US to Turn Over Emails in Manning Case 18 Oct 2012 A U.S. judge ordered prosecutors Wednesday to hand over hundreds of emails by officers overseeing the detention of WikiLeaks suspect Pvt. Bradley Manning, who has alleged he suffered mistreatment at a Marine Corps brig. Lawyers for Manning, a U.S. Army private accused of passing a trove of secret government documents to the WikiLeaks website, had asked for the emails to bolster their argument that the soldier suffered illegal treatment when he was held at the Quantico Marine base in Virginia starting in 2010. At a pre-trial hearing at Fort Meade, Md., Judge Denise Lind said more than 600 emails withheld by prosecutors should be handed over to the defense.

114k US contractors active in Afghan war 19 Oct 2012 There are currently more private contractors mercenaries working for the US military and other government agencies in Afghanistan than uniformed American military troops, reports indicate. As of July, nearly 114,000 contractors were working for the US Defense Department in Afghanistan, compared to the 90,000 American troops in the country at the time, AFP reported Thursday, quoting "official statistics." The figures about the presence of a high number of US contractors working in Afghanistan and emerged again after reports of a newly-released video showing American security contractors drunk and high on narcotics while on duty.

Navy to go after rats, mold in Gitmo legal offices [Too bad they don't go after the actual RATS behind the 9/11 terror attacks aka inside job, six ways to Sunday. --LRP] 19 Oct 2012 Legal offices that are so contaminated with mold and rat droppings that lawyers in the Sept. 11 terrorism trial have been getting sick [that's by design, obviously] will get a full clean-up and be evaluated by safety experts, a military official said Thursday. A "comprehensive" cleaning of the offices, which are primarily used by defense teams in the Guantanamo Bay tribunals, will begin by the end of the month and be finished in time for a hearing scheduled in December, said Army Capt. Michael Lebowitz, one of the prosecutors in the case of five prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attacks.

The remarkable, unfathomable ignorance of Debbie Wasserman Schultz 19 Oct 2012 On 29 May 2012, the New York Times published a remarkable 6,000-word story on its front page about what it termed President Obama's "kill list". It detailed the president's personal role in deciding which individuals will end up being targeted for assassination by the CIA based on Obama's secret, unchecked decree that they are "terrorists" and deserve to die...But Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic Congresswoman from Florida and the Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, does not know about any of this. She has never heard of any of it. She has managed to remain completely ignorant about the fact that President Obama has asserted and exercised the power to secretly place human beings, including US citizens, on his "kill list" and then order the CIA to extinguish their lives. [So this is how the Democrats keep the believers believing -- they keep them in the dark, even at the very top of the party! -- MDR]
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Vaccine Problems]
Post by: Luck on October 22, 2012, 10:14:13 am
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CIA chiefs face arrest over horrific evidence of bloody 'video-game' sorties by drone pilots 20 Oct 2012 The Mail on Sunday today reveals shocking new evidence of the full horrific impact of US drone attacks in Pakistan. A damning dossier assembled from exhaustive research into the strikes' targets sets out in heartbreaking detail the deaths of teachers, students and Pakistani policemen. It also describes how bereaved relatives are forced to gather their loved ones' dismembered body parts in the aftermath of strikes. Filed in two separate court cases, it is set to trigger a formal murder investigation by police into the roles of two US officials said to have ordered the strikes. They are Jonathan Banks, former head of the Central Intelligence Agency's Islamabad station, and John A. Rizzo, the CIA's former chief lawyer.

Obama prepares protracted Afghanistan occupation 20 Oct 2012 With the US presidential election little more than two weeks away, the Obama administration is quietly preparing to keep tens of thousands of troops in Afghanistan. These preparations, little noted in the corporate media, are unfolding even as Obama and his running mate, Vice President Joseph Biden, tell voters that the 11-year-old war is to end in 2014. [There's your lesser evil for you. -- MDR]

No-Fly List Strands Man on Island in Hawaii 20 Oct 2012 Hawaii is a paradise for most visitors. But it was Wade Hicks Jr.'s prison for five days. The 34-year-old from Gulfport, Miss., was stranded in the islands this week after being told he was on the FBI's no-fly list during a layover for a military flight from California to Japan. The episode left Hicks scrambling to figure out how he'd get home from Hawaii without being able to fly. Then he was abruptly removed from the list on Thursday with no explanation.

U.S. dumps deadly vaccines on public while prepping for their next pandemic-for-profit: Flu vaccine clinics provide emergency training 20 Oct 2012 San Joaquin Public Health officials staged a mass vaccination exercise as part of their emergency response training in the event of a biological threat or epidemic. By offering free seasonal influenza shots, health officials were able to attract close to 400 members of the general public to two staging areas Friday morning. "We would use a mass vaccination clinic in case there was a vaccine that needed to get out to the community very quickly. Using point of dispensing is more appropriate to an anthrax attack for a defined portion of the community, where you need to get it out quickly - also antivirals and antibiotics that you need to get out in a hurry that the private sector is not prepared to handle," said emergency preparedness coordinator Roberto Alaniz, who is also senior deputy director of San Joaquin County Public Health Services.

US civil rights groups ask international election monitors for assistance --NAACP and others say voter restrictions and ID laws ahead of 2012 US election require planned observer mission to expand 20 Oct 2012 American civil rights groups have appealed to the world's biggest election monitoring organisation over concerns about controversial changes in voter registration ahead of the November 6 White House poll. The eight civil rights group expressed their worry that millions, including those on low income as well as minorities, could be excluded from the vote for the presidency and for members of Congress. They raised the issues during a meeting on Tuesday in Washington with representatives from the Organisation of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which represents 56 states in Europe, Central Asia and North America.

U.S. Officials Say Iran Has Agreed to Nuclear Talks 21 Oct 2012 The United States and Iran have agreed for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Iran's [alleged] nuclear program, according to Obama administration officials, setting the stage for what could be a last-ditch diplomatic effort to avert a military strike on Iran. Iranian officials have insisted that the talks wait until after the presidential election, a senior administration official said, telling their American counterparts that they want to know with whom they would be negotiating.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Pres. Candidates Identical Fascists]
Post by: Luck on October 25, 2012, 05:39:14 pm
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Coup 2012 underway: Romney Family-Linked Voting Machine Company Will 'Count' the Votes 20 Oct 2012 'Voting' machines used in Hamilton County, Ohio--the county home of Cincinnati-- are supplied by Hart Intercivic, a national provider of voting systems in use in a wide variety of counties scattered throughout the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Hawaii, Colorado and Ohio. Hart Intercivic is owned, in large part, by H.I.G. Capital--a large investment fund with billions of dollars under management--that was founded by a fellow named Tony Tamer. ...H.I.G. employees hold at least two of the five Hart Intercivic board seats. Tony Tamer, H.I.G.'s founder, turns out to be a major bundler for the Mitt Romney campaign, along with three other directors of H.I.G. who are also big-time money raisers for Romney. Indeed, two of those directors--Douglas Berman and Brian Schwartz--were actually in attendance at the now infamous "47 percent" fundraiser in Boca Raton, Florida. Two members of the Hart Intercivic board of directors, Neil Tuch and Jeff Bohl, have made direct contributions to the Romney campaign. Solamere Capital--the investment firm run by Mitt Romney's son, Tagg, and the home of money put into the closely held firm by Tagg's uncle Scott, mother Anne and, of course, the dad, Mitt--have shared business interests with H.I.G. either directly or via Solamere Advisors which is owned, in part, by Solamere Capital, including a reported investment in H.I.G. by either Solamere Capital or Solamere Advisors. [WHY are RMoney's 'voting' machines still standing? They need to be dismantled and deep-sixed, ASAP. Otherwise, the same coterie of a**wipes is going to steal this election, too -- as they did in 2000 (Florida) and in 2004 (Ohio) for George W. Bush. --LRP]
 
Japan, U.S. abandon drill to 'retake' isle --Joint exercise called off due to fear of backlash from China 21 Oct 2012 Japan and the U.S. have decided to cancel a joint drill in which their forces would "recapture" a remote island in Okinawa Prefecture, according to informed sources. Tokyo and Washington were considering holding the drill on uninhabited Irisuna Island as part of joint military exercises slated for November. The drill, however, would worsen the backlash from Beijing, which has reacted harshly to Japan's nationalization of the Senkaku Islands, which are also claimed by China and Taiwan.
 
Haiti cholera epidemic 'most likely' started at UN camp - top scientist [Of course it did. The goal of the UN was/is to kill as many poor people as possible and to ensure that Western corpora-terrorists gain a foothold in the UN-occupied nation. That's *always* been the goal.] 22 Oct 2012 New evidence has emerged about the alleged role of United Nations troops in causing a cholera epidemic in the Caribbean nation of Haiti. A top US cholera specialist, Dr Daniele Lantagne, said after studying new scientific data that it is now "most likely" the source of the outbreak was a camp for recently-arrived UN soldiers from Nepal - a country where cholera is widespread. Dr Lantagne was employed by the UN itself in 2011 as one of the world's pre-eminent experts on the disease. The new evidence could have serious implications for the UN, which is facing an unprecedented legal and moral challenge in Haiti - as well as a multi-billion dollar compensation claim from victims' families. More than 7,500 people have died from the cholera epidemic in Haiti since it [was] started in late 2010. Hundreds of new cases are still being registered every week.
 
Israeli spy drone crashes in Galilee Lake 22 Oct 2012 An Israeli reconnaissance drone has crashed during an operational flight in the northern Galilee Lake, reports say. The Monday report did not disclose the type of craft, which crash-landed following a technical malfunction. On Wednesday, an Israeli drone crashed near the Palestinian city of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank. Officials said the drone was completing a military operation.
 
UK to double number of drones in Afghanistan --RAF makes urgent purchase of five more US-made Reaper drones, which will be the first to be controlled from a UK base 22 Oct 2012 The UK is to double the number of armed RAF "drones" flying combat and surveillance operations in Afghanistan and, for the first time, the aircraft will be controlled from terminals and screens in Britain. In the new squadron of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), five Reaper drones will be sent to Afghanistan, the Guardian can reveal. It is expected they will begin operations within six weeks.
 
Kill lists we can believe in: U.S. government expects to continue adding names to kill or capture lists 'for years' --Plan for hunting terrorists signals U.S. intends to keep adding names to kill lists 23 Oct 2012 Over the past two years, the Obama administration has been secretly developing a new blueprint for pursuing terrorists, a next-generation targeting list called the "disposition matrix." The matrix contains the names of terrorism suspects arrayed against an accounting of the resources being marshaled to track them down, including sealed indictments and clandestine operations. U.S. officials said the database is designed to go beyond existing kill lists, mapping plans for the "disposition" of suspects beyond the reach of American drones. Among senior Obama administration officials, there is a broad consensus that such operations are likely to be extended at least another decade.
 
New Afghanistan drones to be remote-controlled from Britain as RAF doubles its unmanned aircraft strike force 23 Oct 2012 Britain is doubling the number of armed RAF drones flying missions in Afghanistan. And for the first time, the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be controlled by airmen at computer screens in the UK. Two 'pilots' will operate the robots via satellite from a hi-tech hub at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire. The American-built Reaper drones are primarily used to gather intelligence on enemy activity on the ground, but they also carry 500lb bombs and Hellfire missiles for precision strikes on 'insurgents.'
 
Ex-CIA agent faces jail for exposing torture in agency's secret prisons 23 Oct 2012 An ex- CIA agent and major critic of US torturing of "terror suspects," who was charged with leaking classified information, has been forced to plead guilty to a single charge in a plea bargain agreement with government prosecutors. The plea agreement, commonly forced on defendants by US prosecutors to avert controversy and costly legal costs, would oblige the former intelligence officer, [and hero] John C. Kiriakou, to plead guilty in federal court on Tuesday and send him to prison for up to 30 months for allegedly passing secrets to reporters, The Washington Post reports today. The conviction of Kiriakou to a single charge of "disclosing the identity of an undercover CIA operative" marked the end of a case that described as "part of the Obama administration's unprecedented crackdown on leaks."

NYPD agent provocateur reveals spying on Muslims 23 Oct 2012 A 19-year-old American of Bengali descent says he was ordered by New York police to work undercover "creating" and capturing terrorist suspects by befriending Muslims and discussing jihad with them - actions he now considers unconstitutional. Shamiur Rahman told the Associated Press that in exchange for being an undercover informant, the New York Police Department (NYPD) would pay him $1,000 a month and forget about a case of marijuana possession for which he would have otherwise been charged. The teenager worked for the police by studying Islam, surveilling mosques and Islamic study groups, and talking to Muslims – all while secretly taking pictures and recording conversations.

Obama and Romney concur on war, assassination and reaction 23 Oct 2012 In their debate on foreign policy Monday night, President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney voiced nearly identical positions in support of war, illegal killings and imperialist intervention across the globe...With just two weeks until the election, this third and final presidential debate made it clear that the US political establishment is laying the groundwork for new military interventions in the aftermath of November 6, and that the American people will have no means of expressing at the ballot box their opposition to an escalation of global militarism.

Ecuador 'gravely concerned' about Assange's health 24 Oct 2012 A senior Ecuadorian diplomat says the health of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is deteriorating, and wants the UK to give him safe passage out of the country's London embassy, where he is holed up, if it declines further. "We have officially asked the UK for safe passage," Vice Foreign Minister Marco Albuja Martinez told RT in an exclusive interview. "But we are concerned that while UK authorities mull over the decision, Julian Assange's health may break down completely." Assange himself complained of a "racking cough," and said that being under prolonged house arrest has left him demoralized as his health "slowly deteriorated."
 
US drone strike kills three in North Waziristan 25 Oct 2012 A US drone fired two missiles at a suspected militant compound in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, killing three people, security officials said. One missile hit a house in the Tappi area about 20 kilometres east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan tribal district which is a stronghold of Taliban and 'al Qaeda'-linked militants. The other hit a vehicle parked outside, they said.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Permanent War on Terror]
Post by: Luck on October 29, 2012, 07:50:36 pm
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Obama moves to make the War on Terror permanent 24 Oct 2012 The Washington Post has a crucial and disturbing story this morning [23 Oct] by Greg Miller about the concerted efforts by the Obama administration to fully institutionalize – to make officially permanent – the most extremist powers it has exercised in the name of the war on terror...To understand the Obama legacy, please re-read that sentence. As Murtaza Hussain put it when reacting to the Post story: "The US agonized over the targeted killing Bin Laden at Tarnak Farms in 1998; now it kills people it barely suspects of anything on a regular basis."

Court told UK spies 'assisting' CIA to murder Pakistanis 24 Oct 2012 The High Court has been told that the UK intelligence officials could be "encouraging or assisting murder" and the commission of war crimes by providing assistance for then CIA drone strikes in Pakistani tribal areas. The two day hearing opened on Tuesday at the Royal Courts of Justice here on the application by Pakistani national from Miranshah, North Waziristan Agency (NWA), Noor Khan, who has challenged UK government's support for the secret drone strikes. Legal action charity Reprieve is helping Noor Khan.

Texas attorney general threatens to arrest monitors observing US election --State attorney general calls international group's plan to watch for fairness at the polls 'legally irrelevant in the United States' 24 Oct 2012 The Texas attorney general, Greg Abbott, has threatened to arrest international election monitors invited by liberal groups to observe the conduct of next month's presidential vote in states accused of attempting to disenfranchise minorities. Abbott has written to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe warning that its monitors have no right to monitor the vote even though they have observed previous US elections.
 
Texas threatens to arrest international monitors sent to watch US election 25 Oct 2012 A handful of international election monitors have touched down in the US to swing by polling places next month when voters cast ballots for the president, but officials in the state of Texas have issued them a warning: you’re not welcome. State Attorney General Greg Abbott has sent a scathing letter to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, threatening to arrest any of the election auditors that have been dispatched to America to ensure that voters won't be disenfranchised, discriminated against or intimidated when they take to the polls on November 6.

AT&T Blocking CLG Newsletters, Again 25 Oct 2012 AT&T -- and its domains, including Yahoo.com -- is blocking the CLG Newsletters from reaching anyone who uses AT&T, once again. I thought this problem had been resolved a few days ago, but apparently, that is not the case. (See: AT&T Stops Holding CLG Newsletters Hostage, Releases 'Quarantined' Editions By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 18 Oct 2012 CLGers, AT&T -- including Yahoo.com, att.net, ameritech.net, bellsouth.net, flash.net, nvbell.net, pacbell.net, prodigy.net, sbcglobal.net, snet.net, swbell.net, and wans.net -- was incontrovertibly blocking the server used to disseminate the CLG Newsletter. And so, some back issues may (finally) be released.)

Remote U.S. base at core of secret targeted-killing operations --The Obama administration has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal the legal and operational details of its targeted-killing program. 25 Oct 2012 Around the clock, about 16 times a day, drones take off or land at a U.S. military base here, the combat hub for the Obama administration's counterterrorism wars in the Horn of Africa and the Middle East. Some of the unmanned aircraft are bound for Somalia. Most of the armed drones, however, veer north across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen. Camp Lemonnier, a sun-baked Third World outpost established by the French Foreign Legion, began as a temporary staging ground for U.S. Marines looking for a foothold in the region a decade ago. Over the past two years, the U.S. military has clandestinely transformed it into the busiest Predator drone base outside the Afghan war zone, a model for fighting a new generation of terrorist groups new US war crimes. Behind closed doors, painstaking debates precede each decision to place an individual in the cross hairs of the United States' perpetual war against 'al-Qaeda' and its allies. [Targeting killing we can believe in!]

US deploys troops to Turkey amid Syria unrest: US General 25 Oct 2012 The commanding general of the US Army Europe (USAREUR) says the Pentagon has recently sent a number of American soldiers to Turkey in a bid to assist Ankara in handling the spillover of the Syrian crisis. "We have had a relatively few number of US Army Europe personnel in Turkey recently," Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper quoted Lieutenant General Mark Phillip Hertling as saying. The general added, "Some of that has been sharing intelligence."

US assists, funnels arms to Syrian insurgents: Russia 25 Oct 2012 Russia says the United States assists and coordinates arms deliveries to foreign-sponsored insurgents battling the Syrian government forces. "Washington is aware of the deliveries of various weapons to illegal armed groups active in Syria. Moreover, judging by the declarations of US officials published in US media, the US coordinates and provides logistical assistance in such deliveries," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued on Thursday. On Wednesday, Russia's chief military officer said that Syrian armed groups have acquired US-made weapons, including Stinger anti-aircraft missiles.

WikiLeaks: The Detainee Policies 25 Oct 2012 Starting today, Thursday, 25th October 2012, WikiLeaks begins releasing the 'Detainee Policies': more than 100 classified or otherwise restricted files from the United States Department of Defense covering the rules and procedures for detainees in U.S. military custody... The documents include the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of detention camps in Iraq and Cuba, interrogation manuals and Fragmentary Orders (FRAGOs) of changes to detainee policies and procedures. A number of the 'Detainee Policies' relate to Camp Bucca in Iraq, but there are also Department of Defense-wide policies and documents relating to Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay and European U.S. Army Prison facilities.

'Detainee Policies': over 100 classified or restricted DoD files covering rules detainees in U.S. military custody (WikiLeaks) 25 Oct 2012 WikiLeaks has begun releasing the 'Detainee Policies': more than 100 classified or otherwise restricted files from the United States Department of Defense covering the rules and procedures for detainees in U.S. military custody. Over the next month, WikiLeaks will release in chronological order the United States' military detention policies followed for more than a decade.

UN expert: Boycott companies dealing with Israeli settlements until they meet rights standards 25 Oct 2012 The U.N. special investigator on human rights in the Palestinian territories called Wednesday for a boycott of all companies that have dealings with Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem until they adhere to international rights standards and practices. Israel and the U.S. quickly rejected Richard Falk's report, accusing the U.N. special rapporteur of bias against Israel and calling for his removal.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Drones Opposition]
Post by: Luck on October 29, 2012, 08:13:17 pm
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UK support for US drones in Pakistan may be war crime, court is told --Case opened as RAF confirmed it is to double number of its own drones flying combat and surveillance operations over Afghanistan 23 Oct 2012 The British government's support for US drone operations over Pakistan may involve acts of assisting murder or even war crimes, the high court heard on Tuesday. In the first serious legal challenge in the English courts to the drones campaign, lawyers for a young Pakistani man whose father was killed by a strike from an unmanned aircraft are seeking to have the sharing of UK locational intelligence declared unlawful. The British government has declined to state whether or not its signals intelligence agency GCHQ passes information in support of the CIA drone operations over Pakistan, although the court heard that media reports suggest that it does.

UK claims possible court hearing into CIA drone strikes in Pakistan would risk denting US ties 25 Oct 2012 Ties between Britain, the U.S. and Pakistan could be jeopardized if a judge grants a request for a court inquiry into the possible role of U.K. spy agencies in aiding covert CIA drone strikes in Pakistan's northwest tribal region, a government lawyer told Britain's High Court on Thursday. James Eadie, lawyer for Britain's Foreign Office, insisted that intelligence sharing between Britain and the U.S. -- already under strain by previous disclosures made in London courtrooms -- and links between Washington and Pakistan would all potentially be cast into doubt.

Major Banks, Governmental Officials Targets of Racketeering and Money Laundering Lawsuit Seeking Return of $43 Trillion to U.S. Treasury 25 Oct 2012 Spire Law Group, LLP's national home owners' lawsuit, pending in the venue where the "Banksters" control their $43 trillion racketeering scheme (New York) - known as the largest money laundering and racketeering lawsuit in United States History and identifying $43 trillion ($43,000,000,000,000.00) of laundered money by the "Banksters" and their U.S. racketeering partners and joint venturers - now pinpoints the identities of the key racketeering partners of the "Banksters" located in the highest offices of government and acting for their own self-interests.

Britain rejects US request to use UK bases in nuclear standoff with Iran --Secret legal advice states pre-emptive strike could be in breach of international law as Iran not yet 'clear and present threat' --Military action not 'right course', Downing Street says 25 Oct 2012 Britain has rebuffed US pleas to use military bases in the UK to support the build-up of forces in the Gulf, citing secret legal advice which states that any pre-emptive strike on Iran could be in breach of international law. The Guardian has been told that US diplomats have also lobbied for the use of British bases in Cyprus, and for permission to fly from US bases on Ascension Island in the Atlantic and Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, both of which are British territories. The US approaches are part of contingency planning over the nuclear standoff with Tehran, but British ministers have so far reacted coolly. They have pointed US officials to legal advice drafted by the attorney general's office which has been circulated to Downing Street, the Foreign Office and the Ministry of Defence.

Seattle police plan to deploy spy drones 26 Oct 2012 The FAA has approved the Seattle Police Department to start using surveillance drones for law enforcement, but protesters are making it clear that they're willing to put up a fight. The SPD displayed a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on Thursday that they intend on using soon to monitor criminal activity across the city, but opponents of drone use came out in droves to protest the proposed plans. The SPD is one of only law enforcement agencies given the go-ahead by the Federal Administration Agency to show officers the ins-and-outs of UAVs.

Hurricane Sandy's minimum barometric pressure lowest on record 29 Oct 2012 CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen, re: Hurricane Sandy Strongest ever: Based on pressure, Sandy is likely to be the strongest storm ever to make landfall north of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, for as long as records have been kept. The benchmark storm, the 1938 Long Island Express Hurricane, contained a low pressure reading of 946 millibars. Sandy currently has a minimum pressure of 943 millibars. Bigger than most countries: Sandy's field of tropical storm-force or greater winds extend nearly 1,000 miles. 100-year flooding: Parts of Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania could see a once-in-a-century amount of flooding from rainfall. Record storm surge: Parts of New York City, including Battery Park City, are forecasting a storm surge of 10 feet to 12 feet, which could break the record of 10.5 feet, set in 1960 by Hurricane Donna. It could lead to catastrophic flooding.
 
Supreme court hears arguments on secret domestic surveillance 29 Oct 2012 ...Key plaintiffs asked the Supreme Court on Monday to allow them to proceed with a lawsuit over the constitutionality of the federal government's sweeping electronic monitoring of targeted foreigners suspected of terrorism or spying. At issue: Can these American plaintiffs who deal with overseas clients and co-workers file suit if they reasonably fear the government was reading and hearing their sensitive communications? The specific question now is whether they have "standing" to challenge the federal law, without a specific showing they have been monitored. The National Security Agency has in turn refused to disclose specifics, which detractors call "Catch-22" logic.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Permanent War on Terror; Drones Opposition]
Post by: Sam Adams on October 31, 2012, 01:15:41 pm
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Major Banks, Governmental Officials Targets of Racketeering and Money Laundering Lawsuit Seeking Return of $43 Trillion to U.S. Treasury 25 Oct 2012 Spire Law Group, LLP's national home owners' lawsuit, pending in the venue where the "Banksters" control their $43 trillion racketeering scheme (New York) - known as the largest money laundering and racketeering lawsuit in United States History and identifying $43 trillion ($43,000,000,000,000.00) of laundered money by the "Banksters" and their U.S. racketeering partners and joint venturers - now pinpoints the identities of the key racketeering partners of the "Banksters" located in the highest offices of government and acting for their own self-interests.



                            The suit states that zero TARP funds and bail out funds have been repaid to the Treasury that says they were repaid. Barofsky, former Attorney General for TARP funds backs up these statements. Suit attempts to block all foreclosures in the US as a result of massive racketeering. Defendents are being sued in their individual capacities. Look for story at prnewswire.com/news-release/major banks              They can,t go anywhere with this, but I expect Injuctions sooner than later.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Election Fraud; CIA Crap ...]
Post by: Luck on November 05, 2012, 11:12:58 am
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Israel keeps silent on mysterious Sudan airstrike 25 Oct 2012 Senior Israeli officials accused Sudan on Thursday of playing a key role in an 'Iranian-backed network of arms shipments to hostile Arab militant groups' across the Middle East, a day after a mysterious explosion rocked a weapons factory near the North African country's capital. The tough words were likely to add to Sudanese suspicions that an Israeli airstrike was behind the blast. Israel has both the motive and means to carry out such an airstrike, and Sudan has accused Israel in the past of operating on its territory.
 
U.S. pushes Algeria to support military intervention in Mali 29 Oct 2012 The United States joined France in a diplomatic lobbying campaign Monday to win key Algerian support for an emergency military intervention in northern Mali, where al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh]-linked militants are waging a terror campaign that the Obama administration warns could threaten other nations... The Obama administration is contemplating broad military, political and humanitarian intervention in Mali. Since 2007, the United States has spent more than $550 million to help train and supply an African proxy force of about 18,000 soldiers in Somalia.
 
Did Accused Kandahar Killer Sgt. Bales Act Alone? 29 Oct 2012 At around 3 a.m. on March 11, if the United States government is to be believed, a hero turned into a monster. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, a family man and decorated soldier thrice awarded the Army medal for good conduct, slipped out of his military base in southern Afghanistan and, for reasons unknown, began firing indiscriminately from house to house as he carved a path of mayhem through two villages. By the time he stopped shooting, 16 civilians--mostly women and children--were dead; the bodies were then burned... But when Bales, 38, appears at a preliminary hearing on a military base near Tacoma, Wash., next month, a startling alternative theory of the case will emerge: Bales did not act alone. "There are witness statements that there was more than one shooter," said Bales's lead civilian lawyer, John Henry Browne, who asserts the government lacks evidence to prove his client's guilt.
 
One week to Election Day in America: The real choice for workers 30 Oct 2012 The American population is presented with a "choice" between two multi-millionaires. One, the Republican candidate Mitt Romney, personifies the financial speculators whose criminality and greed triggered the financial crisis that erupted in 2008. The other, President Obama, has devoted his entire administration to protecting and expanding the wealth of the financial elite, destroying the democratic rights of the American people, and escalating military aggression internationally.

U.S. intel budget topped $75 billion in 2012 30 Oct 2012 The U.S. spent $75.4 billion on its military and civilian spy agencies in the last fiscal year, officials announced Tuesday. The U.S. intelligence budget is divided between the Military Intelligence Program, which the Pentagon said was $21.5 billion for fiscal 2012, and the National Intelligence Program, which was $53.9 billion, according to Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper. The National Intelligence Program (NIP) funds the CIA and other civilian agencies and provides some funding for the major military agencies such as the National Security Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency.

Court OKs warrantless use of hidden surveillance cameras --Federal court sides with Justice Department on police use of concealed surveillance cameras on private property 30 Oct 2012 Police are allowed in some circumstances to install hidden surveillance cameras on private property without obtaining a search warrant, a federal judge said yesterday. CNET has learned that U.S. District Judge William Griesbach ruled that it was reasonable for Drug Enforcement Administration agents to enter rural property without permission -- and without a warrant -- to install multiple "covert digital surveillance cameras" in hopes of uncovering evidence that 30 to 40 marijuana plants were being grown.
 
On Halloween, US military forces train for zombie apocalypse at counterterrorism summit --A zombie invasion would have characteristics similar to other catastrophic events and would be 'a federal incident,' a summit organizer says. 31 Oct 2012 Why is the US military preparing for a zombie apocalypse? That's the latest training exercise that US Marines and Navy special-operations forces will be taking part in on an island off the coast of San Diego - starting on Wednesday, aka Halloween. This scenario is dire, modeled in part on a public-service campaign that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched last year, warning that US citizens should be prepared in the event of a zombie invasion. It will play out Wednesday and Thursday at Halo's annual Counter-Terrorism Summit security conference, which will be attended by, among other people, former Central Intelligence Agency director Michael Hayden. Some 1,000 US military personnel, police, and state and federal government officials will be charged with responding.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Election Fraud; CIA Crap ...]
Post by: Luck on November 05, 2012, 11:13:51 am
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UK secret courts' plans breach human rights, watchdog says 01 Nov 2012 The British government's plans for secret courts are incompatible with the Human Rights Act and the centuries-old common law right to fair trials, a government watchdog [Equality and Human Rights Commission] has warned. The Tory-led government's controversial changes to the British legal system, which are contained in the Justice and Security Bill, allow certain court evidence to be heard from behind closed doors. Under secret courts' plans that are known as Closed Material Procedures, the government could seek closed material proceedings in civil cases concerning matters of "national security," meaning that neither victims nor their lawyers would be able to hear arguments made against them by British intelligence agencies, MI5 and MI6.
 
US plans to establish new Syrian opposition force in Qatar meeting 01 Nov 2012 The US has launched an aggressive campaign to re-establish a new Syrian opposition force with its Secretary of State rejecting existing opposition leaders as "a bunch of out-of-touch exiles" that should be replaced by a group representing active insurgents. "We've made it clear that the SNC (Syrian National Council) can no longer be viewed as the visible leader of the opposition," said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday during an official visit to Croatia. Clinton's assertions clearly confirm the leading role of the American government, the closest Israeli ally, in fueling the anti-Syria insurgency aimed at removing the government of President Bashar Al-Assad.

Libya mission was mainly CIA operation 02 Nov 2012 The US mission in Benghazi that came under attack by militants on September 11 was mainly a secret CIA operation, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, shedding new light on the deadly assault. Four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed on September 11 at the US consulate. The Wall Street Journal said the mission was mainly a CIA operation, adding that of the 30 American officials evacuated from Benghazi following the assault, just seven worked for the State Department. It also identified the two security contractors killed in the attack -- former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty -- as working for the Central Intelligence Agency and not the State Department.
 
'Dark Money' in 2012 Election Tops $400 Million, 10 Candidates Outspent by Groups With Undisclosed Donors 02 Nov 2012 Four conservative nonprofits and the business industry's lead trade association have spent nearly $300 million on political efforts over the course of the past two years, accounting for 70 percent of the so-called "dark money" reported to have been spent since the beginning of 2011. The Karl Rove-founded Crossroads GPS, the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity, Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform, the shadowy American Future Fund, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have spent $295 million since the beginning of 2011, targeting candidates from President Barack Obama on down to the most contested House and Senate races, all without disclosing the names of their donors to the public.
 
Liberals fear grand bargain betrayal if President Obama wins --'It's the entitlements [sic] that worry them.' 02 Nov 2012 Labor unions and liberal interest groups are going all-out for President Barack Obama's reelection -- but they’re just as ready to turn that firepower back on him if he betrays them with a grand bargain. These groups fear a victorious Obama would ink a deal with Republicans during the fiscal cliff negotiations that slashes entitlement benefits. And that could hurt the very coalition of voters — minorities, women and low- and middle-income families -- that would claim credit for his second term. Even as they turn out the vote in public to keep Obama in office, in private they're plotting a strategy aimed at pressuring him to protect those who reelected him. Obama signaled last week that he could revive the offer he made to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), which included entitlement benefit cuts such as raising the Medicare eligibility age and lowering the cost-of-living increases for Social Security recipients.[Apparently, Barack Obama has already declared the terms of his own surrender -- whether he wins or 'loses' in the coup-addled Ohio, Florida, Colorado, and Wisconsin. --LRP]
 
Non-Partisan Congressional Tax Report Debunks Core Conservative Economic Theory-GOP Suppresses Study 02 Nov 2012 What do you do when the Congressional Research Service, the completely non-partisan arm of the Library of Congress that has been advising Congress-and only Congress-on matters of policy and law for nearly a century, produces a research study that finds absolutely no correlation between the top tax rates and economic growth, thereby destroying a key tenant of conservative economic theory? If you are a Republican member of the United States Senate, you do everything in your power to suppress that report--particularly when it comes less than two months before a national election where your candidate is selling this very economic theory as the basis for his candidacy.

US Navy is arming drone boats 03 Nov 2012 While the US Air Force's drones have been firing all sorts of air-to-surface missiles and bombs for roughly a decade now, the Navy took a big step toward getting in on the action last week when it launched six Israeli-made Spike missiles from an unmanned 36-foot motorboat. The project -- the unmanned surface vehicle precision engagement module (USV PEM) -- is part of a joint-US-Israeli collaboration run out of the US Navy's sea systems command's Special Warfare Program Office.
 
Last-Minute Ohio Directive Could Trash Legal Votes and Swing Election 03 Nov 2012 A last-minute directive issued by Ohio Secretary of State Suppression Jon Husted (R) could invalidate legal provisional ballots. The directive, issued Friday, lays out the requirements for submitting a provisional ballot. The directive includes a form which puts the burden on the voter to correctly record the form of ID provided to election officials. Husted also instructed election officials that if the form is not filled out correctly by a voter, the ballot should not be counted. According to a lawsuit filed late Friday by voting rights advocates, this is "contrary to a court decision on provisional ballots a week ago and contrary to statements made by attorneys for Husted at an Oct. 24 court hearing."
 
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Election Fraud; CIA Crap ...]
Post by: Luck on November 05, 2012, 11:21:23 am
Sam, the link for the story you referenced, "Major Banks, Governmental Officials and Their Comrade Capitalists Targets of Spire Law Group, LLP's Racketeering and Money Laundering Lawsuit Seeking Return of $43 Trillion to the United States Treasury" (PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1r0wJ) is:
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/major-banks-governmental-officials-and-their-comrade-capitalists-targets-of-spire-law-group-llps-racketeering-and-money-laundering-lawsuit-seeking-return-of-43-trillion-to-the-united-states-treasury-175828861.html
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Election Fraud; CIA Crap ...]
Post by: Luck on November 07, 2012, 12:51:34 pm
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Security chiefs refused order from PM in 2010 to prepare military to strike Iran within hours if necessary, TV report says 04 Nov 2012 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered their security chiefs in 2010 to have the military ready to attack Iran's nuclear facilities within hours if necessary, but were rebuffed by the security chiefs, an Israeli TV investigate news program claimed on Sunday. The order to step up military readiness was given by Netanyahu and Barak to the then-chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces, Gabi Ashkenazi, and to the then-head of the Mossad, Meir Dagan, at a meeting on an unspecified date, the report claimed. But Dagan reportedly retorted that the order, if followed, might lead to a war based on an illegal decision.
 
Billions more needed to refurbish B61 nuclear bombs --NNSA's internal agency bottom line for project in July had risen to *6.8 billion 04 Nov 2012 The National Nuclear Security Administration, already under fire for billions of dollars of cost overruns, has underestimated by billions more how much it will cost to refurbish the nation's stockpile of B61 nuclear bombs, according to an independent cost assessment commissioned by the agency. Already juggling its budget to cope with existing problems, the agency will likely need to come up with another $1 billion per year for the next few years if the project is to go ahead as currently envisioned, according to a summary of the assessment obtained by the Journal.
 
Secret money funds GOP door-knockers 05 Nov 2012 There's so much secret money in conservative politics that even volunteers are getting paid -- and paid well. Grassroots activists who used to knock on doors and make phone calls for free are the latest beneficiaries of the historic spending spree to defeat President Barack Obama and elect GOP lawmakers. Deep-pocketed nonprofit groups -- funded by unlimited, and mostly undisclosed, contributions -- are offering canvassers and phone bankers wages upwards of *15 an hour and dangling perks such as performances by 3 Doors Down, drawings to win iPads and the chance to stay in a "posh hotel," POLITICO has learned.
 
$11 million donation tied to Koch brothers; Calif. agency alleges 'money laundering' 05 Nov 2012  Ending a mystery that captivated the run-up to Election Day, the Arizona group behind an anonymous *11 million donation revealed under court order Monday that the shadowy donation was laundered through two groups, including one tied to David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers who have played a huge role in spreading anonymous political cash around [and destroying] the country. The donation, the largest anonymous contribution to a ballot measure campaign in California history, was made to the Small Business Action Committee, a conservative group running a campaign for Proposition 32, the measure that would curb labor's ability to collect political cash, and against Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown's tax-hike initiative.
 
Turkey Puts Israeli Officers on Trial 05 Nov 2012 Turkey will try former Israeli military chiefs in absentia today for ordering a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship, publicly prolonging a dispute between the former allies even as their interests in the region converge. The four suspects, including ex-military chief Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, face nine consecutive life terms in prison for "inciting to kill monstrously and by torturing," according to the indictment at the Ankara court. It was approved before the second anniversary of the May 31, 2010 raid, in which nine Turks were killed.

One-quarter of EMTs don't get flu vaccine --Sixty percent of EMTs who did not get vaccinated said they do not trust public health authorities when they say influenza vaccine is safe 05 Nov 2012 Patients are regularly advised brainwashed by pharma-terrorists to get an annual flu vaccine, but 25 percent of St. Louis's emergency medical technicians do not get vaccinated, researchers say. Sixty percent of EMTs who did not get vaccinated said they do not trust the public health authorities when they say the influenza vaccine is safe, and about a third said that flu vaccine has a lot of side effects and reported being afraid of them. More than half in this unvaccinated group also said they do not believe they can play a role in transmitting influenza to their patients if they are not vaccinated.
 
CLG Newsletters blocked by rr.com, roadrunner.com, and adelphia.net Posted by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 06 Nov 2012 For several days, CLG Newsletters are not reaching subscribers who use rr.com, roadrunner.com, and adelphia.net -- domains that have blocked and are currently blocking CLG's IP. Please contact your ISP and Time Warner Cable (contact info here) to share your thoughts on them censoring the CLG. I'm really sick of the censorship -- and the hours expended on it -- so if there is an attorney that would like to volunteer his/her services regarding this situation, please contact lori at legitgov dot org. Thank you.

Ohio faces controversy over voting machines 06 Nov 2012 As people head to the polls today to cast their ballots, a critical "battleground" state in the presidential election faces a last-minute controversy over its voting machines. In Ohio, a lawsuit alleges that Secretary of State Suppression Jon Husted (R) and Election Systems & Software, an Omaha, Neb., company that makes electronic voting systems used in the state, improperly approved the use of untested, non-state certified software in voting machines to help tally results. The suit -- filed Monday in federal district court... claims that the software could erroneously alter election results or even lead to election fraud. According to the complaint, the suit alleges that the software could introduce mistakes into the vote count, or allow third parties to manipulate the results.
 
California's Prop. 37 food labeling initiative trailing badly 06 Nov 2012 Proposition 37, the genetically engineered food labeling initiative, was trailing badly late on election day. With just over a fifth of the statewide votes counted, the measure was losing with 42.7% yes to 57.3% no. It was polling strongly ahead five weeks ago, but fell steadily in the polls under a barrage of negative campaign television advertisements funded by a food and biotech industry [terrorists'] war chest of more than *44 million.
 
Same-sex marriage measures passing in Maryland and Maine 06 Nov 2012 Maryland and Maine appeared poised to become the first states in the nation to back same-sex marriage at the ballot box Tuesday night, and other gay-marriage measures were on the ballot in Minnesota and Washington. The issue had been before voters 32 times and had been rejected every time. But activists say public opinion has shifted since 2008, when California passed a constitutional amendment reserving marriage for heterosexual couples.
 
Voting machine changes Obama to Romney 07 Nov 2012 Computer problems, as well as human ones, have drawn complaints across the US as millions of Americans go to the polls. One Pennsylvania voter highlighted a problem with voting machines on YouTube, complete with video, in which a touchscreen changed his choice from President Barack Obama to Republican Mitt Romney. "I initially selected Obama but Romney was highlighted," the man wrote. "I assumed it was being picky so I deselected Romney and tried Obama again, this time more carefully, and still got Romney." This was not the first allegation of foul-ups with electronic machines. In Ohio, some Republicans claimed machines were changing Romney votes to Obama, while Democrats accused Republican state officials of installing untested "experimental" software at the last minute.

Obama Tells US: 'The Best Is Yet To Come' --US President Barack Obama tells his supporters he returns to the White House 'more determined and more inspired than ever'. 07 Nov 2012 Barack Obama has won a second term as US President after beating Republican challenger Mitt Romney following a bitter and costly election campaign. ... [Lest we forget: NDAA, drones, PATRIOT Act renewal/expansion, insurance cartel giveaway aka 'health care' reform, Guantanamo Bay still open (tribunals underway), forgiveness of Bush-era war criminals (heck, even some brand new war crimes), surrender to GOP on debt ceiling (and everything else), Afghanistan until 2014, contractors in Iraq, etc.]
 
Fiery consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren beats Scott Brown in Massachusetts Senate race --Warren makes history as first woman elected to serve as US senator from Massachusetts 07 Nov 2012 Democrat Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard Law professor who promised to battle for a struggling middle class, defeated incumbent Republican Scott Brown tonight in the Massachusetts Senate race, despite Brown's attempts to paint himself as a one of a dying breed, a moderate New England Republican.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Post Election Racism]
Post by: Luck on November 10, 2012, 01:20:47 pm
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Bradley Manning Offers to Plead Guilty to Partial Charges, Including Leaking to WikiLeaks 07 Nov 2012 Accused WikiLeaks leaker Bradley Manning offered on Wednesday to plead guilty to parts of the charges he is facing, in exchange for the government pursuing lesser charges. Manning did not plead guilty but indicated in a plea notice submitted by his attorney, David Coombs, that he is willing to accept responsibility for some of the lesser included charges, but not the charges as they stand in whole. The move is known as "pleading by exceptions and substitutions" and is a strategy for negotiating the charges against him, which his attorney has tried repeatedly to do, unsuccessfully, via other means during pre-trial hearings.
 
Tepco terrorists too big to fail: Tepco seeks more govt bailouts as Fukushima costs soar --Tepco indicates costs could rise to $120 bln 07 Nov 2012 Fukushima nuclear plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co said on Wednesday it would have to seek more government funds to tackle the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster, as cleanup costs soar four months after the utility was nationalised. A senior minister said the government saw no alternative to providing continued support for the utility, known as Tepco. Tepco officials suggested the costs of compensation and decontamination could double to 10 trillion yen ($124.55 billion), making greater government support vital.
 
Election Night: Obama Drone Bombs Several in Yemen 07 Nov 2012 On Wednesday morning, as many Americans sifted through the voter data and exit poll numbers of President Barack Obama's reelection the night before, the Twitter feeds of close watchers of Yemen lit up with reports of another sort of presidential event: an apparent U.S. drone strike had killed several individuals in that country. There was no way of being certain if the strike was indeed American, or for that matter if it was a drone strike at all, although it had all the markings of one. "All signs (after dark, suspicions of locals, target) point to Sanhan strike being a US drone," Yemen-based freelance journalist Adam Baron wrote on Twitter. Several other analysts concurred. A White House spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. If it were a American strike, of course, it would have to have been authorized by Obama.
 
Record number of women elected to U.S. Congress 07 Nov 2012 A record number of women will serve in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives after sweeping victories in Tuesday's election that challenged the traditional male makeup of the U.S. legislative branch. Twenty women will serve in the 100-member Senate and at least 81 of the 435 members of the House of Representatives will be women. A few races still await final results from Tuesday's voting.
 
Numbers nerd Nate Silver's forecasts prove all right on election night 07 Nov 2012 One big winner of US election night was the statistical guru and unashamed numbers nerd Nate Silver, who correctly predicted not only Barack Obama's victory but the outcome of the presidential contest in all 50 states. Silver, the political forecaster at the New York Times, infuriated Republicans in the closing days of the race by arguing on his blog FiveThirtyEight.com that Obama's chances of winning were steadily increasing. His final forecast gave Obama a 90.9% chance of victory. Silver also forecast 332 electoral college votes for Obama against 206 for Romney - the actual result, assuming Obama's Florida victory is confirmed.
 
AT&T blocking CLG Newsletter again after IP switch was made to avoid RR block 08 Nov 2012 AT&T is blocking the CLG Newsletter after an IP switch was made by CLG's webhoster to avoid the Time Warner Cable (rr.com, roadrunner.com, and adelphia.net) block. AT&T did not deliver the CLG Newsletter early this morning to its domains. If any techie wishes to help me with these ongoing obstacles, which keep me from updating the CLG website with actual news items, please write lori at legitgov dot org. Thank you. [Note: CLG's earlier updates are posted below, as the IP has been changed again, so AT&T people should receive this update.]
 
Iranian warplanes fired on U.S. drone over Persian Gulf - Pentagon 08 Nov 2012 Iranian warplanes fired multiple rounds at an unmanned, unarmed U.S. surveillance aircraft in international airspace over the Persian Gulf last week, but the craft was undamaged and returned safely to its base, Pentagon spokesman George Little said on Thursday. President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta were both advised early on about the unprecedented incident, which occurred at about 4:50 A.M. Eastern Time on November 1. Iran was later warned through diplomatic channels the United States would keep conducting surveillance flights in the region and would protect its military assets, Little said. [And, Iran will keep firing on them.]
 
The Racist States of America: Shocking map reveals hateful tweets following Obama's re-election --Map comes two days after massive riot at Ole Miss 08 Nov 2012 Rather than using social media to express their frustration and disappointment that Republican Mitt Romney lost the election in an elegant way, many Twitter users instead used the platform to post shockingly racist tweets, calling President Obama a 'n*****' and a 'monkey.' A map collected by Floating Sheep shows the shocking demographic of racist 'hate tweets,' many of them collected from states that were won by Romney. The majority of the tweets, as Jezebel noted, were often from young white residents in southern states.
 
Health group asks Obama to stop eating junk food in public 08 Nov 2012 A Washington, D.C.-based health group is making another appeal to President Obama to stop eating junk food in public now that election season is over. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) made headlines in May when it filed a petition with the White House objecting to Obama's habit of grabbing hamburgers, hot dogs and other unhealthy foods with his staff and visiting dignitaries. On Wednesday, PCRM Founder Neal Barnard called on Obama to abandon the foods he ate on the campaign trail -- "cheesesteaks in Philly on Monday, barbecue in Dallas on Tuesday, cheese pizza in Madison, Wis., on Thursday" -- now that he has secured reelection.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Six States Nullify Fed]
Post by: Luck on November 10, 2012, 10:54:47 pm
Six states defy feds
http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2012/11/07/national-press-release-six-states-defy-feds/
Posted by Mike Maharrey
For Immediate Release: Nov. 7, 2012

Americans in 6 states vote to nullify unconstitutional acts

While most pundit and media attention focused on the presidential race Tuesday night, citizens of six states quietly voted to nullify unconstitutional acts.

Voters in Alabama, Montana, and Wyoming all passed measures guaranteeing health care freedom, despite federal mandates in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Massachusetts voters defied federal law and approved a measure to legalize marijuana for medicinal use. And in Washington and Colorado, they took it a step further, decriminalizing pot completely.

“Yesterday, Barack Obama won the presidential election. But, the people of six states voted to exercise their freedom without federal ‘permission,’” Tenth Amendment Center executive director Michael Boldin said. “Americans on both sides of the political aisle told D.C. to butt the hell out last night.”

In all six cases, the nullifying measures won by comfortable margins. [See link above for more.]

ACTION ITEMS

CLICK HERE http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/legislation/ – for Model Nullification legislation that can be introduced in your state

CLICK HERE http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/nullifyobamacare – for the TAC’s Nullification organizer’s toolkit. Use it for the issue listed, or for anything you want to act on

CLICK HERE http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/ourlasthope – to get the book, Our Last Hope, the “owner’s manual” for the modern nullification movement.

CLICK HERE http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2009/03/04/the-states-rights-tradition-nobody-knows/ – To read more about how the Principles of ’98 were used by states throughout American history.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: War Monger Justice]
Post by: Luck on November 13, 2012, 05:09:10 pm
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
10 to 13 Nov 2012
http://www.legitgov.org

Court: Alleged torture victims can't sue Donald Rumsfeld 08 Nov 2012 A federal appeals court in Chicago has ruled that two American contractors allegedly tortured by U.S. forces in Iraq can't sue former Defense Secretary [war criminal] Donald Rumsfeld. The 8-3 decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a ruling by a three-judge panel of the same court. Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel claim in their lawsuit that U.S. forces detained them in 2006 after they alleged illegal activities by their Iraqi-owned employer.
 
Hints of a more virulent, mutating West Nile virus emerge 08 Nov 2012 The West Nile virus epidemic of 2012, the worst in a decade, may be notorious for yet another reason: The virus, in some cases, is attacking the brain more aggressively than in the past, raising the specter that it may have mutated into a nastier form, say two neurologists who have extensive experience dealing with the illness. One doctor, Art Leis in Jackson, Miss., has seen the virus damaging the speech, language and thinking centers of the brain -- something he has never observed before. The other, Elizabeth Angus in Detroit, has noticed brain damage in young, previously healthy patients, not just in older, sicker ones -- another change from past years.
 
Charles Darwin earns 4,000 write-in votes against creationist Ga. congressman 08 Nov 2012 Charles Darwin earned almost 4,000 write-in votes against a Georgia congressman who denounced evolution and other scientific theories as "lies straight from the pit of hell." The symbolic votes in Athens-Clarke County were a small percentage of more than 209,000 votes won by Republican Rep. Paul Broun in his unopposed re-election Tuesday. Broun gave a speech to a church group on Sept. 27 lambasting evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory. Critics urged voters to write in the 19th-century British naturalist who is considered the father of evolution.
 
E-mail threats triggered probe of Petraeus, officials say 10 Nov 2012 The collapse of the dazzling career of CIA Director David H. Petraeus was triggered when a woman with whom he was having an affair sent threatening e-mails to another woman close to him, according to three senior law enforcement officials with knowledge of the episode. The recipient of the e-mails was so frightened that she went to the FBI for protection and help tracking down the sender, according to the officials. The FBI investigation traced the threats to Paula Broadwell, a former military officer and a Petraeus biographer, and uncovered explicit e-mails between Broadwell and Petraeus, the officials said.
 
Displaced Sandy residents: FEMA 'shelter' like prison camp with 'Blackhawk helicopters flying over day and night' --No media allowed inside fenced complex --Officials turned off WiFi; cops unplugged iPhones after learning people were contacting press 10 Nov 2012 (Oceanport, NJ) As he lights up a Marlboro and takes a slow drag before exhaling, Brian Sotelo is a man who has finally reached his breaking point. Anger drips from every word as he peers out at the tops of the white tents rising over the trees in the distance... We stood and talked in the cool morning air a short distance up the road after security at the front gate threatened to have our cars removed outside the entrance to what Sotelo's identification tag calls "Camp Freedom," even though it more closely resembles a prison camp. "The elections are over and here we are. There were Blackhawk helicopters flying over all day and night. They have heavy equipment moving past the tents all night."
 
And, today's obstacle is: Hotmail, MSN blocking CLG Newsletter 11 Nov 2012 Apparently, Microsoft does not like the CLG. Hotmail.com, Live.com, and MSN.com subscribers did not receive recent editions of the CLG Newsletter. CLG's webhoster, MayFirst, has submitted paperwork to remove the block of CLG's IP. If you use Hotmail, Live, or MSN, please feel free to let me know if you receive your CLG Newsletter again.
 
Iran warns of stronger reaction to US drones: Cmdr. 11 Nov 2012 A senior Iranian military commander says the Islamic Republic will respond with stronger action if the US drones repeat their intrusion into Iran's airspace. Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh, commander of the Aerospace Division of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), said on Sunday that the mission of the US drone repelled by the Iranian forces last week was to gather oil and economic intelligence around the Kharg Island in southern Iran. "According to the information we have, the mission of the drone was to gather intelligence and, in another sense, espionage,"
 
New scandal: FBI agent BANNED from investigation into Petraeus's affair after he 'grew obsessed' with a woman at the center of the probe and sent her shirtless photos 12 Nov 2012 A federal agent was pulled off the investigation into David Petraeus's illicit contact with Paula Broadwell when the agent reportedly became obsessed with another woman involved in the probe, The Wall Street Journal reports. The FBI found that the agent had sent shirtless photos of himself to Jill Kelley, the Tampa woman who reportedly received a half dozen emails from Broadwell that warned Kelley to stay away from Petraeus. The emails were sent from anonymous accounts. That same agent was a friend of Kelley's and he had started the FBI investigation into the emails -- which eventually led to Petraeus's downfall -- after Kelley came to him for help upon receiving the anonymous threats.
 
British medical journal slams Roche on Tamiflu 12 Nov 2012 A leading British medical journal is asking the drug maker Roche to release all its data on Tamiflu, claiming there is no evidence the drug can actually stop the flu. The drug has been stockpiled by dozens of governments worldwide in case of a global flu outbreak and was widely used during the 2009 swine flu pandemic. On Monday, one of the researchers linked to the BMJ journal called for European governments to sue Roche. "I suggest we boycott Roche's products until they publish missing Tamiflu data," wrote Peter Gotzsche, leader of the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen. He said governments should take legal action against Roche to get the money back that was "needlessly" spent on stockpiling Tamiflu.
 
Will MSNBC Continue to Shill for the Great Betrayal? By William K. Black 12 Nov 2012 The austerity component of the Grand Bargain was economically illiterate. Within the administration, it was the product of refusing to listen to its economists and listening instead to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Geithner is not an economist. Geithner hated Obama's stimulus program and embraced austerity. He convinced Obama to embrace an austerity deal that would have inflicted a gratuitous second recession on America and doom Obama's chance of re-election. Geithner had a powerful ally in convincing Obama to adopt such a program. Obama had decided to signal his fidelity to Wall Street by appointing William Daley as his Chief of Staff. Daley was from JP Morgan Chase. He came from (and has returned to) The Third Way - a Wall Street front group dedicated to pushing austerity and trying to further enrich Wall Street by privatizing Social Security. "As Special Counsel to President Clinton in 1993, Daley coordinated the successful campaign to pass the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)...."
 
Argentine Judge Freezes Chevron Assets to Pay $19 Billion Ecuador Fine 12 Nov 2012 Adrian Elcuj Miranda, a judge in Buenos Aires, has ordered the seizure of Chevron's assets in Argentina, to force the company to pay a $19 billion penalty for polluting the Amazon in Ecuador. The plaintiffs are seeking similar legal action in Brazil, Canada, Colombia and other countries... In 2011 the Ecuadorean courts ruled against Chevron and ordered the company to pay $18.2 billion in damages, which was increased to $19 billion this past July. Chevron appealed the judgement but the Ecuadorean appellate court ruled against the company on January 3, 2012. Chevron is now trying a multitude of ways to defeat the ruling such as appealing the Ecuadorean fine in U.S. courts.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Calls for Secession]
Post by: Luck on November 19, 2012, 09:42:19 am
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
15 Nov 2012
http://www.legitgov.org
 
Gas prices: FSA examines whistleblower's claims of 'Libor-like' manipulation --Whistleblower claims £300bn wholesale gas market has been manipulated by big power companies 12 Nov 2012 The City watchdog, the Financial Services Authority, is investigating claims by a whistleblower that Britain's £300bn wholesale gas market has been "regularly" manipulated by some of the big power companies, exploiting weaknesses that echo the recent Libor scandal. Separately, the energy regulator Ofgem has been warned by a company responsible for setting so-called benchmark prices, ICIS Heren, that it had seen evidence of suspect trading on 28 September, a key date as it marks the end of the gas financial year and can have an important influence on future prices.
 
'Dream Team' of Behavioral Scientists Advised Obama Campaign 13 Nov 2012 Less well known is that the Obama campaign also had a panel of unpaid academic advisers. The group -- which calls itself the "consortium of behavioral scientists," or COBS -- provided ideas on how to counter false rumors, like one that President Obama is a Muslim. It suggested how to characterize the Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, in advertisements. It also delivered research-based advice on how to mobilize voters. "In the way it used research, this was a campaign like no other," said Todd Rogers, a psychologist at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a former director of the Analyst Institute. When asked about the outside psychologists, the Obama campaign would neither confirm nor deny a relationship with them.
 
Google: Surveillance 'is on the rise' --More than 16,000 Google accounts specified in U.S. government's user data requests - report 13 Nov 2012 Google received more requests from the U.S. government to hand over user data during the first half of this year than from any other country, according to the search company's biannual "Transparency Report" released on Tuesday. From January to June, Google received nearly 8,000 requests for user data from the U.S. government. The search company said it "fully or partially" compiled with roughly 90 percent of them. That's up from the 5,950 requests for user data that Google received from the U.S. government during the same period a year ago.
 
Anti-terrorism expert advises against $3.1 billion BioWatch upgrade --Cost of 'upgrade' is *3.1 billion for initial five years 13 Nov 2012 Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's top expert on anti-terrorism technology has privately advised her to spike a long-planned, multibillion-dollar upgrade of BioWatch, the nation's troubled system for detecting a biological attack. Dr. Tara O'Toole, the department's undersecretary for science and technology, doubts that the so-called Generation 3 version of BioWatch could be relied on to detect anthrax, smallpox, plague or other deadly germs in the event of a [US lab-generated] biological attack, scientists familiar with the matter said.
 
Anti-austerity anger stirs strikes in Europe 14 Nov 2012 Protesters bristling over austerity cuts launch a Europe-wide string of rallies and strikes Wednesday, pouring into streets, refusing to work and grounding more than 700 flights. General strikes in Spain and Portugal will spearhead the day of action called by European unions and joined by activists as anger over governments' tight-fisted policies boils over. For Spain, the eurozone's fourth-largest economy where one in four workers is unemployed in a deep recession, it is the second general strike in eight months in protest against draconian budget cuts.
 
Secession petitions filed for all 50 states 14 Nov 2012 Petitions signed by hundreds of thousands of Americans seeking permission for their states to peacefully secede from the union have now been filed for all 50 states on the White House website. The secession petition push began last week on the site's We The People section after a Slidell, La., man filed a petition on Nov. 7 to allow Louisiana to secede. Residents from other states followed suit. Texas is in the lead with more than 99,000, but Gov. Rick Perry said on Tuesday that he does not support secession. Meanwhile, residents of Austin, Texas's stubbornly liberal stronghold, have petitioned the White House to allow the city to "withdraw from the state of Texas [and] remain part of the United States."

'Fix the Debt': A Trojan Horse for Corporate Tax Cuts 14 Nov 2012 With a ^60 million war chest and the blessing of more than 80 CEOs of America's biggest corporations, "Fix the Debt" is passing itself off as a reasoned call for compromise to save the nation from economic disaster. But as this new infographic and a recent study show, the companies behind Fix the Debt stand to gain *134 billion from one of the tax breaks they are promoting. Not just any tax break, mind you, but a new tax incentive for corporations to send U.S. jobs overseas. A new report from the Institute for Policy Studies (ISP) warns that: [Fix the Debt] is a Trojan horse concealing massive corporate tax breaks that would make our debt situation much worse. [It's] a powerful corporate lobby using the deficit as an excuse to sneak through costly corporate tax breaks, while at the same time cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Israeli protesters gather in Tel Aviv to urge end to Gaza operation 15 Nov 2012 Some 200 protesters rallied in central Tel Aviv on Thursday night, calling for a cease-fire in Gaza. The activists, largely identifying with left-wing political parties Meretz and Hadash, chanted slogan such as "Arabs and Jews refuse to be enemies," "in Gaza and Sderot, little girls want to live," and "Bibi and Barak, war is not a game." Across the street, dozens of right-wing activists, including MK Michael Ben Ari, from the National Union party, engaged in a counter protest, chanting "everyone knows left-wingers are traitors," and "let the IDF in, let the IDF win." In central Jerusalem, police arrested five people participating in a protest against Israeli activity in Gaza.
 
#opIsrael -- Anonymous stands by Palestine in this time of war and grief (Anonymous) 15 Nov 2012 For far too long, Anonymous has stood by with the rest of the world and watched in despair the barbaric, brutal and despicable treatment of the Palestinian people in the so-called "Occupied Territories" by the Israel Defense Force. Like so many around the globe, we have felt helpless in the face of such implacable evil. And today's insane attack and threatened invasion of Gaza was more of the same. But when the government of Israel publicly threatened to sever all Internet and other telecommunications into and out of Gaza they crossed a line in the sand. As the former dictator of Egypt Mubarack [sic] learned the hard way -- we are ANONYMOUS and NO ONE shuts down the Internet on our watch. To the IDF and government of Israel we issue you this warning only once. Do NOT shut down the Internet into the "Occupied Territories", and cease and desist from your terror upon the innocent people of Palestine or you will know the full and unbridled wrath of Anonymous.
 
McCain skips Benghazi briefing, gets testy when questioned by CNN 15 Nov 2012 Most of the Republican members of a Senate committee investigating the terrorist attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, skipped a classified briefing by administration officials on the incident Wednesday, CNN has learned. The missing lawmakers included Sen. [hypocritical sociopath] John McCain of Arizona, who at the time of the top-secret briefing held a press conference in the Capitol to call for the creation of a Watergate-type special Congressional committee to investigate how and why the attack took place. When CNN approached McCain in a Capitol hallway Thursday morning, the senator refused to comment about why he missed the briefing, which was conducted by top diplomatic, military and counter-terrorism officials. Instead, McCain got testy when pressed to say why he wasn't there.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: 1. Israel Militarism; 2. TargetFreedom.com]
Post by: Luck on November 19, 2012, 10:33:08 am
1. Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
16 Nov 2012
http://www.legitgov.org

BP to Admit Crimes and Pay $4.5 Billion in Gulf Settlement 16 Nov 2012 BP, the British oil company, said Thursday it would pay *4.5 billion in fines and other payments to the United States government and plead guilty to 14 criminal charges in connection with the giant oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago. The payments include a *4 billion fine to be paid over five years, with much of it to go to government environmental agencies, BP said in a statement. As part of the settlement, BP pleaded guilty to 11 felony misconduct or neglect charges related to the deaths of 11 people in the Deepwater Horizon accident in 2010, which unleashed millions of barrels of oil into the gulf. A law enforcement official familiar with the case also said that two BP employees would be charged with manslaughter in the case.

[Israel] Ministers to okay call up of 75,000 troops 16 Nov 2012 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened his nine top ministers for a special discussion Friday evening, on the third day of Operation Pillar of Defense [puke] in Gaza. Meanwhile, Cabinet Secretary Zvi Hauser conducted a telephone survey among the government ministers to approve the call up of 75,000 soldiers. According to a state official, "We are going to significantly aggravate the operation." At the same time, Air Force planes attacked a rocket-launching cell in the Gaza Strip. Southern communities were bombarded with rockets throughout the day, and several rockets were also fired at Tel Aviv and the Jerusalem area.

State of emergency declared for hospitals across Israel 16 Nov 2012 Israel declares state of emergency for all hospitals in the occupied territories as Ehud Barak orders call-up of fresh troop reserves, Israeli media say.

Israel Mobilizes Troops as Hostilities Escalate 16 Nov 2012 Israel began mobilizing tens of thousands of troops Thursday and extended its aerial and artillery attacks on the Gaza Strip to a third day early Friday, while Palestinian militants mounted their deepest-ever missile strikes into the heart of Israel. The exchanges, which have killed 19 Palestinians and three Israelis, broadened a conflict that had erupted into the open Wednesday. Israel responded to escalating missile strikes from Gaza militants by launching a blitz of airstrikes that day that killed the top military commander of Hamas, the Islamist militant group and political movement that runs Gaza.
 
Israel launches fresh air strikes on Gaza 16 Nov 2012 Israeli war planes carried out multiple new air strikes as dawn broke Friday after a sleepless night punctuated by rocket fire on the Gaza Strip. The strikes included several direct hits on Gaza City. "There have been 130 strikes overnight until now," Hamas interior ministry spokesman Islam Shahwan said, citing "tens of strikes" across Gaza on Friday morning, as international journalists in Gaza City reported multiple raids. In response, Palestinians fired 11 rockets back at Israel overnight.

8 Palestinian rockets explode in southern Israel 16 Nov 2012 At least 8 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip have exploded in the Israeli cities of Eshkol and Ofakim. A number of rockets also fired from the coastal enclave have hit Bnei Shimon, Ashdod, Sha'ar Hanegev and Hof Ashkelon in the southern Israeli-occupied territories.
 
Anonymous hacker group attacks Israeli websites 16 Nov 2012 Hacking group Anonymous has launched a series of cyber attacks against websites in Israel. Data bombardments briefly knocked some sites offline and led to others being defaced with pro-Palestinian messages. The OpIsrael campaign was launched by the hacking collective in retaliation for attacks on Gaza. The cyber attacks come as the Israeli army updates its web campaign adding "achievements" and "badges" for regular visitors. Anonymous said it had launched the OpIsrael campaign following threats by the Israeli government to cut all Gaza's telecommunication links. This, said the group in a statement posted to the AnonRelations website, "crossed a line in the sand".

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These items below are from John Perna. As he suggests, it seems obvious that the U.S. is increasingly a police state, but what doesn't make sense is why the police state allows anyone to publicly proclaim that it is a police state. It must not be quite totally a police state yet, but is rapidly going that way. Another concern is that much of the most public proclamations of the police state, such as by tv shows with Jesse Ventura et al, may be psy ops by intelligence agencies to make opponents of the police state fear them in order to make us feel defeated enough to keep us from taking effective action.

Best Collection of Freedom Videos UPDATED DAILY
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This is the Most Extensive Collection of Freedom Videos Ever Compiled. If this message has been emailed the recipient may have to copy and paste the links into the address bar, as censorship of these kind of links is rampant. Adding spaces to the URL is the usual method. These URLs are regularly removed from servers. If this occurs go this page, and click on them here. Book mark the main page: http://targetfreedom.com/ DOWN LOAD ANY THAT YOU LIKE.
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ELECTION FRAUD PLAYLIST
- http://targetfreedom.com/ron-paul/election-fraud-playlist/
- http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL41B48841A41B3212&feature=view_all
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Ron Paul's Congressional Farewell Speech 11/14/2012
- http://targetfreedom.com/bills-in-congress/ron-pauls-congressional-farewell-spee\ch-11142012/
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaP_QTV4aWQ&list=UUiqRq2mT_bBPMRhHap684Ig&index=1\&feature=plcp
- http://youtu.be/yaP_QTV4aWQ
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Please visit The Police State playlist on channel johnperna2
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF9D71591C543CE51&feature=view_all
To see all of the videos on channel johnperna2 click here: http://www.youtube.com/user/johnperna2?feature=mhee
You can watch in three different formats:
1. In the "playlist" which gives the smallest screen, but provides a scrolling selection.
2. Individually, which gives a larger screen, but does not provide a scrolling selection.
3. TO WATCH IN FULL SCREEN, CLICK ON ICON IN LOWER RIGHT CORNER
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Has the American Government Ordered Your Death Yet?
- http://targetfreedom.com/american-concentration-camps/has-your-government-ordere\d-your-death-yet/
DHS just bought 14 Billion rounds hollow point ammo. This is illegal to use in war. The only possible use is domestic, against the American people. At the same time the American government will be putting 30,000 Predator drones in the skies above us.
Read the article: "FEDS ARMING FOR WAR WITH WHO?" AT:
- http://targetfreedom.com/american-concentration-camps/feds-arming-for-war-with-w\ho-5/
Federal Ministry of Murder Playlist
- http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2i2YIitddOJEsmg37QIHYYctun2Gzhmt&feature=\view_all
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TYRANNY AT YOUR DOOR NOW - Do You Think That America is Not a Police State Yet?
- http://targetfreedom.com/american-concentration-camps/do-you-think-that-america-\is-not-a-police-state-yet/
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: 1..Israel Militarism; ... 2..TargetFreedom.com]
Post by: Luck on November 21, 2012, 03:55:03 pm
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
19 Nov 2012
http://www.legitgov.org
 
Homeland Security office OKs efforts to monitor threats via social media --DHS first began experimenting with possibility of social media monitoring in 2010 with pilot programs that targeted public reactions to the earthquake in Haiti, the Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill 15 Nov 2012 A little-known privacy office in the Department of Homeland Security has given its stamp of approval to an ongoing initiative aimed at monitoring social media sites for emerging threats. Congress created the department's privacy office in 2003 to review major initiatives and databases and make certain those initiatives respected the rights of Americans, while also enabling homeland security officials to better collect and share information about possible terrorism and criminal suspects. The privacy office has since conducted compliance reviews every six months, with the most recent assessment published last week.
 
TSA Vendor Denies Faking Test of Body-Imaging Software 15 Nov 2012 OSI Systems Inc.'s Rapiscan unit, one of two suppliers of body-scanning machines in U.S. airports, may have falsified tests of software intended to stop the machines from recording graphic images of travelers, a U.S. lawmaker said. The company "may have attempted to defraud the government by knowingly manipulating an operational test," Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Transportation Security Subcommittee, said in a letter to Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole Nov. 13. Rapiscan, in a statement today, said it couldn't have manipulated testing because those processes were controlled by the government.
 
Maker of Airport Body Scanners Suspected of Falsifying Software Tests 15 Nov 2012 A company that supplies controversial passenger-screening machines for U.S. airports is under suspicion for possibly manipulating tests on privacy software designed to prevent the machines from producing graphic body images. The Transportation Security Administration sent a letter Nov. 9 to the parent company of Rapiscan, the maker of backscatter machines, requesting information about the testing of the software to determine if there was malfeasance.

Why Cell Phones Went Dead After Hurricane Sandy 15 Nov 2012 After Hurricane Sandy, survivors needed, in addition to safety and power, the ability to communicate. Yet in parts of New York City, mobile communications services were knocked out for days. The problem? The companies that provide them had successfully resisted Federal Communications Commission calls to make emergency preparations, leaving New Yorkers to rely on the carriers' voluntary efforts. We have so far heard few details about why the companies made the particular business choices they did on backup power and what the consequences of those choices were, because the FCC has been blocked from asking -- even though about a third of people rely on mobile service as their only voice-communications connection.
 
Heads up! FDA Panel Gives Nod to Bird Flu Vaccine 16 Nov 2012 An FDA advisory panel has voted in favor of a vaccine against with the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu that would be stockpiled and used in case of [the next US-engendered] pandemic. By twin votes of 14-0, the panel agreed that the immunogenicity and the safety of the vaccine, made in Quebec by GlaxoSmithKline, were enough to meet licensing standards under accelerated approval regulations. Those rules, set in 2007, allow rapid approval of a vaccine on the basis of markers that are likely to predict clinical benefit. The Q-Pan H5N1 vaccine, developed under contract with the Department of Health and Human Services, consists of a monovalent, inactivated, split A/H5N1 influenza virus antigen and Glaxo's AS03 adjuvant.
 
Gaza hospitals stretched, need supplies to treat wounded: WHO 17 Nov 2012 Gaza hospitals are overwhelmed with casualties from Israel's bombings and face critical shortages of drugs and medical supplies, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. The U.N. health agency appealed for *10 million from donors to meet the need for drugs and supplies over the next three months. Officials in Gaza said 43 Palestinians, nearly half of them civilians including eight children, had been killed since Israel began its air strikes.
 
Hackers launch assault on Israeli government websites 18 Nov 2012 More than 44 million hacking attempts have been made on Israeli government websites since Wednesday when Israel began its Gaza offensive, according to Israeli officials. Finance minister Yuval Steinitz said just one hacking attempt was successful on a site he did not want to name [lol], but added that it was up and running after 10 minutes of downtime. Attempts on defence-related sites were the most numerous, according to his ministry, while 10m attempts were said to have been made on the site of Israel's president, 7m on the foreign ministry and 3m on the site of the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
 
Israel ready to 'significantly expand' Gaza offensive --Britain warns Israel that Gaza invasion would cost the country international support. 19 Nov 2012 The Israeli army is ready to "significantly expand" its operation in Gaza, the country’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday as Hamas launched fresh rocket attacks on Tel Aviv. Speaking at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said "The soldiers are ready for any activity that could take place". Netanyahu issued the warning as Israel's "Iron Dome" system intercepted two rockets aimed at Tel Aviv. Hamas militants admitted responsibility for the latest rocket attack on Israel's commercial capital. Israel's Foreign Ministry told FRANCE24 that a ground offensive into Gaza was likely if the rocket attacks continued.
 
Israel Bombs Government and Media Sites in Wider Attack 19 Nov 2012 Israel pressed its assault on the Gaza Strip early Sunday, deploying warplanes and naval vessels to pummel the coastal enclave as Israeli forces widened the onslaught from mostly military targets to media offices and centers of government infrastructure including the four-story headquarters of the Hamas prime minister. The crash of explosions pierced the Gaza City quiet several times throughout the early morning, with one attack injuring several journalists at a communications building, witnesses said. Palestinian news agencies reported that two children were killed in a predawn strike on Sunday in Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza.
 
Anonymous attacks Israeli government websites 19 Nov 2012 Hacker collective Anonymous appear to have joined forces with Palestinian combatants and has attacked several Israeli government sites in what it terms Operation Israel. A press release posted on the Anonymous-affiliated Anonpaste website deplores what the hacking group says is "the barbaric, brutal and despicable treatment of Palestinian people in the so-called Occupied Territories by the Israeli Defence Force". The hackers threaten Israel that it must not shut down the Internet or it "will know the full and unbridled wrath of Anonymous." [Israel should know the 'full and unbridled wrath of Anonymous' -- whether they shut down the Internet or not.]
 
Turkey Labels Israel a 'Terrorist State' 19 Nov 2012 Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of being a "terrorist state" on Monday and criticized world powers for supporting the weeklong bombardment of Gaza that has killed more some 115 people, signaling that the three-year-old rift between the countries is deepening. Speaking in Istanbul shortly after returning from Cairo... Mr. Erdogan railed against what he called Western powers' failure to take concerted action to stop bloodshed in Syria. But harsher words were aimed at one-time ally Israel. "Those who speak of Muslims and terror side by side are turning a blind eye when Muslims are massacred en masse," he told a gathering of the Eurasian Islamic Council. "Those who turn a blind eye to discrimination toward Muslims in their own countries, are also closing their eyes to the savage massacre of innocent children in Gaza... Therefore, I say Israel is a terrorist state."
 
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: 1.Israel Militarism; 2.Bangor Anchors Quit]
Post by: Luck on November 21, 2012, 03:58:38 pm
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Senate bill, quietly rewritten, allows feds to read e-mail without warrants 20 Nov 2012 A Senate proposal touted as protecting Americans' e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law. CNET has learned that Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns. A vote on his bill, which now authorizes warrantless access to Americans' e-mail, is scheduled for next week. Leahy's rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies -- including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission -- to access Americans' e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would give the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge.
 
U.S. blocks U.N. Security Council action [on] Israel, Gaza conflict 20 Nov 2012 The United States blocked on Tuesday a U.N. Security Council statement condemning the escalating conflict between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, setting the scene for a possible showdown between Washington and Russia on the issue. [How do you excuse this one, Obama apologists?]
 
Faster than NATO, France ends Afghan combat role 20 Nov 2012 France on Tuesday ended its combat operations in Afghanistan, pulling hundreds of troops from a base in a volatile region northeast of Kabul and fulfilling promises to end its combat role on a faster track than other NATO allies. After a handover ceremony with Afghan troops, 500 French combat soldiers in trucks and armored vehicles left the Nijrab base in the Kapisa region -- where anti-government insurgents have been active -- and traveled southwest to Kabul, the capital, said Col. Thierry Burkhard, a French military spokesman.

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[This isn’t exactly govt news, but it’s close to it and it’s next door. - Luck]
Take this job and shove it: Fed-up Bangor TV anchors quit on air
http://bangordailynews.com/2012/11/20/news/bangor/anchors-away-at-wvii-cindy-michaels-tony-consiglio-resign-on-air/?ref=mostReadBoxNews
BANGOR, Maine — Citing a longstanding battle with upper management over journalistic practices at their Bangor TV stations, news co-anchors Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio announced their resignations at the end of Tuesday’s 6 p.m. newscast.
Michaels and Consiglio, who have a combined 12½ years’ service at WVII (Channel 7) and sister station WFVX (Channel 22), shocked staff members and viewers with their joint resignations Tuesday evening.
“I just wanted to know that I was doing the best job I could and was being honest and ethical as a journalist, and I thought there were times when I wasn’t able to do that,” said Consiglio, a northeastern Connecticut native who broke in with WVII as a sports reporter in April 2006.
Not everyone was shocked by the on-air resignations.
“No, that was unfortunate, but not unexpected,” said Mike Palmer, WVII/WFVX vice president and general manager. “We’ll hire experienced people to fill these positions sooner rather than later.”
Neither reporter had told anyone of their decisions before Tuesday’s newscast.
“We figured if we had tendered our resignations off the air, we would not have been allowed to say goodbye to the community on the air and that was really important for us to do that,” said Michaels, the station’s news director, who has spent six of her 15 years in Bangor’s radio and TV market at WVII.
Both Michaels, 46, and Consiglio, 28, said frustration over the way they were allowed or told to do their jobs — something that has been steadily mounting for the last four years — became too much for them.
“There was a constant disrespecting and belittling of staff and we both felt there was a lack of knowledge from ownership and upper management in running a newsroom to the extent that I was not allowed to structure and direct them professionally,” Michaels explained. “I couldn’t do everything I wanted to as a news director. There was a regular undoing of decisions.”

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Homeland Security Wants to More Than Double Its Predator Drone Fleet Inside the US, Despite Safety and Privacy Concerns --DHS has already spent $250 million over the last six years on ten surveillance Predators of its own. 20 Nov 2012 Despite renewed criticism from both parties in Congress that domestic drones pose a privacy danger to US citizens—and a report from its own Inspector General recommending to stop buying them--the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has indicated it wants to more than double its fleet of Predator drones used to fly surveillance missions inside the United States. Yesterday, California Watch reported that DHS signed a contract that could be worth as much as $443 million with General Atomics for the purchase up to fourteen additional Predator drones to fly near the border of Mexico and Canada. Congress would still need to appropriate the funds, but if they did, the DHS drone fleet would increase to twenty-four.
 
Gaza fighting continues amid peace efforts 20 Nov 2012 Israel and the Hamas militant group edged closer to a cease-fire Tuesday to end a weeklong Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, but after a day of furious diplomatic efforts involving the U.S. secretary of state, U.N. chief and Egypt's president, a deal remained elusive and fighting raged on both sides of the border...Israeli tanks and gunboats pummeled targets in Gaza in what appeared to be a last-minute burst of fire, while at least 200 rockets were fired into Israel. As talks dragged on near midnight, Israeli and Hamas officials, communicating through Egyptian mediators, expressed hope that a deal would soon be reached, but cautioned that it was far from certain.
 
Revealed: Military emails show that NO U.S. sailors witnessed Osama bin Laden's secret burial at sea 21 Nov 2012 --Defense Department says it cannot find any images or videos of bin Laden's aboard USS Carl Vinson --Pentagon failed to produce autopsy report, death certificate or results of DNA tests --The CIA, which ran the bin Laden raid, and has special legal authority to keep information from ever being made public. Internal emails among U.S. military officers indicate that no American sailors watched Osama bin Laden's burial at sea from the USS Carl Vinson, and traditional Islamic procedures were followed during the secret ceremony. The emails, obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act, are heavily blacked out, but are the first public disclosure of government information about the al-Qaida leader's death. The emails were released Wednesday by the Defense Department. Although the Obama administration has pledged to be the most transparent in American history, it is keeping a tight hold on materials related to the 'bin Laden' raid. In a response to separate requests from the AP for information about the mission, the Defense Department said in March that it could not locate any photographs or video taken during the raid or showing bin Laden's body. It also said it could not find any images of bin Laden's body on the Vinson. The Pentagon also said it could not find any death certificate, autopsy report or results of DNA identification tests for bin Laden, or any pre-raid materials discussing how the government planned to dispose of bin Laden's body if he were killed. [Osama bid Laden died in December 2001. See: News of Bin Laden's Death and Funeral - December 2001.]
 
UK intelligence sued for using sex to infiltrate activists --Evidence uncovered by the Guardian suggests practice of undercover officers sleeping with their targets 'routine' 21 Nov 2012 Undercover police officers had long-term sexual relationships with political activists and joined them at family gatherings and on holidays to make their targets "emotionally dependent" on them, according to papers submitted to the high court. The allegations were revealed at the start of a legal attempt by the Metropolitan police to have the claims heard in secret. Ten women and one man have launched a legal action claiming they were conned into forming "deeply personal" relationships with the police spies. The case is the first civil action to be brought before a court since the Guardian revealed police officers frequently slept with political campaigners as part of a spy operation over four decades.
 
Flu jabs are a 'waste of taxpayer's money', claim scientists who say the benefits have been over-hyped --University of Minnesota report says benefits - especially for older people - have been over-promoted {greatly exaggerated} 21 Nov 2012 But some experts are now arguing that the jab's effectiveness has been exaggerated. A report published by the Centre for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota, says not only is this misleading the public about the true effectiveness of the jab, it is hindering the development of new vaccines. The Independent says a review by the highly respected Cochrane Collaboration, an international network of experts, concluded that the vaccine had little impact in years, like the winter of 2011-12, when the vaccine and the viruses were mismatched.
 
Pentagon Wants to Keep Running Its Afghan Drug War From Blackwater's HQ 21 Nov 2012 Inside a compound in Kabul called Camp Integrity [sic], the Pentagon stations a small group of officers to oversee the U.S. military's various operations to 'curb' the spread of Afghanistan's cash crops of heroin and marijuana, which help line the Taliban's CIA's pockets. Only Camp Integrity isn't a U.S. military base at all. It's the 10-acre Afghanistan headquarters of the private security company formerly known as Blackwater. Those officers work for an obscure Pentagon agency called the Counter Narco-Terrorism Program Office, or CNTPO. Quietly, it's grown into one of the biggest dispensers of cash for private security contractors in the entire U.S. government: One pile of contracts last year from CNTPO was worth more than $3 billion. And it sees a future for itself in Afghanistan over the long haul... When all the options are exercised, the contract extends through September 29, 2015, over a year past the date when Afghan soldiers and cops are supposed to take over the war. And the "government preferred location" to base CNTPO? Camp Integrity.
 
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Netanyahu: Israel ready for fresh attacks 22 Nov 2012 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that the Tel Aviv regime is ready for fresh attacks on the Gaza Strip in case of, what he called, an Egypt-brokered ceasefire's failure to hold. "I know there are citizens that expect a harsher stand in Gaza - and we are prepared to make one. We choose when to act, against who to act and how to act," he was quoted as saying on Thursday. Netanyahu said Tel Aviv was "giving the ceasefire a chance."
 
US building drone subs to track, chase away enemy vessels: Report 22 Nov 2012 The American military has begun work on developing unmanned submarine drones capable of navigating oceans to track underwater vessels of rival nations. The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), tasked with developing new military technologies, began the project since "the growing number of adversaries able to build and operate quiet diesel electric submarines is a national security threat that affects US and friendly naval operations around the world," the report adds, citing a statement posted on DARPA's website. The United States Department of Defense is in the initial stages of developing "unmanned drone submarines" that will navigate oceans across the globe, "tracking and following enemy subs for months at a time," RIA Novosti reported Wednesday.
 
Protesting Greek municipal workers occupy town halls 22 Nov 2012 Greek municipal workers occupied hundreds of town halls across the country for a fifth day on Thursday to protest against public sector layoffs demanded by European Union and International Monetary Fund lenders. Greece has promised the lenders it will revamp its bloated public sector by putting as many as 27,000 workers into a layoff scheme. City and local workers are expected to be among the first to be laid off under the plan. Their protests have intensified since the Greek government passed a package of austerity measures earlier this month, with workers this week staging daily sit-ins at more than two thirds of the country's 330 city halls and several ministries.

High-tech surveillance gear raises questions in NJ 23 Nov 2012 A federal anti-terrorism program has drawn North Jersey deeper into the practice of hidden surveillance, equipping police departments with high-tech cameras, infrared technology and automatic license plate readers to keep tabs on people as they travel to local reservoirs, financial hubs and malls. The stepped-up security around potential terrorist targets links the region into a network of clandestine monitoring. Some of the departments are already putting to use the equipment provided by Homeland Security; others are gearing up.
 
Judge stops school from expelling girl who refused to wear tracking device 24 Nov 2012 A Texas high school student will be allowed to continue going to class for now despite her refusal to cooperate with a[n insane] program that forces pupils to be mandatorily tracked with computer chips. Andrea Hernandez was told she'd be expelled from John Jay High School's Science and Engineering Academy in San Antonio starting next week if she insists any further on disobeying a new policy that requires students to wear ID badges equipped with tiny Radio Frequency Identification ('RFID') chips. Now attorneys with the Rutherford Institute say Hernandez has been granted a temporary restraining order that will prohibit the Northside Independent School District from relocating the student to another facility.
 
Obama 'drone warfare rulebook' condemned by human rights groups 25 Nov 2012 President Barack Obama's administration is in the process of drawing up a formal rulebook that will set out the circumstances in which targeted assassination by unmanned drones is justified, according to reports. The New York Times, citing two unnamed sources, said explicit guidelines were being drawn up amid disagreement between the CIA and the departments of defense, justice and state over when lethal action is acceptable. Human-rights groups and peace groups opposed to the CIA-operated targeted-killing programme, which remains officially classified, said the administration had already rejected international law in pursuing its drone operations. "To say they are rewriting the rulebook implies that there is already a rulebook" said Jameel Jaffer, the director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Center for Democracy. "But what they are already doing is rejecting a rulebook – of international law – that has been in place since [the second world war]."
 
Anonymous takes down NISD website over student tracking 25 Nov 2012 The hacker group Anonymous has claimed responsibility for taking down the Northside ISD's [Independent School District, San Antonio, TX] website in protest of the district's controversial tracking ID badges for students. The group said in an e-mail to KENS 5 that they took down the district's website (www.NISD.net) on Saturday. They also included in the e-mail a link to a recent Kens5.com article on the district's new Smart IDs: "We saw your article... Anonymous (@tr1xxyAnon) are not going to allow this!" The website was still down as of Sunday morning.
 
Anonymous to NISD: 'I hope you noticed that I took down your website for a reason' 25 Nov 2012 On Sunday, tr1xxyAnon tweeted, 'This is the official statement of #Anonymous and me.' The announcement was posted on Pastebin. 'Dear NISD, I sincerely hope you have noticed that I have took [sic] down your website for a reason, and that reason is stripping away the privacy of students in your school. What was going through your mind when you had this idea? Now it is your school and your rules, but you seen what I did to your website, and have a simple deal for you, weather you accept it or not, is up to you. ...I am giving you 1-3 days to hold this meeting with the parents... IF you do not hold this meeting and nothing happens, I will simply shut down your website, like I did last time.'
 
Fire Kills 112 Workers Making Clothes for US Brands 25 Nov 2012  The 100-plus workers who died in a fire late Saturday at a high-rise garment factory in Bangladesh were working overtime making clothes for major American retailers, including Wal-Mart, according to workers' rights groups. Officials in Bangladesh said the flames at the Tazreen Fashions factory outside Dhaka spread rapidly on the ground floor, trapping those on the higher floors of the nine-story building. There were no exterior fire escapes, according to officials, and many died after jumping from upper floors to escape the flames. As firemen continued to remove bodies Sunday, officials said at least 112 people had died but that the number of fatalities could go higher. [Solution: Boycott sacks of sh*t of the universe, Wal-Mart.]
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Post by: TJames on December 02, 2012, 02:24:24 pm
Brother! Now they want to make laws about what Obama can eat. He has the right to eat pie.
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Post by: Luck on December 08, 2012, 06:23:16 pm
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Flu Fascism: TriHealth fires 150 employees for not getting flu shots 22 Nov 2012 One of Cincinnati's largest employers fired approximately 150 employees Wednesday for failing to get a required flu shot. TriHealth offered all of its 10,800 employees free flu shots. Employees had a month to get the flu shot. The deadline was Nov. 16. Employees who did not get the shot were terminated Wednesday, a company spokesperson said. [NO ONE wants mercury-laden, squalene-filled vaccines! US pharma-terrorists are creating pandemics-for-profit. We'll take your shot after you take ours.]

Texas Schools Teaching Boston Tea Party as Terrorist Act 23 Nov 2012 The most historical instance of protesting against taxation without representation is now being taught in Texas schools as a terrorist act. As recently as January of this year, the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative [of morons] included a lesson plan that depicted the Boston Tea Party, an event that helped ignite the American Revolution, as an act of terrorism. TheBlaze reports that in a lesson promoted on the TESCCC site as recently as January, a world history/social studies class plan depicted the Boston Tea Party as being anything but patriotic, causing many people to become upset with the lack of transparency and review for lessons. "A local militia, believed to be a terrorist organization, attacked the property of private citizens today at our nation's busiest port," wrote the 'teachers' in charge of organizing the curriculum about the Boston Tea Party.

US to leave 10,000 troops in Afghanistan past 2014 26 Nov 2012 Some 10,000 US troops will remain in Afghanistan after NATO combat operations end at the end of 2014, US media reports said Sunday. The administration of President Barack Obama aims to keep around 10,000 US troops in Afghanistan after formal combat operations in that country end in 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported late Sunday... However, the paper said, some defense analysts outside of the US government believe that the training and counterterrorism mission would require a much larger US presence -- perhaps as many as 30,000 troops.
 
Man Charged After Jokingly Claiming He Had Dynamite in His Luggage --Hurtado taken into custody and charged with falsely reporting a bomb at an airport 26 Nov 2012 A Guatemalan man has been charged after authorities say he jokingly claimed to have dynamite in his luggage at Miami International Airport. Miami-Dade police say Concourse J was partially evacuated Monday afternoon. According to an arrest report, when a ticket agent at TACA Airlines asked Alejandro Hurtado if he had any hazardous materials, Hurtado told the agent he had dynamite. The agent told Hurtado he was calling police, and Hurtado said he was only joking. Bomb squad officers responded and searched the bag but found no explosives.
 
Supreme Court rejects plea to ban taping of police in Illinois 26 Nov 2012 The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal of a controversial Illinois law prohibiting people from recording police officers on the job. By passing on the issue, the justices left in place a federal appeals court ruling that found that the state's anti-eavesdropping law violates free-speech rights when used against people who audiotape police officers.
 
Florida regulators approve $294 million for future nuclear power plants 27 Nov 2012 Florida's two largest electric utilities won state approval Monday to charge customers *294 million in costs for future nuclear facilities in 2013, despite objections from consumer advocates. FPL, a unit of NextEra Energy Inc., sought *151 million, which will be *1.69 per month for a typical residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours. Progress, a unit of Duke Energy Corp., will get *143 million. Utilities normally cannot pass on such expenses until new or renovated plants go into operation, but state law makes an exception for nuclear facilities. The [corporate welfare] law is designed to encourage nuclear power despite high construction costs compared to other generating options. Since the law went into effect, more than *1 billion in expenses for future nuclear facilities already have been passed on.

Syrian newspaper names 142 dead foreign fighters 28 Nov 2012 A Syrian newspaper yesterday published the names of 142 foreign fighters from 18 countries the government said were killed alongside rebels in Syria's conflict. The list, which Al Watan reported was sent to the United Nations Security Council by the Syrian government last month, included Arab, North African, Central and South Asian terrorists, giving the date and place of their death. Among the people named were 47 Saudis, 24 Libyans, 10 Tunisians, nine Egyptians, six Qataris and five Lebanese. It also listed 11 Afghans, five Turks, three Chechens, one Chadian and one Azerbaijani.
 
Two Years of Cablegate as Bradley Manning Testifies for the First Time by Julian Assange 29 Nov 2012 For years, WikiLeaks faced a chorus of accusations by U.S. officials and right-wing pundits of making the world a less-safe place, and of having potentially caused harm through publication of embarrassing secrets. In reality, the cables show that torture and killing are not isolated events, but the violent manifestations of an aggressive policy of coercion used by the United States in the pursuit of its strategic commercial and political goals around the world. While U.S. law bans the training of military units with a history of human rights violations, in practice the law is easily and often circumvented... A diplomatic cable from November 2009 mentions as a side note that right-wing paramilitaries in Colombia were responsible for the death of 257,089 victims, a figure well above the estimations of local human rights activists. The U.S. has nonetheless offered generous support to the Colombian military; Amnesty International, which has called for a complete cut-off of U.S. military aid to Colombia, has estimated that total U.S. aid in 2006 amounted to *728 million, of which 80 percent was given to military and police assistance. As of 2012, U.S. military support to Colombia is ongoing.
 
Police Can Access Your Email Without a Warrant If It's 180 Days Old 30 Nov 2012 When retired four-star general and former CIA Director David Petraeus resigned from his post this month after admitting to an extramarital affair, one of the more startling revelations was that the dalliance was discovered when the FBI sifted through his private Gmail account. The spy chief had been out-spied. More alarming is that the average American could easily be subjected to the same snooping that Petraeus endured. According to current law, police can access email through a provider, like Yahoo or Gmail, without a warrant if the message is more than 180 days old.
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DIA sending hundreds more spies overseas 01 Dec 2012 The Pentagon will send hundreds of additional spies overseas as part of an ambitious plan to assemble an espionage network that rivals the CIA in size, U.S. officials said. The project is aimed at transforming the Defense Intelligence Agency, which has been dominated for the past decade by the demands of two wars, into a spy service focused on emerging threats and more closely aligned with the CIA and elite military commando units. When the expansion is complete, the DIA is expected to have as many as 1,600 "collectors" in positions around the world, an unprecedented total for an agency whose presence abroad numbered in the triple digits in recent years.

Activists Demand Judge Step Down in Jeremy Hammond Case 01 Dec 2012 Supporters of Jeremy Hammond, the Chicago hacktivist denied bail by a federal judge in New York for his role in the hack of Stratfor, a private intelligence firm, are demanding the judge in the case recuse herself. Judge Loretta Preska denied bail to Hammond in court last week, saying that the alleged anonymous affiliated hacker posed a "substantial danger to the community." Information revealed since her ruling shows that Preska's husband, Thomas Kaveler is employed by Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, a client of Stratfor, and Kaveler himself was a victim of the hack. According to a press release from the collective Anonymous, Kaveler's email address and other data was published by Wikileaks after the Stratfor hack. Preska never disclosed this information and supporters of Hammond say that conflicts with her ability to give him a fair trial.

US boosts number of spy drone flights over Iran [Oh dear. Looks like one just came to a bad ending.] 03 Dec 2012 Heightened concerns over Iran's potential development of a nuclear weapon have prompted the United States to increase its surveillance efforts overseas in the past two months, a new report claims. The Wall Street Journal alleges this week that the US has ramped-up its number of spy drone missions over the Bushehr nuclear reactor ever since fuel rods were unexpectedly discharged from the facility in October, just two months after the facility became fully operational. The US has long voiced concern over the possible procurement of a nuclear warhead by Iranians, but surveillance has increased significantly in the weeks following the recent discovery of spent fuel rods, US officials confirm on condition of anonymity.
 
Kissinger and the secret spy network of former Gestapo and S.S. men 'who plotted to overthrow West German government' 03 Dec 2012 A German academic has unearthed evidence showing former U.S. Secretary of State [terrorist] Henry Kissinger once discussed a coup with disgruntled Nazis to overthrow the West German government in the 1970s. Kissinger and Richard Nixon were aggrieved at the left-leaning government of the day's burgeoning friendship with the hardline East German government. Kissinger became the contact man for a secret spy network made up of old Nazis and elite aristocrats aimed at torpedoing the plans formulated by Chancellor Willy Brandt. The treasurer of the group was Alfred Seidl, a former Nazi who acted as the chief defence lawyer for Hitler deputy Rudolf Hess.

Cops want logs of Americans' text messages 03 Dec 2012  AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and other wireless providers would be required to record and store information about Americans' private text messages for at least two years, according to a proposal that police have submitted to the U.S. Congress. CNET has learned a constellation of law enforcement groups has asked the U.S. Senate to require that wireless companies retain that information, warning that the lack of a current federal requirement "can hinder law enforcement investigations." They want an SMS retention requirement to be "considered" during congressional discussions over updating a 1986 privacy law for the cloud computing era -- a move that could complicate debate over the measure and erode support for it among civil libertarians.
 
Corporate profits hit record as wages get squeezed 03 Dec 2012 Just four years after the worst shock to the economy since the Great Depression, U.S. corporate profits are stronger than ever. In the third quarter, corporate earnings were *1.75 trillion, up 18.6% from a year ago, according to last week's gross domestic product report. That took after-tax profits to their greatest percentage of GDP in history. But the record profits come at the same time that workers' w*ges have fallen to their lowest-ever share of GDP.
 
Iran Captures US Drone In Its Airspace 04 Dec 2012 Iran has "captured" a US drone gathering intelligence over Gulf waters after it entered its airspace, state media has reported. The report quoted the Revolutionary Guard's navy chief General Ali Fadavi on the "intruding" [aka illegally spying] ScanEagle drone, but offered no precise details on the location or how it had been seized by the Guards' naval unit.
 
NDAA Nullification Bill Passes Michigan House, 107-0 05 Dec 2012 The Michigan House of Representatives unanimously voted in favor of House bill 5768 (HB5768) today. Due to support from a wide coalition of grassroots activists across the political spectrum, the bill passed unanimously. The final vote was 107-0. HB5768 asserts that no State employee or agency will assist the Federal government – in any way – in the detainment of people under the 2012 NDAA.
 
British 'Anonymous' hacker faces jail for £3.5m cyber-attack on PayPal because it wouldn't process WikiLeaks donations --Victims' websites would get message: 'You've tried to bite the Anonymous hand. You angered the hive and now you are being stung.' [LOL!] 06 Dec 2012 A leading British member of the 'Anonymous' hacking gang was today convicted for a series of devastating cyber-attacks on some of the world's biggest companies. On one occasion, hacktivist Christopher Weatherhead helped target PayPal because it would not process donations for the fundraising arm of Julian Assange's WikiLeaks, costing it pounds 3.5million. The self-confessed 'idealist' boasted online he would 'rape' and 'kill' the companies Anonymous attacked. Today the 22-year-old remained impassive as the unanimous guilty verdict was returned for his part in distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attacks, which made the victim's [sic] website suddenly crash.
 
Rights group: Israeli strike on Gaza home unlawful --Human Rights Watch says bombing of Daloo family home during Gaza operation violated laws of war because of large number of civilians killed 07 Dec 2012 A leading human rights group accused Israel of violating the laws of war when it killed 12 civilians in an airstrike during its recent conflict with Palestinian 'terrorists' in Gaza. Israel attacked the home of the Daloo family in Gaza City, killing 10 family members and two other civilians. Israel's army says the home was a hideout for a senior 'Hamas terrorist' involved in rocket attacks.
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Some Hospital Employees Dismissed, Suspended After Refusing Mandatory Flu Shots 05 Dec 2012 Despite resistance from some employees, more state hospitals this year are making [deadly] flu shots mandatory for all workers, and some have even suspended or dismissed a handful who have not complied. This year, 19 of the 29 acute care hospitals in the state require that all employees get flu vaccinations.State health officials did not name the hospitals. Earlier this year, the Connecticut Hospital Association adopted a statewide policy endorsing mandatory flu vaccination for hospital staff.
 
War crime #1: NATO forces 'attack Afghan health clinic' in violation of Geneva conventions 06 Dec 2012 NATO forces stormed into a clinic in central Afghanistan, damaging doors, windows and medical equipment, before using it as a jail and military command centre, in violation of the Geneva conventions, according to the aid group that runs the facility. Nato and Afghan troops were dropped off by helicopters late one October evening and headed straight to the clinic, according to the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, which has published details of the assault on their small centre in Wardak province, a few dozen miles south-west of Kabul.
 
War crime #2: U.S. military is detaining more than 200 children and teens as 'enemy combatants' 07 Dec 2012 The U.S. military has detained more than 200 Afghan teenagers who were captured in the war for about a year at a time at a military prison next to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, the United States has told the United Nations. The U.S. State Department characterized the detainees held since 2008 as "enemy combatants" in a report sent every four years to the United Nations in Geneva updating U.S. compliance with the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. Most of the juvenile Afghan detainees were about 16 years old... the U.S. report said. "I've represented children as young as 11 or 12 who have been at Bagram," said Tina M. Foster, executive director of the International Justice Network, which represents adult and juvenile Bagram detainees.
 
War crime #3 KBR shouldn't be able to sue government, Oregon members of Congress tell Pentagon --KBR trying to force US taxpayers to pick up $100 million bill to pay for KBR's poisoning of US troops 08 Dec 2012 Six Oregon members of Congress released a letter to the Pentagon Saturday urging it resist efforts by defense contractor [terrorists] KBR to have American taxpayers pick up the estimated *100 million bill after a federal court judgement last month in favor of 12 soldiers from the Oregon National Guard. The federal jury in Portland ordered KBR to pay *85 million to the 12 Oregon soldiers who were exposed to the carcinogen hexavalent chromium while in Iraq in 2003. Under a once-classified indemnification clause in the contract, KBR subsequently sued the Army Corps of Engineers to cover about *100 million in damages and legal costs. [See also: U.S. Commandos' New Landlord in Afghanistan: Blackwater --Academi's *22 million no-bid contract runs through May 2015 05 Dec 2012.]
 
Columbus Police spray Mace on 'unruly' crowd for subsidized housing --Several individuals, sprayed with Mace by police, were treated at scene by emergency crews 08 Dec 2012 (OH) Columbus Police sprayed Mace on several people in a crowd that had gathered to sign up for a list to get subsidized housing at a northwest Columbus apartment complex. Police said the crowd started to gather Friday night for the Saturday morning event at The Heritage apartment complex on Gatewood Road near Sunbury Road in northeast Columbus. Authorities said that its highest number, the crowd reached 2,000 people.
 
War crime #4: 3,000 US troops secretly return to Iraq via Kuwait 09 Dec 2012 Over 3,000 US troops have secretly returned to Iraq via Kuwait for missions pertaining to the recent developments in Syria and northern Iraq, Press TV reports. According to our correspondent, the US troops have secretly [not so much] entered Iraq in multiple stages and are mostly stationed at Balad military garrison in Salahuddin province and al-Asad air base in al-Anbar province. Reports say the troops include US Army officers and almost 17,000 more are set to secretly return to Iraq via the same route. All US troops left Iraq by the end of 2011, after nine years of occupation, as required by a 2008 bilateral security agreement between the two countries.
 
'US to send sophisticated arms to militants in Syria' 09 Dec 2012 The United States is reportedly planning to send sophisticated weapons to foreign-sponsored militants fighting the Syrian government. Washington has already admitted to providing logistical and communication assistance to militants in Syria, but now there reports of a covert US plan to practically arm them. The recent reports said a wide range of modern weapons would be sent to Syria through Washington’s regional allies, such as Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.
 
NSA buddy Google wants me to change 'CLG News' name as 'too long' for people to remember by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 09 Dec 2012 On Sunday morning, I went to access a video on YouTube, regarding a DHS anti-terror exercise, rehearsing to mow down civilians during a 'zombie apocalypse.' (Yes, that is actually where US tax dollars go.) Prior to hitting 'play,' a screen popped up. Google would not let me access the video unless I changed my Google name - because they asserted that 'CLG News' was too 'long' for people to remember! They want me to use my actual name instead of 'CLG News,' because, they said, 'Lori Price CLG' is shorter than 'CLG News.' Apparently, Google is mathematically-challenged. When I declined the Google 'offer,' I was forced to give a 'reason' for not wishing to change my name. Ok, here it is. NSAciopaths: I'm going to keep 'CLG News.' Go f*ck your surveillance selves, and the microchipped horse you rode in on.
 
Israel suspected over Iran nuclear programme inquiry leaks 10 Dec 2012 Israel is suspected of carrying out a series of leaks implicating Iran in nuclear weapons experiments in an attempt to raise international pressure on Tehran and halt its programme. Western diplomats believe the leaks may have backfired, compromising a UN-sanctioned investigation into Iran's past nuclear activities and current aspirations. The latest leak, published by the Associated Press (AP), purported to be an Iranian diagram showing the physics of a nuclear blast, but scientists quickly pointed out an elementary mistake that cast doubt on its significance and authenticity. An article in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists declared: "This diagram does nothing more than indicate either slipshod analysis or an amateurish hoax."

Public Buses Across Country Quietly Adding Microphones to Record Passenger Conversations 10 Dec 2012 Transit authorities in cities across the country are quietly installing microphone-enabled surveillance systems on public buses that would give them the ability to record and store private conversations, according to documents obtained by a news outlet. The systems are being installed in San Francisco, Baltimore, and other cities with funding from the Department of Homeland Security in some cases, according to The Daily, which obtained copies of contracts, procurement requests, specs and other documents. The use of the equipment raises serious questions about eavesdropping without a warrant, particularly since recordings of passengers could be obtained and used by law enforcement agencies. It also raises questions about security, since the IP audio-video systems can be accessed remotely via a built-in web server, and can be combined with GPS data to track the movement of buses and passengers throughout the city.
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Post by: Luck on December 13, 2012, 06:34:20 pm
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US, Britain to assist militants in Syria: Report 11 Dec 2012 The United States and Britain have decided to provide military assistance to the militants fighting the Syrian government, a report says. A Monday report by the Independent said the head of the British Armed Forces, General Sir David Richards, held a secret meeting in London a few weeks ago with military officials from France, Turkey, Qatar, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates as well as an American general. Officials from several other British government departments also hosted similar meetings and discussions with their counterparts in 'allied states' to review strategies and ways to 'help' the foreign-sponsored militants in crisis-stricken Syria.
 
Al-CIAduh's HSBC paymaster busted--but no jail time, of course: HSBC pays record *1.9bn fine to settle US money-laundering accusations 11 Dec 2012 HSBC was guilty of a "blatant failure" to implement anti-money laundering controls and willfully flouted US sanctions, American prosecutors said, as the bank was forced to pay a record *1.9bn (pounds1.2bn) to settle allegations it allowed terrorists to move money around the financial system. At least *881m in drug trafficking money was laundered throughout the bank's accounts. The US Senate said the bank had operated a "pervasively polluted" culture that lasted for years, allowing HSBC to move billions around the financial system for Mexican drug lords, terrorists and governments on sanctions lists. HSBC's Mexican operations moved *7bn into the US operations, for instance, which the Senate was told was tied to drug money.
 
Iraq abuse inquiry was a 'cover-up', whistleblower tells court 11 Dec 2012 A former investigator into allegations that British troops abused Iraqi prisoners resigned because she did not want to be implicated in "a cover-up", the high court has heard. Louise Thomas, 45, left the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) in July because she thought it was not a genuine investigation but a "face-saving inquiry", she told the court on Tuesday. Her evidence came at a preliminary hearing in advance of a judicial review, expected next month, into the government's refusal to hold a public inquiry into allegations of mistreatment of Iraqis between 2003 and 2008.

U.S. to sell Israel munitions to renew stock after Operation Pillar of Defense 11 Dec 2012 The United States will sell Israel munitions worth *647 million, in order to renew the inventory of the Israel Defense Forces following the massive bombings in Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense. The deal will include the supply of 6,900 precision bomb kits to the Israel Air Force. The U.S. Department of Defense notified Congress of the sale on Monday. The deal states that the U.S. will supply Israel with some 6,900 Joint Attack Munitions tail kits, which convert regular bombs into "smart" munitions, which are guided by satellite and allow precise hits on targets.

Israel raids Palestinian NGO offices amid heightened tension 11 Dec 2012 Israeli soldiers raided the offices of three civil society organizations on Tuesday in the heart of Ramallah, the de facto Palestinian capital in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Entering before dawn [as all fascists do], troops wrenched open the doors of the Women's Union, the Palestinian NGO Network and Addameer, an advocate for Palestinians in Israeli jails, confiscating five computers from the latter group.

WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning's lawyer says client was treated like a 'zoo animal' 11 Dec 2012 Army Pfc. Bradley Manning's defense attorney argued Tuesday that the soldier's former jailers at the Marine Corps brig at Quantico mistreated him to protect themselves from recriminations over their high-profile prisoner. David E. Coombs said Quantico officials ignored the opinions of multiple health professionals that Manning was not a risk to himself or others and kept him isolated in a tiny cell 23 hours a day... Manning was kept on either suicide watch or injury-prevention status for months.

Panetta says Obama weighing US presence in Afghanistan after 2014 12 Dec 2012 U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday that President Obama will decide in the next few weeks how many U.S. troops will stay in Afghanistan after the combat mission ends in December 2014. Panetta did not reveal what options Obama is considering, but officials have said he may settle on a figure between 6,000 and 10,000. There currently are about 66,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The post-2014 mission is expected to focus on counterterrorism and advising Afghan security forces protecting the CIA's opium routes and overfunding Blackwater/Academi terrorists. [See: U.S. Commandos' New Landlord in Afghanistan: Blackwater --Academi's *22 million no-bid contract runs through May 2015 05 Dec 2012.]
 
First rule of CIA torture: You don't talk about CIA torture. U.S. judge orders terror suspects' experiences in clandestine CIA prisons kept secret 12 Dec 2012 The U.S. military judge overseeing the Guantanamo prosecution of five alleged conspirators in the September 11 attacks has issued an order maintaining secrecy over the defendants' experiences in clandestine CIA prisons. The protective order safeguarding classified information in the case was signed on December 6 by the judge, Army Colonel James Pohl, and unsealed on Wednesday. It is not limited to documents formally labeled "Top Secret" by the CIA or produced by the government, but also prohibits disclosure of the defendants own "observations and experiences" in the secret CIA detention, rendition and interrogation program.
 
Holy coincidence, Batman! Clackamas Town Center shooting: Police, mall workers trained earlier this year for shooting scenario --In late spring, several teams of sheriff's deputies worked with the Clackamas Town Center's unarmed security staff to put on a one-day training seminar during which they staged several 'active shooter' scenarios. --Following their agreed-upon plans, mall security officers placed the 1.4 million square-foot facility on lock-down, blocking the entrances. 12 Dec 2012 Six months before a lone gunman burst into Clackamas Town Center Tuesday, firing dozens of rounds into the crowds of shoppers, police and mall employees trained together for just such an emergency. Because of their similar training and shared goal of advancing toward and neutralizing the threat, officers from different agencies arrived "on the same page," though they came from the FBI, federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives, Oregon State Police and police departments in Portland, Milwaukie, Gladstone, Oregon City, Canby, West Linn, Lake Oswego, Molalla, Sandy and Woodburn.

Breaking: Susan Rice withdraws name from consideration for Secretary of State 13 Dec 2012

CIA 'tortured and sodomised' terror suspect, European court rules --Landmark European court of human rights brands CIA treatment of wrongly detained Khaled el-Masri as torture 13 Dec 2012 CIA agents tortured a German citizen, sodomising, shackling, and beating him, as Macedonian state police looked on, the European court of human rights said in a historic judgment released on Thursday. In a unanimous ruling, it also found Macedonia guilty of torturing, abusing, and secretly imprisoning Khaled el-Masri, a German of Lebanese origin allegedly linked to terrorist organisations. Masri was seized in Macedonia in December 2003 and handed over to a CIA "rendition team" at Skopje airport and secretly flown to Afghanistan. It is the first time the court has described CIA treatment meted out to terror suspects as torture.

UK PM criticized for secret trial plan 13 Dec 2012 Campaigners for civil liberties have criticized British Prime Minister David Cameron for defending the Tory-led government's controversial plans for secret trials. Legal action charity Reprieve condemned the scheme to extend the use of secret hearings in courts, saying it was aimed at covering up Britain's role in torture. Cameron claimed in the Commons on Tuesday that it "will always be a judge that decides" whether to make a trial secret. Lawyers and campaigners warn that such controversial proposals would put the British government above the law.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Need for Gun Control]
Post by: Luck on December 17, 2012, 01:02:22 pm
NOTE: CLG is a Liberal source, so their views on gun control are Liberal

Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
14 to 16 Dec 2012
http://www.legitgov.org
 
Pakistan, Afghanistan moving ahead on peace plan that cuts U.S. peace role 12 Dec 2012 Afghanistan and Pakistan are moving ahead quickly with a new Afghan government plan that envisions peace with the Taliban by 2015, holding a summit in Turkey and working with the United States and Britain on streamlining the U.N. terrorist blacklisting system so that Afghan insurgents can be given safe passage for direct negotiations with Kabul. Negotiations on the blacklisting procedures, which have been taking place in New York ahead of a vote to renew the U.N. system before it expires next week, could effectively give legal space and international legitimacy to the Taliban’s political wing.
 
Drone Strikes Draw Congress's Ire Over Lack of White House Transparency 13 Dec 2012 A rare congressional hearing into the use of unmanned drones for targeted killings drew bipartisan agreement over the White House's lack of transparency, even as lawmakers rejected a measure that would require the administration to share more data about drone strikes with Congress. The House Judiciary Committee hearing was held on Thursday to discuss a resolution put forward by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) that would order the White House to turn over to Congress all documents related to the government's targeted killing program. Lawmakers have joined the press and civil liberties groups in expressing frustration with how difficult it has been to pry information out of the White House about the process or legal basis for approving drone strikes.
 
Suicide numbers likely to top 2011, Army says 13 Dec 2012 As many as 12 active-duty soldiers committed suicide in November, pushing the Army above last year's record number of suicides with one month left to go in the year, officials said today. With the deaths in November, of which one has been confirmed as suicide, the Army has now had 177 suspected suicides among active-duty soldiers this year. Last year's total of confirmed suicides was 165. Of the deaths this year, 113 have been confirmed and 64 deaths are still under investigation. Typically, about 90 percent of suspected suicides are confirmed.

Attorney General Secretly Granted Government Ability to Develop and Store Dossiers on U.S. Citizens 14 Dec 2012 In a secret government agreement granted without approval or debate from lawmakers, the U.S. attorney general recently gave the National Counterterrorism Center sweeping new powers to store dossiers on U.S. citizens, even if they are not suspected of a crime, according to a news report. Earlier this year, Attorney General Eric Holder granted the center the ability to copy entire government databases holding information on flight records, c*sino-employee lists, the names of Americans hosting foreign-exchange students and other data, and to store it for up to five years, even without suspicion that someone in the database has committed a crime, according to the Wall Street Journal, which broke the story. Whereas previously the law prohibited the center from storing data compilations on U.S. citizens unless they were suspected of terrorist activity or were relevant to an ongoing terrorism investigation, the new powers give the center the ability to not only collect and store vast databases of information but also to trawl through and analyze it for suspicious patterns of behavior in order to uncover activity that could launch an investigation.

Heads up! Anthrax Drug Gets Go-Ahead from FDA 14 Dec 2012 The FDA has approved the monoclonal antibody raxibacumab to treat inhalational anthrax, the agency announced Friday. The agent is the first monoclonal approved under the FDA's "animal rule," which allows efficacy investigations via well-controlled animal studies in certain cases. In this case, it was because inhalational anthrax is rare and lethal. The FDA denied approval for raxibacumab 3 years ago, uncertain of the drug's added benefit over levofloxacin alone, so the manufacturer, Rockville, Md.-based Human Genome Sciences, conducted additional studies. The agency on Friday also approved raxibacumab to prevent inhalational anthrax when alternatives aren't available.
 
Syrian 'rebels' say Americans, Britons helped train them in Jordan 15 Dec 2012 Weeks before the Obama administration and other Western nations recognized a new Syrian opposition coalition as "the legitimate representative" of the Syrian people, Syrian rebels were receiving training in the use of light and heavy weapons with the backing of the Jordanian, British and U.S. governments, participants in the training have told McClatchy. The training took place as far back as October and involved hundreds of 'rebels,' the participants said. In one case, the rebel participant said men he believed were American intelligence officers observed what was taking place. Another said he believed British officers were helping to organize the training.
 
Oklahoma teen arrested in plot to 'bomb and shoot' students 15 Dec 2012 An Oklahoma high school student is in custody on charges he plotted to bomb and shoot students at the Bartlesville High School auditorium on the same day 26 people were shot and killed at an elementary school in Connecticut. Police arrested 18-year-old Sammie Eaglebear Chavez at about 4:30 a.m. Friday after learning of the alleged plot Thursday. An arrest affidavit says Chavez tried to convince other students to help him lure students into the auditorium, chain the doors shut and start shooting.
 
Ah, then came the dawn. Cui bono? The US police state. For school security, 'This is a game-changer' 15 Dec 2012 The tragedy in Connecticut will convince communities across the country to cut other spending in favor of funding greater security measures, including adding armed guards at schools, said Peter Pochowski, the former executive director of the National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officers. Many states, including Illinois and Wisconsin, already have laws requiring schools to hold drills to prepare for attacks and to have crisis plans in place. But Pochowski says that won’t be considered enough... John LaSorsa, a former Secret Service agent and security consultant based in North Carolina, blamed the plague of shooting sprees on the decades-long national trend away from institutionalizing most mentally ill people. "They must be in a controlled environment with no access to the outside world," LaSorsa said.
 
Riddle me this: Adam Lanza, 'computer genius,' left no online footprint by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 16 Dec 2012 According to numerous media reports and witnesses, alleged Newtown, Connecticut shooter Adam Lanza was a 'genius' with computers. And yet, we are told that Lanza apparently left no online footprint. The question must be asked: Was the electronic history of Adam Lanza scrubbed?
 
Bushmaster rifle used in CT shootings was same [kind of?] weapon used in Washington, D.C. sniper killings in 2002 --Agents visit Conn. gun shops after school massacre 16 Dec 2012 Federal agents planned to fan out to dozens of gun stores and shooting ranges across Connecticut, chasing leads they hoped would cast light on the life of [alleged] school shooter, Adam Lanza. The rifle used was a Bushmaster .223-caliber [described all day Friday as the weapon 'left on the car seat'], according to an official with knowledge of the investigation who was not authorized to speak about it and talked on condition of anonymity. The gun is commonly seen at shooting competitions and was used in a series of sniper killings in the Washington, D.C., area in 2002. Also found in the school were two handguns, a Glock 10 mm and a Sig Sauer 9 mm. [Yes, and we all know that D.C. sniper, John Allen Muhammad, was in the U.S. Army and worked for the FBI and CIA, so this is a real 'puzzler,' to say the least.]
 
Man with 47 guns arrested after school threat --Police said in statement they notified school officials and boosted security at all area schools Friday 16 Dec 2012 A northern Indiana man who allegedly threatened to "kill as many people as he could" at an elementary school near his home was arrested by officers who later found 47 guns and ammunition hidden throughout his home. Von. I. Meyer, 60, of Cedar Lake, was arrested Saturday after prosecutors filed formal charges of felony intimidation, domestic battery and resisting law enforcement against him. He was being held Sunday without bond at the Lake County Jail, pending an initial hearing on the charges, police said in a statement.
 
Obama to visit grief-stricken Newtown as pressure grows to take action on gun controls --Democrat[ic] lawmakers have shied away from discussing gun control in recent years, fearful of incurring the wrath of the National Rifle Association (NRA) 16 Dec 2012 As President Obama prepared to speak at a vigil in Newtown tonight, back in Washington there were growing calls for him to make good on his promise of "meaningful action" on gun control. Speaking to NBC's 'Meet the Press,' Senator Dianne Feinstein announced she would introduce a bill to ban assault weapons on the opening day of the new Congress next month. The bill, she explained, would ban "the sale, the transfer, the importation and the possession" of assault weapons, as well as magazines that carry more than 10 bullets.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: NH Grievance Committee to be Axed]
Post by: Luck on December 19, 2012, 09:33:27 pm
ALERT – N.H. Democrats Want To Remove The Redress of Grievances Committee
http://unmasker4maine.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/alert-n-h-democrats-want-to-remove-the-redress-of-grievances-committee/

House Speaker William O’Brien (R) last year resurrected the centuries-old concept — rooted in the state constitution — of empowering citizens to seek redress of their grievances by lawmakers.

NH House Rules committee is intending to remove the Redress of Grievances Committee from the Rules of the House on Thursday. Apparently the Democrat Speaker doesn’t want the people to have a Voice in their Government!

House Rules Committee intends to remove the procedures for Redress of Grievances. ” Once they make the rules change – there will be no procedure in place for having a Petition of Redress dealt with by the house. If the public cares about having a voice – Tomorrow is a good time to remind the leadership that they will not simply go away.”

Public hearing tomorrow at 2:oo p.m.
NH State House Room 301 in the LOB, Concord NH.

The Committee never gave me the opportunity to be heard on my Petition.  It’s obvious they are afraid of something. The Republicans didn’t act when they could have and are now screaming the Democrats want to remove the committee. Have you figured it out yet?
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: NH Grievance Committee to be Axed]
Post by: Luck on December 20, 2012, 10:49:33 am
Mark Warden says, ""Yes, they will remove it from “standing committee” status. Grievances can still be submitted, just like bills/LSRs, and will be distributed to individual standing committees (judiciary, family & children, etc). This is definitely an anti-liberty turn of events.""
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Gun "Control"]
Post by: Luck on December 21, 2012, 08:08:59 pm
[From anonymous Free Stater: Crime is stopped 6500 times a day by gun packing Americans. Not police enforcers
http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/51854 ]

Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
19 to 21 Dec 2012
http://www.legitgov.org
 
Should people who spread falsehoods about Newtown shooting be prosecuted? 17 Dec 2012 At a news conference Sunday, Connecticut State Police warned about misinformation [?!] about the school shooting in Newtown being spread over social media and said those spreading falsehoods could be prosecuted under the law. "One thing that is becoming somewhat of a concern is misinformation that is being posted on social media sites," said Lt. Paul Vance at a news conference.
 
ATF Says Conn. Gunman Not at Ranges Recently - AP 17 Dec 2012 Federal agents say the gunman in the Connecticut school shooting fired guns at shooting ranges over the past several years, but there's no evidence he did so recently as practice for the rampage. Debora Seifert, a spokeswoman for Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, says Adam Lanza and his mother each fired at shooting ranges. They also visited ranges together. But Seifert tells the AP that ATF investigators have no indication now "that the shooter engaged in shooting activities in the past six months."
 
[Figuratively] Moscow fires warning shot across bow of US naval-based ABM 17 Dec 2012 A top Russian official says a US missile defense system near Russia's border is strategically destabilizing and may prompt an arms race. Speaking on the threat of mobile, naval-based elements of the US missile defense system "suddenly appearing" on Russia’s coastline, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said such an event would trigger "the harshest reaction from Russia." "We must consider the effective protection of our strategic nuclear forces," Rogozin said in an interview with the magazine Voyenny Parade ('Military Parade').
 
[Land]Mine blast kills 10 girls in eastern Afghanistan 17 Dec 2012 At least ten girls have been killed in a landmine explosion as they were collecting firewood in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province. According to Chaparhar district governor Mohammad Sediq Dawlatzai, the blast took place on Monday when one of the girls, all aged between nine and 11, accidentally struck the mine with an axe. "An old mine left over from the time of the jihad (against Soviet troops in the 1980s) exploded, killing 10 girls and wounding two others," he said.
 
Even without Congress, Obama could act to restrict guns 17 Dec 2012 Unburdened by re-election worries and empowered by law to act without Congress, U.S. President Barack Obama could take action to improve background checks on gun buyers, ban certain gun imports and bolster oversight of dealers. Prospects for gun control legislation intensified in the wake of the school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, as more pro-gun rights lawmakers said on Monday they were open to the possibility... Having just won a second four-year term, Obama does not need to fear alienating voters who favor gun rights and he could press ahead without lawmakers on fronts where federal law [supposedly] enables executive action.
 
After Sandy Hook: Seeking the Definitive Cause and Solution for Rage Massacres by Michael Rectenwald 18 Dec 2012 Our political leaders regularly tell us that violence never solves anything. Yet, we live under a government that, in service to the ruling elite, resorts to violence to pursue its imperialist agenda, on a daily basis.
 
UBS pays $1.5 bln to settle Libor rigging in Japan 19 Dec 2012 UBS said it will pay 1.4 billion Swiss francs (*1.53 billion) and admit wrongdoing at its Japanese arm to settle a wide-ranging, multi-regulator probe into how the Swiss bank's traders manipulated yen Libor and euroyen contracts. The Swiss bank's fine is second-largest ever levied against a bank, after Britain's HSBC last week agreed to pay *1.92 billion to settle a probe in the United States into laundering m*ney for dr*g cartels.
 
Bye-bye, Posse Comitatus: Marine father stands watch at Nashville elementary school --His answer was to stand out front, in full Marine uniform, and watch for any suspicious activity. 19 Dec 2012 In the wake of the Newtown, CT, shooting... one Nashville father decided that if anyone was going to keep watch of his kids and their teachers, it would be him. With no armed police and no metal detectors at Gower Elementary, there is just Staff Sgt. Jordan Pritchard. The sight, alone, of a Marine standing in the front of the school, watching everyone who comes in, is providing a sense of security for many in the community. "I said, 'Boy, you don't know how much better I feel having you standing here,'" said school parent Billy Hester.
 
Experimental Drone Passes Tests Aboard USS Truman 19 Dec 2012 An experimental drone that could change the future of naval aviation has survived its first round of testing aboard an aircraft carrier, Navy officials say. The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System went through a series of mechanical and engineering tests designed to evaluate its compatibility with the Navy's aircraft carriers during a two-week stint aboard the nuclear powered USS Harry S. Truman. "I'm a believer that this is only the beginning," Don Blottenberger, program manager for the Navy's unmanned aircraft program, said in a statement.
 
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Gun "Control"]
Post by: Luck on December 21, 2012, 08:11:35 pm
(Cont.)

Social Security Sell-Outs [Be sure to include the MSNBC Obamabot pundits] 19 Dec 2012 Congressional DemocRATs, led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), signaled greater willingness on Wednesday to cut Social Security benefits, with the party now considering a change to the way inflation is calculated for recipients. Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill that a cut proposed by President Barack Obama in the fiscal cliff negotiations would in fact "strengthen" the program, echoing the claims often made by Republicans about entitlement programs they want to slash. Her remarks come a day after she said that liberals in Congress who are unhappy with Obama's concession to the GOP would nevertheless support them.
 
NIH may fund experiments to create more dangerous forms of H5N1 [Yes, let's cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid so we can give billions to pharma-terrorists to manufacture deadly vaccines to 'cure' the pandemics that US bioterrorists create. --LRP] Controversial Bird Flu Work to Resume Soon 19 Dec 2012 Flu researchers may be close to ending an unusual moratorium on some controversial scientific work that has lasted almost a year. That's because officials at the National Institutes of Health say they will be moving swiftly to finalize a new process for deciding whether or not to fund proposed experiments that could potentially create more dangerous forms of the H5N1 bird flu virus. Such work has been on hold since January, when dozens of flu researchers around the world voluntarily agreed to a pause that was originally supposed to last 60 days.
 
Provision Allowing Indefinite Detention of U.S. Citizens is Back in NDAA, Aides Say 19 Dec 2012 Lawmakers charged with merging the House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization Act decided on Tuesday to drop a provision that would have explicitly barred the military from holding American citizens and permanent residents in indefinite detention without trial as terrorism suspects, according to Congressional staff members familiar with the negotiations. The Senate approved that amendment -- sponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, and Mike Lee, Republican of Utah -- in a surprise vote last month.
 
Julian Assange: Wikileaks to release 'million more files in 2013' 20 Dec 2012 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said his work "will not be cowed," as he promised the whistle-blowing site would release a million more documents. In a speech from a balcony at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, he said the files to be published in 2013 would affect "every country in this world". It is six months since he sought asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault claims, which he denies. He fears being sent to the US and being punished for leaking diplomatic files.

Blackwater Wins the Battle of Benghazi 20 Dec 2012 U.S. embassy security in the post-Benghazi era is shaping up to be a financial bonanza for security contractors mercenaries... Both the influential independent commission on the September attacks in Benghazi and a Senate hearing on Thursday pointed to flooding the State Department's security corps with money. And one of the key post-Benghazi decisions the next secretary of state will make is whether to continue spending that cash on hired guards or to bolster the ranks of State Department employees that protect diplomats themselves.

Western 'plot to sterilize Muslims' via polio vaccine sparks killings in Pakistan 20 Dec 2012 Sartaj Khan believes that the government-sponsored polio vaccination campaign is much more sinister than it appears. "These vaccines are meant to destroy our nation," said Khan, a 42-year-old lawyer in the city of Peshawar. "Our enemies want to wipe us out." Khan is not alone in the belief, propagated by extremist groups that is gaining currency in the Pashtun belt of northwestern Pakistan: The government’s anti-polio campaign is a ruse by the Americans to sterilize or spy on Muslims. [It is.] Many also believe that much like the Pakistani physician, Dr. Shakeel Afridi, who helped the CIA run a fake vaccination program to establish the presence of 'Osama bin Laden,' the army of health workers employed to vaccinate the country's children are also on the United States payroll.
 
Obama proposes Social Security cuts 20 Dec 2012  The cuts in Social Security and other critical social programs proposed Tuesday by the Obama White House as part of negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner over the so-called "fiscal cliff" mark a watershed in US social policy. Obama has publicly proposed to cut future benefits for Social Security recipients, underlining the bipartisan agreement that the working class and the elderly, not Wall Street or the super-rich, must pay for the crisis of American capitalism. According to press reports Tuesday, the White House counter-offer to Boehner calls for reducing future cost-of-living increases in Social Security benefits by adopting an inflation index that is deliberately distorted to underestimate the amounts that the elderly will have to pay for the essentials of life.

Breaking: House approves bill authorizing $633 billion in defense spending --Indefinite detention of U.S. citizens provision included 20 Dec 2012 The U.S. House of Representatives approved the final version of the annual defense policy bill on Thursday, authorizing *633.3 billion in 'defense' spending for 2013, easing limits on satellite exports and providing more Marines for embassy security. The Republican-controlled House approved the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 315-107. The measure must still be approved by the Senate before it can go to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Gun "Control"]
Post by: Luck on December 30, 2012, 04:48:42 pm
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
23 to 27 Dec 2012
http://www.legitgov.org
 
US tax dollars at work: Syria: Opposition Groups' Religious Police Patrol Aleppo Countryside --The Syrian opposition groups that have taken control of Aleppo's countryside are deploying a religious police force to enforce new laws, such as barring women from driving and making prayer compulsory. 19 Dec 2012 Residents of the embattled city, whose main concerns revolve around security and survival, were shocked to hear that opposition groups who control the Aleppan countryside are deploying a vice-and-virtue police to enforce a deeply conservative interpretation of Islamic law. The so-called Revolutionary Military Council in Aleppo issued a statement banning women from driving. The group also released several video clips showing men of various Arab nationalities patrolling the streets and forcing people to pray.
 
Revealed: U.S. carried out 333 drone strikes in Afghanistan this year alone - more than the entire drone strikes in Pakistan over the past eight years COMBINED --U.S. carried out 333 drone strikes in Afghanistan in 2012, report says, up from 294 in 2011 20 Dec 2012 The United States carried out more drone strikes in Afghanistan this year than it has done in all the years put together in Pakistan since it launched the covert air war there eight years ago, it has been revealed. The statistics, published by the U.S. Air Force and published by Wired's Danger Room blog, show that there were 333 drone strikes in Afghanistan in 2012 alone, up from 294 in the previous year and 278 in 2010. It is far more than an estimated 338 strikes carried out by the CIA in Pakistan since it began hunting down remnants of al Qaeda [al-CIAduh], the Taliban and other militant groups in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas eight years ago.
 
NRA chief calls for 'a TSA in every school' --NRA calls for armed police officer in every school 21 Dec 2012 The nation's largest gun-rights lobby called Friday for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings." The National Rifle Association broke its silence on last week's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 children and staff dead. "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," the group's top lobbyist, Wayne LaPierre, said at a Washington news conference. LaPierre announced that former Rep. Asa Hutchison, R-Ark., will lead an NRA program that will develop a model security plan for schools that relies on armed volunteers [aka an explosion of the TSA police state. Thanks, LaPierre!]
 
Millions Face a Hit if Fix for Minimum Tax Fails to Pass --Tax will hit almost 30 million additional households 21 Dec 2012 Buried within the mass of tax and spending provisions known as the fiscal cliff is a problem that could cause grief for taxpayers and the Internal Revenue Service. It is the alternative minimum tax, a provision adopted in the 1960s to make sure the very wealthiest didn't avoid taxes by accumulating too many deductions and credits. It wasn't indexed for inflation, and Congress has repeatedly passed an annual exemption to protect middle-class families from the tax. Congress hasn't passed that extension for this year. And with talks over avoiding the fiscal cliff stalled, it may not pass one.
 
British Court Rejects Drone Lawsuit 22 Dec 2012 On Friday, a British court rejected a closely watched civil suit by the son of a man killed in a 2011 drone strike in Pakistan that requests a judicial declaration that British intelligence officials may be liable for assisting acts of murder, war crimes, and crimes against humanity if they share targeting intelligence with the US government. The plaintiff, Noor Khan, who was represented by the British human rights group Reprieve, had also asked the court to direct the British Foreign Secretary to issue a policy "identifying the circumstances in which intelligence may lawfully be passed on if it relates to the location of individuals who may be targeted in a drone strike." The British judges hearing the case recognized that they were essentially being asked to pass judgment on the legality of the US drone program (and of Obama Administration drone policies), and they declined the invitation to do so.
 
Muslim businessman sues Homeland Security, says he's harassed while traveling 22 Dec 2012 A Central Florida Muslim businessman detained by authorities at airports and border crossings more than 30 times since June has filed suit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It's the second such lawsuit Sadique M. Jaffer has filed in Orlando against the federal agency in almost four years, in response to what he says are baseless and harassing detentions. Jaffer, who lives in Windermere and works in real estate and computer sales in multiple states, claims he has been detained more than 50 times since 2007 as he has traveled domestically and internationally.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Gun "Control"]
Post by: Luck on December 30, 2012, 04:49:15 pm
(Cont.)

NRA's LaPierre Rejects Gun Laws Following School Killings 23 Dec 2012 The National Rifle Association continues to oppose any new gun regulations in the wake of the mass shooting of elementary school students in Connecticut, the gun lobby's chief executive officer said. Wayne LaPierre said on NBC's "Meet the Press" today that the right way to improve student safety would be to place armed guards in every U.S. school, focus on prosecuting violent criminals and get mentally ill people off the street. "This town wants to argue about gun control," LaPierre said. "We don't think it works and we're not going to support it." [Just what we need - an exploded and all-powerful 'TSA,' with an entire population of US school children for gun-toting agents to threaten. --LRP]
 
Army plans to shift troops to U.S. Africa Command --Aims for quick crisis response creation 23 Dec 2012 U.S. Africa Command, the military's newest regional force, will have more troops available early next year as the Pentagon winds down from two ground wars over the past decade, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Army chief of staff, told The Washington Times. As part of Gen. Odierno's Regionally Aligned Forces concept, about 1,200 soldiers will deploy to Africa as early as March in an effort to place troops strategically around the globe to respond quickly to sudden challenges in hot spots such as Libya and to develop ties with the people and officials in host countries. "It's about us moving towards a scalable, tailorable capability that helps them to shape the environment they're working in, doing a variety of tasks from building partner capability to engagement, to multilateral training to bilateral training to actual deployment of forces, if necessary," Gen. Odierno said in an interview.
 
SEAL Team Four commander in Afghanistan 'commits suicide' as body of married father is found shot dead --U.S. military official said death 'appears to be the result of suicide' 23 Dec 2012 The leader of Navy SEAL Team Four, one of the most senior commanders in the elite world of special operations, has died after apparently committing suicide in Afghanistan, it was reported today. He commanded six platoons, two-dozen SEAL commandos and numerous support staff, deployed in Uruzgan Province, where they were conducting counter-terrorism missions and training police in remote parts of the country. SEAL Team Four is one of nine teams of special operations troops. The most famous of the combat groups is the classified SEAL Team Six, which conducted the raid that killed 'Osama bin Laden' in May 2011.
 
FBI Investigated 'Occupy' as Possible 'Terrorism' Threat, Internal Documents Show 23 Dec 2012 According to internal documents newly released by the FBI, the agency spearheaded a nationwide law enforcement effort to investigate and monitor the Occupy Wall Street movement. In certain documents, divisions of the FBI refer to the Occupy Wall Street protests as a "criminal activity" or even "domestic terrorism." The internal papers were obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice fund via a Freedom of Information Act Request. The fund, a legal nonprofit that focuses on civil rights, says it believes the 112 pages of documents, available for public viewing on its website, are only "the tip of the iceberg."
 
4 firefighters shot, 2 killed at Webster, N.Y., fire --Webster police Chief: 'one or more shooters' fired at the firefighters when they arrived at the scene [That'll morph, quickly. Soon, 'shooters' will become 'shooter.'] 24 Dec 2012 A gunman shot and killed at least two firefighters responding to a house fire at a Rochester suburb early Monday. Two other firefighters were in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds, according to a hospital spokeswoman, The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported. Fire Marshal Rob Boutillier said the blaze was allowed to spread to two other houses until the area is secured. Webster police Chief Gerald Pickering said "one or more shooters" fired at the firefighters when they arrived at the scene near the shore of Lake Ontario. The attacker was still at large at mid-morning. [See? Already singular - within the same article.]
 
Note: My computer failed two days ago, so email correspondence was lost... and hence this 'abbreviated' newsletter. (Another day, another obstacle.) --LRP
 
Global Flu Pandemic 'Inevitable,' Expert Warns 25 Dec 2012 A new global flu pandemic within the next couple years is inevitable, one prominent flu vaccine manufacturer says. [Can they get any more blatant? See: 'V for Vendetta' sub-plot, if you want to know what happens when a tyrannical government conspires with pharma-terrorists to create a worldwide pandemic.] Joseph Kim, head of Inovio Pharmaceuticals, which is currently working on a "universal" flu vaccine that would protect against spread most strains of the virus, says the world is due for a massive bird flu outbreak that could be much deadlier than the 2009 swine flu pandemic. Last year, Ron Fouchier, a Dutch flu researcher, genetically modified a strain of H5N1 so that it was transmissible between ferrets, which are often used to test human-to-human transmissibility. At the time, Fouchier said he had created "probably one of the most dangerous viruses you can make." [Now, why would he do that?] Paul Keim, a geneticist with the U.S. National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, echoed that sentiment: "I can't think of another pathogenic organism that is as scary as this one," he said. "I don't think anthrax is scary at all compared to this."
 
Homeland Security helps Ohio prepare for threats --There's a guide on how to respond to school violence, an awareness poster that schools can print out that advises, 'If you see something, say something,' and a phone number to report suspicious activity. [Report *yourselves* for executing another false flag to explode the US police state.] 25 Dec 2012 Homeland Security in Ohio has teamed up with the state Department of Education to post informational resources for school administrators in the wake of the elementary school massacre in Connecticut. The resources include a quick guide on how to respond when there's an active shooter, such as having an escape route in mind, leaving belongings behind, hiding in a locked area and silencing electronics. Ohio Homeland Security Director Richard Baron says the effort is designed to increase Ohioans' awareness of potential threats and readiness to respond.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Cop Shoots Unarmed Man 11 Times]
Post by: Luck on January 02, 2013, 11:41:19 am
News Updates from Citizens for Legitimate Government
31 Dec 2012
http://www.legitgov.org/
 
CLG: Happy holidays to all, and have a great New Year! Thank you to all who have donated to keep this news service afloat. I also want to thank those who sent article links and complimentary messages throughout the year. I am sorry that I fell woefully behind on my correspondence and thank yous. When one hurdle was crossed, another obstacle emerged. For 2013, fasten your seatbelts, because I think the false flags are going to arrive 'fast and furious.'
 
Was Malala used for a US plan to attack Waziristan? -Why is Malala given so much prominence when other attacks on girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan go virtually unnoticed? by Zafar Bangash Nov 2012 Within days of the assault on Malala, American troops killed three Afghan children on October 14 in an aerial attack in the Nawa district of Helmand Province in Afghanistan. It may not be adjoining Swat Valley but is not very far either from where Malala was attacked and injured... Who is Malala Yousafzai and why has she been turned into an international icon? She even has entries on Wikipedia. How many Pakistani students, much less a girl from a remote town in Pakistan's Swat Valley, have such entries? Is it possible that unknown to her, Malala was being used in a larger US plan by first building her profile, then deliberately releasing information to make her the target of an attack in order to force the Pakistani military to launch an operation in North Waziristan that the US has been demanding for months? Not surprisingly, soon after the attack on Malala, calls were heard both within and outside Pakistan to strike at the Taliban in North Waziristan... Malala was born on July 12, 1997. Her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, owns a number of for-profit schools. While almost everything else in Pakistan is going down the drain, for-profit schools and the closely related non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are generously financed from abroad are thriving businesses.

California cop shoots unarmed man eleven times 28 Dec 2012 The day after prosecutors cleared a police officer for shooting a man eleven times and killing him, attorneys representing the victim released a graphic video showing the shooting. The San Joaquin County district attorney's office concluded that California Police Officer James Moody had been legally justified in shooting 34-year-old Ernesto Duenez Jr., but the video might bring the case back to court. On June 8, 2011, the officer ordered Duenez to get out of his pickup truck, which was parked in the driveway of his house. Duenez was on parole and was wanted in connection with a domestic-violence incident that occurred earlier that day. When the man exited his vehicle, Officer Moody immediately opened fire, shooting 13 times and riddling the man with 11 bullets in 4.2 seconds as he rolled on the ground.

Revealed: how the FBI coordinated the crackdown on Occupy --New documents prove 'totally integrated corporate-state repression of dissent' 29 Dec 2012 It was more sophisticated than we had imagined: new documents show that the violent crackdown on Occupy last fall - so mystifying at the time – was not just coordinated at the level of the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and local police. The crackdown... was coordinated with the big banks themselves. The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund document shows a terrifying network of coordinated DHS, FBI, police, regional fusion center, and private-sector activity so completely merged into one another that the monstrous whole is, in fact, one entity: in some cases, bearing a single name, the Domestic Security Alliance Council. And it reveals this merged entity to have one centrally planned, locally executed mission. The documents, in short, show the cops and DHS working for and with banks to target, arrest, and politically disable peaceful American citizens.
 
9 NATO oil tankers torched in eastern Afghanistan 30 Dec 2012 At least nine NATO fuel tankers have been torched in Afghanistan after a powerful bomb explosion rocked Jalalabad Airport in country's eastern province of Nangarhar, Press TV reports. The incident occurred on Sunday when a bomb planted in a fuel tanker detonated in a terminal near the airport, where NATO oil tankers were parked. Jalalabad Airport, which is located five kilometers (three miles) southeast of Jalalabad, is currently used only for military purposes and is seen as the second largest US airbase in Afghanistan.
 
Obama signs five-year extension of warrantless surveillance law 30 Dec 2012 President Barack Obama has signed into law a five-year extension of the U.S. government's authority to monitor the overseas activity of suspected foreign spies and terrorists. The warrantless intercept program would have expired at the end of 2012 without the president's approval. The renewal bill won final passage in the Senate on Friday. Known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the law allows the government to monitor overseas phone calls and emails without obtaining a court order for each intercept.
Title: Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Cop Shoots Unarmed Man 11 Times
Post by: Luck on January 02, 2013, 11:42:11 am
(Cont. from 31 Dec. CLG)

US-New Zealand attempt to create doomsday 'tsunami bomb' - documents 30 Dec 2012 A new book has revealed rare historical gems buried in New Zealand's national archives, including a bizarre WWII [ongoing] plan to create a "tsunami bomb" and military files detailing supposed UFO sightings. Author Ray Waru said he wrote "Secrets and Treasures" to highlight the material publicly available at Archives New Zealand in Wellington -- where almost 100 kilometres (62 miles) of shelf space is crammed with historical artefacts. Alongside notable historical documents are curiosities like "Project Seal", a top-secret US-New Zealand attempt to create a doomsday device to rival the nuclear bomb. The project was launched in June 1944 after a US naval officer noticed that blasting operations to clear coral reefs around Pacific islands sometimes produced a large wave, raising the possibility of creating a "tsunami bomb". Explosive tests carried out in waters north of Auckland led scientists to conclude that the weapon was feasible and a series of 10 massive blasts offshore could create a 10-metre (33-foot) tsunami capable of inundating a small coastal city. [Right after the announcement that Fukushima was offered to process Iran's nuclear fuel, guess what happened in March 2011?]
 
US drone strike kills al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen --Attack would be the fourth suspected strike in Yemen in a week 30 Dec 2012 At least three suspected al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] militants have been killed by a US drone strike in Yemen's south-western al-Bayda province, say local officials. The men were reportedly hit as they travelled in a car in el-Manaseh village on the outskirts of Radda. On Friday, two 'suspected militants' were killed in eastern Hadramout province, while at least five were killed by two strikes on 24 December.
 
CIA Sued to Release NYPD Spying Report 31 Dec 2012 A non-profit government watchdog has sued the Central Intelligence Agency to uncover information about its controversial collaboration with the New York City Police Department's counter-terrorism surveillance program. The suit, filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center on Dec. 20, seeks to force the release of a report by the agency's inspector general into whether it violated legal prohibitions against spying on American soil. In 2011, the Associated Press revealed that the agency was deeply involved in training the NYPD's Intelligence Unit, which spied on Muslims in New York even when there was no evidence they had committed any crimes.
 
The Location of Adam Lanza's Body, Like Most Mass Shooters, Is Unknown 31 Dec 2012  The body of Adam Lanza, who [allegedly] carried out the Newtown, Conn., school massacre, has been claimed but the whereabouts of the corpse remains unknown. The body was claimed by Lanza's father, Peter Lanza, according to a family spokesperson. Adam Lanza, 20, [allegedly] killed himself after he [allegedly] shot his mother and then slaughtered 20 first graders and six school staffers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14 in one of the worst school shootings in American history... Like many of the mass murderers before Lanza, what happens to his body will likely be unknown.

Anonymous Hackers Target Manteca Police Department --A recently-posted video threatens the takedown of the department's Web site unless officer John Moody is fired for killing an unarmed civilian. 31 Dec 2012 Anonymous recently published a graphic video threatening to take down the official Web site for the Manteca, California, Police Department unless officer John Moody is fired and prosecuted for shooting and killing an unarmed civilian. "Back in June 2011, Manteca Officer John Moody shot 34-year-old Ernesto Duenez Jr. 11 times when he got out of the pickup truck parked in front of his residence," writes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs. "Duenez, a parolee, was wanted for questioning regarding a domestic violence case."
 
Hospital fires EIGHT veteran nurses because they refused to take flu shot for religious reasons 01 Jan 2013 An Indiana hospital has fired eight employees, many of them veteran nurses, because they refused to take the [mercury-laden, squalene-filled] flu vaccine. IU Health Goshen is just the latest hospital to force its employees to receive the jab and fire or discipline the ones who object. At least four of the nurses who was terminated tried to appeal the vaccine on religious grounds with the help of a lawyer. The hospital rejected their arguments and fired them anyway. The hospital said it was following guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Medical Association, which both recommend mandatory vaccinations for employees.

Obama's first kills of 2013: Terror drone strike kills 2 in N Afghanistan 02 Jan 2013 A US assassination drone attack has killed two people in northern Afghanistan. The drone strike killed two Afghans in the province of Kunduz on Tuesday. According to statistics published by icasualties.org earlier in the day, 398 foreign soldiers were killed in Afghanistan in 2012, compared to 2001 when the total death toll for foreign troops stood at 12.
 
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Obama Drones On]
Post by: Luck on January 11, 2013, 08:18:53 pm
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
06 to 11 Jan 2013
http://www.legitgov.org/
 
How the FBI coordinated the crackdown on Occupy --New documents prove 'totally integrated corporate-state repression of dissent' 29 Dec 2012 It was more sophisticated than we had imagined: new documents show that the violent crackdown on Occupy last fall - so mystifying at the time – was not just coordinated at the level of the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and local police. The crackdown... was coordinated with the big banks themselves. The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund document shows a terrifying network of coordinated DHS, FBI, police, regional fusion center, and private-sector activity so completely merged into one another that the monstrous whole is, in fact, one entity: in some cases, bearing a single name, the Domestic Security Alliance Council. And it reveals this merged entity to have one centrally planned, locally executed mission. The documents, in short, show the cops and DHS working for and with banks to target, arrest, and politically disable peaceful American citizens.
 
Bush-Era Wiretapping Case Killed Before Reaching Supreme Court 03 Jan 2013 A federal appeals court's August ruling in which it said the federal government may spy on Americans' communications without warrants and without fear of being sued won't be appealed to the Supreme Court, attorneys in the case said Thursday. The decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this summer reversed the first and only case that successfully challenged then-President [sic] George W. Bush's once-secret Terrorist Surveillance Program. In December, the San Francisco-based appeals court - the nation's largest - declined to revisit its decision -- making the case ripe for an appeal to the Supreme Court. The appellate decision overturned a lower court decision in which two American attorneys - who were working with the now-defunct al-Haramain Islamic Foundation - were awarded more than *20,000 each in damages and their lawyers *2.5 million in legal fees after a years-long, tortured legal battle where they proved they were spied on without warrants.
 
Workers making $30,000 will take a bigger hit on their pay than those earning $500,000 under new fiscal deal 03 Jan 2013 Middle-class workers will take a bigger hit to their income proportionately than those earning between *200,000 and *500,000 under the new fiscal cliff deal, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. Earners in the latter group will pay an average 1.3 percent more - or an additional *2,711 - in taxes this year, while workers making between *30,000 and *200,000 will see their paychecks shrink by as much as 1.7 percent - or up to *1,784 - the D.C.-based think tank reported. Overall, nearly 80 percent of households will pay more money to the federal government as a result of the fiscal cliff deal.
 
FBI. gov hacked by Anonymous and Ghost Shell --Pastebin 06 Jan 2013 FBI. gov hacked by chris_defaulter007 http://FBI.GOV/ Website Server Dox #By Anonymous And Ghost Shell (Chris Defaulter Valentine) Vulnerable Open Ports in FBI InterCommunication Intranet - [REALLY GUYS, WHERE'S UR SECURITY]
 
Former C.I.A. Officer Is the First to Face Prison for a Classified Leak --Mr. Kiriakou first stumbled into the public limelight by speaking out about waterboarding on television in 2007. 06 Jan 2013 On Jan. 25, John C. Kiriakou is scheduled to be sentenced to 30 months in prison as part of a plea deal in which he admitted violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act by e-mailing the name of a covert C.I.A. officer to a freelance reporter, who did not publish it. The law was passed in 1982, aimed at radical publications that deliberately sought to out undercover agents... In more than six decades of fraught interaction between the agency and the news media, John Kiriakou is the first current or former C.I.A. officer to be convicted of disclosing classified information to a reporter. Mr. Kiriakou, 48, earned numerous commendations in nearly 15 years at the C.I.A., some of which were spent undercover overseas chasing 'Al Qaeda' and other terrorist groups.
 
Suspected U.S. drone strike kills 17 in Pakistan's tribal region 06 Jan 2013 A suspected U.S. drone strike killed 17 people and wounded three Sunday in Pakistan's volatile tribal region, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The strike occurred in Babar Ziarat, which borders the Pakistani provinces of North and South Waziristan, near the Afghan border, the officials said. The attack follows two suspected U.S. drone strikes in the same area last week that killed 15 people. [Yeah, it's only a 'volatile' region because USociopaths are slaughtering hundreds of civilians. Otherwise, the region would not be 'volatile.']
 
DHS Trolling Web for Sandy Hook Rifle 'Oddities' - CLG Website Logs by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 07 Jan 2013 CLG website logs frequently reveal fascinating .gov and .mil visitors, such as the CIA, Pentagon, FBI, DIA, and NASA. On Monday, the DHS accessed CLG's news summary, 'Bushmaster rifle used in CT shootings was same weapon used in Washington, D.C. sniper killings in 2002,' posted 16 December 2012... Here we learn two facts. One, Homeland Security has trouble spelling 'Connecticut.' Two, the DHS also has questions on the Sandy Hook shootings -- as does Citizens for Legitimate Government.
 
Latest drone strike kills eight in northwest Pakistan 07 Jan 2013 A U.S. drone strike killed eight people in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, three intelligence sources said, the latest in a series of drone attacks that come as a retired U.S. general warns their overuse may threaten American foreign policy goals. A foreign tactical trainer for al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] was reportedly among those killed in the latest strike, although reports differed on his nationality. Three others were also injured in the attack on Haiderkhel village, about 30 kms (19 miles) east of the provincial capital of Miranshah in North Waziristan, a region along the Afghan border.
 
Ten banks settle foreclosure charges for $8.5 billion 07 Jan 2013 Ten major U.S. banks and mortgage companies will pay *8.5 billion to settle complaints that they improperly foreclosed on some homeowners, federal regulators announced Monday. The settlement package includes *3.3 billion in direct payments to eligible owners and *5.2 billion in loan modifications, forgiveness of deficiency judgments and other assistance, according to announcements by the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). The OCC says the direct payments will be the highest compensation to homeowners so far as a result of lenders' actions during the foreclosure crisis.
 
Mastermind of Barack Obama's secret drone war chosen to lead the CIA 07 Jan 2013 The mastermind of Barack Obama's secret drone war was chosen on Monday to lead the CIA and "relentlessly" extend its controversial campaign against 'al-Qaeda' into the president's second term. John Brennan, Mr Obama's counter-terrorism adviser, was nominated as the intelligence agency's next director two months after David Petraeus resigned over an extramarital affair with his biographer. He has played a key role in expanding a programme of air strikes by unmanned drones on suspected terrorists in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen, which has killed more than 2,000 people. Accepting the nomination in a speech at the White House, Mr Brennan, 57, said: "I will make it my mission to ensure the CIA has the tools it needs to keep our country safe." Many human rights campaigners say that the drone campaign is illegal.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Obama Drones On]
Post by: Luck on January 11, 2013, 08:20:19 pm
(Cont.)

Elizabeth Warren Slams Possible AIG Lawsuit: 'It Would Be Outrageous' 08 Jan 2013 Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) slammed American International Group on Tuesday for thinking about suing the federal government over the *182 billion taxpayer bailout the insurance giant received during the financial crisis. AIG is considering whether to join a $25 billion shareholder lawsuit claiming that the terms of the bailout were unfair. "Beginning in 2008, the federal government poured billions of dollars into AIG to save it from bankruptcy. AIG's reckless bets nearly crashed our entire economy. Taxpayers across this country saved AIG from ruin, and it would be outrageous for this company to turn around and sue the federal government because they think the deal wasn't generous enough," said Warren in a statement. "Even today, the government provides an ongoing, stealth bailout, propping up AIG with special tax breaks -- tax breaks that Congress should stop."

Air Force eyes return of mobile nuclear missiles 09 Jan 2013 The Air Force has dusted off plans more than two decades old to place fixed nuclear missiles on rail cars or massive road vehicles to protect them from a surprise attack. The service also wants to explore alternatives to traditional missiles to carry nuclear warheads, which could include hypersonic aircraft capable of crossing the Atlantic Ocean in an hour, said Phillip Coyle of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, a former associate director for national security and international affairs in the Obama administration's Office of Science and Technology Policy. On Monday, the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., kicked off a study on modernizing or replacing its current fleet of Minuteman III nuclear missiles housed in underground silos in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming.
 
Experts: Drones basis for new global arms race 09 Jan 2013 The success [sic] of U.S. drones in Iraq and Afghanistan has triggered a global arms race, raising concerns the remotely piloted aircraft could fall into unfriendly hands, military experts say [Who the hell is unfriendlier than the U.S. fed. govt?]. The number of countries that have acquired or developed drones expanded to more than 75, up from about 40 in 2005, according to the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress. The United States is years ahead of the world in the technology of drones. Israel is also a leader in developing the unmanned aircraft.
 
Secret no-fly evidence rejected by judge 09 Jan 2013 A federal judge in San Francisco has indignantly rejected an attempt by the Obama administration to use secret evidence to derail a former Stanford student's challenge to her apparent inclusion on the government's no-fly list. The government must halt its "persistent and stubborn refusal" to follow the applicable laws, said U.S. District Judge William Alsup. Rahinah Ibrahim's name on the confidential no-fly list has barred her and one of her four children from returning to the United States for nearly eight years. [Hey, MSNBC! Where's the outrage?! Oh, I get it. The phony yelpings about 'civil liberties violations' only transpire when the President is not Barack Obama.]

KBR, Guilty In Iraq Negligence, Wants Taxpayers to Foot the Bill 09 Jan 2013 Sodium dichromate is an orange-yellowish substance containing hexavalent chromium, an anti-corrosion chemical. To Lt. Col. James Gentry of the Indiana National Guard, who was stationed at the Qarmat Ali water treatment center in Iraq just after the 2003 U.S. invasion, it was "just different-colored sand." In their first few months at the base, soldiers were told by KBR contractors running the facility the substance was no worse than a mild irritant. Gentry was one of approximately 830 service members, including active-duty soldiers and members of the National Guard and reserve units assigned to secure the water treatment plant, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sodium dichromate is not a mild irritant. It is an extreme carcinogen. In November 2009, Gentry, 52, died of cancer. The VA affirmed two months later that his death was service-related. In November, a jury found KBR, the military's largest contractor, guilty of negligence in the poisoning of a dozen soldiers, and ordered the company to pay *85 million in damages. Jurors found KBR knew both of the presence and toxicity of the chemical. Other lawsuits against KBR are pending. KBR, however, says taxpayers should be on the hook for the verdict, as well as more than *15 million the company has spent in its failed legal defense, according to court documents and attorneys involved with the case.
 
CT senator calls for background checks to buy ammo 09 Jan 2013 U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D) said he wants legislation that would require instant background checks for the sale of gun ammunition. He is expected to take up the proposal once Congress reconvenes. "They can be done in 30 seconds," he said. "The vast majority are, and they would prevent people who should not have ammunition or firearms from actually buying it." This would be in addition to the national push to ban assault weapons. But, Blumenthal admits there's one slice of the demographic that continues to slip through the cracks. "We need to have a strategy on mental health," he said.
 
Texas student, who refused to wear RFID, loses appeal --District eventually aims to equip all student badges across district's 112 schools with RFID chips 09 Jan 2013 A Texan student who refused to wear a badge with a radio tag that tracked her movements has lost a federal court appeal against her school's ID policy. Andrea Hernandez, 15, stopped wearing the badge on religious grounds. After John Jay High School suspended her, she went to court and won a temporary injunction to continue her studies at the school, without the tag. The federal court ruling overturned that, saying if she was to stay at the school, she would be required to wear the badge. The new identification policy at the Northside Independent School District (NISD) in San Antonio, Texas, began at the start of the 2012 school year.
 
US student nabbed for making terroristic threat against school 09 Jan 2013 A student has been arrested in Texas for making a terroristic threat toward his school on his Twitter account. Local authorities said the student, whose name has not been released, apparently made the treat at North Shore Senior High School, in Harris County, on Monday. "Who wants to help me blow up the school tomorrow?" tweeted the student who was detained by the police on Tuesday morning after a citizen notified the FBI. The student acknowledged that he had sent the threatening message, saying he did not want to go to school on Tuesday when the classes restarted after winter break.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Sandy Hook Massacre Staged?]
Post by: Luck on January 16, 2013, 11:10:57 pm
[This news is about a week old. Is this hype to make distrusters of govt more distrustful and also make govt loyalists more convinced that distrusters of govt are crazy? - Luck]

Sandy Hook Massacre Linked to DHS Exercise
http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2013/01/sandy-hook-massacre-linked-to-dhs-exercise-2532228.html
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9TgQyVZIQqk
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 9:55
(Before It's News)

DHS and AR-15 Assault Rifle

The Connecticut Department of Homeland Security’s website contains information on Sandy Hook residents two year participation in specialized Department of Homeland Security HSEEP training drills. The location of the drills was nearly at Sandy Hook Elementary school.

If this was a false flag, it was two years in the making and may explain how Sandy Hook appeared on a map in the Batman movie scene.

Professor: Obama Staged Sandy Hook Massacre
http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2013/01/professor-obama-staged-sandy-hook-massacre-2532220.html
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 9:50

(Before It's News)
Claims effort to shape public opinion in favor of gun control

(SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL) A communication professor known for conspiracy theories has stirred controversary at Florida Atlantic Universitywith claims that last month’s Newtown, Conn., school shootings did not happen as reported — or may not have happened at all.

Moreover, James Tracy asserts in radio interviews and on his memoryholeblog.com. that trained “crisis actors” may have been employed by the Obama administration in an effort to shape public opinion in favor of the event’s true purpose: gun control.

“As documents relating to the Sandy Hook shooting continue to be assessed and interpreted by independent researchers, there is a growing awareness that the media coverage of the massacre of 26 children and adults was intended primarily for public consumption to further larger political ends,” writes Tracy, a tenured associate professor of media history at FAU and a former union leader.
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It wouldn't surprise me if this professor is right to some degree,The arrogant, robotic actor we call president Obama ,has done nothing but help transform America into a Nazi like police state and destroy our freedoms one by one.Obama was raised to hate America and is deliberately destroying our economy.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Sandy Hook Massacre Staged?]
Post by: John Edward Mercier on January 17, 2013, 12:10:30 am
And what would be the mechanism of such?
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Sandy Hook Massacre Staged?]
Post by: JustSomeGuy on January 17, 2013, 09:24:18 am
Partially quoting:

[This news is about a week old. Is this hype to make distrusters of govt more distrustful and also make govt loyalists more convinced that distrusters of govt are crazy? - Luck]

The Connecticut Department of Homeland Security’s website contains information on Sandy Hook residents two year participation in specialized Department of Homeland Security HSEEP training drills. The location of the drills was nearly at Sandy Hook Elementary school.


Skepticism is always a good thing: skepticism of government and skepticism of government skeptics as well.

The fact that there was a one day training course (not "drills", see below) at the Sandy Hook Fire Department two years ago means what exactly?

These courses are not uncommon; picking out one that happened to be in the same town, two years earlier and solely on that basis, with no other evidence is not convincing at all.

And saying that the "location of the drills was nearly at the Sandy Hook Elementary school" because Sandy Hook Fire Station and Sandy Hook Elementary School are in the same town is a stretch of logic.

The course outline says:

In addition to the instructor-led course presentations, the course includes small group activities, videos, and group discussions. The course also provides overviews of HSEEP-related initiatives such as technology (e.g., the HSEEP Toolkit) and capabilities-based planning (e.g., Target Capabilities List [TCL]). This blended approach will give participants hands-on experience that readily translates to real-world exercise skills. Activities include creating exercise documentation, conducting exercise planning conferences and briefings, and practicing exercise evaluation.

ie, classroom work, not drills.

Also the headline: "Sandy Hook massacre linked to DHS exercise" is a great propaganda trick in itself. "Linked"? Yes, by this article, nothing else.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Sandy Hook Massacre Staged?]
Post by: Luck on January 23, 2013, 03:05:45 pm
In case it wasn't clear, I was not making those statements I posted about the massacre. I was only sharing someone else's email message. It didn't sound very reliable, but I thought there might be some useful info in it anyway, so I hoped someone might be able to fill us in one way or the other.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Cloak and Dagger]
Post by: Luck on January 23, 2013, 03:13:28 pm
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
14 to 22 Jan 2013
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Secrets and Lies of the Bailout --The federal rescue of Wall Street didn’t fix the economy -- it created a permanent bailout state based on a Ponzi-like confidence scheme. And the worst may be yet to come 04 Jan 2013 It has been four long winters since the federal government, in the hulking, shaven-skulled, Alien Nation-esque form of then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, committed *700 billion in taxpayer money to rescue Wall Street from its own chicanery and greed. To listen to the bankers and their allies in Washington tell it, you'd think the bailout was the best thing to hit the American economy since the invention of the assembly line. Not only did it prevent another Great Depression, we've been told, but the money has all been paid back, and the government even made a profit. No harm, no foul -- right? Wrong. It was all a lie -- one of the biggest and most elaborate falsehoods ever sold to the American people.
 
Radio host Michael Savage calls for 'Nationalist' third party to challenge GOP 07 Jan 2013 Conservative radio host Michael Savage spoke out against Republicans and Democrats alike on Sunday for pulling a "charade" on the American people, and called for a third political party. The third-most widely heard talk show host, behind only Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity in ratings, explained a new, third "Nationalist" party could focus on "borders, language and culture." He criticized the Tea Party for lacking a "charismatic leader," saying it needs restructuring and calling it the "rudiment" of the new Nationalist Party. Savage added that the word "nationalism" needs to be redefined after previously being associated with Hitler and the National Socialist Party, the Nazis, of 1930s Germany.
 
Sandy Hook endpoint - explode the US police state and force taxpayers to pay for it: Obama administration plan to fund police, surveillance equipment in schools 10 Jan 2013 The Obama administration is considering funding many more police officers in public schools to secure campuses, a leading Democratic senator said, part of a broad gun violence agenda that is likely to include a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips and universal background checks. The school safety [sic] initiative, one of several under consideration, would make federal dollars available to schools that want to hire police officers and install surveillance equipment, although it is not nearly as far-ranging as the National Rifle Association's proposal for armed guards in every U.S. school.
 
Montpelier, Ohio, schools to arm janitors 10 Jan 2013 The Montpelier Exempted Village Schools Board of Education has approved the carrying of handguns by its custodial staff. The 5-0 vote of the board Wednesday night to allow handgun training for four custodians to be able to tote weapons at the K-12 campus at the Williams County school came after last month's deadly shooting rampage [aka false flag] at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. School officials say that having armed personnel - believed to be the first for any school system in Ohio - is designed to thwart incidents of violence and prevent what happened in Newtown, Conn., from occurring here.
 
Supreme Court to consider if silence can be evidence of guilt 11 Jan 2013 The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider whether a suspect's refusal to answer police questions prior to being arrested and read his rights can be introduced as evidence of guilt at his subsequent murder trial. Without comment, the court agreed to hear the appeal of Genovevo Salinas, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison for the December 1992 deaths of two brothers in Houston... Salinas's lawyer argued that his client deserved a Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination, even though he had not been under arrest or read his rights under the landmark 1966 decision Miranda v. Arizona. The decision is Salinas v. Texas, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 12-246.

Sheriff's Office wants to fly drones over Orange County 12 Jan 2013 (FL) The Orange County Sheriff's Office is experimenting with two surveillance drones that it hopes to turn loose over Metro Orlando skies this summer. Sheriff's spokesman Jeff Williamson would not reveal specific uses for the drones, larger versions of which are known for flying over tribal regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan to drop bombs on suspected terrorists. The agency still needs approval from county leaders and the Federal Aviation Administration to use them.
 
Flu fascism: Hospitals crack down on workers refusing flu shots 12 Jan 2013 A thorny question is emerging in the health care world as hospitals increasingly crack down on employees who won't get flu shots. Patients can refuse, so why not doctors and nurses? Affected workers, hospital authorities and published reports say that in the past two months, at least 15 nurses and other hospital staffers in four states have been fired for refusing, and several have resigned. In Rhode Island, one of three states with tough penalties behind a mandatory vaccine policy for health care workers, a labor union is suing over it.
 
Cuomo declares emergency in flu epidemic, issues executive order allowing pharmacists to give more flu shots 12 Jan 2013 Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday declared a public health emergency in New York due to increasing severity of the flu season. In tandem, he issued an executive order that allows pharmacists to give flu shots to people between six months and 18 years of age, suspending rules that limit them to immunizing only adults. More than 19,000 cases of influenza have been reported in New York so this season, almost four time the past year’s total.
 
Obama 'kill list' critic found dead in New York City 13 Jan 2013 Prominent American blogger and computer prodigy Aaron Swartz, who spoke against US President Barack Obama's "kill list" and cyber attacks against Iran, has been found dead in New York. Police found the body of the 26-year-old in his apartment in New York City borough of Brooklyn on Friday, said a spokeswoman for the city's chief medical examiner. Brooklyn's chief medical examiner ruled the death a suicide by hanging, but no further detail is available about the mysterious death. Last year, Swartz openly criticized US and Israel for launching joint cyber attacks against Iran. The blogger was also vocal in criticizing Obama's so-called kill list and other policies. Obama has been reportedly approving the names put on the "kill lists" used in the targeted killing operations carried out by US assassination drones. [Right, and the lamestream media is too busy pimping ineffective flu vaccines and worrying about whether or not Chuck Hagel will work hard enough for Israel if he leads the Defense Department to talk about Obama's global assassination program. See the problem?]
 
Chicago man charged with spitting on Secret Service agent 13 Jan 2013 A Chicago man has been charged with spitting on a Secret Service agent who was guarding President Barack Obama's home last month. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Kevin Lawrence is accused of spitting into the agent's vehicle on Dec. 29 outside the Chicago home, hitting the agent in the face and neck. He's charged with aggravated battery of a peace officer.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Killed by the Govt]
Post by: Luck on January 23, 2013, 03:17:13 pm
(Cont.)

Senator Asks CIA Nominee When Drones Can Kill Americans --'Does the President have to provide individual Americans with the opportunity to surrender before killing them?' 14 Jan 2013 The man in charge of America's drone wars will face Senate questioning about perhaps their most controversial aspect: when the president can target American citizens for death. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sent a letter on Monday to John Brennan, the White House's counterterrorism adviser and nominee to be head of the CIA, asking for an outline of the legal and practical rules that underpin the U.S. government's targeted killing of American citizens suspected of working with 'al-Qaida.' The Obama administration has repeatedly resisted disclosing any such information about its so-called "disposition matrix" targeting terrorists, especially where it concerns possible American targets. Brennan reportedly oversees that matrix from his White House perch, and would be responsible for its execution as CIA director.
 
Former Army psychologist critical of military dies by 'suicide' 14 Jan 2013 Peter Linnerooth was an affable, punctual and conscientious graduate student at Minnesota State Mankato. He later earned a doctorate degree, became an Army psychologist and was deployed to Iraq during the height of the war... On Jan. 2, Linnerooth, 42, [allegedly] killed himself in Mankato. Linnerooth was awarded a Bronze Star after an honorable discharge in 2008 and became critical of the military's limited work on providing mental health care to soldiers, particularly to those with PTSD, in the pages of Time magazine and the New York Times. Capt. Linnerooth will be buried with full military honors at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
 
2012 military suicides hit a record high of 349 14 Jan 2013 Suicides in the U.S. military surged to a record 349 last year, far exceeding American combat deaths in Afghanistan, and some private experts are predicting the dark trend will grow worse this year. The Pentagon has struggled to deal with the suicides, which Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and others have called an epidemic. The problem reflects severe strains on military personnel burdened with more than a decade of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, complicated by anxiety over the prospect of being forced out of a shrinking force.
 
FBI: Terrorism suspect 'radicalized and dangerous' 14 Jan 2013 Justice Department attorneys used emails between an Oregon man and suspected terrorists overseas to try to show he was already on the path to radicalization by the time the FBI made him the subject of a yearlong terrorism sting operation. The assertion goes to the heart of a trial in which Mohamed Mohamud faces terrorism charges for allegedly trying to detonate a bomb in Portland in November 2010. The bomb was a fake supplied by the FBI. Mohamud was 19 when he was arrested and his defense team has said the FBI entrapped him. Key to the defense is proving Mohamud had no predisposition to terrorism before the FBI got involved.

US to Give Afghanistan Its Very Own Fleet of Drones 15 Jan 2013 In his first media appearance since visiting President Obama in Washington, Hamid Karzai announced that the United States had agreed to give his country a fleet of drones.  American troops will even stick around and show Afghan forces how to use them. "They will train Afghans to fly them, use them and maintain them," said Karzai at a news conference. "Besides drones, Afghanistan will be provided with other intelligence gathering equipment which will be used to defend and protect our air and ground sovereignty." That includes 20 helicopters and at least four C-130 transport planes. [Yes, by all means -- let's cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid so we can provide the the remaining Blackwater terrorists with a fleet of drones to protect the CIA's opium and gas routes.]
 
Aaron Swartz was 'killed by the government,' father tells mourners 15 Jan 2013 Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old Internet genius, was eulogized on Tuesday as a person who wanted to make the world better but was hounded into [allegedly] killing himself by harsh government policies. Swartz was "killed by the government," his father, Robert Swartz, said at the service at Central Avenue Synagogue in Highland Park, Ill., according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "He was killed by the government, and MIT betrayed all of its basic principles," he said. Facing the possibility of a long prison sentence if convicted of charges that he illegally downloaded millions of academic journal articles, Swartz hanged himself in his New York apartment Friday.
 
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N.Y. enacts nation's toughest gun laws 15 Jan 2013 Jumping out ahead of Washington, New York enacted the nation's toughest gun restrictions Tuesday and the first since the Connecticut school shooting, including an expanded assault-weapon ban and mandatory background checks for buying ammunition. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law less than an hour after it won final passage in the Legislature. Owners of an estimated 1 million previously legal semiautomatic rifles will be allowed to keep their weapons, but will have a year to register them with police.
 
South Florida man wins houseboat case in Supreme Court 15 Jan 2013 A Florida resident actually had his "boat floated" Tuesday by the Supreme Court, as justices ruled that the city of Riviera Beach could not regulate his home as a maritime vessel. In a peculiar case that captured national attention from gambling companies and others, the court in a 7-2 ruling concluded the city went too far when it used maritime law to seize and ultimately destroy the floating home of former commodities trader Fane Lozman. Besides giving Lozman a personal victory, the ruling clarifies and narrows how government agencies can deploy maritime law.
 
Texas Proposal: JAIL Any Federal Officials Trying to Enforce New Gun Restrictions in the State 15 Jan 2013 A Texas lawmaker says he plans to file the Firearms Protection Act, which would make any federal laws that may be passed by Congress or imposed by Presidential order which would ban or restrict ownership of semi-automatic firearms or limit the size of gun magazines illegal in the state, 1200 WOAI news reports. Republican Rep. Steve Toth says his measure also calls for felony criminal charges to be filed against any federal official who tries to enforce the rule in the state. "If a federal official comes into the state of Texas to enforce the federal executive order, that person is subject to criminal prosecution," Toth told 1200 WOAI's Joe Pags Tuesday. He says his bill would make attempting to enforce a federal gun ban in Texas punishable by a *50,000 fine and up to five years in prison.

Holy coincidence, Batman! Just when the Pentagon is trolling for a reason to put boots on the ground: At Least 3 Americans Held Hostage by Al Qaeda-Linked Group in Algeria 16 Jan 2013 Two U.S. officials tell ABC News that Americans are among the hostages held following an attack by al Qaeda[al-CIAduh]-linked insurgents on a BP joint-venture natural gas field in Algeria. One of those, a senior intelligence official, said that it currently appears three U.S. citizens are being held. However, the official cautioned that the numbers can change [?] as can the overall number of hostages. While the total number of hostages continues to remain unclear, a number of reports have said as many as 41 hostages were being held. An official at BP told ABC News that there are approximately 700 local staff and contractors at the facility and 20 international BP staff and contractors.

U.S. CEOs push plan to raise retirement age to 70, privatize Medicare 16 Jan 2013 An influential group of business CEOs is pushing a plan to gradually increase the full retirement age to 70 for both Social Security and Medicare and to partially privatize the health insurance program for older Americans. The Business Roundtable's plan would protect those 55 and older from cuts but younger workers would face significant changes. The plan unveiled Wednesday would result in smaller annual benefit increases for all Social Security recipients. Initial benefits for wealthy retirees would also be smaller. [Oh, but there's billion$ available to buy a fleet of drones for Afghanistan and to fund Israel's 'Iron Dome,' though, right? Start reading.]
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Gun Control & Resistance]
Post by: Luck on January 23, 2013, 03:20:19 pm
(Cont.)

Obama turns doctors into gun control snitches running health care spy network 16 Jan 2013 As part of Obama's 23 executive orders announced today, doctors will be transformed into gun control snitches who are ordered by Obama to ask patients about guns they might have at home. What this means is that doctor-patient confidentiality is now history. Even worse, doctors are being pressed to start interrogating patients about whether they own guns so that this information can be reported to the government. This is all being done under the cover of so-called "gun safety" but it's really about turning doctors into devious government spies who conduct covert patient interrogations under the cover of providing them with health care. Once collected by the government, this information will then be used to seize guns from those individuals under some kind of mental health designation.
 
Oregon & Texas officials warn White House against enforcing new gun regulations 16 Jan 2013 State officials in Oregon and Texas are vowing to fight back against any attempt by the federal government to impose new gun control laws. The warnings come as President Obama on Wednesday unveiled a comprehensive plan to address gun violence, based on the recommendations from the Vice President Biden-led task force. The plan includes a call for legislation to ban assault weapons as well as a variety of executive actions. But in Oregon, Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller wrote a letter to Biden Monday saying his department will not enforce any new gun laws it considers unconstitutional. Meanwhile, 1200 WOAI reports that in Texas, state Rep. Steve Toth (R) plans to introduce a bill that would make it illegal to enforce in the state any federal laws restricting semi-automatic firearms or the size of gun magazines.

Bradley Manning denied chance to make whistleblower defence 17 Jan 2013 Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of being behind the largest leak of state secrets in America's history, has been denied the chance to make a whistleblower defence in his upcoming court martial in which he faces possible life in military custody with no chance of parole. The judge [Colonel Denise Lind] presiding over Manning's prosecution by the US government for allegedly transmitting confidential material to WikiLeaks ruled in a pre-trial hearing that Manning will largely be barred from presenting evidence about his motives in leaking the documents and videos. In an earlier hearing, Manning's lead defence lawyer, David Coombs, had argued that his motive was key to proving that he had no intention to harm US interests or to pass information to the enemy.

CIA drone strikes will get pass in counterterrorism 'playbook,' officials say 19 Jan 2013 The Obama administration is nearing completion of a detailed counterterrorism manual that is designed to establish clear rules for targeted-killing operations but leaves open a major exemption for the CIA's campaign of drone strikes in Pakistan, U.S. officials said. The carve-out would allow the CIA to continue pounding al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] and Taliban targets for a year or more before the agency is forced to comply with more stringent rules spelled out in a classified document that officials have described as a counterterrorism "playbook."
 
School Kicks Out Sophomore in RFID Student-ID Flap 18 Jan 2013 A Texas high school on Friday barred a girl from attending class as part of the fallout from a legal flap that began when the sophomore [Andrea Hernandez] refused to wear around her neck an RFID-chip student ID she claims is the "Mark of the Beast," lawyers connected to the brouhaha said. The Northside Independent School District in San Antonio began issuing the RFID-laden student-body cards when the semester began in the fall. The ID badge has a bar code associated with a student's Social Security number. The chip monitors pupils' movements on campus, from when they arrive until when they leave.
 
If you can't beat 'em, steal 'em: GOP eyes new election laws in states Obama won 18 Jan 2013 After back-to-back presidential losses, Republicans in key states want to change the rules to make it easier for them to win. From Wisconsin to Pennsylvania, GOP officials who control legislatures in states that supported President Barack Obama are considering changing state laws that give the winner of a state's popular vote all of its Electoral College votes, too. Instead, these officials want Electoral College votes to be divided proportionally, a move that could transform the way the country elects its president. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus endorsed the idea this week, and other Republican leaders support it, too, suggesting that the effort may be gaining momentum.

WikiLeaks says Aaron Swartz may have been a 'source' 19 Jan 2013 WikiLeaks said late yesterday that recently deceased Internet activist Aaron Swartz assisted the organization, was in contact with Julian Assange, and may have been one of the organization's sources. Reached in Iceland on Saturday evening, California time, WikiLeaks representative Kristinn Hrafnsson confirmed to CNET that the tweets were authentic but declined to elaborate. In the tweets, the organization said it was revealing the information "due to the investigation into the Secret Service involvement" with Swartz.
 
Hotmail, MSN and Live will no longer deliver the CLG Newsletter by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 19 Jan 2013 Hotmail, MSN and Live will no longer allow the CLG Newsletter to pass, when sent through CLG's mail server. Hence, I have to bcc all senders after I send the original email, which is time-consuming. Also, this means the thousands of Hotmail, MSN, and Live subscribers receive their news on a delayed basis. CLG's webhoster, MayFirst, has made attempts to remedy the problem.

US Military Wants to Hide Drones Under the Sea 21 Jan 2013  The U.S. military envisions a scenario of hiding robotic drones, sensors or decoys on the ocean floor so that they can rise to the occasion when 'needed.' The idea of hiding sneaky spy technologies beneath the waves comes from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.  The agency described its Upward Falling Payloads program as an effort to hide underwater capsules that could be triggered remotely to activate, float to the surface and release their payloads of sensor buoys or even flying drones.
 
US drone strike kills 3 in Yemen 21 Jan 2013 A U.S. drone airstrike on a vehicle Monday east of Yemen’s capital of Sanaa killed three suspected al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] militants and wounded two others, according to security officials. The airstrike was the third to target al-Qaida militants in the area since Saturday and indicated an uptick in the U.S. military battle against the terror organization in Yemen. On Saturday, two U.S. drone strikes killed eight people, including two known al-Qaida militants, in Marib province.
 
U.S. begins transporting French troops, equipment to Mali --U.S. also working with France on intelligence issues, possibly using surveillance drones 22 Jan 2013 The United States has started transporting French soldiers and equipment to Mali as part of its logistical aid to French forces fighting 'Islamist militants' in the north of the country, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. "We have started air lifting French army personnel and equipment to Bamako from Istres," said Benjamin Benson, a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). A Reuters camera crew on Tuesday saw a U.S.-flagged military transport aircraft taking off from the Istres air base in southern France. Benson said the U.S. flights had started on Monday, but declined to give details on the number of planes being used.
 
Neb. governor OKs Oil Pipeline route through state 22 Jan 2013 Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R) has approved a new route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline that avoids the state's environmentally sensitive Sandhills region [but will destroy the entire environment.]. Heineman sent a letter Tuesday to President Barack Obama confirming that he would allow the controversial project to proceed in his state. The pipeline has faced strong resistance in Nebraska from a coalition of landowners and environmental groups who say it would contaminate the Ogallala aquifer, a massive groundwater supply.

Title: Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Killed by the Govt]
Post by: Luck on January 23, 2013, 08:25:38 pm
[This news story was emailed to me over a week ago, but I just read it now. - Luck]

Manager Of FPS Russia Murdered: Pro-Gun YouTube Channel Was 3rd Most Popular
http://beforeitsnews.com/politics/2013/01/manager-of-fps-russia-murdered-pro-gun-youtube-channel-was-3rd-most-popular-youtube-channel-2482424.html
Monday, January 7, 2013 12:37
(Before It's News)

What is going on? Have the [power abusers] that be launched a full scale attack upon not only the 2nd Amendment but also those who are speaking up loudly and strongly in support of the 2nd Amendment? The manager for a pro-gun youtube channel has been found murdered; not just murdered but executed. The story below is from Liberty and Such. The video at the bottom of story is the most recent to be released by FPS Russia. I feel that this murder is a loud message to 2nd Amendment supporters.

Keith Ratliff, the manager of FPS Russia, the 3rd most popular youtube channel was found dead yesterday, tied up to a chair and shot in the back of the head.

http://www.921wlhr.com/body-found-in-carnesville-identified-2/

http://m.topix.com/forum/city/frankfort-ky/TF7BSLPVVF7EIFRV6/p2

http://www.independentmail.com/news/2013/jan/06/gbi-to-help-investigate-kentucky-mans-shooting/

The radio and media at large isn’t mentioning the exact details, however this is a very important thing. FPS Russia is a driving force in the pro-gun movement concerning youth. The videos published are very pro-gun, and reach literally millions of impressionable youth showing them that firearms just aren’t for people in movies or video games.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SJ8Ndkg8urw
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Sandy Hook]
Post by: Sam Adams on January 24, 2013, 05:51:40 pm
[quote author=Luck link
In case it wasn't clear, I was not making those statements I posted about the massacre. I was only sharing someone else's email message. It didn't sound very reliable, but I thought there might be some useful info in it anyway, so I hoped someone might be able to fill us in one way or the other.
[/quote]                              Article says its from Beforeitsnews.com, The Drill as I understand that was going on Dec.14th 2012 was in Bridgeport, and was labeled," children in disaster scenario FEMA Drill, check at ct/gov.  Private investigators are looking into case and checking facts. Lanza,s Honda with shotgun reg to Chris Robia from Norwalk. Only 1 911 call. Other cars with bullet holes. Other persons taken into custody. No emt allowed in school. etc. Info is sketchy. also, difficult to locate  Adams id. ss# records. Most people like me believe everything that we are told on tv or msn?
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Smart-Ass Meters]
Post by: Luck on February 01, 2013, 08:47:07 pm
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Yemen minister urges ground ops, not drones, against militants 22 Jan 2013 A cabinet minister criticized on Tuesday the use of pilotless U.S. drones against suspected al Qaeda militants in Yemen, a tactic that has outraged communities in targeted areas, and urged a move to ground operations to avoid hurting civilians. Yemen, an Arabian Peninsula country plagued by lawlessness that has been exploited by al Qaeda the US to launch attacks on Arab and Western targets, has witnessed a rising tempo of U.S. missile strikes in recent weeks. "To have an innocent person fall, this is a major breach," Yemeni Human Rights Minister Hooria Mashhour told Reuters on a visit to the United Arab Emirates, voicing rare public opposition to the tactic by a member of the cabinet.
 
Law-enforcer misuse of driver database soars 22 Jan 2013 Florida's driver-and-vehicle database, the system that can help law enforcement identify victims of fatal crashes and decipher the identity of a suspect, can be a useful tool for cops. But the system -- known as D.A.V.I.D., for Driving and Vehicle Information Database -- can also be easily abused. Data obtained by the Orlando Sentinel show the number of Florida law-enforcement officers suspected of misusing D.A.V.I.D. skyrocketed last year.
 
Evidence grows for narcolepsy link to GSK swine flu shot 22 Jan 2013 Around 800 children in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe have developed narcolepsy, an incurable sleep disorder, after being immunized with the Pandemrix H1N1 swine flu vaccine made by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline in 2009. Finland, Norway, Ireland and France have seen spikes in narcolepsy cases, too, and people familiar with the results of a soon-to-be-published study in Britain have told Reuters it will show a similar pattern in children there. Pandemrix was authorized by European drug regulators using a so-called "mock-up procedure" that allows a vaccine to be authorized ahead of a possible [lab-generated] pandemic using another flu strain. In Pandemrix's case, the substitute was H5N1 bird flu.

UN to examine UK and US drone strikes 23 Jan 2013 A United Nations investigation into targeted killings will examine drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, according to the British lawyer heading the inquiry. Ben Emmerson QC, a UN special rapporteur, will reveal the full scope of his review which will include checks on military use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in UK operations in Afghanistan, US strikes in Pakistan, as well as in the Sahel region of Africa where the conflict in Mali has erupted. It will also take evidence on Israeli drone attacks in Palestinian territories. About 20 or 30 strikes -- selected as representative of different types of attacks –- will be studied to assess the extent of any civilian casualties, the identity of militants targeted and the legality of strikes in countries where the UN has not formally recognised there is a conflict.
 
Taxpayers forced to fund expansion of US police state, post-Sandy Hook: State Troopers May Be Put Back In Connecticut Schools 23 Jan 2013 Facing budget cuts in 2009, state police eliminated a program that put troopers in schools across the state. It was the end of a program that at one time, when federal money was flowing, had as many as 40 state troopers in public schools, most of them in towns with no municipal police departments. Now, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, officials at the federal and state level are talking about finding money to put more school resource officers in schools, whether they be state troopers or municipal police officers.
 
Scientists to resume research on deadly man-made H5N1 avian flu 24 Jan 2013 Scientists who created a mutant bird flu virus will resume the controversial research after taking a year-long break amid fears the bug would escape the lab or fall into terrorist hands. Citing a public health responsibility to continue the work, the teams said research will resume in countries whose governments had given the go-ahead, except in the United States and at US-sponsored research projects in other countries. "We declare an end to the voluntary moratorium on avian-flu transmission studies," US-based journal Science and its British counterpart Nature said in an announcement. Teams in the US and the Netherlands announced last month that they had engineered a hybrid of the H5N1 bird flu virus that was transmissible by air among mammals, in this case ferrets, which are considered a good research model for humans. Publication of the results was delayed and work was halted for a year amid concerns terrorists may lay their hands on the data. [Yes, US bioterrorists are *dying* to get the pandemic party started, so pharma-terrorists can get billions to develop a 'cure' for that which they created. Note subplot, 'V for Vendetta,' to see how it all turns out. --LRP]
 
9/11 Defendants Seek to Preserve CIA Sites Where They Were Tortured 24 Jan 2013 The last people you might expect to want to see the CIA's secret torture prisons kept intact are the people who were tortured there. But the defense lawyers for the 9/11 co-conspirators are arguing that the CIA's so-called "black sites" need to remain open, untouched and exactly as they were when top 'al-Qaida' operatives were abused. On Monday at Guantanamo, Army Col. James Pohl, the judge in the 9/11 tribunal, will hear a longstanding motion filed by the defense team to "preserve any existing evidence of any overseas detention facility used to imprison any witness in this case." The gambit, explains James Connell, a Defense Department civilian who represents defendant Ammar al-Baluchi, seeks to treat the black sites like crime scenes -- something the Justice Department has been reluctant to do.
 
Feds Pile On More Charges Against Anonymous Agitator Barrett Brown 24 Jan 2013 Barrett Brown, a self-proclaimed spokesman for Anonymous, has been hit with new charges by authorities in Texas for concealing evidence. It's the third round of charges in a case that his former attorney describes as an attempt to silence the outspoken and provocative activist. "Clearly they're more worried about what they perceive as his egging people on to go after defense contractors and secret spy organizations," says Brown's former attorney Jay Leiderman.

Anonymous Hacker Jailed For 18 Months 24 Jan 2013 A 22-year-old student has been jailed for 18 months after carrying out cyber attacks with hacking group Anonymous. Christopher Weatherhead, of Holly Road, Northampton, was convicted last month for taking part in distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attacks on sites including V*sa, M*sterCard and P*yPal. Victims' [sic] websites would be directed to a page displaying the message: "You've tried to bite the Anonymous hand. You angered the hive and now you are being stung."

Police accompanying smart meter installation crews in Naperville - two arrested --'It was forced on my house today.' 24 Jan 2013 (IL) Two vocal opponents of Naperville’s initiative to install wireless electric meters on homes were arrested after interfering with the installation process, according to city officials. Police are accompanying crews this week as they install smart meters at homes that previously [wisely] sent away installers. The Naperville Smart Meter Awareness group has expressed concerns over whether the wireless meters will affect health, security and privacy. The group has a federal lawsuit pending against the city.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: CIA Whistleblower]
Post by: Luck on February 01, 2013, 08:51:59 pm
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CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou given more than two years in prison 25 Jan 2013 The former CIA officer John Kiriakou was sentenced Friday to more than two years in prison, by a federal judge who rejected arguments that he was acting as a whistleblower when he leaked a covert officer's name to a reporter. A plea deal required the judge to impose a sentence of two and a half years. US district judge Leonie Brinkema said she would have given Kiriakou much more time if she could. Kiriakou's supporters describe him as a whistleblower who exposed aspects of the CIA's use of torture against detained [alleged] terrorists. The 48-year-old Arlington resident pleaded guilty last year to violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act.
 
EarthLink unblocks CLG, says 'does not block political content' by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 25 Jan 2013 Citizens for Legitimate Government has received a response from EarthLink's Executive Relations, regarding our request to remove the block of delivery of the CLG Newsletter that had been imposed in December 2012. See, for example, 'EarthLink blocking CLG Newsletter since 24 December 2012.'  On Thursday, EarthLink's Level A support informed CLG that the problem has been addressed. "We want to reassure you, we do not block emails based upon political content. We have removed the block on [redacted] (assata.mayfirst.org) and we have also whitelisted this IP address to keep it from being blocked again."

Wis. sheriff urges citizens to get gun training 25 Jan 2013 A Wisconsin sheriff has released a radio ad telling Milwaukee-area residents that law enforcement cutbacks mean 911 isn't their best option and they should learn to handle firearms so they can defend themselves until police arrive. In the ad, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. tells residents that personal safety is no longer a spectator sport and they need to be "in the game." He urges them to get firearm training to protect themselves and their families.

NATO protesters seek to overturn state's terrorism law 25 Jan 2013 Attorneys for three protesters accused of plotting to use Molotov cocktails to blow up political targets during the NATO summit last year in Chicago asked today that the state's terrorism law be declared unconstitutional. Brent Betterly, 24, Jared Chase, 28, and Brian Church, 21, were each charged in 11-count indictments with conspiracy to commit terrorism, possession of explosives and attempted arson after a raid at the Bridgeport apartment where they were staying in the weeks leading up to the May 2012 summit. In a seven-page court filing today, attorneys for the three asked Criminal Court Judge Thaddeus Wilson to declare the terrorism charges unconstitutional, arguing the statute defining a terrorist act is so vague it encompasses lawful conduct protected by the First Amendment such as labor protests or other acts of civil disobedience.

11 Body Parts Defense Researchers Will Use to Track You 25 Jan 2013 Cell phones that can identify you by how you walk. Fingerprint scanners that work from 25 feet away. Radars that pick up your heartbeat from behind concrete walls... Biometrics had a boom after 9/11. Gobs of government m*ney poured into face and iris recognition systems; the Pentagon alone spent nearly $3 billion in five years, and the Defense Department was only one of many federal agencies funneling cash in the technologies. Civil libertarians feared the worst as face-spotters were turned on crowds of citizens in the hopes of catching a single crook.

Hackers take over gov't website to avenge Swartz 26 Jan 2013 The hacker-activist group Anonymous says it hijacked the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission to avenge the death of Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist who committed suicide. The website of the commission, an independent agency of the judicial branch, was taken over early Saturday and replaced with a message warning that when Swartz killed himself two weeks ago "a line was crossed." The hackers say they've infiltrated several government computer systems and copied secret information that they now threaten to make public. [*It's about time.* Hackers should have released Dick Cheney's secret Energy Task Force documents that Cheney hunting buddy and Bush troll, Antonin Scalia, refused to make public. Start there, because those documents will show the world USociopaths did 9/11 and went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan for Exxon Mobil and UNOCAL. --LRP]

Sandy Hook: Officers encountered 'several individuals' as they approached scene --Investigative report into shooting will not be finished until 'at least June' [Right, say... 5:00 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, heading into the July 4th holiday weekend?] 26 Jan 2013 There are references to other people outside the school when the shooting started. One officer says at 9:41:22 that "I've got him proned out," indicating he is arresting someone. Other media reports have indicated this was a man who had a child at the school, and he was headed to that class when the shooting started. [?] But the shooting was not over for long. About 50 seconds later, another caller indicates they can still hear shooting and that they saw "two shadows running outside past the gym," which is in the rear of the school. Newtown Police Lt. George Stinko said some people were detained initially as police got to the scene that was rapidly unfolding... At 9:51, the records indicate police found [Adam] Lanza's body. Police found his car at 10:05 a.m. when an officer asked a dispatcher to run the license plate 872YEO. The car, a black Honda Civic, belongs to Nancy Lanza, according to Department of Motor Vehicle records. Police later found a shotgun in the trunk. [So, the dead guy returned his (apparently unused) weapon to the trunk of the car. Ok, got it. Note: This summary is from an article published in The Hartford Courant, 'Records: Massacre Lasted 6 Minutes,' by Dave Altimari, 26 January 2013. An online version of the full article, for some reason, is unavailable. Hence, there is no 'link' to the original. --Lori Price, www.legitgov.org]
 
Israel using deadly force on unarmed protesters, watchdog says 27 Jan 2013 Israel is breaking its own rules of engagement by using deadly force to disperse unarmed Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli rights group B'Tselem reported on Monday. Israeli forces have killed 56 people since 2005 in clashes with rock-throwing Palestinians, said B'Tselem, which accused the military of having "extensively and systematically violated" rules barring deadly retaliation for non-lethal assault. "The Israeli military's standing orders explicitly state that live ammunition may not be fired at stone-throwers," it said.

This spot previously had an important story about Goldman Sachs, but 'filters' will not allow it to pass. Please go to the CLG site to read it. Sorry, but this newsletter bounced back 3 times, when I included it. I had to remove it. Only the CLG has to go through this obstacle course, daily, for some strange reason...
 
Former CIA officer: Jail sentence a 'badge of honor' 28 Jan 2013 A federal judge has sentenced former CIA officer John Kiriakou to 30 months in jail, making him the first officer to be sent to jail for leaking classified secrets. NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports on the case and Kiriakou says he leaked the information to speak out against torture, calling himself a "whistleblower." (Video, including NBC interview with John Kiriakou)
 
Libor Lies Revealed in Rigging of $300 Trillion Benchmark 28 Jan 2013 Paul White, who had joined Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc in 1984, was one of the employees responsible for the firm's submissions for the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, the global benchmark for more than *300 trillion of contracts from m*rtgages and student l*ans to interest-rate swaps. Behind him sat Neil Danziger, a derivatives trader who had worked at the bank since 2002. On the morning of March 27, 2008, Tan Chi Min, Danziger's boss in Tokyo, told him to make sure the next day's submission in yen would increase, Bloomberg Markets magazine will report in its March issue. "We need to bump it way up high, highest among all if possible," Tan, who was known by colleagues as Jimmy, wrote in an instant message to Danziger, according to a transcript made public by a Singapore court and reported on by Bloomberg before being sealed by a judge at RBS's request. [The scaffolds and nooses need to be 'way up high, highest among all if possible.']
 
TARP Pay Czar Patricia Geoghegan Permitted Excessive Executive Pay at Bailed-Out Companies: Report 28 Jan 2013 Top executives at three major companies that received taxpayer-financed bailouts received excessively generous pay packages last year, in an apparent violation of Treasury guidelines aimed at restricting their compensation, a government watchdog asserted in a report Monday. The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Trouble Asset Relief Program -- which keeps tabs on taxpayer bailouts -- singled out for blame "pay czar" Patricia Geoghegan, the Treasury official tasked with reining in excessive pay increases for executives at bailed-out companies. The SIGTARP report directly questioned Geoghegan's judgment in ignoring directives set by her predecessor as well as recommendations from a previous report, saying she accepted companies' own justifications for high executive pay.
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Post by: Luck on February 01, 2013, 08:52:31 pm
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U.S. to Bury Almost All Existing Used Nuclear Fuel; Recycling Deferred at Least 20 Years 28 Jan 2013 There's little hope that the 70,000 metric tons of used nuclear fuel dispersed across the United States will ever be recycled, according to a recent study by Oak Ridge National Laboratory--so nearly all existing waste will go into the earth. In a study completed late last year, Oak Ridge officials determined that the U.S. is at least 20 years away from large-scale reprocessing of used nuclear fuel, if it decides to pursue such technologies. By then, they estimate, nuclear plants will have generated another 40,000 metric tons of spent fuel.


U.N. Drone Investigator: If Facts Lead to U.S. War Crimes, So Be It 29 Jan 2013 Ben Emmerson wants to be clear: He’s not out to ban flying killer robots used by the CIA or the U.S. military. But the 49-year-old British lawyer is about to become the bane of the drones' existence, thanks to the United Nations inquiry he launched last week into their deadly operations. Emmerson, the United Nations' special rapporteur for human rights and counterterrorism, will spend the next five months doing something the Obama administration has thoroughly resisted: unearthing the dirty secrets of a global counterterrorism campaign that largely relies on rapidly proliferating drone technology. Announced on Thursday in London, it's the first international inquiry into the drone program, and one that carries the imprimatur of the world body... Accountability, Emmerson tells Danger Room in a Monday phone interview, "is the central purpose of the report." He's not shying away from the possibility of digging up evidence of "war crimes," should the facts point in that direction.
 
Obama Urges Speed on Immigration Plan, but Exposes Conflicts 30 Jan 2013 Seizing an opening to rewrite the nation's immigration laws, President Obama challenged Congress on Tuesday to act swiftly to put 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States on a clear path to citizenship. But his push for speedy action and his silence on proposals to defer the opportunity for legal residency until the country’s borders are deemed secure provoked criticism from a Republican leader on the issue. The response suggests that reaching consensus on immigration law changes remained difficult despite a new bipartisan push since the November elections. ['Immigration reform' aka Barack Obama's most recent gift to Wall Street: Businesses get cheap labor--driving down all workers' wages--while US taxpayers foot the bill for benefits that businesses should cover.]

'Two killed, five injured in Israeli airstrike on Syrian research center' 30 Jan 2013 The Syrian Army says two people have been killed and five others injured in an Israeli airstrike on a scientific research center in Jamraya, near the capital Damascus. "Israeli fighter jets violated our airspace at dawn today and carried out a direct strike on a scientific research center in charge of raising our level of resistance and self-defence," the Syrian Army said in a statement on Wednesday, AFP reported. The attack was carried out against the center, which was tasked with boosting Syria's resistance and self-defense, "after terrorist groups made several failed attempts in the past months to take control of the site."
 
Assange confirms he'll run for Senate 30 Jan 2013 Julian Assange will run for a senate seat in the 2013 federal election. A tweet from WikiLeaks says Julian Assange has confirmed he will run for the Australian Senate. Queensland-born Assange, who founded WikiLeaks, announced his senate ambitions last December from Ecuador's London embassy, where he sought refuge last June in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape claims.
 
Facebook, AT&T censor 'LegitGov.org' online journal by Northbay Uprising media collective 30 Jan 2013 The Northbay Uprising collective wrote to CLG Wednesday, sharing a link to their compilation (09 Dec 2012) regarding CLG's problems with various blocks on delivery of the CLG Newsletter. "Over the past year, I have collected the articles about CLG's trouble with the social networks like Facebook and EarthLink."
 
Obamacare 'Glitch' Allows Some Families to be Priced Out of Health Insurance --Employers are relieved that the Obama administration didn't try to put the cost of providing family coverage on them. [LOL! Wake up and smell the Italian Roast. It's not a 'glitch.' Obusha did it on purpose, to please his Wall Street/GOP overlords.] 30 Jan 2013 Some families could get priced out of health insurance due to what's being called a glitch in President Barack Obama's overhaul law. IRS regulations issued Wednesday failed to fix the problem as liberal backers of the president's plan had hoped. As a result, some families that can't afford the employer coverage that they are offered on the job will not be able to get financial assistance from the government to buy private health insurance on their own.
 
NYPD cops handcuff and interrogate boy, 7, over missing $5, family claims 30 Jan 2013 This kid was no killer -- but some callous Bronx cops sure treated him like one. Instead of earning himself a simple trip to the principal's office, a terrified 7-year-old boy was hauled out of class, handcuffed like a hardened criminal and "interrogated" by police for a grueling 10 hours -- all over a playground dispute involving *5, his family is charging. "My son was crying, 'Mommy, it wasn't me! Mommy, it wasn't me!’ I never imagined the cops could do that to a child. We’re traumatized," Wilson Reyes' distraught mom, Frances Mendez told The Post last night. The bizarre overreaction by cops came after the child had been accused of swiping *5 from another student after school.
 
U.N. rights inquiry says Israel must remove settlers 31 Jan 2013 U.N. human rights investigators called on Israel on Thursday to halt settlement expansion and withdraw all half a million Jewish settlers from the occupied West Bank, saying that its practices could be subject to prosecution as possible war crimes. A three-member U.N. panel said private companies should stop working in the settlements if their work adversely affected the human rights of Palestinians, and urged member states to ensure companies respected human rights. "Israel must cease settlement activities and provide adequate, prompt and effective remedy to the victims of violations of human rights," Christine Chanet, a French judge who led the U.N. inquiry, told a news conference.
 
FBI Banned from Iceland --Attempted to infiltrate country in hunt for WikiLeaks 31 Jan 2013 FBI agents landed in Reykjavík without prior notification in an attempt to investigate WikiLeaks operations in the country, but Home Secretary Ögmundur Jónasson found out about the visit and forced them to leave the country, with the Icelandic government then issuing a formal protest to US authorities, according to Islandsbloggen. The hunt for WikiLeaks by the US has, on several occasions, involved private individuals and companies on Iceland.
 
Jury: Oregon car-bomb suspect guilty of terrorism --Bomb was a fake, supplied by undercover FBI agents posing as members of al-Qaida 31 Jan 2013 A federal jury found an Oregon man guilty of federal terrorism charges on Thursday, rejecting the defense team's argument that Mohamed Mohamud was entrapped or induced by a yearlong FBI sting that began to target him when he was a teenager. Mohamud was accused of leading a plot to detonate a bomb at Portland's 2010 Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. The device he thought was a bomb was a fake, supplied by undercover FBI agents posing as members of al-Qaida [al-CIAduh].
 
Immigration Reform Could Lead to Biometric ID Cards [Yes, 'immigration reform' aka oh-but-another gift to Wall Street and the taxpayer funded US police state.] 31 Jan 2013 If one part of some lawmakers' plan for comprehensive immigration reform goes through, Social Security cards could soon come with a fingerprint. Senators John McCain (R-Sociopath-Ariz.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Thursday that their Senate framework for immigration reform, recently endorsed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), could require biometric information to check employment status. Asked whether he favored "a super Social Security card that would have some sort of biometric thing like a fingerprint" by Politico's Mike Allen at a Politico Playbook breakfast on Wednesday, McCain said, "I'm for it."
 
Small surgeries, huge markups 31 Jan 2013 A Southern California surgery center charged teacher Lynne Nielsen *87,500 for a routine, 20-minute knee operation that normally costs about *3,000. Despite the huge markup, the Long Beach Unified School District and its insurer, Blue Shield of California, paid virtually all of the bill from Advanced Surgical Partners in Costa Mesa. Blue Shield mailed the *84,800 check to the high school Spanish teacher last month and told her to sign it over to the surgery center. Nielsen said she was outraged and refused to send the check. Instead, she asked the California attorney general's office to investigate the matter... "This bill is so outrageous it almost takes my breath away," said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.
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Post by: TJames on February 02, 2013, 08:11:54 pm
And the police walk away thinking "I know we were too harsh but that little tike has learned to be good. I'm a real man."
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Immigration "Reform"]
Post by: Sam Adams on February 03, 2013, 12:59:07 am
And the police walk away thinking "I know we were too harsh but that little tike has learned to be good. I'm a real man."
                     Sometimes long term use of steroids cause aggressive behavior and mental retardation.,
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Post by: Luck on February 07, 2013, 12:08:49 pm
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The Case Against Ralph Eberhart, NORAD's 9/11 Commander 16 Jan 2013 In a 2004 U.S. Senate hearing, Senator Mark Dayton remarked that "this country and its citizens were completely undefended" for "109 minutes" on 9/11. Dayton went on to clarify that officials within the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) had covered up the facts about the lack of air defenses by lying to the 9/11 Commission, to Congress and to the American people. And they were not held accountable. One man was most responsible for both the air defense failures and the lying that covered it up. U.S. Air Force General Ralph Edward Eberhart had taken over command of NORAD from General Richard Myers in February 2000. The position included leadership of all air defense operations in North America and, also, the U.S. Space Command. Therefore, on 9/11, Eberhart was the man most responsible for failure to intercept the four hijacked aircraft over a period of nearly two hours... On 9/11, the NORAD interception system failed completely and we have been given multiple, conflicting explanations for why that happened.  Considering that there is strong evidence for an alternative hypothesis of insider involvement in 9/11, it is reasonable to assume that an intentional compromising of the U.S. air defenses might have occurred that day. Adding to this suspicion is the fact that guilt tends to be reflected in false testimony. And as Senator Dayton said, NORAD officials "lied to the American people, they lied to Congress and they lied to your 9/11 Commission." [Yeah, too bad the neocons in Congress are busy investigating Benghazi instead of the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Rice-'Lucky Larry' Silverstein-Giuliani 9/11 inside job. --LRP]
 
Italian court convicts 3 in absentia for 2003 CIA kidnapping of Egyptian terror suspect in Milan 01 Feb 2013 A Milan appeals court on Friday vacated acquittals for a former CIA station chief and two other Americans, and instead convicted them in the 2003 abduction of an Egyptian terror suspect from a Milan street as part of the CIA's extraordinary rendition program. The decision means that all 26 Americans tried in absentia for the abduction now have been found guilty. The ongoing trials, which have dragged on for years, brought the first convictions anywhere in the world against CIA agents involved in a practice alleged to have led to torture. Milan court convicts former CIA chief of kidnapping 01 Feb 2013 Milan's appeals court has sentenced a former Central Intelligence Agency chief to seven years in prison for kidnapping an Egyptian Muslim cleric. The trio had been acquitted at their first trial in 2009 due to diplomatic immunity, but prosecutors had appealed against the verdict. Jeff Castelli was found guilty along with two other agents, who were each given six years for abducting Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, as part of the CIA's 'extraordinary rendition' program in 2003.
 
Study: 22 Military Veterans Commit Suicide Every Day 01 Feb 2013 The results of a new study indicate that suicide rates among veterans in the United States are increasing. An estimated 22 military veterans take their lives every day in America, according to the study helmed by Robert Bossarte, an epidemiologist and researcher who works with the Department of Veterans Affairs. "While the percentage of all suicides reported as Veterans has decreased, the number of suicides has increased," the conclusion of the study stated.
 
U.S. official says White House gave Israel 'green light' to carry out more attacks on Syria --Israel targeted multiple targets in recent attack on Syria - U.S. intelligence official 02 Feb 2013 Israeli jets attacked several targets in Syria Tuesday night in addition to the Scientific Studies and Research Center in Jamarya, outside Damascus, Time Magazine reported Friday. In the hours and days after the airstrike allegedly carried out by the Israel Air Force, conflicting reports surfaced regarding the nature of the strike. Syria accused Israel of attacking a research center in Jamarya, but denied that an attack on a convoy transporting SA-17 surface-to-air missiles to Hezbollah in Lebanon had taken place as was previously reported. "At least one to two additional targets were hit the same night," a Western intelligence official indicated to Time, adding that Israel received a "green light" from the United States to carry out further attacks in the future.
 
White House rebuffed Clinton-Petraeus plan to arm Syrian rebels: report 02 Feb 2013 A plan developed last summer by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then-CIA Director David Petraeus to arm and train Syrian rebels was rebuffed by the White House, The New York Times reported on Saturday. The United States has sent humanitarian aid to Syria but has declined requests for weapons by rebels fighting to overthrow the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The White House rejected the Clinton-Petraeus proposal over concerns it could draw the United States into the Syrian conflict and the arms could fall into the wrong hands, the Times said, citing unnamed Obama administration officials.
 
Suit says cops gave pot to protesters and the homeless 02 Feb 2013 A half-dozen Minnesotans have sued the state and numerous law enforcement agencies, claiming that they were used as "guinea pigs" when officers supplied them with drugs as part of a controversial police training program. In the lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Minnesota, the plaintiffs call the now-suspended Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) program, which is supposed to train police on how to spot drug use, "an unethical clinical trial" in which officers gave people large amounts of marijuana and observed them before abandoning them on the streets while they were still high. The plaintiffs say police targeted members of the Occupy Minneapolis movement and the homeless population, as well as individuals already addicted to drugs.
 
Confidential DOJ memo reveals 'legal' case for U.S. government to kill Americans 04 Feb 2013 A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be "senior operational leaders" of al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] or "an associated force" -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S. The 16-page memo, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News, provides new details about the [so-called] legal reasoning behind one of the Obama regime's most secretive and controversial polices: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects, including those aimed at American citizens, such as the September 2011 strike in Yemen that killed alleged al-Qaida operatives Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan. Both were U.S. citizens who had never been indicted by the U.S. government nor charged with any crimes. The secrecy surrounding such strikes is fast emerging as a central issue in this week's hearing of White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, a key architect of the drone campaign, to be CIA director. [Gee, if this memo was drafted during the George W. Bush regime, MSNBC's head would be exploding all over 30 Rock! But see, John Brennan is Obama's torturer, so it's OK! Conservative white guy torturer-in-Cabinet, bad -- liberal African American torturer-in-Cabinet, good! Liberals are fooled by Obusha's pseudo-progressive agenda. But even on that dubious front, Barack Obama embraced the Harry Reid sell-out on filibuster reform so that the Democratic-dominated Senate could pass nothing that liberals would like. --Lori Price]
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Post by: Luck on February 07, 2013, 12:10:42 pm
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Pentagon Expects US to Retain Presence in Afghanistan 04 Feb 2013 The Pentagon’s top civilian and military officials on Sunday expressed an expectation, even a desire, that American troops would remain in Afghanistan after the NATO mission ends in December 2014, although they emphasized that no decision had been made. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the United States would sustain a strategic partnership with Afghanistan, and they cited a decision by the NATO heads of state during a summit meeting last year in President Obama’s hometown, Chicago, that long-term support for Kabul would include military assistance. [Yup, gotta protect the CIA's opium and gas pipelines, and make sure Blackwater gets its billions.]
 
Pakistani ambassador to U.S. calls CIA drone strikes a 'clear violation' 05 Feb 2013 CIA drone strikes in Pakistan are "a clear violation of our sovereignty and a violation of international law" that threaten stable relations between the two governments, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States said Tuesday. Persistent reports that Pakistan has tacitly approved the strikes while publicly denouncing them are untrue, Ambassador Sherry Rehman said. "Let me assure you that since we have been in government, there has been no quiet complicity, no question of wink and nod," she said, referring to the hundreds of drone attacks on militant civilian targets, most of them under the Obama administration.
 
City in Virginia Becomes First to Pass Anti-Drone Legislation 05 Feb 2013 Charlottesville, Va., has become the first city in the United States to formally pass an anti-drone resolution. The resolution, passed Monday, "calls on the United States Congress and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia to adopt legislation prohibiting information obtained from the domestic use of drones from being introduced into a Federal or State court," and "pledges to abstain from similar uses with city-owned, leased, or borrowed drones." The measure also endorses a proposed two-year moratorium on drones in Virginia.
 
'Coalition of the Bribed' bigger than anyone suspected: CIA rendition: more than a quarter of countries 'offered covert support' --Report finds at least 54 countries co-operated with global kidnap, detention and torture operation mounted after 9/11 attacks 05 Feb 2013 The full extent of the CIA's extraordinary rendition programme has been laid bare with the publication of a report showing there is evidence that more than a quarter of the world's governments covertly offered support. A 213-page report compiled by the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI), a New York-based human rights organisation, says that at least 54 countries co-operated with the global kidnap, detention and torture operation that was mounted after 9/11, many of them in Europe. So widespread and extensive was the participation of governments across the world that it is now clear the CIA could not have operated its programme without their support, according to the OSJI. "There is no doubt that high-ranking Bush administration officials bear responsibility for authorising human rights violations associated with secret detention and extraordinary rendition, and the impunity that they have enjoyed to date remains a matter of significant concern," the report says.

White House silent over CIA drone reports as pressure builds on Brennan 06 Feb 2013 The pressure on John Brennan, Barack Obama's nominee for CIA director and the architect of the White House strategy on drones, intensified on Wednesday amid revelations of a secret CIA drone base in Saudi Arabia and anger in Congress at the administration's refusal to reveal the legal basis for killing US citizens. The Obama administration and Saudi Arabia were silent over reports on Wednesday that the CIA is secretly using an air base in Saudi Arabia to conduct its controversial drone assassination campaign in neighbouring Yemen. The reports revealed that the drones that killed the US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and his son in September 2011, and Said al-Shehri, a senior al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] commander who died from his injuries last month, were launched from the unnamed base. The revelation is an embarrassment to the White House, which pressured the Washington Post and some other news organisations to suppress the information for 12 months on national security grounds.
 
Secret US assassination drone base in Saudi Arabia exposed 06 Feb 2013 The existence of a previously secret US assassination drone base in Saudi Arabia has come to light amid President Barack Obama's bid to install his counterterrorism adviser and architect of his covert targeted-killing policy, John Brennan, as the next CIA director. CIA terror drones flown out of a secret American base in Saudi Arabia were used to carry out the "only strike intentionally targeting a US citizen" to kill Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16-year-old son in a 2011 attack in Yemen, The Washington Post reports on Wednesday. The Obama administration's highly controversial and secret targeted-killing program has relied on an expanding collection of assassination drone bases maintained by the CIA spy agency and the US military's Joint Special Operations Command.
 
Hackers access Federal Reserve website, data 06 Feb 2013 The Federal Reserve has acknowledged that an outside party gained access to its website and a limited amount of data, raising questions about the central bank's cyber-security measures. The Fed did not say which of its websites had been compromised, or detail the information obtained by intruders. According to Reuters, the Fed notified bankers earlier this week that a contact database designed to facilitate communication between banks during a natural disaster had been compromised. The notice, sent via the Fed's Emergency Communication System, warned that email addresses, phone numbers and other contact information had been stolen and published.

Businesses don't want to pay for the US government's inside jobs: Debate Over Terrorism Insurance to Be Renewed 06 Feb 2013 Bipartisan legislation filed yesterday in the House of Representatives promises to renew the federal terrorism reinsurance program and the debate about whether the backup program is necessary. Introduced by Reps. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and eight co-sponsors, the bill (H.R. 508) extends the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (TRIPRA) for five years beyond its current expiration date of Dec. 31, 2014. Others have criticized the program's shifting of the potential costs of terrorist losses from businesses to taxpayers. The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) was first passed in 2002 in response to the 9/11 terror attacks to provide a public-private risk sharing mechanism. ['Public-private risk sharing mechanism.' *Puke* That's code for sycophantic Democrats and hypocritical 'anti-socialism' Republicans embracing more budget-busting welfare - as long as it's for corporations. --LRP]
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Post by: Luck on February 11, 2013, 11:08:38 am
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US: 231 Sheriffs and 4 state sheriff associations have taken a stand against Obama gun control. [In this video, Sheriff Richard Mack explains why this is important.] InfoWars Posted 2013 Feb 2 (Cached)

Israel's defense minister tacitly admits that Israel is responsible for recent airstrikes in Syria. [He justifies this as a move to prevent serious weapons from being introduced into Lebanon. Syrian President Assad said the airstrike proves that Israel is in league with Syria's enemies.] YouTube 2013 Feb 3

The Obama administration has granted itself 'broad powers' in planting destructive viruses into the computers of individuals, companies, or nations that it claims are a threat. [This information was deliberately leaked by the White House, but details are being kept secret. Note that, when others leak information that embarrasses the Administration, they go to prison; but, when the White House leaks information that it thinks will be accepted as positive by voters, no one is prosecuted.] Tech Dirt 2013 Feb 4 (Cached)

Virginia: The Charlottesville City Council passed a resolution to ban drones within city limits for surveillance and other purposes such as firing tasers and spraying tear gas.
NBC29 2013 Feb 4 (Cached)

Connecticut state prosecutors have sealed documents relating to the Sandy Hill shooting and, in so doing, said that there were multiple suspects. [This is highly significant because it challenges the official story that there was only one shooter.] Digital Journal 2013 Feb 5 (Cached)

US: Researcher finds that the US Army secretly experimented on Americans by spraying them with zinc cadmium sulfide. [The object was to see what effect this had on lungs and if it could be used as a weapon in war. Low income areas with high concentrations of children were targeted. The researcher found evidence that the chemicals may have been mixed with radioactive particles.] KSDK posted Feb 6

The Royal Bank of Scotland must pay $612 million in fines to the US and British governments for rigging LIBOR interest rates. [This money goes to the governments that were supposed to regulate banks to prevent this sort of thing. They do not go to bank customers who were victimized by the fraud. So the governments are rewarded for their lack of diligence. The bankers who committed the LIBOR crime will not be sent to prison, but we are told that the fines will be deducted from their bonuses. However, the customary practice in such matters is to re-direct bonus payments into other forms of compensation, such as increased salary and retirement benefits. We suspect this is merely an effort to quell outrage from UK citizens who bailed out RBS in 2008 for $71 billion. This article claims that US banks have repaid their bailouts, and the US government has made a profit from it all. This is not true. The so-called paybacks were accounting tricks, such as secretly getting new bailouts under the table to publicly payback the first bailouts. CNBC probably knows this but chooses to perpetuate the myth.] CNBC 2013 Feb 6 (Cached)

US: Anti-drone bills in 2 states are gaining steam as they wind their way through the state legislatures. [Montana's bill would prohibit drones from using 'anti-personnel devices' (weapons) and would make evidence inadmissible if collected by a drone. Virginia's law places a two- year moratorium on drone usage by state and local law enforcement.] TAC 2013 Feb 7 (Cached)

Seattle's Mayor Mike McGinn, under massive pressure from the public, cancelled the federally funded drone program. [The two drones will be returned to the manufacturers without refund.] YouTube 2013 Feb 8

                            ANALYSIS
Reports and commentaries that look beyond the news to identify historical facts and trends that must be understood to place the news into perspective. This is our "think-tank" section that makes it possible to anticipate future events.

James Corbett interviews Tom Sacker about 'Operation Gladio'. [That is a NATO operation that, for decades, committed false-flag terrorism to manipulate public opinion. Corbett then is joined by FBI whistleblower, Sibel Edmonds, who outlines how Operation Gladio was used in Turkey and continues globally in current times. Incredibly important information!]
Corbett Report Posted 2013 Feb 2

Matt Taibbi explains that the failure of Obama's Department of Justice to prosecute bankers for incredibly serious crimes creates a double standard that sets privileged individuals above the law. [The 'revolving door' pattern of industry insiders moving into power positions of government to protect those industries is common. This is the best analysis of this problem we have seen.] YouTube Posted 2013 Feb 2

Ben Swann debunks celebrity Danny Glover's claims about the Second Amendment and finds a historical racial bias against Blacks and Hispanics in gun control laws from the Revolutionary War through the civil rights movement. YouTube Posted 2013 Feb 2

Australia: Farmers are angry because government policies require the country to import and export its food instead of being self sufficient. [Government agencies are grabbing control over farming and water, using environmentalism as an excuse – much the same as is being done in America and many other countries.] YouTube 2013 Feb 3

Ben Swann explains how hemp is different from marijuana and why it should be legalized. Reality Check 2013 Feb 5

WHY DO THEY USE TORTURE?
2013 Feb 5 from Karson Swedberg
Ed, I don't understand what a person or government would gain from torture? From what I understand, prisoners are more apt to cooperate when they are treated humanely. What is the purpose behind torturing people, besides being very sick and vile, why would the US government continue such practices?
REPLY FROM GEG:
Hello Karson. My personal view is that they use torture to obtain false confessions that can be offered as proof that their concern over terrorism and all their laws against our freedom are justified.

Judge Napolitano explains that the legal justifications by the Obama administration for authorizing drones to murder Americans is unconstitutional. [That is the understatement of the century. Unconstitutional, illegal, immoral, tyrannical, frightening, and insane!]
Fox News Insider 2013 Feb 6
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Anti-Drone Actions]
Post by: Luck on February 13, 2013, 09:51:58 am
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US newspapers accused of complicity as drone report reopens security debate --New York Times and Washington Post knew about secret drone base in Saudi Arabia but agreed not to disclose it to the public 06 Feb 2013 US news organisations are facing accusations of complicity after it emerged that they bowed to pressure from the Obama administration not to disclose the existence of a secret drone base in Saudi Arabia despite knowing about it for a year. Amid renewed scrutiny over the Obama administration's secrecy over its targeted killing programme, media analysts and national security experts said the revelation that some newspapers had co-operated over the drone base had reopened the debate over the balance between freedom of information and national security. On Tuesday, following Monday's disclosure by NBC of a leaked Justice Department white paper on the case for its controversial targeted killing programme, the Washington Post revealed it had previously refrained from publishing the base's location at the behest of the Obama administration over national security concerns. The New York Times followed with its own story on the drone programme on Wednesday, and an op-ed explaining why it felt the time to publish was now.
 
Libor Accords Leave Banks Facing 'Massive' State Claims 06 Feb 2013 A multistate probe of alleged manipulation of interest rates threatens to leave banks liable for billions of dollars in estimated state and local losses from the scandal, even as they settle with national regulators. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is helping lead a probe into claims that banks rigged global benchmarks for borrowing, adding to investigations by other authorities, including the U.S. Justice Department. Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc agreed yesterday to pay about *612 million to U.S. and U.K. regulators to resolve their claims. States have joined forces as banks reach settlements to resolve liability tied to Libor, or the London interbank offered rate. Barclays Plc in June agreed to pay 290 million pounds (*454 million), and in December, UBS AG agreed to pay 1.4 billion Swiss francs (*1.5 billion).
 
Iran releases decoded footage obtained from captured US drone 07 Feb 2013 Iran has for the first time released decoded video recordings obtained from a US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone downed and captured by the Islamic Republic in December 2011. The recordings have been made by the drone's underbelly camera, and include views from the area surrounding the Kandahar base as the drone is about to land. The Kandahar base is located about 420 kilometers from Iran's eastern borders in Afghanistan. The majority of drone assassination attacks by the US on Afghanistan and Pakistan are carried out by the aircraft stationed at this base.
 
Mayor grounds Seattle police drone program 07 Feb 2013 Seattle's mayor on Thursday ordered the police department to abandon its plan to use drones after residents and privacy advocates protested. Mayor Mike McGinn said the department will not use two small drones it obtained through a federal grant. The unmanned aerial vehicles will be returned to the vendor, he said. The department had not yet begun using the drones but received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.
 
Fed still gauging extent of hacker breach, FBI on case 07 Feb 2013 The U.S. Federal Reserve said on Thursday it was still working to determine the extent its computer systems had been breached by hackers, adding that the incident was the subject of a criminal probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The online intrusion, which has embarrassed the U.S. central bank and raised questions about the effectiveness of its security, was publicized on Sunday by activist group Anonymous. The Fed statement on Thursday was its first explicit acknowledgment that it did not yet know the extent of the security breach.

US assassination drone attack kills 9 in NW Pakistan 08 Feb 2013 Nine people are killed after a US assassination drone pounded a village on the border of North and South Waziristan tribal regions in Pakistan's northwest. Missiles fired from the US drones on Friday leveled a compound in the village, some 50 kilometers south of Miranshah, a major town in North Waziristan. "Six drones were hovering in the sky at the time of the attack. One drone fired two missiles at a house," a Miranshah security official said.

Support grows for U.S. 'drone tribunal' to review CIA kill lists 08 Feb 2013 Some lawmakers have proposed a special federal "drone court" that would approve suspected militants for targeting. While the idea of a judicial review of such operations may be gaining political currency, multiple U.S. officials said on Friday that imminent action by the U.S. Congress or the White House to create one is unlikely. The idea is being actively considered, however, according to a White House official. At Thursday's confirmation hearing for CIA director nominee John Brennan, senators discussed establishing a secret court or tribunal to rule on the validity of cases that U.S. intelligence agencies draw up for killing suspected militants using drones.
 
Rand Paul to Deliver 'Tea Party Response' to State of the Union 08 Feb 2013 President Obama will once again face two rebuttals, after his State of the Union address on Tuesday. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will deliver the "tea party response" to Obama from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Tuesday night. Paul’s speech will be staged by the [corporate-run] national tea-party election group Tea Party Express, the same group that sponsored the 2011 and 2012 rebuttals. Sen. Marco Rubio will deliver the official Republican Party response.
 
Va. workers' part-time hours capped due to health law 08 Feb 2013 Thousands of part-time state workers, including many in Hampton Roads, are being told they'll be allowed to work no more than 29 hours a week going forward. The reason: The federal Affordable Care Act requires that employees working 30 hours a week or more receive health care benefits - which would cost Virginia tens of millions of dollars a year. The new policy will mean a pay cut for many part-timers, including adjunct college professors. The 29-hour limit is on its way to becoming state law, thanks to language inserted into the state budget at the request of [Republican] Gov. Bob McDonnell's administration.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Anti-Drone Actions]
Post by: Luck on February 13, 2013, 09:52:46 am
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Drone Spotted Hovering Above Neighborhood in West Oakland 09 Feb 2013 On February 8th, 2013 at 3:50 pm a drone was sighted hovering above a neighborhood in West Oakland. There didn’t seem to be a focus, it just maintained its position above properties near a highway. It is not known at this point what agency or individual was operating the craft.
 
Afghanistan confirms UN report on child killings by US-led troops 09 Feb 2013 Afghanistan has confirmed a United Nations report that accuses US-led forces of killing hundreds of Afghan children over the last four years. "We agree with the UN report and confirm that innocent kids have been killed during coalition forces operations specifically US troops operations during the past ten years," Aimal Faizi, a spokesman for the Afghan government, said Saturday. On February 5, the Geneva-based UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said in a report that the "attacks by US military forces in Afghanistan, including air strikes, have reportedly killed hundreds of children over the last four years." [Oops! MSNBC 'forgot' to cover this one.]
 
Christopher Dorner Is First Drone Target on US Soil --Police plan to use spy drones in the hunt for a Rambo-style ex-soldier and policeman 10 Feb 2013 Police believe burly, heavily-armed Christopher Dorner is holed-up in the wilderness of California’s snow-capped San Bernardino mountains 80 miles east of Los Angeles. Yesterday, it was revealed that Dorner has become the first human target for remotely-controlled airborne drones on US soil. Asked directly if drones have already been deployed, Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz, who is jointly leading the task force, said: "We are using all the tools at our disposal." The use of drones was later confirmed by Customs and Border Patrol spokesman Ralph DeSio, who revealed agents have been prepared for Dorner to make a dash for the Mexican border since his rampage began. He said: "This agency has been at the forefront of domestic use of drones by law enforcement. That's all I can say at the moment."
 
U.S. trains for mass migration in Caribbean security drill 10 Feb 2013 A simulated wave of Caribbean migrants sailed to the Guantanamo naval base this week for a training drill designed to prepare U.S. troops and security agencies who might someday have to handle the real thing. The exercise is held every two years to prepare for a potential mass migration brought on by US-engendered political upheaval or HAARP-engendered natural disaster in the region. More than 500 U.S. troops and government workers flew to the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in eastern Cuba for the drill, which started on Saturday and runs through Friday. The drill is taking place on the sparsely populated Leeward side of the base, which is bisected by Guantanamo Bay.
 
Icelandic MP who released WikiLeaks video plans US visit despite legal threat 11 Feb 2013 Birgitta Jónsdóttir, the Icelandic MP and member of the WikiLeaks team that released secret footage of a US Apache helicopter attack on civilians in Iraq, is planning to visit America for the first time since the 'Collateral Murder' video was made public to express her support for Bradley Manning, the video's alleged source. Jónsdóttir plans to travel to New York on 5 April to mark the third anniversary of the posting of the footage, one of the most dramatic WikiLeaks releases and one that helped put the website and its founder Julian Assange on the global map. She is making the journey even though she has been advised by the Icelandic government not to do so for fear of legal retribution from US authorities.
 
Feds Set to Mandate 'Black Box' Data Recorders in Every Car and Truck --There's no opt-out. It's extremely difficult for car owners to disable the recorders. 11 Feb 2013 Many motorists don't know it, but it's likely that every time they get behind the wheel, there's a snitch along for the ride. Today is the last day that the public can comment on a proposed law that would put so-called black boxes in every new car sold by September 1, 2014. The thing is, most cars already have them unbeknownst to many drivers. Automakers have been quietly tucking the devices, which automatically record the actions of drivers and the responses of their vehicles in a continuous information loop, into most new cars for years. Privacy advocates say government regulators and automakers are spreading an intrusive technology without first putting in place policies to prevent misuse of the information collected.
 
Former Fla. GOP chief pleads guilty before trial 11 Feb 2013 The criminal trial of former Republican Party of Florida chair Jim Greer had promised to be embarrassing for party leaders... But Greer's guilty pleas on Monday to four counts of theft and a single count of money laundering ended the trial before it even started and ensured that some state GOP secrets will currently remain confidential. "There were a number of people who did not want this trial to go forward and the trial isn't going forward," Damon Chase, Greer's attorney, said after the former chair entered his pleas in court. "Once again, Jim Greer is falling on his sword for a lot of other folks."
 
Anonymous intends to block Webcasts of State of the Union 12 Feb 2013 The online hactivist collective Anonymous intends to block Webcasts of President Obama's State of the Union address this evening because of what it calls a lack of attention to issues important to the group. "There will be no State of the Union Address on the Web tonight," the group said today in a blog post announcing the effort, which it has code named #opSOTU. Specifically, the group says it objects to Obama not addressing the prosecution of Web activist Aaron Swartz, the long detention of alleged WikiLeaker Bradley Manning, wireless wiretapping, the targeted killings of U.S. citizens by drones, and the National Defense Authorization Act, which it calls "an act of outright tyrannical legislation." In the post, Anonymous said it planned to cut off the Capitol from the Internet during the president's address.
 
Government Panel in Afghanistan Confirms Widespread Torture of Detainees 12 Feb 2013 An Afghan government panel on Monday acknowledged widespread torture of detainees, after a two-week investigation of a United Nations report citing rampant abuses. At a news conference in Kabul, the panel's director said its inquiry had confirmed evidence that nearly half of the 284 prisoners interviewed in three provinces had been tortured during arrest or questioning. The inquiry also found that many of the detainees never had access to legal defense. But even though the official, Abdul Qadir Adalatkhwa, noted that the findings were serious, he insisted that there was no evidence of "systematic torture."
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Fluoridegate & Rad Waste]
Post by: Luck on February 19, 2013, 08:41:26 pm
http://nhc.lefora.com/2013/02/04/1-55/
February 16, 2013 - Issue 2373
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/02/16.aspx
Fluoridegate—Why is Poisoning of Children Considered a Valuable Public Health Policy?
    Fluoride is a toxic substance that is biologically active in the human body where it accumulates in sensitive tissues over time, wreaks havoc with enzymes and produces a number of serious adverse health effects —including neurological and endocrine dysfunction
    The film, Fluoridegate, places particular focus on how water fluoridation harms young children, as they tend to suffer the greatest health effects
    25 human studies have linked fluoride with lowered IQ in children, including recent research from Harvard, and 100 animal studies linking it to brain damage
    Water fluoridation came about as the result of a massive PR campaign, and was reportedly first suggested as a way to protect aluminum and steel producers from lawsuits against the fluorine pollution coming from their factories
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DOE Submits Plan to Recycle Radioactive Waste into Consumer Goods
    The Department of Energy (DOE) has released a proposal that would allow nearly 14,000 tons of radioactive metals to be recycled for use in consumer goods
    The proposal would modify an existing suspension to allow scrap metals from radiological areas to be released to private industry to be used for any purpose, including recycling
    The DOE’s proposal would only add to the growing amount of radioactive scrap metal already circulating globally, contributing to increasing “background” levels of radiation exposure that have been linked to cancer, cataracts, birth defects and more
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: DHS Buying Enough Bullets to Kill All]
Post by: Luck on February 20, 2013, 12:18:41 pm
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
http://www.legitgov.org/

Italian ex-spy chief gets 10 years in CIA case 12 Feb 2013 Italy's former military intelligence chief was sentenced to 10 years in jail on Tuesday for his role in the kidnapping of an Egyptian Muslim cleric in an operation organized by the United States. An American former CIA station chief was this month sentenced in absentia to seven years in jail after imam Abu Omar was snatched from a Milan street in 2003 and flown to Egypt for interrogation torture during the United States' "war on terror". The Milan appeals court sentenced Niccolo Pollari, former head of the Sismi military intelligence agency, to 10 years in prison and his former deputy Marco Mancini to nine years.

7-year-old girl gets flu vaccine, dies 4 days later --CDC 'investigating' 12 Jan 2013 Her family shares the last pictures ever taken of Kaylynne Matten. "Some days it feels real but most days are like a bad dream. You're just still waiting to wake up," mom Nicole said. The photos of the 7-year-old were snapped at a Christmas party on Dec. 4. They're more precious than ever to this family. Kaylynne died two days later. "She was always 100 percent healthy," dad Justin said. Kaylynne's death came just four days after a doctor's visit where she got her annual flu shot during a routine checkup.
 
At Least 20 CIA Prisoners Still Missing 13 Feb 2013 In one of President Barack Obama's first acts in the White House, he ordered the closure of the CIA's so-called "black-site" prisons, where terror suspects had been held and, sometimes, tortured. The CIA says it is "out of the detention business," as John Brennan, Obama's pick to head the agency, recently put it. But the CIA's prisons left some unfinished business. In 2009, ProPublica listed more than thirty people who had been held in CIA prisons and were still missing. Some of those prisoners have since resurfaced, but at least twenty are still unaccounted for.

U.S. should hit 'pause' button on billions more in Afghan aid: watchdog --U.S. 'reconstruction' aid to Afghanistan approaching $100 billion 13 Feb 2013 The U.S. government should reconsider whether to spend more on reconstruction aid in Afghanistan, the U.S. watchdog that monitors the funds said on Wednesday, citing Afghanistan's persistent corruption and inability to manage projects as U.S. troops withdraw. John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction, said $20 billion in U.S. assistance for Afghanistan had been appropriated but not yet spent. Nearly $10 billion more in aid may soon be approved by Congress. Sopko asked whether any of this money should be released... The subcommittee chairman, Republican Jason Chaffetz (UT-3), said it was especially distasteful for Washington to be sending taxpayers' money to "the most corrupt government on the face of the planet" in a time of fiscal scarcity at home. [$100 billion to pretend to rebuild that which we destroyed. But we can't get a road built in the US due to the 'deficit.' US corpora-terrorists, mercenaries and drug lords are the biggest beneficiaries--so by all means, let's cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid--but keep the CIA's opium and gas routes fully funded!]

Rand Paul will block CIA appointment until he gets more info on drone program --Can a drone be used to kill an American in America? 13 Feb 2013 Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is threatening to block President Obama's choice to head the CIA until the administration forks over more information about its covert drone program. Specifically, can a U.S. drone be used to kill an American on American soil? Recently-disclosed administration legal documents bless the targeting of Americans involved with terrorist groups abroad. Until he gets answers, Paul says he's willing to do "whatever it takes" - including a so-called "hold," which would block the Senate from taking up John Brennan's nomination as CIA director.

Activists arrested at White House protesting Keystone pipeline 13 Feb 2013 When President Obama spoke about climate change global warming in the State of the Union address Tuesday night, he failed to mention the proposed Keystone XL pipeline [of course], which aims to transport heavy crude oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast and which needs his approval for a construction permit. But that controversial project -- which ranks as one of the top climate decisions the president will have to make this year -- took center stage Wednesday as 48 activists engaged in civil disobedience at the gates of the White House. Shortly after noon, D.C. police began arresting the protesters. Former UVA Professor Arrested at Protest Outside White House 13 Feb 2013 Former University of Virginia professor and civil rights leader Julian Bond was arrested Wednesday outside the White House. Bond was with a group of prominent activists including actress Daryl Hannah and former Congressman Robert Kennedy Jr. They were protesting to send a message to President Obama. The group wants the president to block the [deadly] Keystone XL pipeline project, which would carry oil from Canada to Texas.

The Execution of Christopher Dorner --The State of the Union Amidst the Ashes of Extrajudicial Death 13 Feb 2013 If the murder of Oscar Grant on an Oakland transit platform marked the dawn of the Obama era, the cold-blooded murder of former Naval reservist and Los Angeles Police officer Christopher Dorner might just mark the end of whatever optimistic hope people can muster in his administration. Whether an innocent young man just trying to get home, shot in the back after being racially profiled and slurred, or a man driven to his breaking point after being fired from a similar police force that operates according to its own warped morality and overarching objectives, the state of the union is a powder keg whose wick has gotten shorter due to decades of looking the other way. Just minutes before Barack Obama began his state of the union address, San Bernardino County Sheriffs, knowing full well what they were doing, burned Christopher Dorner to death.
 
Why is the Department of Homeland Security buying so many bullets? 14 Feb 2013 The Homeland Security Department wants to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition in the next four or five years. It says it needs them -- roughly the equivalent of five bullets for every person in the United States -- for law enforcement agents in training and on duty. Peggy Dixon, spokeswoman for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga., said one of the contracts would allow Homeland Security to buy up to 750 million rounds of ammunition over the next five years for its training facilities.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Hazardous Pipeline]
Post by: Luck on February 20, 2013, 12:21:17 pm
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Homeland Security Approves Their Right to Search and Seize Your Electronics Without Suspicion 14 Feb 2013 Our government agencies have allowed themselves the right to search and seize your electronic devices with stunning impunity. Just two weeks ago, the Department of Homeland Security quietly released a a strangely worded document reaffirming their own right to search and seize your electronics without suspicion or cause, anywhere along the United States border (which they define as 100 miles in from the border – an area twice as long as Rhode Island). In reality, this is nothing new, Homeland Security has been doing this since at least 2009; That's when Secretary Napolitano put her stamp on the Bush-era practice, and promised an impact assessment within 120 days. Over two years later, it's finally here, and it is nothing more than a poorly written press release.

Guards ransacked, seized Guantanamo defendants' legal documents 15 Feb 2013 While the prisoners accused of plotting the [Bush-Cheney-Rice-Rumsfeld-'Lucky Larry' Silverstein] September 11 attacks were in the Guantanamo Bay courtroom this week, guards seized confidential legal documents, books, photos and even toilet paper from their cells, according to a prison camp lawyer. Defense lawyers said some defendants returned to their cells after court sessions earlier in the week to find that bins containing their legal documents had been ransacked and confidential papers relating to their defense were missing. The seizures happened while the camp's top legal adviser was on the witness stand giving assurances that no one was reading those private legal documents, said Cheryl Bormann, an attorney for defendant Walid Bin Attash.
 
Cornel West: President Obama a 'war criminal' --'It's been over 200 children so far. These are war crimes.' 15 Feb 2013 Princeton professor Cornel West says President Obama is a "war criminal." West, the prominent black academic and activist who has consistently been a harsh Obama critic, took issue with the White House's covert drone program, saying that "the chickens are coming home to roost." "We've been talking about this for a good while, the immorality of drones, dropping bombs on innocent people," West said on his "Smiley & West" radio show with Tavis Smiley. "It's been over 200 children so far," West said. "These are war crimes."
 
Anonymous activists hack into 600,000 Israeli email accounts 17 Feb 2013 Activists associated with the group "Anonymous" claimed on Friday to have hacked some 600,000 email accounts from the Israeli server Walla!, stealing user details and information. A report in Australia's SC Magazine says hackers published email addresses and passwords in 93 different posts on Pastebin.com, a website used by hackers to communicate. The campaign targeted Israeli websites, such as those of the IDF spokesperson's unit, the Prime Minister's office, and other official websites.
 
Thousands march in D.C. to protest Keystone pipeline 17 Feb 2013 Thousands of environmental activists marched in Washington Sunday to protest plans for the Keystone XL pipeline. Organizers of "Forward on Climate," who planned the event, told Reuters about 35,000 people from 30 states protested in what they said was the biggest climate rally in U.S. history. Protesters also said that President Barack Obama should put a stop on the pipeline to honor his inaugural pledge to act on climate change.
 
Hundreds march near Mission Bay to protest proposed Keystone XL pipeline project 17 Feb 2013 Hundreds of San Diegans marched near Mission Bay on Sunday, joining a nationwide protest to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project. A huge protest occurred in Washington, D.C. on Sunday to send a message to President Obama about the long-term effects of the pipeline on the environment. A similar message was heard from hundreds in San Diego.
 
Thousands rally in S.F. against pipeline 17 Feb 2013 Thousands of people rallied in downtown San Francisco on Sunday to urge President Obama to reject construction of the [deadly] Keystone XL oil pipeline, an action they said would prove he is committed to fighting global warming. The demonstration across from the Ferry Building was held at the same time as similar events in cities including Chicago, Seattle and Los Angeles. The main event in Washington, D.C., drew tens of thousands of supporters in what was billed as the largest climate change rally in U.S. history. Organizers of the San Francisco protest estimated that more than 4,000 people gathered to condemn the proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline, which would run nearly 2,000 miles to connect Canada's oil sands to refineries around the Gulf of Mexico.
 
Anonymous dumps US State Dept database 19 Feb 2013 Anonymous claims to have hacked the United States State Department website and captured a database, which has now been published on the Internet. The data dump by the hacktivists contains the names and email addresses of State Department consular and career staffers and in some cases, their phone numbers and date of birth. Usernames are also found in the database dump. Searching state.gov and other sites shows that several email addresses and other data match State Department staffers in the United States and legations around the world.
 
US to play active military role in Mali: US Senator 19 Feb 2013 An American Senator says the United States is likely to play a more active military role in Mali, where a French-led war is raging, after the West African country holds elections. "There is the hope that there will be additional support from the United States in these and other areas, but... American law prohibits direct assistance to the Malian military following the coup," Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Africa, told journalists in the Malian capital, Bamako, on Monday. The US has been providing intelligence, transport and mid-air refueling to France since it started its military campaign in Mali last month. US law prohibited direct assistance to Mali's armed forces because of last year's military coup, led by a US-trained Malian army captain, who toppled the country's elected government.
[The U.S. govt observes the rule of law?]
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Tiny U.S. Drones Terrorism]
Post by: Luck on February 25, 2013, 10:24:10 am
Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
http://www.legitgov.org/
 
Drone Makers Take Aim at U.S. Market --FAA plans to expand drone use in the U.S. in 2015 19 Feb 2013 American firms that make drones are aiming their sights on the U.S. market as the next frontier for the controversial technology. With a declining defense budget expected to limit spending on the vehicles, used primarily to monitor and target combatants on foreign battlefields, manufacturers are seeking opportunities on the domestic front, where universities, police departments and border patrol agencies--as well as commercial enterprises--could use unmanned aircraft, known as drones. In response, the Federal Aviation Administration has begun a search for six U.S. test sites that will serve as proving grounds to determine where drones can be safely integrated into America's busy commercial air space. That step, which came last week after a delay, involves the FAA soliciting proposals from states that want to host one of the sites.
 
U.S. Air Force developing terrifying swarms of tiny unmanned drones that can hover, crawl and even kill targets --Air Vehicles Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, is already developing prototypes of tiny drones that can hover --The Micro Air Vehicles will work in swarms to provide complex surveillance of a battlefield --They can also be armed with incapacitating chemicals, combustible payloads or even explosives 'for precision targeting capability' 19 Feb 2013 The U.S. Air Force is developing tiny unmanned drones that will fly in swarms, hover like bees, crawl like spiders and even sneak up on unsuspecting targets and execute them with lethal precision. The Air Vehicles Directorate, a research arm of the Air Force, has released a computer-animated video outlining the the future capabilities of Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs).
 
US drone strikes in Afghanistan rose sharply last year, UN reports 19 Feb 2013 The number of US drone strikes in Afghanistan rose sharply last year compared with 2011, the United Nations said Tuesday. Drones have become a major source of contention between the US and countries like Pakistan, where covert strikes on [alleged] militant leaders have drawn condemnation and allegations of sovereignty infringements as family members and other bystanders are killed. The UN mission in Afghanistan (Unama) said 506 weapons were released by drones in 2012, compared with 294 the previous year.
 
Pa. school district streaming 130 cameras to police 19 Feb 2013 A western Pennsylvania school district is about to begin sending images from 130 surveillance cameras in its buildings to municipal police cars. Murrysville police Chief Thomas Seefeld says the system in the Franklin Regional School District was in the works long before the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings [aka false flag] in Connecticut -- but that police believe the system could help them respond to such an event [?] in this district about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh. District officials tell the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review the system should also deter vandalism and other crimes.
 
Heads up! CISPA sociopaths are busy little bees, hacking themselves and blaming others, so they can pimp corpora-terrorists' repressive, privacy-violating legislation: White House warns of dangers posed by WikiLeaks, LulzSec, other 'hacktivists' 20 Feb 2013 The White House warned today of the threat posed by WikiLeaks, LulzSec, and other "hacktivist" groups that have the ability to target U.S. companies and expropriate confidential data. A new administration-wide strategy disclosed at a high-profile event in Washington that included Attorney General Eric Holder says the theft of trade secrets is on the rise and predicts such theft will undermine U.S. national security unless halted. It's a "steadily increasing threat to America's economy and national security interests," Holder said at the event, which also featured officials from the State Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
 
Obama to GOP: Let's make a deal to deny Dems drone documents, and I'll give you Benghazi info Posted by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 21 Feb 2013 We read, from the New York Times, the following news summary: White House Tactic for C.I.A. Bid Holds Back Drone Memos 21 Feb 2013 The White House is refusing to share fully with Congress the legal opinions that justify targeted killings, while maneuvering to make sure its stance does not do anything to endanger the confirmation of John O. Brennan as C.I.A. director. Rather than agreeing to some Democratic senators' demands for full access to the classified legal memos on the targeted killing program, Obama administration officials are negotiating with Republicans to provide more information on the lethal attack last year on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, according to three Congressional staff members. The strategy is intended to produce a bipartisan majority vote for Mr. Brennan in the Senate Intelligence Committee without giving its members seven additional legal opinions on targeted killing sought by senators and while protecting what the White House views as the confidentiality of the Justice Department's legal advice to the president. It would allow Mr. Brennan's nomination to go to the Senate floor even if one or two Democrats vote no to protest the refusal to share more legal memos. [Oops, it's another politically-generated syntactical faux pas by the New York Times! (Love those!) You don't need to add the words 'full' and 'fully' when discussing Obusha's refusal to release information/documents in order to placate Obamabots. Either you share or you don't. Either you provide access or you don't. Just like your cowardly a**es refuse to call torture 'torture' and keep calling prisoners 'detainees.' 'Detainment' implies being held for a day or two, not imprisonment in a Guantanamo Bay hellhole for ten-plus years, n'est-ce pas? That's a *prisoner.* Got it?]

Flu vaccine [almost?] 'completely ineffective' in people over 65 --Hospitalizations and deaths some of highest ever recorded for elderly 21 Feb 2013 This season's flu vaccine was almost completely ineffective in people over 65, which could explain why rates of hospitalization and death have been some of the highest ever recorded for that age group, according to early estimates released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For those over 65, the flu vaccine helped in just 9% of cases, a number too low to be statistically significant, according to a report in the CDC's Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report released Thursday. This season's flu hospitalization and death rates in those over 65 have been "higher than we've ever seen with this group," said Michael Jhung, a CDC epidemiologist.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Expanding U.S. CorporaTerrorism]
Post by: Luck on February 25, 2013, 10:24:31 am
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U.S. troops arrive in Niger to set up drone base 22 Feb 2013 President Obama announced Friday that about 100 U.S. troops have been deployed to the West African country of Niger, where defense officials said they are setting up a drone base to spy on al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] fighters in the Sahara. It was the latest step by the Pentagon to increase its intelligence-gathering across Africa in response to what officials see as a rising threat from militant groups. In a letter to Congress, Obama said about 40 U.S. service members arrived in Niger on Wednesday, bringing the total number of troops based there to "approximately" 100.
 
Jeremy Hammond on Aaron Swartz and the Criminalization of Digital Dissent [Republished with permission from member of Jeremy Hammond's legal team] 22 Feb 2013 I am currently facing multiple computer hacking conspiracy charges due to my alleged involvement with Anonymous, LulzSec, and AntiSec, groups which have targeted and exposed corruption in government institutions and corporations such as Stratfor, The Arizona Department of Public Safety, and HB Gary Federal. My potential sentence is dramatically increased because the Patriot Act expanded the CFAA's definition of "loss."
 
US warns Pakistan not to sign pipeline deal with Iran 22 Feb 2013 The United States warned Pakistan against entering 'deals with Iran that may be sanctionable,' a reference to Pak-Iran gas deal. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said during a media briefing that Pakistan had better not sign agreement with Tehran. However, she said Washington wanted to help Pakistan overcome its energy crisis. [Right, more US tax dollars to infuse billions into the 'coalition of the bribed' -- the only way USociopaths can actually get allies -- to benefit US corpora-terrorists pretending to build foreign infrastructure and for Blackwater to pretend to defend same. Hopefully, Pakistan will sign the deal with Iran, regardless. --LRP]

U.S. drone strikes up sharply in Afghanistan 23 Feb 2013 One morning recently, a teenager named Bacha Zarina was collecting firewood on her family's farm in eastern Afghanistan. About 30 yards away, as relatives recall, two Taliban commanders stood outside a house. A missile screamed down from the sky, killing the two men instantly. Two chunks of shrapnel flew at Bacha Zarina and lodged in her left side. Her family took her to the nearest hospital, a half-hour drive away, but she died en route, an accidental victim of the rapidly escalating U.S.-led campaign of drone strikes in Afghanistan. She was 14 or 15 years old.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai to US Special Ops: Get Out 24 Feb 2013 Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered all U.S. Special Forces out of two key provinces within two weeks, accusing Afghan units under their jurisdiction of being responsible for the torture, abuse, and disappearance of Afghan civilians. The deadline was announced today by Karzai spokesman Aimal Faizi at a hastily convened press conference, and later repeated in a statement from the Presidential Palace. The decision came after Karzai met Sunday with his National Security Council. According to the statement, during the meeting "it became clear that armed individuals belonging to US Special Forces engaged in harassing, annoying, torturing, and even murdering innocent people."
Afghanistan: Hamid Karzai orders US torture troops to leave 24 Feb 2013 US special forces have been ordered to leave a region of Afghanistan over claims they used local soldiers to torture or kill innocent people. Elite troops have been given two weeks to get out of troubled eastern Wardak province by Afghan president Hamid Karzai. Those engaged in 'harassing, annoying, torturing and even murdering innocent people' will be handed over to the government, said his spokesman.

Gibbs: I was told not to acknowledge existence of drone program 24 Feb 2103 Robert Gibbs, President Barack Obama's former press secretary, says that he was once instructed by the White House not to acknowledge the administration's use of drones. "When I went through the process of becoming press secretary, one of the first things they told me was, you're not even to acknowledge the drone program," Gibbs said on MSNBC's "Up With Chris Hayes" on Sunday. "You're not even to discuss that it exists." Or, to paraphrase an oft-quoted line from David Fincher's 1999 film "Fight Club": The first rule of the drone program is you do not talk about the drone program.

Iran's IRGC cyber-warriors take control of mock enemy's spy drone 24 Feb 2013 Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has successfully taken control of the mock enemy's reconnaissance drone on the first day of the Payambar-e Azam 8 (The Great Prophet 8 ) military drills, which are being held in the southeastern province of Kerman. The spokesman of the war games, Brigadier General Hamid Sarkheili, told reporters late on Saturday that the IRGC forces took control of the drone's guidance system and managed to bring it down. The IRGC Ground Force started the Payambar-e Azam 8 exercise, which includes practice maneuvers of various defense tactics, in southeastern Iran on Saturday.

Autopsy shows Palestinian prisoner died of torture in Israeli jail 25 Feb 2013 Palestinian Minister of Prisoners Affairs Eissa Qaraqe' said on Sunday that autopsy revealed that Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat died of torture. "Traces of severe torture appeared on Jaradat's body: neck, face and backbone," Qaraqe' told reporters in a news conference held in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Jaradat, 30, died in an Israeli prison on Saturday after he was detained in one of the almost-daily Israeli army raids in the West Bank since less than a week. Initial Israeli media reports cited sources suggesting that Jaradat died of a heart attack. Qaraeq' denied this claims, describing it an "untrue Israeli claim."
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Post by: Luck on March 01, 2013, 05:41:23 pm
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CLG founder Dr. Michael Rectenwald interview with Kevin Barrett 22 Feb 2013 by Kevin Barrett 4:00 p.m. ET Friday, 22 Feb 2013,  American Freedom Radio (archived here) Dr. Michael Rectenwald teaches the history and philosophy of science, among other topics, at New York University. The founder of Citizens for Legitimate Government, America's best on-line news-agglomeration service, Dr. Rectenwald is also an author of short fiction. His new book is called The Thief and Other Stories. We'll discuss the various conspiracies unmasked by CLG, including 9/11 and Sandy Hook, as well as issues raised by his fiction.

'US-trained' Afghan forces 'are just like criminals' --Murder, sexual abuse, drugs and extortion revealed in Panorama investigation 24 Feb 2013 Shocking revelations of murder, sexual abuse of young boys, unarmed civilians being shot at, police officers high on drugs, and routine kidnaps and extortion are exposing the true state of Afghanistan's security forces in Helmand province. The despair of the US marines advising Afghan forces is laid bare in scenes being broadcast on BBC1's Panorama tomorrow evening. It reveals how three boys were shot dead escaping from police commanders who were sexually abusing them. Major Bill Steuber meets the deputy police chief, who claims the children want to stay at the bases and "give their bodies at night". Eventually he agrees to take action, but the operation to rescue the other "chai boys" used as sex slaves does not happen. Afghan forces are seen under the influence of drugs, indiscriminately firing into the air without regard for civilians, and US soldiers discover four men kidnapped by police and used to barter with the Taliban.

Iran calls Oscar for 'Argo,' awarded by Michelle Obama, an ad for CIA 25 Feb 2013 Iran has dismissed the awarding of an Oscar to the film "Argo" as an "advertisement for the CIA" and a Zionist plot to misrepresent an event arising from the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The Washington Post quoted Fars News as writing: "In a rare occasion in Oscar history, the First Lady announced the winner for Best Picture for the anti-Iran Film 'Argo,' which is produced by the Zionist company Warner Bros."

'Obama to tell Netanyahu US gearing up for Iran strike' --During upcoming visit, president will convey message that window for American military operation opens in June, TV report says 25 Feb 2013 When he visits Israel next month, US President Barack Obama will tell Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that a "window of opportunity" for a military strike on Iran will open in June, according to an Israeli TV report Monday evening. Obama will come bearing the message that if diplomatic efforts and sanctions don't bear fruit, Israel should "sit tight" and let Washington take the stage, even if that means remaining on the sidelines during a US military operation, Channel 10 reported. Netanyahu will be asked to refrain from any military action and keep a low profile, avoiding even the mention of a strike, the report said, citing unnamed officials.

US firms hatched plot to topple Hugo Chavez - WikiLeaks 25 Feb 2013 WikiLeaks has revealed the participation of at least two American companies behind attempts to overthrow Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The hand of Washington was detected in actions of the Venezuelan opposition since 2006 and in its opposition campaign for the 2010 parliamentary elections. The leaked email messages, dating back to July 2004 and December 2011, were tracked to the Stratfor and Canvas companies that used students and other people in an effort to overthrow Chavez.

Symantec discovers 2005 US computer virus attack on Iran nuclear plants --Internet security firm finds early 'Stuxnet O.5' version revealing espionage and sabotage virus released under George W Bush 26 Feb 2013 Researchers at the security company Symantec have discovered an early version of the "Stuxnet" computer virus that was used to attack nuclear reprocessing plants in Iran, in what they say is a "missing link" dating back to 2005. The discovery means that the US and Israel...were working on the virus scheme long before it came to public notice -- and that development of Stuxnet, and its forerunner, began under the presidency of George W Bush, rather than being a scheme hatched during Barack Obama's first term. The older version of the virus, dubbed "Stuxnet 0.5" -- to distinguish it from the "1.0" version -- also targeted control systems in Iran's Natanz enrichment facility, the researchers said. [What about Fukushima?]
 
Taliban attacks not going down after all - AP --Pentagon retracts 'Taliban attacks down 7 percent' as false claim 26 Feb 2013 The American-led military coalition in Afghanistan backed off Tuesday from its claim that Taliban attacks dropped off in 2012, tacitly acknowledging a hole in its widely repeated argument that violence is easing and that the insurgency is in steep decline. In response to Associated Press inquiries about its latest series of statistics on security in Afghanistan, the coalition command in Kabul said it had erred lied in reporting a 7 percent decline in attacks. In fact there was no decline at all, officials said.
 
WikiLeaks: US 'to call bin Laden raid Navy SEAL to testify against Bradley Manning' 26 Feb 2013 The US government is believed to be preparing to put a Navy SEAL on the witness stand to testify that secret files published by WikiLeaks were discovered in 'Osama bin Laden's' compound. Prosecutors trying Bradley Manning, the 25-year-old soldier accused of engineering the largest intelligence leak in US history, are seeking to prove that 'al-Qaeda' directly benefitted from access to the classified files. They claim that when bin Laden requested information about US defence policy a subordinate emailed him with data taken from the trove of documents WikiLeaks published on the internet. Today, prosecutors argued they should be allowed to call a military "operator" - a common term for a US commando - as a witness, saying he could offer testimony about evidence collected from the 2011 raid in Pakistan. [And, the SEAL will be committing perjury, because Osama bin Laden died in December 2001.]

Proposed Ala. city ordinance: Give police more power, disarm individuals during disasters 26 Feb 2013 A proposed disaster emergency ordinance in Guntersville is causing controversy. The city council and mayor are considering a new ordinance that gives the city more power. Mayor Leigh Dollar says it would ensure a quick response in the event of a major disaster, like the April 27, 2011, tornadoes. But it would also give police officers more power. The ordinance states officers could disarm individuals, if necessary.

US bioterrorists dying to get the pandemic party started: Bird flu research to resume shortly 27 Feb 2013 Research on the bird flu may start up again on the University of Wisconsin campus after scientists voluntarily put the project on hold more than a year ago. UW spokesperson Terry Devitt said UW professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka from the university’s Department of Pathobiological Sciences may resume his research on the transmission of the bird flu virus. "People questioned what was the benefit of this type of research," said Rebecca Moritz, a research compliance specialist in the Office of Biological Safety at UW. [Right, the 'benefit' is billions in profit for US pharma-terrorists, when they develop a 'cure,' and for implementation of a full-blown police state during the pandemic.']

Scalia: Renewing Voting Rights Act 'perpetuation of racial entitlement' 27 Feb 2013 Supreme Court Justice [sic] Antonin Scalia referred to the renewal of the Voting Rights Act as the "perpetuation of racial entitlement," during Wednesday's Supreme Court hearing on the law. Scalia made the comments while discussing the unanimous re-authorization of the act passed by the Senate in 2006. Justice Sonia Sotomayor challenged Scalia's comments, asking "Do you think Section 5 was voted for because it was a racial entitlement?" She also asked "Do you think racial discrimination has ended?"
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British terror suspects quietly stripped of citizenship...then killed by US drones 28 Feb 2013 The Government has secretly ramped up a controversial programme that strips people of their British citizenship on national security grounds -- with two of the men subsequently killed by American drone attacks. An investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism for The Independent has established that since 2010, the Home Secretary, Theresa May, has revoked the passports of 16 individuals, many of whom are alleged to have had links to militant or terrorist groups. Critics of the programme warn that it allows ministers to "wash their hands" of British nationals suspected of terrorism who could be subject to torture and illegal detention abroad. They add that it also allows those stripped of their citizenship to be killed or "rendered" without any onus on the British Government to intervene.

US offers $60m for Syrian intervention as sequester cuts loom 28 Feb 2013 Syria's opposition has won fresh financial and material support from the US but its demands for weapons to fight Bashar al-Assad were ignored in favour of calls for a "political solution" to end the crisis. John Kerry, the new US secretary of state, announced at a conference in Rome on Thursday that $60m (£45m) in "non-lethal" assistance would go to the western-backed Syrian National Coalition (SNC) while food and medical supplies would -- for the first time -- go directly to the opposition's supreme military council, attempting to co-ordinate strategy by the Free Syrian Army and other units. [So, Congress and Obama are poised to slash Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid -- but there's no shortage of money to back the thugs and war criminals trying to overthrow al-Assad so US corpora-terrorists can steal Syria's oil.]

White House asks justices to reject Prop. 8 28 Feb 2013 The Obama administration has urged the Supreme Court to strike down California's voter-passed law barring same-sex marriage, arguing for the first time that the Constitution protects an equal right to marry for gays and lesbians. The administration's legal argument also would apply in at least seven other states that already have granted same-sex couples nearly all the rights of marriage through civil unions. To give those rights while withholding the status of marriage would amount to discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation, and that cannot be justified under the Constitution, the brief says. [Right, Obusha's *suddenly* the civil-rights protecting busy little bee, to provide cover for his 'liberal' base when he slashes Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid to please his Wall Street/GOP overlords. Meanwhile, his CIA-owned regime successfully entreated the Supreme 'Court' to preclude anyone from questioning Bush's surveillance law. --LRP]

Obama Allows Dirty, Dangerous Keystone Tar Sands Pipeline to Move Forward 01 Mar 2013 The Obama administration today took the next potential step toward approval of the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline, despite the heavy toll the pipeline and its oil will take on the climate crisis, wildlife and the environment. Some 50,000 people protested outside the White House last month in opposition to the pipeline. Today's announcement came in the form of a supplemental environmental impact statement on Keystone XL. "If President Obama is serious about confronting the deepening climate crisis, he needs to take Keystone XL off the table," said Bill Snape of the Center for Biological Diversity. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would, every day, carry up to 35 million gallons of oil strip-mined from Canada’s "tar sands" -- some of the dirtiest fuels on the planet. The pipeline would cross the heart of the Midwest and deliver oil to the Gulf of Mexico, where most of it would exported to other countries. Along the way, the pipeline would cut through rivers, streams and prime wildlife habitat, including habitat for at least 20 imperiled species such as the whooping crane and pallid sturgeon.

Jury Finds Occupy Wall Street Protester Innocent After Video Contradicts Police Testimony 01 Mar 2013 In the first jury trial stemming from an Occupy Wall Street protest, Michael Premo was found innocent of all charges yesterday after his lawyers presented video evidence directly contradicting the version of events offered by police and prosecutors. Premo, an activist and community organizer who has in recent months been a central figure in the efforts of Occupy Sandy, was one of many hundred people who took part in a demonstration in Lower Manhattan on December 17 of 2011, when some protesters broke into a vacant lot in Duarte Square in an attempt to start a new occupation.

Michigan governor clears way for state takeover of Detroit 01 Mar 2013 Michigan Governor Rick Snyder cleared the way for a state corporate takeover of Detroit, declaring that the birthplace of the U.S. automotive industry faces a fiscal emergency and that he has identified a top candidate to assume its management. Friday's declaration by the Republican governor virtually assures that the state of Michigan will assume control of Detroit's books, and eventually decide whether the city should file the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Earlier on Friday, a majority of the council said they wanted to challenge Snyder's decision but did not decide how to proceed. While Snyder made his announcement on Wayne State University's campus, a few dozen protesters gathered about two miles away at city hall, clutching signs that read "Snyder, Go Home!" and "This is a takeover!"

'Homeland security' has received $791 billion since 9/11 01 Mar 2013 In addition to the funds pouring into the Bush-founded Department of Homeland Security, Congress has allocated vast sums for "homeland security" expenditures in other departments, most notably at the Pentagon. In fact, according to new investigation from the Nation Institute's Tomdispatch, $791 billion dollars in federal funding have gone to homeland security, both within and without the department... This is the state of affairs which led the Washington Post's Dana Priest and William A. Arkin, in their landmark investigative report on "Top Secret America," to write that "the system put in place to keep the United States safe is so massive that its effectiveness is impossible to determine."
 
AIPAC to Hill: Don't Touch Israel Aid 01 Mar 2013 At a time when sequestration is about to take a big bite out of the Pentagon budget, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) will be sending thousands of its citizen lobbyists to Capitol Hill next week to make sure Israel is exempted from any spending cuts. This could prove a very risky strategy at a time when millions of Americans will be feeling the bite of the sequestration debacle, from the defense budget to the school lunch program. But not aid to Israel, which will be untouched if AIPAC gets its way. The 13,000 expected AIPAC activists will be telling Congress not to touch Israel's $3-billion-plus annual security assistance and to vote for legislation declaring the Jewish state a "major strategic ally."
 
Feds Say Man Deserved Arrest Because Jacket Said 'Occupy Everything' 01 Mar 2013 A Florida man deserved to be arrested inside the Supreme Court building last year for wearing a jacket painted with "Occupy Everything," and is lucky he was only apprehended on unlawful entry charges, the Department of Justice says. The Obama administration made that assertion in a legal filing in response to a lawsuit brought by Fitzgerald Scott, who is seeking $1 million in damages for his January 2012 arrest inside the Supreme Court building. He also wants his arrest record expunged. What's more, the authorities said the former Marine's claim that he was protected by the First Amendment bolsters the government's position because the Supreme Court building's public interior is a First Amendment-free zone.
 
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: DHS Gets 2700 Armor Protected Vehicles]
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DHS built domestic surveillance tech into Predator drones --Homeland Security's specifications say drones must be able to detect whether a civilian is armed. Also specified: 'signals interception' and 'direction finding' for electronic surveillance. 02 Mar 2013 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has customized its Predator drones, originally built for overseas military operations, to carry out at-home surveillance tasks that have civil libertarians worried: identifying civilians carrying guns and tracking their cell phones, government documents show. The documents provide more details about the surveillance capabilities of the department's unmanned Predator B drones, which are primarily used to patrol the United States' northern and southern borders but have been pressed into service on behalf of a growing number of law enforcement agencies including the FBI, the Secret Service, the Texas Rangers, and local police.
 
CT Attorney General Chides Lawyer's Sandy Hook Document Request 02 Mar 2013 New Haven attorney Irving Pinsky has been pushing sensitive legal buttons related to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting since December. But his latest effort has drawn particularly strong condemnation from Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen. "Attorney Pinsky clearly misunderstands the law," Jepsen said Friday in response to the latest request from Pinsky asking the state to unseal confidential documents related to the shooting investigation. Jepsen said his office has no jurisdiction in the matter, no authority to unseal criminal documents and is not involved with the investigation. Pinsky first drew ire in December when he put in a request to file a $100 million lawsuit against the state, claiming it failed to prevent "foreseeable harm" against his client -- a 6-year-old Sandy Hook shooting survivor identified as "Jill Doe."

France, Turkey plot to assassinate Assad: Report 03 Mar 2013 A Lebanese news website says it has obtained a documentary movie revealing a plot hatched by French and Turkish spy agencies to assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Lebanese Asianews website says the movie, which has been produced by the well-known Syrian media activist Khedar Awarake, shows confessions by those who were on a joint mission to kill top Syrian officials. According to the report, Syrian security organizations have recently defused assassination attempts by Turkey and France's intelligence agencies on the lives of Assad and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem.
 
Swiss overwhelmingly vote to rein-in executive pay: projection 03 Mar 2013 A large majority of Swiss voted Sunday to rein in executive pay and force business leaders to give up golden parachutes, according to early results and projections. Official first results of the popular vote showed that in Geneva, where polling ended at noon (1100 GMT), 67.7 percent voted in favour of the initiative, with similar numbers in the canton of Vaud and Fribourg. And projections from Switzerland's financial capital Zurich, where voting will continue until 6:30 pm, showed 71 percent of voters want the so-called Minder Initiative, after its sponsor businessman and senator Thomas Minder, passed into law.

DHS purchases 2,700 MRAPs to go with their 1.6 billion bullet stockpile 03 Mar 2013 According to one estimate, since last year the Department of Homeland Security has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9mm. DHS also purchased 2,700 Mine Resistant Armor Protected Vehicles (MRAPs). ...The MRAP featured in this video was in Albuquerque, New Mexico for Law Enforcement Day which was held at a local area Target Store. This MRAP is stationed in El Paso, Texas at The Homeland Security Investigations Office.
 
UN demands prosecution of Bush-era CIA crimes --The US has not prosecuted any of its agents for human rights violations. 04 Mar 2013 A United Nations investigator has demanded that the US publish classified documents regarding the CIA's human rights violations under former President [sic] George W. Bush, with hopes that the documents will lead to the prosecution of public officials. Documents about the CIA's program of rendition and secret detention of suspected terrorists have remained classified. UN investigator Ben Emmerson, the UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism, said that the classified documents protect the names of individuals who are responsible for serious human rights violations.
 
Did Alitalia Pilot Spot a Drone Near JFK? 04 Mar 2013 A mystery in the sky over New York City on Monday got one commercial airline pilot's attention. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a report from the pilot, who claims he saw an unmanned or remote-controlled aircraft while on his final approach to John F. Kennedy International Airport. The pilot, who was at the controls of Alitalia Flight AZA 60, spotted what may have been a drone about four to five miles southeast of the airport at an altitude of 1,500 feet while on final approach to Runway 31 Right at about 1:15 p.m.
 
Recovery in U.S. Is Lifting Profits, but Not Adding Jobs 04 Mar 2013 With the Dow Jones industrial average flirting with a record high, the split between American workers and the companies that employ them is widening and could worsen in the next few months as federal budget cuts take hold. That gulf helps explain why stock markets are thriving even as the economy is barely growing and unemployment remains stubbornly high. With millions still out of work, companies face little pressure to raise salaries, while productivity gains allow them to increase sales without adding workers.

Press TV CEO blasts war on Iranian media 05 Mar 2013 The chief executive officer of Iran's English-language news network Press TV, Dr. Mohammad Sarafraz, has in an open letter lambasted the ongoing muzzling campaign embarked on by the Franco-Israeli chief of the European satellite provider Eutelsat against Iran’s media. The full text of the letter was made public on Tuesday.

Google offers data on FBI's national security-related requests for user identities --No court approval is necessary, and disclosing the existence of the FBI's request is not permitted. 05 Mar 2013 Google today became the first Internet company to shed light on a highly secret -- and controversial -- warrantless electronic data-gathering technique used by the FBI. The technique allows FBI officials to send a secret request to Web and telecommunications companies requesting "name, address, length of service," and other information about users as long as it's relevant to a national security investigation. Because of that legal prohibition, Google was able to disclose only the numerical ranges of requests it receives per year. Today's addition to the company's Transparency Report says that the company received somewhere between zero and 999 requests from the FBI seeking data on its users, targeting a total of between 1,000 and 1,999 accounts last year.
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Jury acquits Occupy protesters 05 Mar 2013 A Common Pleas Court jury today acquitted 12 Occupy Philadelphia demonstrators arrested in a 2011 sit-in in a Wells Fargo Bank branch in Center City. The jury of 10 women and two men deliberated a total of about 13 hours since Friday before it returned, shortly before noon, to announce the verdicts: not guilty of conspiracy and defiant trespass against each of the 12 protesters. The 12 - one woman and 11 men - were arrested Nov. 18, 2011 when they staged a sit-in inside the Wells Fargo branch at 17th and Market Streets. The protesters said they wanted to call attention to what they called [and is] Wells Fargo's "racist predatory lending" policies that caused a disproportionately large number of home foreclosures in African American neighborhoods.

Stealth Tax Subsidy for Business Costs Government Billions 05 Mar 2013 The ability to finance a variety of business projects cheaply with bonds that are exempt from federal taxes -- has not only endured, it has grown, in what amounts to a stealth subsidy for private enterprise. The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the offices of the Goldman Sachs Group and the Bank of America Tower in New York -- these projects, and many more, have been built using the tax-exempt bonds that are more conventionally used by cities and states to pay for roads, bridges and schools. In all, more than $65 billion of these bonds have been issued by state and local governments on behalf of corporations since 2003, according to an analysis of Bloomberg bond data by The New York Times. During that period, the single biggest beneficiary of such securities was the Chevron Corporation, which issued bonds with a total face value of $2.6 billion, the analysis showed.

Barack Obama 'has authority to use drone strikes to kill Americans on US soil' 06 Mar 2013 President Barack Obama has the authority to use an unmanned drone strike to kill US citizens on American soil, his attorney general has said. Eric Holder argued that using lethal military force against an American in his home country would be legal and justified in an "extraordinary circumstance" comparable to the September 11 terrorist attacks. "The president could conceivably have no choice but to authorise the military to use such force if necessary to protect the homeland," Mr Holder said. The administration claims it has the legal authority to assassinate Americans provided that they are a senior 'al-Qaeda' operative posing an imminent threat and it would be "infeasible" to capture them.
 
Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden Joins Rand Paul for Historic Bipartisan Filibuster Over Drone Strikes 06 Mar 2013 Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY) filibuster of John Brennan's CIA nomination just became a bipartisan affair: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced he will join the effort to protest the Obama pick's appointment by railing against executive overreach on targeted killings. Several hours into his filibuster effort, Paul's Republican colleagues in Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) joined him on the Senate floor. But it took nearly four hours for a Democrat to surprise everyone and make the filibuster a bipartisan one.
 
Revealed: Pentagon's link to Iraqi torture centres --Torture centres set up with millions of dollars of US funding 06 Mar 2013 The Pentagon sent a US veteran of the "dirty wars" in Central America to oversee sectarian police commando units in Iraq that set up secret detention and torture centres to get information from [alleged] insurgents. These units conducted some of the worst acts of torture during the US occupation and accelerated the country's descent into full-scale civil war. Colonel James Steele was a 58-year-old retired special forces veteran when he was nominated by Donald Rumsfeld to help organise the paramilitaries in an attempt to quell a Sunni insurgency, an investigation by the Guardian and BBC Arabic shows. After the Pentagon lifted a ban on Shia militias joining the security forces, the special police commando (SPC) membership was increasingly drawn from violent Shia groups such as the Badr brigades. A second special adviser, retired Colonel James H Coffman, worked alongside Steele in detention centres that were set up with millions of dollars of US funding.
 
US special forces veteran links General Petraeus to torture in Iraq 06 Mar 2013 (Video trailer) A 15-month investigation by the Guardian and BBC Arabic reveals how US colonel James Steele, a veteran of American proxy wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua, played a key role in training and overseeing US-funded special police commandos who ran a network of torture centres in Iraq. Another special forces veteran, retired Colonel James Coffman, worked with Steele and reported directly to General David Petraeus, who had been sent into Iraq to organise the Iraqi security services. This is an edited version of a longer film. The full-length film investigation about James Steele is here.
 
From El Salvador to Iraq: Washington's man behind brutal police squads --In 2004, with the war in Iraq going from bad to worse, the US drafted in a veteran of Central America's dirty wars to help set up a new force to fight the insurgency. The result: secret detention centres, torture and a spiral into sectarian carnage 06 Mar 2013 Retired Colonel Jim Steele, whose military decorations include the Silver Star, the Defence Distinguished Service Medal, four Legions of Merit, three Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart, is not at home. Nor is he at his office headquarters in Geneva, where he is listed as the chief executive officer of Buchanan Renewables, an energy company... For over a year the Guardian has been trying to contact Steele to ask him about his role during the Iraq war as US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld's personal envoy to Iraq's Special Police Commandos: a fearsome paramilitary force that ran a secret network of detention centres across the country -- where those suspected of rebelling against the US-led invasion were tortured for information.

Obama begging and bribing the GOP to let him slash Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid so Exxon Mobil can keep its tax subsidies: At GOP outreach dinner, Obama picks up the tab 06 Mar 2013 As part of his effort to improve relations between the White House and Capitol Hill, President Obama dined with a small group of Republican senators this evening and, according to the White House, he paid for the dinner out of his own pocket. Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.; Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.; John Hoeven, R-N.D.; John McCain, R-Ariz.; Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Mike Johanns, R-Neb.; Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Richard Burr, R-N.C.; Dan Coats, R-Ind., Ron Johnson, R-Wis.; and Pat Toomey, R-Pa.; are among the senators who joined the president for dinner tonight. The group dined at the Jefferson Hotel a few blocks from the White House.
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Conn. massacre records secret, media seeks access 05 Mar 2013 Authorities are withholding search warrants and police records related to the Newtown, Conn., school massacre even though the [alleged] shooter is dead and the prosecutor handling the case has said he does not expect any charges. Prosecutor Stephen Sedensky III successfully argued in December to keep search warrants related to the shooter's house and the car he drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School sealed for 90 days, saying disclosure would jeopardize an ongoing investigation. Media outlets have pressed for the release of more records. They say records may be sealed only when an investigation would be hurt by disclosure and that was unlikely.
 
Much of $60B from US to 'rebuild' Iraq wasted; $90B spent on Afghanistan 'reconstruction' projects 06 Mar 2013 Ten years and *60 billion in American taxpayer funds later, Iraq is still so unstable and broken that even its leaders question whether U.S. efforts to rebuild the war-torn nation were worth the cost. In his final report to Congress, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen's conclusion was all too clear: Since the invasion a decade ago this month, the U.S. has spent too much money in Iraq for too few results. The abysmal Iraq results forecast what could happen in Afghanistan, where U.S. taxpayers have so far spent *90 billion in reconstruction projects during a 12-year military campaign... Overall, including all military and diplomatic costs and other aid, the U.S. has spent at least *767 billion since the American-led invasion of Iraq, according to the Congressional Budget Office. National Priorities Project, a U.S. research group that analyzes federal data, estimated the cost at *811 billion, noting that some funds are still being spent on ongoing projects. [Right, pretending to 'rebuild' that which the US destroyed. We all know the money -- *150 billion and counting -- went to US corpora-terrorists. Notice that the GOP refuses to spend a dime on US infrastructure but never cuts one cent in foreign 'reconstruction' funds? That's because they know that the only recipients are US corporations. And, these are the same austerity-pimping predators and sociopaths -- having also spent *700 billion to bail out Wall Street -- that are pushing to slash Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.]
 
Anonymous 'spokesperson' to spend year in jail without trial 07 Mar 2013 The federal trial against alleged computer criminal Barrett Brown has been delayed by six months. Now the activist once called the "spokesperson" of the Anonymous hacker movement will wait in prison for one full year before being tried. Brown, 31, was scheduled to stand trial later this month for a slew of charges that have [been] handed down in three separate indictments filed by the government since last September. Per the request of his attorneys, however, legal proceedings have been pushed back for six months, delaying the trial until September 2013.
 
Air Force removes drone airstrike number from summary and scrubs earlier reports 08 Mar 2013 As scrutiny and debate over the use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) by the American military increased last month, the Air Force reversed a policy of sharing the number of airstrikes launched from RPAs in Afghanistan and quietly scrubbed those statistics from previous releases kept on their website. Last October, Air Force Central Command started tallying weapons releases from RPAs, broken down into monthly updates. The Air Force maintained that policy for the statistics reports for November, December and January. But the February numbers, released March 7, contained empty space where the box of RPA statistics had previously been. Additionally, monthly reports hosted on the Air Force website have had the RPA data removed -- and recently.
 
Florida Police Drones: House Committee Unanimously Passes New Bill Restricting Use --Since 2011, FAA has since authorized 81 public entities to fly UAVs in U.S. airspace 08 Mar 2013 Florida lawmakers are hoping to restrict the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, in Sunshine State skies. Thursday a House committee unanimously passed the Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act, which limits police to use camera drones only if they have a search warrant or can prove "imminent danger." In 2011 Miami-Dade Police were the first in the country to have a Federal Aviation Administration permit to use drones similar to those used in Afghanistan.

Ted Cruz, Rand Paul want drone language in CR 08 Mar 2013 Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) plan to try to attach a prohibition on drone strikes against American citizens on U.S. soil to the government-wide spending bill due up on the Senate floor next week, according to sources familiar with their legislation. The Cruz-Paul bill would serve as the framework for an amendment to the continuing resolution, which would fund federal agencies, including the Pentagon, through Sept. 30. The amendment would build on Paul's nearly 13-hour filibuster against new CIA director John Brennan over the program of aerial strikes from unmanned planes known as drones.

Court curbs Homeland Security's laptop border searches 08 Mar 2013 U.S. customs officials must have a reasonable justification before snatching your laptop at the border and scanning through all your files for incriminating data, a federal appeals court ruled today. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Homeland Security's border agents must have "reasonable suspicion" before they can legally conduct a forensics examination of laptops, mobile phones, camera memory cards, and so on. Today's opinion) is a limited -- but hardly complete -- rejection of the Obama administration's claim that any American entering the country may have his or her electronic files minutely examined for evidence of criminal activity.
 
US Spending Hundreds of Millions on Secret Israeli Bunkers --The Washington Post fleshed out the original Construction Project in Israel, called 'Site 911,' in November. 09 Mar 2013 Last year, it was announced the U.S. was looking to build a secret underground complex in Israel. On February 13, a contract was awarded to Conti Corp Federal Services in Edison, NJ to complete the project. Their bid of almost *63 million came in well below the possible *100 million set aside for the project. Conti's bid went toward building five underground levels and six above ground buildings that they have 900 days from February 13 to complete. The U.S. government then issued another request for proposal December 28 to construct Site 81 Phase II. Also in Israel, also partially underground, this project calls for up to *100,000,000 to refinish six underground facilities and some currently occupied surface buildings.
 
Just as CLG has asserted ('al-CIAduh') from the get-go: Taliban, US colluding on bombings to create 'need' for foreign troops to stay beyond 2014 - Karzai 10 Mar 2013 Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday accused the Taliban and the U.S. of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave, an allegation the top American commander in Afghanistan rejected as "categorically false." [LOL!] Karzai said two suicide bombings that killed 19 people on Saturday -- one outside the Afghan Defense Ministry and the other near a police checkpoint in eastern Khost province -- show the insurgent group is conducting attacks to demonstrate that international forces will still be needed to keep the peace after their current combat mission ends in 2014. "The explosions in Kabul and Khost yesterday showed that they are at the service of America and at the service of this phrase: 2014. They are trying to frighten us into thinking that if the foreigners are not in Afghanistan, we would be facing these sorts of incidents," he said during a nationally televised speech.
 
Americans are training Syrian rebels in Jordan, Der Spiegel reports 10 Mar 2013 Americans are training Syrian anti-government fighters in Jordan, the German weekly Der Spiegel said on Sunday, quoting what it said were participants and organizers. Spiegel said it was not clear whether the Americans worked for private firms were mercenaries or were from the army but said some wore uniforms. The training focused on use of anti-tank weaponry. Some 200 men have already received such training over the past three months and there are plans in the future to provide training for a total 1,200 members of the "Free Syrian Army" in two camps in the south and the east of the country. [USociopaths always have billions on hand to fund terrorists to overthrow democratically elected leaders -- sequester or not.]
 
U.S. Government State Websites Hacked in Preparation for #OpBlackSummer 10 Mar 2013 Hacktivist group Tunisian Cyber Army have started preparing for #OpBlackSummer by target[ing] two state.gov domains. The hacktivists started their operating by exploiting SQL injection vulnerabilities in the U.S. Department of State (Diplomacy In Action) Website and the Official U.S. Government State Magazine website. The hackers have managed to successfully extract data from databases on both sites, but say they are still currently trying to grab more confidential data for further use.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Seeking prohibition on drone strikes]
Post by: Ambitious Ant on March 12, 2013, 09:03:29 pm
There can be only ONE Julian Assange.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Hunger Strike at Guantánamo]
Post by: Luck on March 14, 2013, 01:02:46 pm
Resisting Hell on Earth: Hunger Strike at Guantánamo
http://witnesstorture.org/blog/2013/03/13/resisting-hell-on-earth-hunger-strike-at-guantanamo/
March 13, 2013

The facts are stark. More than 100 men on a new hunger strike at Guantánamo, now in its fifth week.

The context is heartbreaking. More than half of the 166 men at Guantánamo have been “Cleared for Release” by U.S. authorities. Not charged with any crime of terrorism or violence, they linger in the prison because of the Obama administration’s and Congress’s callous disregard for their basic legal and human rights.   All inmates at Guantánamo — subjected to routine indignities and abuses — are waiting for real justice: their release when innocent or the chance to plead their case in a legitimate court of law.

With no concrete hope of a return to their families and home countries, they choose resistance. They choose more suffering. They hunger strike.

DemocracyNow!, in a story not yet covered by the mainstream press, reported today on the hunger strike and the dire conditions precipitating it, even as the Obama administration defends its Guantánamo record before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Center for Constitutional Rights staff attorney Omar Farah told the commission on March 12, 2013: “Our clients report that most of the men at the prison are now in the fifth week of a mass hunger strike to peacefully protest worsening prison conditions, religious provocation, and the crushing reality that after 11 years in indefinite detention, there is no end in sight to their suffering. In light of the humanitarian crisis unfolding at Guantánamo, it is indefensible that the U.S. government failed to answer the Commission’s simple questions about how it plans to close the prison camp.”

Pardiss Kebriaei, Senior staff attorney for Center for Constitutional Rights, represents a number of men at Guantánamo. After eleven years of detention and with conditions deteriorating, she reports, some of them have lost hope and see no other way to protest their detention and treatment than a hunger strike. CCR has received reports of men coughing up blood, being hospitalized, losing consciousness, and becoming weak and fatigued. Soon, the men on hunger strike will be risking permanent physical injury and even death.

One of the detainees cleared for release, a Yemeni named Adnan Latif died in September 2012 at Guantánamo.  He describes it as a “piece of hell that kills everything.” Witness Against Torture grieves along with the men at Guantánamo and their families for those who have already died there and for those who still endure the torture of indefinite detention. We gather this weekend in Chicago to strategize and plan and witness.  Please join us if you can, please support our work. Please stand up for hope, life and justice. 

www.witnesstorture.org
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [NYPD Abuses Tenants]
Post by: Luck on March 17, 2013, 05:53:12 pm
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North Korea cuts off hotline with South Korea 10 Mar 2013 North Korea has cut off a Red Cross hotline with South Korea as it escalates its war of words against Seoul and Washington in response to a military drill in the South and U.N. sanctions imposed for its recent nuclear test. The North had threatened to cut off the hotline on March 11 if the United States and South Korea did not abandon their joint military exercise. The Red Cross hotline is used to communicate between Seoul and Pyongyang which do not have diplomatic relations. "We called at 9 a.m. and there was no response," a government official from South Korea said. The line is tested each day.
 
Leaked Audio of Bradley Manning's Statement 11 Mar 2013 Today, Freedom of the Press Foundation is publishing the full, previously unreleased audio recording of Private First Class Bradley Manning's speech to the military court in Ft. Meade about his motivations for leaking over 700,000 government documents to WikiLeaks. In addition, we have published highlights from Manning’s statement to the court. While unofficial transcripts of this statement are available, this marks the first time the American public has heard the actual voice of Manning.
 
Activists bring Palestinian evictions to Harvard dorms 11 Mar 2013 Pro-Palestinian campus activism is stirring debate at Harvard College as students mark the ninth annual international 'Israeli Apartheid Week'. Members of the Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee posted more than 1,000 mock eviction notices on some dormitories, notifying residents their rooms were "scheduled for demolition in the next three days". The notices also provided information about the thousands of home demolitions that take place in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
 
NYPD program patrols inside private buildings in 'Operation Clean Halls' --Residents say they're unfairly stopped 11 Mar 2013 New York Police Department officers are patrolling inside private apartment buildings in a program known as Operation Clean Halls. The program has been lauded by some residents who say they feel safer but vilified by others who say they're being harassed at home. Many complain they're illegally stopped and arrested. More than two dozen people who say they were wrongly stopped have filed a federal lawsuit.
 
In major policy shift, scores of FDIC settlements go unannounced --Since the mortgage meltdown, the FDIC has opted to settle cases while helping banks avoid bad press, rather than trumpeting punitive actions as a deterrent to others. 11 Mar 2013 Three years ago, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. collected $54 million from Deutsche Bank in a settlement over unsound loans that contributed to a spectacular California bank failure. The deal might have made big headlines, given that the bad loans contributed to the largest payout in FDIC history, $13 billion. But the government cut a deal with the bank's lawyers to keep it quiet: a "no press release" clause that required the FDIC never to mention the deal "except in response to a specific inquiry." The FDIC has handled scores of settlements the same way since the mortgage meltdown, a major policy shift from previous crises, when the FDIC trumpeted punitive actions against banks as a deterrent to others.
 
Judge approves use of 'truth serum' on accused Aurora shooter James Holmes 12 Mar 2013 Legal and medical experts are questioning the decision of a judge in Colorado to allow James Holmes, the suspected gunman in the Aurora cinema shooting, to be tested with a "truth serum" should he plead not guilty by reason of insanity. Judge William Sylvester ruled that in the event of Holmes pleading insanity his prosecutors would be permitted to interrogate him while he is under the influence of a medical drug designed to loosen him up and get him to talk. The precise identity of the drug that would be used has not been released, other than a statement that it would be "medically appropriate", but it would most likely be a short-acting barbiturate such as sodium amytal. William Shepherd, chair of the criminal justice section of the American Bar Association, whose members include both prosecutors and defence lawyers, said that the proposed use of a "truth drug" to ascertain the veracity of a defendant's plea of insanity was highly unusual in the US. He predicted it would provoke intense legal argument relating to Holmes's right to remain silent under the fifth amendment of the US constitution. [See also: Aurora, Colorado Shooting 'Oddities'.]

Pandemic Flu Vax Linked to Guillain-Barre 12 Mar 2013 The vaccines used in the U.S. against the pandemic H1N1 flu were associated with a modestly increased risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome, researchers reported. A meta-analysis of data from six vaccine safety surveillance systems showed that incidence of Guillain-Barré among vaccinated people more than doubled in the few weeks after the shot, compared with a longer time period after the shot, according to Daniel Salmon, PhD, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and colleagues. Guillain-Barré has been linked to previous vaccines, notably in the 1976 [lab-generated] swine flu outbreak, Salmon and colleagues wrote, but evidence linking seasonal vaccines to the syndrome is weak.
 
Guantanamo Bay prisoners on hunger strike over seizure of Qur'ans 12 Mar 2013 Detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp are staging a hunger strike to protest the confiscation of personal items, including Korans, in early February, their lawyers and prison officials say. "My client and other men have reported that most of the detainees in Camp 6 are on strike, except for a small few who are elderly or sick," said Pardiss Kebriaei, a New York lawyer representing Ghaleb Al-Bihani, a detainee from Yemen. Interviewed by AFP, Robert Durand, director of public affairs for the Joint Task Force Guantanamo, said nine detainees were engaged in hunger strikes, five of whom were being [force-] fed through tubes inserted into their stomachs.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [Obama Violates Our Financial Privacy]
Post by: Luck on March 17, 2013, 05:54:08 pm
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Pentagon creating 13 offensive teams to launch cyberattacks 12 Mar 2013 The Pentagon's Cyber Command will create 13 offensive teams by the fall of 2015 to help defend the nation against major computer attacks from abroad, Gen. Keith Alexander testified to Congress on Tuesday, a rare acknowledgment of the military's ability to use cyberweapons. The new teams are part of a broader government effort to shield the nation from destructive attacks over the Internet that could harm Wall Street or knock out electric power, for instance. Alexander urged Congress to pass legislation to enable the private sector [corpora-terrorists] to share computer 'threat' data with the government without fear of being sued.
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U.S. Spent $463M to Stockpile Drug for Smallpox Bioterror Attack 13 Mar 2013 --Smallpox was eradicated by 1980, and the only known remaining virus is in government laboratories in the United States and Russia. [The last vials were scheduled to be destroyed in 2002, but George W. Bush insisted on keeping them.] On May 24, 1999, the World Health Assembly retreated again, unanimously postponing variola's destruction until December 2002, to allow a range of additional, closely-monitored research on anti-smallpox pharmaceuticals. In the fall of 2001, after the September 11 disasters had brought the specter of modem terrorism to the forefront of global attention, and especially after the subsequent wave of mailed [Dick Cheney's Fort Detrick] anthrax spores had highlighted our shared vulnerability to biological terrorism in particular, the Bush Administration announced that it would not destroy the CDC variola inventory as scheduled.] The United States government is buying enough of a new smallpox medicine to treat two million people in the event of a bioterrorism attack, and took delivery of the first shipment of it last week. A small company, Siga Technologies, developed the drug in recent years. Whether the $463 million order is a boondoggle or a bargain depends on which expert is talking... If there were a large-scale bioterrorism attack using smallpox, health officials could move quickly, some experts say. "If we had to, we could vaccinate the entire country in three days," said Dr. William H. Foege, another leader of the smallpox eradication effort who now advises the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This vaccine does not use a syringe, but a forked pin that Dr. Foege said he could "train anyone to use in 10 minutes." In a true emergency, he argued, schoolteachers, police officers, firefighters and others would all be vaccinators.

Obama administration to let spy agencies scour Americans' finances 13 Mar 2013 The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters. The proposed plan represents a major step by U.S. intelligence agencies to spot and track terrorist networks and crime syndicates by bringing together financial databanks, criminal records and military intelligence. Financial institutions that operate in the United States are required by law to file reports of "suspicious customer activity," such as large money transfers or unusually structured bank accounts, to Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). The Federal Bureau of Investigation already has full access to the database. However, intelligence agencies, such as the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, currently have to make case-by-case requests for information to FinCEN.
 
Chavez Poisoned? Venezuela to Investigate Whether Late President Was Infected With Cancer by 'Dark Forces' 13 Mar 2013 Venezuela's acting president, Nicolas Maduro, said the country would open a scientific investigation to see whether late leader Hugo Chavez was poisoned "by dark forces that wanted him out of the way," Reuters reports. "We are almost certain [that there was foul play] based on the data we have," Maduro said in an interview with a the Telesur network, according to CNN. Maduro, who barely avoided explicitly saying the United States had poisoned Chavez [obviously], talked about "scientific laboratories [that were] testing how to cause cancer" in the U.S. in the 1940s and 1950s and asked whether that technology might have progressed since then, CNN adds. Also, on March 5, hours before the president's death was announced, Maduro said there was "no doubt" that Chavez's illness was caused by an "attack" by foreign enemies.
 
Servers in Canada linked to FinFisher spyware program --U of T lab says German-made espionage program traced to 25 countries 13 Mar 2013 University of Toronto researchers have discovered a new group of servers in several countries, including Canada, linked to an elusive espionage campaign. The research by the Citizen Lab, based at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, is providing new details about a German-made, high-tech piece of spy software that some fear may be used to target dissidents by oppressive regimes [i.e., the US]. Researchers said Wednesday that they have identified 25 countries that host servers linked to FinFisher, a Trojan horse program which can dodge anti-virus protections to steal data, log keystrokes, eavesdrop on Skype calls, and turn microphones and webcams into live surveillance devices.
 
Only Wall Street Wins in Detroit Crisis Reaping $474 Million Fee 13 Mar 2013 The only winners in the financial crisis that brought Detroit to the brink of state takeover are Wall Street bankers who reaped more than $474 million from a city too poor to keep street lights working. "We have no lights, no buses, poor streets and now we're paying millions of dollars a year on our debt," said David Sole, a retired municipal worker and advocate for Moratorium Now Coalition, a Detroit group that fights foreclosures and evictions. "The banks said they need to be paid first. But there is no money."
 
Scott Prouty, '47 Percent' Filmmaker, Reveals Identity on 'The Ed Show' 13 Mar 2013 The man who changed the 2012 election is named Scott Prouty. The 38-year-old bartender at the Boca Raton, Fla., fundraiser that doomed Mitt Romney's presidential campaign came forward Wednesday in an interview with MSNBC's Ed Schultz. Prouty, a Midwest native, took his Canon camera to the fundraiser, thinking Romney might pose for photos with the event staff. Instead, he captured Romney speaking about "the 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing." [I wish someone recorded and released a '47 percent' tape on Barack Obama, when he was likely working for the CIA in the '80s and, years later, cutting the deal to be the first African American president in exchange for destroying -- sans dissent -- the Bill of Rights and the New Deal. --LRP]
 
US war in Iraq costs over USD 2 trillion, 189,000 lives: Study 14 Mary 2013 A new study has shown that the US war on Iraq has cost more than USD two trillion, including USD 490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans. The report released by the US-based Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University stated that the amount owed to veterans may rise to USD six trillion over the next four decades if interest is included. The report, drawn up by about 30 academics, also said at least 189,000 people have been killed since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [Blackwater was CIA extension]
Post by: Luck on March 17, 2013, 05:57:44 pm
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Blackwater was CIA extension, founder Erik Prince admits 14 Mar 2013 Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater - now known as Academi - claims his firm "became a virtual extension of the CIA," taking orders from the agency. In an interview published Thursday by the Daily Beast, Prince revealed how deeply connected Blackwater was to the Central Intelligence Agency, especially in the early 2000s. Last month, federal prosecutors dropped felony charges against Blackwater personnel after it was revealed that the employees had been acting under the orders of the US government. After a three-year-long prosecution, most of the company's executives walked free and two men received nothing more than probation, house arrest and $5,000 fines. But the tens of thousands of pages of court documents from the case shed light on an argument the company made throughout those three years -- that Blackwater itself was an extension of the CIA.
 
San Francisco Homeland Security agent facing child porn charges 14 Mar 2013 A Bay Area Department of Homeland Security agent is facing child pornography charges. The investigation started back in 2011 and ended just last week with the arrest of Agent Gilbert Lam. Lam was caught by San Jose police officers assigned to the task force on Internet crime against children. Police arrested Lam almost a year and a half ago for exchanging child porn on the Internet.
 
Pope Francis Kidnapping Controversy: Jorge Mario Bergoglio Accused of Involvement in 1976 Abductions 14 Mar 2013 The election of Pope Francis, previously Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, has resurfaced a decades-old controversy surrounding the kidnappings of two Jesuit priests. Bergoglio was a high-ranking official in the Society of Jesus of Argentina when a military junta was installed in the South American country in 1976. According to the Los Angeles Times, priests Orlando Yorio and Francisco Jalics were kidnapped in May of that year by the navy... Per the Associated Press, "Yorio accused Bergoglio of effectively handing them over to the death squads by declining to tell the regime that he endorsed their work. Jalics refused to discuss it after moving into seclusion in a German monastery."

U.S. drone strikes violate Pakistan's sovereignty: U.N. 15 Mar 2013 The United States has violated Pakistan's sovereignty and shattered tribal structures with unmanned drone strikes in its counterterrorism operations near the Afghan border, a U.N. human rights investigator said in a statement on Friday. U.N. special rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism, Ben Emmerson, visited Pakistan for three days this week as part of his investigation into the civilian impact of the use of drones and other forms of targeted killings. "As a matter of international law, the U.S. drone campaign in Pakistan is...being conducted without the consent of the elected representatives of the people, or the legitimate Government of the State," Emmerson said in a statement issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.
 
Appeals court revives suit over CIA drone records 15 Mar 2013 In a rebuke of government secrecy, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday that the CIA must give a fuller response to a lawsuit seeking the spy agency's records on drone attacks. The CIA's claim that it could neither confirm nor deny whether it has any drone records was inadequate because the government, including President Barack Obama himself, has clearly acknowledged a drone program, the court said. The ruling was unanimous from a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
 
Scientists digging up Black Death skeletons to map DNA signature of plague virus --Archaeologists: As many as 50,000 plague victims buried in area 15 Mar 2013 More than a dozen skeletons, thought to be victims of the Black Death, have been unearthed in the City of London. So far the skeletons of 13 adults have been found under Charterhouse Square in Farringdon during excavation work for the £14.8 billion Crossrail project. Scientists are hoping to map the DNA signature of the plague virus and possibly contribute to the discussion regarding what virus caused the Black Death. It is also hoped that the research could help combat create modern day diseases. [US and UK bioterrorists are dying to get the pandemic party started!]
 
'How do you spell racist? NYPD!': Brooklyn police brutality riots continue 15 Mar 2013 New Yorkers have taken to the streets for a fourth day, marching through Brooklyn's East Flatbush area over the police slaying of 16-year-old Kimani Gray last Saturday. Locals said the protests will continue until officers are brought to justice. Protesters chanted "How do you spell racist? NYPD!" and "They say get back, we say fight back!" at officers, who had a heavy presence at the three-hour-long rally. "Stop killing our kids," yelled one woman through a loudspeaker. Locals also commented on Thursday's clashes, posting their condolences on Twitter.

Detroit Protesters Plan Freeway Slow-Downs in Response to 'Emergency Manager' --Planned Traffic Slowdown Protest 15 Mar 2013 To express frustration and draw attention to state-appointed emergency management corpora-fascist dictatorship, planned traffic jams were organized in the city this week, says WWJ CBS Detroit. WWJ's Chopper 950, flying over the city on Monday, noted three cars on major highways crawling along (driving under 5 miles per hour). This caused traffic to back up. Slowdowns were staged on I-75, I-94, and the Lodge Freeway. State police arrived, angled their cruisers sideways to block traffic, and spoke to vehicle occupants. One car got around the police blockade and drove away. The vehicle wasn't pursued, but occupants of the other cars were questioned. One participant dubbed it a "freedom flash mob." [Great, but they're going to need a lot more than 'traffic slowdowns.' People of Detroit -- and Michigan and elsewhere -- need to start reading.]

CIA may target Syrian extremists with drones: report 16 Mar 2013 The US Central Intelligence Agency is collecting information on 'Islamic radicals' in Syria for possible lethal drone strikes against them at a later stage, The Los Angeles Times reported. Citing unnamed current and former US officials, the newspaper said President Barack Obama had not authorized any drone missile strikes in Syria yet, and none were under consideration. However CIA's Counterterrorism Center, which runs drone programs targeting militants in Pakistan and Yemen, had recently shifted several targeting officers to improve intelligence gathering on militants in Syria. The targeting officers focusing on Syria are based at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, the paper said.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [Courts Oppose CIA, FBI]
Post by: Luck on March 21, 2013, 05:08:23 pm
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Assault weapons ban clears Senate panel 14 Mar 2013 Despite its long odds in the full Senate, a federal ban on assault weapons cleared a Democratic-run committee Thursday on a party-line vote. "I've looked at bodies that have been shot with these weapons," the bill's chief sponsor, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, told Senate Judiciary Committee colleagues. "How many times does this have to happen?" The hard work now begins for the California Democrat, who wrote the 1994 assault weapons ban only to see the federal law expire in 2004. Not only did every one of the panel's Republicans vote against the bill, but Feinstein has struggled to line up support among rural-state Democrats, some up for reelection next year.
 
Obama Rebuffs Democrats on Drone Kill Memos, Asserts Executive Secrecy Prerogative 14 Mar 2013 President Barack Obama rebuffed senators from his own party Tuesday when they sought greater transparency on drone strikes, arguing that the executive branch has the right to keep such information secret from lawmakers, sources said. The assertion by Obama, more typical of his recent predecessors in the White House who wanted to withhold information, came in response to questions from Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Pat Leahy (D-Vt.). Both lawmakers are deeply disturbed that the White House has maintained stringent restrictions on information about the nation's war on terror, and has refused to share with Leahy memos from the Office of Legal Counsel justifying the targeted killings of Americans with drones. Sources familiar with Obama's meeting with the senators -- who spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was private -- said the discussion was calm, although Rockefeller seemed especially dissatisfied with the stance of Obama and the White House. And Obama did not concede. [Right, Obama never concedes to Democrats--only Republicans.]
 
Both cops involved in shooting death of Kimani Gray, 16, in East Flatbush named in federal lawsuits --Sgt. Mourad Mourad racked up three suits while he was a plainclothes cop on Staten Island, and Officer Jovaniel Cordova racked up two at Brooklyn’s 70th Precinct -- all alleging various civil rights violations including illegal stop and search and false arrest. 15 Mar 2013 The NYPD sergeant and cop involved in the fatal shooting of Brooklyn 16-year-old Kimani Gray have been named in five federal lawsuits -- which cost the city a total of $215,000 in settlements, court records show. Sgt. Mourad Mourad racked up three suits while he was a plainclothes cop on Staten Island, and Officer Jovaniel Cordova racked up two at Brooklyn’s 70th Precinct -- all alleging various civil rights violations including illegal stop and search and false arrest. Prosecutors later dismissed all but one of the arrests against the six plaintiffs, and the criminal cases were sealed.
 
Court Orders the C.I.A. to Disclose Drone Data 16 Mar 2013 A federal appeals court held Friday that the Central Intelligence Agency must disclose, at least to a judge, a description of its records on drone strikes in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The 19-page opinion by Judge Merrick B. Garland rejected an effort by the Obama administration to keep secret any aspect of the C.I.A.'s interest in the use of drone strikes to kill terrorism suspects abroad. It does not necessarily mean the contents of any of those records will ever be made public, and it stopped short of ordering the government to acknowledge publicly that the C.I.A. actually uses drones to carry out "targeted killings" against specific terrorism suspects or groups of unknown people who appear to be militants in places like tribal Pakistan. The Obama administration continues to treat that fact as a classified secret, though it has been widely reported.
 
Judge rules secret FBI national security letters unconstitutional 16 Mar 2013 A federal judge has struck down a set of laws allowing the FBI to issue so-called national security letters to banks, phone companies and other businesses demanding customer information. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston said the laws violate the First Amendment and the separation of powers principles and ordered the government to stop issuing the secretive letters or enforcing their gag orders, The Wall Street Journal reported. The FBI almost always bars recipients of the letters from disclosing to anyone -- including customers -- that they have even received the demands, Illston said in the ruling released Friday.
 
Rand Paul wins 2013 CPAC presidential straw poll 16 Mar 2013 Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday. Paul won with 25% of the vote and finished slightly ahead of Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. In third place was former senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 votes were cast by attendees at the three-day conference held at a hotel just outside of Washington. The straw poll is considered one way to gauge where the conservative base stands on potential Republican nominees. The ballot included 23 Republicans with a national political profile as well as spots for write-ins and "undecided."
 
Iran to try 18 people for nuclear assassinations 17 Mar 2013 Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Ja'fari Dowlatabadi says 18 people will be tried over their involvement in the assassination of the country's nuclear scientists. "Eighteen suspects have been prosecuted and indicted [over the nuclear assassinations]. We will see them on trial next (Persian calendar) year (starting March 21, 2013)," the Iranian judicial official said in Tehran on Sunday. He added that the Prosecutors' Office collaborated with the Intelligence Ministry to bring in and indict these 18 [alleged] terrorists.
 
British activist convicted for yelling at PM during anti-cuts protest 17 Mar 2013 British activist Bethan Tichborne has been found guilty of a public order offence for telling British Prime Minister David Cameron he had "blood in his hands" during protests against cutting disabled benefit in November last year. Ticherborne, a teaching assistant who works with disabled children, described her shock after she was fined by Oxford magistrates court for yelling at Cameron during a disabled rights protest in Oxfordshire. The 28-year-old teacher was convicted of using threatening words or behavior to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [Blair Knew Iraq Had No WMDs]
Post by: Luck on March 21, 2013, 05:09:08 pm
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US-financed Honduras police accused of death squad killings --'The state department can and will continue funding and training the Honduran police.' 17 Mar 2013 ...Police have long been accused of operating more like assassins than law enforcement officers in Honduras, but few cases ever have been investigated. In the past year, police were alleged to have been involved in the deaths of a prominent Honduran radio journalist and the son of a former police chief - but neither killing has been solved. In the last three years, the AP has learned, Honduran prosecutors have received as many as 150 formal complaints about death squad-style killings in the capital of Tegucigalpa, and at least 50 more in the economic hub of San Pedro Sula... All but about $11 million [for police in Honduras] has since been released based on a Congressional agreement with the State Department over how counterdrug operations involving the U.S. and investigations into civilian casualties are carried out. [Yes, let's cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid--as long as the right-wing death squads in Honduras remain fully funded!]
 
Israel to ask Obama to strike at Syrian missiles --Israel also to pressure Obama to lower the US threshold for military action against Iran [So, two new wars for Israel... anything else?] 17 Mar 2013 Israel will use President Obama's visit on Wednesday to try to persuade the US to carry out air strikes on Syria if there is evidence that Syrian missiles are to be handed over to Hezbollah in Lebanon, or at least to give full support to Israeli military action to prevent the transfer. On this week's trip to Israel and the West Bank, Obama will also come under Israeli pressure to lower the US threshold for military action against Iran, while the US president will try for an Israeli commitment to a peace process with the Palestinians. Neither side is likely to be successful, leaving Syria as the most promising arena for agreement.
 
Our troops 'safe' from Cyprus bank raid --Troops whose savings are set to be ransacked in a European Union bank raid will get full compensation from the Government, George Osborne said yesterday. 18 Mar 2013 Thousands of military personnel stationed in Cyprus are expected to be among British expat victims of a swingeing levy of up to 10 per cent on bank deposits. It has been imposed by the Cypriot government as part of a £9billion EU bail-out deal. Up to 60,000 UK citizens could lose part of their nest eggs in the astonishing move designed to shore up the debt-laden Cypriot economy. The Chancellor announced that troops and UK government officials in Cyprus will get compensation. But most expats will get nothing.
 
MI6 and CIA were told before invasion that Iraq had no active WMD 18 Mar 2013 Fresh evidence is revealed today about how MI6 and the CIA were told through secret channels by Saddam Hussein's foreign minister and his head of intelligence that Iraq had no active weapons of mass destruction. Tony Blair told parliament before the war that intelligence showed Iraq's nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons programme was "active", "growing" and "up and running". A special BBC Panorama programme tonight will reveal how British and US intelligence agencies were informed by top sources months before the invasion that Iraq had no active WMD programme, and that the information was not passed to subsequent inquiries.
 
"Computer Genius" Gunman, Lanza, Has No Online Footprint? Morbid find suggests murder-obsessed gunman Adam Lanza plotted Newtown, Conn.'s Sandy Hook massacre for years --Law enforcement reportedly discovers a sickeningly thorough 7-foot-long, 4-foot-wide spreadsheet with names, body counts and weapons from previous mass murders and even attempted killings. 'It sounded like a doctoral thesis, that was the quality of the research,' an anonymous law enforcement veteran said. [Oh. I thought Adam Lanza 'erased his online footprint.'] 18 Mar 2013 ..."We were told (Lanza) had around 500 people on this sheet," a law enforcement veteran told me [Mike Lupica] Saturday night. "Names and the number of people killed and the weapons that were used, even the precise make and model of the weapons. It had to have taken years. It sounded like a doctoral thesis, that was the quality of the research." The law enforcement vet attended the International Association of Police Chiefs and Colonels mid-year meeting in New Orleans last week, a conference where state police colonels share information with each other, and learn from each other. The man to whom I spoke, a tough career cop who did not wish to see his name in the newspaper, was in the room when the state cop from Connecticut spoke, said the man was well into his presentation when he began to talk of the spreadsheets that had been found at "the shooter's" home. [See: Riddle me this: Adam Lanza, 'computer genius,' left no online footprint by Lori Price 16 Dec 2012 According to numerous media reports and witnesses, alleged Newtown, Connecticut shooter Adam Lanza was a 'genius' with computers. And yet, we are told that Lanza apparently left no online footprint. The question must be asked: Was the electronic history of Adam Lanza scrubbed? And, see: Sandy Hook Shooting 'Oddities'.]
 
Cyberattack on Florida election is first known case in US, experts say [Except for Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004, during the Bush coups] 18 Mar 2013 An attempt to illegally obtain absentee ballots in Florida last year is the first known case in the U.S. of a cyberattack against an online election system, according to computer scientists and lawyers working to safeguard voting security. The case involved more than 2,500 "phantom requests" for absentee ballots, apparently sent to the Miami-Dade County elections website using a computer program, according to a grand jury report on problems in the Aug. 14 primary election. It is not clear whether the bogus requests were an attempt to influence a specific race, test the system or simply interfere with the voting. Because of the enormous number of requests -- and the fact that most were sent from a small number of computer IP addresses in Ireland, England, India and other overseas locations -- software used by the county flagged them and elections workers rejected them.
 
Sources: Amazon and CIA ink cloud deal 18 Mar 2013 In a move sure to send ripples through the federal IT community, FCW has learned that the CIA has agreed to a cloud computing contract with electronic commerce giant Amazon, worth up to $600 million over 10 years. Amazon Web Services will help the intelligence agency build a private cloud infrastructure that helps the agency keep up with emerging technologies like big data in a cost-effective manner not possible under the CIA's previous cloud efforts, sources told FCW.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [Gun Ban Efforts Are Failing]
Post by: Luck on March 21, 2013, 05:13:26 pm
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White House targeted killing powers to shift from CIA to Pentagon - Report 19 Mar 2013 the CIA is close to taking a major step toward getting out of the targeted killing business. Three senior U.S. officials tell The Daily Beast that the White House is poised to sign off on a plan to shift the CIA’s lethal targeting program to the Defense Department. Currently, the government maintains parallel drone programs, one housed in the CIA and the other run by the Department of Defense. The proposed plan would unify the command and control structure of targeted killings and create a uniform set of rules and procedures. The CIA would maintain a role, but the military would have operational control over targeting. Lethal missions would take place under Title 10 of the U.S. Code, which governs military operations, rather than Title 50, which sets out the legal authorities for intelligence activities and covert operations. [Right, but the civilians will be just as dead.]
 
US B-52s imitate nuclear bombing of North Korea 19 Mar 2013 In a bid to intimidate North Korea and draw attention to the US military’s capabilities, American B-52 bombers - which are capable of carrying out nuclear strikes - are practicing over South Korea. The move is in response to rising tensions after North Korea conducted its third successful nuclear test last month. This month's first B-52 flights occurred on March 8, and the aircraft are scheduled to fly over South Korea again today.
 
US to deploy controversial missile system in Romania 19 March 2013 Bucharest says the United States is going ahead with deploying controversial anti-missile interceptors in Romania, despite opposition from Russia. Romanian Defense Minister Mircea Dusa says the missile system will most likely be deployed in 2015. This is while US officials have said short-range missiles will be deployed to Romania and Poland.
 
UK Press regulation deal sparks fears of high libel fines for bloggers --Under the rules, sites that generate news and are written by several authors could risk exemplary damages. 19 Mar 2013 Bloggers could face high fines for libel under the new Leveson deal with exemplary damages imposed if they don't sign up to the new regulator, it was claimed on Tuesday. Kirsty Hughes, the chief executive of Index on Censorship, which campaigns for press freedom around the world, said it was a "sad day" for British democracy. "This will undoubtedly have a chilling effect on everyday people's web use," she said. She said she feared thousands of websites could fall under the definition of a "relevant publisher" according to the rules passed in the House of Commons on Monday night as part of the courts bill.
 
Test of anthrax vaccine in children gets tentative OK --A 2011 war game, Dark Zephyr, presented to policy makers a scenario in which terrorists released anthrax on a city modeled on [leftist-laden] San Francisco. [Notice, also, that San Francisco was the target for Fort Detrick's secret biological warfare experiments, in the 1950s. Why aren't right-wing cities and towns ever picked to be US biowarfare guinea pigs?] --Under a 2005 law, children in an anthrax-vaccine study would be prohibited from seeking damages through the legal system. 19 Mar 2013 A presidential ethics panel has opened the door to testing an anthrax vaccine on children as young as infants, bringing an angry response from critics who say the children would be guinea pigs in a study that would never help them and might harm them. The report, however, released on Tuesday by the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, said researchers would have to overcome numerous hurdles before launching an anthrax-vaccine trial in children. It now goes to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, who will decide whether to take the steps the commission recommended. The one anthrax vaccine approved in the United States, called BioThrax, is made by Emergent BioSolutions Inc of Rockville, Maryland. The company reported $215.9 million in sales of BioThrax, its only licensed product, in 2012. ['We'll take your shot after you take ours.']
 
Cyprus rejects bailout deal leaving eurozone facing fresh crisis 19 March 2013 The Cypriot parliament has thrown out a controversial plan to skim €5.8bn from savers' bank accounts, in a move that risks plunging the eurozone into a fresh crisis and heightens expectations that the cash-strapped nation will seek a funding lifeline from Russia. Cyprus has just 24 hours to find a solution to its funding gap before its banks are due to reopen following the dramatic no vote on Tuesday night, which failed to support a hastily renegotiated change to the original deal. With the crisis escalating, an RAF flight carrying €1m in low-denomination notes landed in Cyprus to provide cash for 3,000 British service personnel based on the Mediterranean island.
 
Democratic leader says assault weapon ban lacks support in Senate 19 Mar 2013 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said on Tuesday that fewer than 40 of his chamber's 100 members support a White House-backed bill to renew a ban against military-style assault weapons. The scant support virtually assures rejection of the bill, a centerpiece of Obama's bid to curb gun violence in wake of a massacre at a Connecticut elementary school on December 14 that left 20 children and six adults dead. "Right now," Reid told reporters, the bill drafted by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, "has less than 40 votes."
 
Gun Safety Bill in Senate Will Exclude Assault Weapons Ban 19 March 2013 The Senate next month will consider a bill to increase the penalties for people who buy and sell illegal guns, a measure greatly reduced in scope and reach from the gun safety agenda sought by President Obama. The bill will not include the reinstatement of an assault weapons ban, championed by Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, who met the measure's demise with anger and despondency.

Obama promises undying support to Israel 20 Mar 2013 Making his first official visit to Israel, U.S. President Barack Obama pledged on Wednesday enduring support for the Jewish State, where concern over a nuclear-armed Iran has clouded U.S.-Israeli relations. Descending from Air Force One in bright Spring sunshine, Obama briefly embraced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with whom he has a notoriously testy relationship, before offering smiles and handshakes to waiting ministers. U.S.-sponsored peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been stalled since 2010 in a dispute over Israeli settlement-building in the occupied West Bank.
 
Alleged al Qaeda fighter held secretly in N.Y. area 20 Mar 2013 The Justice Department revealed Wednesday that a man accused of being a veteran al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] terrorist has been in custody in the New York area for five months under complete secrecy. A federal judge in Brooklyn has lifted the veil over the case of Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun, who also goes by the name "Spin Ghul." When the FBI whisked Harun into a Brooklyn courtroom at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 4, after an extradition flight from Italy and amid a sensitive terrorism investigation, he got a new name: "John Doe."
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [Guantánamo Abuse]
Post by: Luck on March 27, 2013, 04:18:34 pm
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4 journalists arrested in UK phone hacking probe 14 Mar 2013 Four people, all journalists or former journalists for Britain's Mirror Group Newspapers, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to hack voice mails, police in London said Thursday. The investigation is mainly concerned with the Sunday Mirror newspaper and is focused on the period from 2003 to 2004. "This conspiracy is being treated as a separate conspiracy to the two being investigated at the now defunct News of the World newspaper," London's Metropolitan Police said. The News of the World was closed down in 2011 amid public uproar over the hacking of voice mails by employees of the tabloid, owned by the UK arm of Rupert Murdoch's News [sic] Corp.

Monsanto Protection Act Proves Corporations More Powerful Than US Government 20 Mar 2013 Monsanto lobbyists have gone as far as to generate legislative inclusions into a new bill that puts Monsanto above the federal government. It's called the Monsanto Protection Act among activists and concerned citizens who have been following the developments on the issue, and it consists of a legislative 'rider' inside (Farmer Assurance Provision, Sec. 735) a majority-wise unrelated Senate Continuing Resolution spending bill. If this rider passes with the bill, which could be as early as this week, Monsanto would have complete immunity from federal courts when it comes to their ability to act against any new Monsanto GMO crops that are suspected to be endangering the public or the environment (or considered to be planted illegally by the USDA). [Sign petition to stop Monsanto madness.]
 
U.S. to have DHS and corporations dramatically increase scanning of private Web traffic, email --DHS will gather secret data 21 Mar 2013 The U.S. government is expanding a cybersecurity program that scans Internet traffic headed into and out of defense contractors to include far more of the country's private, civilian-run infrastructure. As a result, more private sector employees than ever before, including those at big banks, utilities and key transportation companies, will have their emails and Web surfing scanned as a 'precaution against cyber attacks.' Under last month's White House executive order on cybersecurity, the scans will be driven by classified information provided by U.S. intelligence agencies -- including data from the National Security Agency -- on new or especially serious 'espionage threats and other hacking attempts.' The Department of Homeland Security will gather the secret data and pass it to a small group of telecommunication companies corpora-terrorists and cyber security providers that have employees holding security clearances, government and industry officials said.
 
NATO-Commissioned Report Says Killing Hackers Is Basically OK 21 Mar 2013 ...In an attempt to make some sense of the mess, NATO (basically the Western powers-that-be) commissioned a report from a bunch of legal experts at the 'NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence' to suggest some rules for cyber-warfare. Well, the report's in, and the suggestions are kinda surprising. Basically, cyber attacks which cause "physical damage, injury or death" constitute a 'use of force', and thus can be retaliated to with real physical weapons. Equally surprising is the classification of civilian hacktivists as legitimate targets during war.
 
State Dept. Hid Contractor's Ties to Keystone XL Pipeline Company 21 Mar 2013 Late on a Friday afternoon [when the Obama Administration typically dumps its deleterious environmental news] in early March, the State Department released a 2,000-page draft report downplaying the environmental risks of the northern portion of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which would ferry oil from Canada's tar sands to refineries in Texas, passing through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma. But when it released the report, State hid an important fact from the public: Experts who helped draft the report had previously worked for TransCanada, the company looking to build the Keystone pipeline, and other energy companies poised to benefit from Keystone's construction. State released documents in conjunction with the Keystone report in which these experts' work histories were redacted so that anyone reading the documents wouldn't know who'd previously hired them.
 
Pentagon requests $49 million to build new prison at Guantánamo for 'special' detainees 21 Mar 2013 The United States Southern Command has requested $49 million to build a new prison building at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, for "special" detainees prisoners on top of other renovations it says are necessary since Congress has decided to keep it open indefinitely. That brings the potential taxpayer bill for upgrading the deteriorating facilities to an estimated $195.7 million, the military said on Thursday. That overall price tag is significantly higher than the estimate of $150 million to $170 million that General John F. Kelly, the Southcom commander, gave in Congressional testimony on Wednesday. The special detainee facility was not included on the list of requested construction projects released by Southcom on Wednesday when reporters asked for details. [There's $200 million for the Pentagon's corpora-terrorist trolls to keep rebuilding prisons at Guantánamo--and yet, Obama and the GOP keep pushing to slash Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid?]
 
Microsoft, Too, Says FBI Secretly Surveilling Its Customers 21 Mar 2013 Microsoft said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is secretly spying on its customers with so-called National Security Letters that don't require a judge's approval, a revelation Thursday that mirrors one Google announced two weeks ago. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft announced that the type of accounts the feds are targeting with National Security Letters, warrants or court orders include H*tmail/O*tlook.com, SkyDrive, Xb*x LIVE, Microsoft Account, Messenger and *ffice 365. The announcements by the two tech giants mark the first time U.S. companies have divulged they were secretly responding to National Security Letters and coughing up user data to the bureau without probable-cause warrants.
 
No sequester for Guantanamo Bay: Guantanamo Bay has become money pit - former prison official 22 Mar 2013 Former Guantanamo prison official Ret. Col. Morris Davis has discussed with RT how the once 'temporary' facility has become a money pit as repair costs and yearly maintenance bills begin to pile up. As prison officials at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, struggle to explain an inmate hunger strike a new report has revealed that the United States Southern Command has requested funding for construction of a new building, as well as for maintenance on the existing facility. Media outlets have speculated that the new project could cost American taxpayers a sum approaching $200 million, a sum that had some scratching their heads after Southern Command General John F. Kelly testified before Congress Wednesday that the 'improvements' would cost between $150 and $170 million.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [U.S. Aggression vs Iran, Syria, U.S.]
Post by: Luck on March 27, 2013, 04:19:34 pm
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Military-style drones will patrol NYC: Bloomberg [Well, until people start blowing them out of the sky. Then, they will stop patrolling.] 22 Mar 2013 Like it or not, the eye in the sky will soon be following your every move, according to Mayor Bloomberg. "You can't keep the tides from coming in," the mayor remarked when asked about drones on his weekly radio show. The NYPD already has cameras mounted at strategic locations around the city and there's no reason, by the mayor's reckoning, that they have to attached to light poles. "It's scary. What's the difference if a drone is up in the air or on a building," he said. The mayor put the timeframe for an all-seeing society at about five years, when he estimated "there'll be cameras every place."
 
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper was friends with the father of white supremacist 22 Mar 2013 Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) said Friday he is close friends with the father of the white supremacist who is the focus of the investigation into the killing of one of his cabinet members and of a pizza delivery man. But the governor vehemently denied he had anything to do with the release of parolee Evan Ebel from prison earlier this year. Ebel was killed Thursday after a chase and shootout with Texas authorities. Ebel's father, Jack, is an attorney who lives in Boulder. Hickenlooper said he has known Jack Ebel for years. They worked together at an oil company when Hickenlooper was a geologist and they have stayed close.
 
Shell casings from shootout in Texas similar to those found at home of slain Colo. prison chief 22 Mar 2013 Shell casings from a Texas shootout with a white supremacist Colorado parolee are the same make and caliber as those found at the home of Colorado's prison chief after he was killed, according to legal papers. It's the closest link yet between Evan Spencer Ebel -- who died in the shootout -- and the slaying of Tom Clements, who was shot and killed when he opened his door Tuesday evening. Authorities also say they found a Domino's pizza bag and a jacket or shirt in the trunk of the car Ebel was driving when Texas deputies tried to pull him over -- a link to another slaying, that of a pizza deliveryman whose body was found Sunday.
 
CIA trains and spies for Syrian rebels - report 23 Mar 2013 Some Syrian 'rebel' groups get training and intelligence straight from CIA officers, US officials told media. The helping hand is meant to bolster the secular opposition against both governmental troops and Islamist forces. The CIA's increased involvement in Syria is part America's greater engagement in the war-torn country, according to The Wall Street Journal. The spy agency has selected some small rebel units from the Free Syrian Army to receive combat training and fresh intel they can act upon, the newspaper says, citing unnamed US officials and rebel commanders. The training is provided by the CIA, working together with British, French and Jordanian intelligence agencies.
 
Top U.S. diplomat Kerry asks Iraq to stop arms to Syria [Yeah, only USociopaths and their deranged allies are allowed to send them there. What nerve. Someday, a nation is going to grow a set and stop the world's psycho self-appointed policeman. --LRP. NSAciopaths/Google goons -- that would be Lori Price, saving you time.] 24 Mar 2013 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Sunday to stop Iranian flights over Iraq from carrying arms to Syria during a visit to the Iraqi capital. Kerry also urged Iraq's Sunni Muslim, Shi'ite and ethnic Kurdish factions to commit to the political process as the country's precarious intercommunal balance comes under growing strain from the conflict in neighboring Syria. A U.S. official said earlier on condition of anonymity that Washington believes flights and overland transfers from Iran to Syria via Iraq take place nearly every day, helping President Bashar al-Assad crush a two-year-old [Western-fomented] revolt against his government.
 
Bioterror lab danger rising, report finds --Two new government reports raise concerns about the risks posed by labs experimenting with dangerous germs that have the potential to be used as bioterror weapons [for US false flags]. 25 Mar 2013 The United States is at increased risk for accidents at laboratories conducting research on potential bioterror germs, such as anthrax, because federal officials have failed to develop national standards for lab design, construction and operation, according to a report to be released Monday by the Government Accountability Office. Meanwhile, another recent government audit has found significant failures by federal officials to detect security and safety violations during inspections of bioterror labs. The undetected issues included the transfer of anthrax and plague to an unauthorized facility, and allowing workers at multiple research facilities to remain on the job with expired security risk assessments.
 
Vial of Deadly Virus Missing from Texas University Campus --Campus laboratory officials realized one of five stored vials was missing. 25 Mar 2013 A vial containing a potentially deadly strain of Guanarito virus, which can infect rodents and then be transferred to humans, has disappeared from a laboratory at the University of Texas. Officials at the UT's Medical Branch in Galveston reported last week the vial had been locked inside a bio-hazard freezer within the UTMB campus. Officials are notifying the public as a precaution. The vial had been locked inside a bio-hazard freezer within the UTMB campus.
 
US, Israel cyber attacks on Iran act of force: NATO 25 Mar 2013 NATO's cyberwarfare center says cyber attacks launched against the Islamic Republic of Iran by the US and Israel constituted "an act of force" and were illegal under international law. According to The Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare, commissioned by NATO's Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence in Estonia, "Acts that kill or injure persons or destroy or damage objects are unambiguously uses of force," The Washington Times reported on Sunday. Michael N. Schmitt, the manual's lead author and professor of international law at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, said the group of researchers who wrote the manual all agreed that the use of Stuxnet virus that attacked Iran's cyber structures in 2009, was an act of force.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [U.S. vs Iran, Syria, Honduras, N. Korea, U.S.]
Post by: Luck on March 27, 2013, 04:25:21 pm
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Guantanamo hunger strike grows; 3 captives hospitalized 25 Mar 2013 Navy medical staff at Guantanamo counted 28 of the 166 war-on-terror captives as Pentagon-defined "hunger strikers," the prison said Monday, reporting an increase over the weekend that included three men being treated at the prison hospital. A total of 10 of the hunger strikers were getting liquid nutrition, which under prison camp protocol is fed to a captive who's been shackled into a restraint chair and had a feeding tube snaked up his nose into his stomach. The three at the hospital were receiving tube feedings and intravenous drips, said Navy Capt. Robert Durand, the detention center spokesman who on Friday reported 26 hunger strikers, eight on tube feedings and two hospitalized.
 
'Stop the right people': NYPD officer caught on tape ordering cops to search 'male blacks, 14 to 20' 25 Mar 2013 An audio recording made public as part of a federal lawsuit against the New York Police Department's controversial racist stop-and-frisk policy reveals a commanding officer ordering cops to stop 'male blacks.' The recording was made in secret in February by Officer Pedro Serrano in the 40th Precinct station house in the South Bronx and played for jurors. Serrano captured a heated argument with his commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Christopher McCormack. In the tape, McCormack lambasts Serrano for not stopping enough people and insists that he has a duty to prevent violent crime by frisking 'the right people at the right time, the right location.' ...'The problem was, what, male blacks. And I told you at roll call, and I have no problem telling you this, male blacks 14 to 20, 21,' McCormack can be heard to say on the tape.
 
Bush's pension benefits top $1 MILLION in 2012 [One quick war crimes trial -- 9/11, Cheney's Fort Detrick anthrax attacks, Iraq, Abu Ghraib, Afghanistan, Bagram, etc. -- and guilty verdict will put an end to that particular taxpayer drain.] 25 Mar 2013 The Congressional Research Service has released a study on salaries and benefits that former commander-in-chiefs collected during the 2012 fiscal year. The allowances, however, are far from uniform. Former president [sic] George W. Bush received the most –about $1.3 million. That includes a "suitable office space, appropriately furnished and quipped," travel funds, personnel compensation, mail privileges, office supplies, and Secret Service protection.
 
Newtown residents field NRA robo-calls on gun control 25 Mar 2013 Just over three months after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in which 20 students and 6 educators were killed, robo-calls against gun legislation have been received by Connecticut residents, including some in Newtown. CBS Affiliate WFSB reports that as state lawmakers are considering new laws aimed at reducing gun violence, the National Rifle Association is calling homes, asking voters to pressure their lawmakers into rejecting any new gun restrictions. The cal describes itself as "an urgent legislative alert," and targets constituents of lawmakers who "will play a key role in determining whether the Connecticut General Assembly will pass legislation restricting your gun rights."

'Monsanto Protection Act' slips silently through US Congress 26 Mar 2013 The US House of Representatives quietly passed a last-minute addition to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill for 2013 last week - including a provision protecting genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks. The rider, which is officially known as the Farmer Assurance Provision, has been derided by opponents of biotech lobbying as the "Monsanto Protection Act," as it would strip federal courts of the authority to immediately halt the planting and sale of genetically modified (GMO) seed crop regardless of any consumer health concerns. The provision, also decried as a "biotech rider," should have gone through the Agricultural or Judiciary Committees for review. Instead, no hearings were held, and the piece was evidently unknown to most Democrats (who hold the majority in the Senate) prior to its approval as part of HR 993, the short-term funding bill that was approved to avoid a federal government shutdown [that Obama signed]. [Hungary got rid of Monsanto by 'burning and booting.' First, farmers burned Monsanto's poisonous crops to the ground. Then, the people kicked Monsanto out of the country. 'Burn and boot.' That's how they roll in Hungary.]

US training Syrian forces in Jordan 26 Mar 2013 American and foreign officials say the U.S. is training 'secular Syrian fighters' in Jordan in a bid to bolster forces battling President Bashar Assad's government and stem the influence of 'Islamist radicals' among the country's persistently splintered opposition. The officials say the training has been conducted for several months, concentrating largely on Sunnis and tribal Bedouins who formerly served in the Syrian army. Officials say the operation is being run by U.S. intelligence and is ongoing.
 
10,000 'extremist' websites on the web 26 Mar 2013 There are more than 10,000 extremist websites on the Internet compared to fewer than 100 countering them, an analyst Tuesday told a conference which stressed the need to rebut militant propaganda. "In many ways, the terrorists are very successful in cyberspace," said counter-terrorism analyst Rohan Gunaratna, who heads the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research in Singapore. YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media are increasingly being exploited to spread extremist views, and moderate religious leaders and governments must keep pace to counter their arguments, they said.
 
In Miami case, U.S. Supreme Court limits use [of] drug-sniffing police dogs outside homes 26 Mar 2013 The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Florida high court ruling limiting the use of drug-sniffing police dogs outside homes. The Florida Supreme Court in April 2011 had ruled that Miami-Dade police violated a man's right to privacy when they used a police dog outside the front door without a search warrant... U.S. Justice Antonin Scalia, writing the majority opinion, said that the use of police dogs outside a person's home indeed constitutes "a search" under the Constitution's Fourth Amendment, which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures.
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Post by: Luck on April 01, 2013, 04:51:01 pm
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French Jewish students take legal action against Twitter 21 Mar 2013 A Jewish student group has announced it was taking further legal action against Twitter over the global networking site's failure to respond to a French court order to hand over data to help identify the authors of anti-Semitic tweets. "Twitter is playing the indifference card in not respecting the decision of January 24," when a Paris civil court gave the company two weeks to hand over the requested information, said Jonathan Hayoun, president of France's Union of Jewish Students (UEJF), on Wednesday.
 
Wyoming Judge rules chemicals used in fracking can remain 'trade secrets' 25 Mar 2013 A judge [sic] in Casper has sided with the state of Wyoming and ruled against environmentalists who sought to obtain lists of the ingredients that go into hydraulic fracturing fluids. Environmental groups had requested the ingredient lists from the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, arguing that the public needs to know what chemicals companies are putting underground. They were denied on the grounds that the lists are trade secrets that may be withheld under Wyoming's open records law. Natrona County District Judge Catherine Wilking has upheld the denial, ruling that the state official who withheld the information acted reasonably.
 
FBI Pursuing Real-Time Gmail Spying Powers as 'Top Priority' for 2013 26 Mar 2013 Despite the pervasiveness of law enforcement surveillance of digital communication, the FBI still has a difficult time monitoring Gmail, Google Voice, and Dropbox in real time. But that may change soon, because the bureau says it has made gaining more powers to wiretap all forms of Internet conversation and cloud storage a "top priority" this year. Last week, during a talk for the American Bar Association in Washington, D.C., FBI general counsel Andrew Weissmann discussed some of the pressing surveillance and national security issues facing the bureau.
 
Supreme Court indicates it may strike down marriage law 27 Mar 2013 A majority of Supreme Court justices on Wednesday indicated they could be inclined to strike down a law that denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples, a move that would reflect the evolving nationwide sea change in attitudes to gay marriage. As a packed courtroom listened attentively on a second day of arguments on gay marriage, Justice Anthony Kennedy, a potential swing vote, warned of a "real risk" that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) infringes on the traditional role of the states in defining marriage. A conservative, Kennedy is viewed as a key vote on this issue in part because he has twice authored decisions in the past that were viewed as favorable to gay rights.
 
The Total Iraq and Afghanistan Price Tag: Over $4 Trillion --The wars are over, but the spending is just beginning, says a new study 28 Mar 2013 The U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been declared officially over, but America has barely begun to pay the bill, says a new study. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars will together cost $4 to $6 trillion, according a new study from Harvard University's Kennedy School. A large share of those bills has yet to be paid: the study finds that the U.S. has spent around $2 trillion thus far on the two controversial wars, and that growing commitments to spending on military personnel and veterans will drive much of the spending in the decades to come.
 
Top Swedish prosecutor leaves Assange case 29 Mary 2013 The top Swedish prosecutor pursuing sexual assault charges against Julian Assange has abruptly left the case and one of Mr Assange's accusers [CIA troll Anna Ardin] has sacked her lawyer. The turmoil in the Swedish Prosecution Authority's effort to extradite Mr Assange comes as another leading Swedish judge prepares to deliver an unprecedented public lecture in Australia next week on the WikiLeaks publisher's case. The Swedish Prosecution Authority wants to extradite Mr Assange to have him questioned in Stockholm in relation to sexual assault allegations by two women.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [CNN Ordered to Demonize Syria]
Post by: Luck on April 01, 2013, 04:54:04 pm
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Ex-CIA employees who garden indoors claim their Kansas home was illegally searched for pot 29 Mar 2013 Two former CIA employees whose Kansas home was fruitlessly searched for marijuana during a two-state drug sweep claim they were illegally targeted, possibly because they had bought indoor growing supplies to raise vegetables. Adlynn and Robert Harte sued this week to get more information about why sheriff's deputies searched their home in the upscale Kansas City suburb of Leawood last April 20 as part of Operation Constant Gardener -- a [fascist] sweep conducted by agencies in Kansas and Missouri that netted marijuana plants, processed marijuana, guns, growing paraphernalia and cash from several other locations.
 
Big depositors in Cyprus to lose far more than feared 29 Mar 2013 Big depositors in Cyprus's largest bank stand to lose far more than initially feared under a European Union rescue package to save the island from bankruptcy, a source with direct knowledge of the terms said on Friday. Under conditions expected to be announced on Saturday, depositors in Bank of Cyprus will get shares in the bank worth 37.5 percent of their deposits over 100,000 euros, the source told Reuters, while the rest of their deposits may never be paid back.
 
Ex-CNN Reporter Received Orders to Manipulate News to Demonize Syria and Iran [Apparently, MSNBC and Faux got the same orders.] 30 Mar 2013 Ex-CNN reporter Amber Lyon revealed that during her work for the channel she received orders to send false news and exclude some others which the US administration did not favor with the aim to create a public opinion in favor of launching an aggression on Iran and Syria. Lyon was quoted by the Slovak main news website as saying that the mainstream US media outlets intentionally work to create a propaganda against Iran to garner public opinion's support for a military invasion against it. She revealed that the scenario used before launching the war on Iraq is being prepared to be repeated where Iran and Syria are now being subject to constant 'demonization'.
 
South Korea declares 'full military readiness' in response to new North threat 30 Mar 2013 South Korea's Defence Ministry react after North Korea said it had entered "a state of war" with Seoul. North Korea issued its threat on Saturday, saying it has entered "a state of war" with South Korea, a day after its young leader Kim Jong-un threatened the US because two American B-2 bombers flew a training mission in South Korea. Speaking at a news conference in Seoul, South Korean Defence Ministry Spokesman Kim Min-seok said that the latest threats from Pyongyang were "unacceptable, harming the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula."
 
'US Army veteran fighting Syrian government worked for CIA' 31 Mar 2013 The father of a US Army veteran recently arrested by the FBI for joining foreign-backed militants in Syria says his son was serving the CIA and reporting back to the Agency from the country. Darryl Harroun says his son Eric, who was arrested and charged with conspiracy on Wednesday for fighting with 'al-Qaeda'-linked militants, is extremely patriotic and would not join militants. "I know he was doing some work for the CIA over there," Darryl said. "I know for a fact that he was passing information onto the CIA."
 
Texas district attorney & wife found dead after prosecutor killed 31 Mar 2013 A Texas district attorney and his wife were shot dead in the same county where an assistant prosecutor was gunned down outside a courthouse in January, the sheriff of Kaufman County, said on Sunday. Security has been tightened for other officials after the shooting deaths of Kaufman County Criminal District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, Sheriff David Byrnes said. Byrnes said it was not clear if there was a link between the shootings and the January slaying of Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse. Hasse was shot and killed as he walked from his car to the county courthouse. Hasse was shot the same day U.S. Department of Justice officials publicly thanked him for his help in prosecuting members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas.
 
Crude oil leaks in Arkansas suburb after ExxonMobil pipeline ruptures 31 Mar 2013 An ExxonMobil pipeline rupture near Little Rock, Ark., Friday evening has resulted in a "major oil spill," according to the Environmental Protection Agency -- and ignited further debate over the [insane] transportation of crude oil in the U.S. Up to 10,000 barrels sprang from the pipeline, according to an incident report filed to the National Response Center by ExxonMobil early Saturday morning. Twenty-two residents were evacuated from their homes, according to a statement on the ExxonMobil website. Mayflower, Ark., Chief of Police Bob Satkowski told Channel 7 News in Little Rock that those residents had to leave their homes because of health risks from the crude oil fumes and possible fires. KARK, an NBC affiliate station in Little Rock, reported that part of the pipeline runs through a water source that provides drinking water to nearly 400,000 residents in central Arkansas.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [Laser Weapon Destroys Drone]
Post by: Luck on April 16, 2013, 08:51:52 am
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Check your spam bin for Tuesday's CLG Newsletter, as NSA buddy Google relegated it to the spam bin --Lots of Fukushima, H7N9 Flu, and drone updates - Google hates that By Lori Price, www.legitigov.org 09 Apr 2013 Friends, I sent a rather lengthy CLG Newsletter (Sent: Tuesday, April 09, 2013 4:32 PM ET), which my detractors just *loathe.* So, if you did NOT receive it, please check your spam or trash bins and mark it as NOT SPAM. If you would like a copy, please write lori at legitgov dot org, and I will forward you today's edition. Thank you.
 
ATF Wants 'Massive' Online Database to Find Out Who Your Friends Are 05 Apr 2013 The ATF doesn't just want a huge database to reveal everything about you with a few keywords. It wants one that can find out who you know. And it won't even try to friend you on Facebook first. According to a recent solicitation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the bureau is looking to buy a "massive online data repository system" for its Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information (OSII). The system is intended to operate for at least five years, and be able to process automated searches of individuals, and "find connection points between two or more individuals" by linking together "structured and unstructured data." Instead of requiring an analyst to manually search around for your personal information, the database should "obtain exact matches from partial source data searches" such as social security numbers (or even just a fragment of one), vehicle serial codes, age range, "phonetic name spelling," or a general area where your address is located. Input that data, and out comes your identity, while the computer automatically establishes connections you have with others.
 
CLG: Flu 'Oddities' RSS feed is up! 07 Apr 2013 Folks, CLG has an Flu 'Oddities' RSS feed that you can add to your blog or website. You can also subscribe to it. The CLG Flu 'Oddities' RSS feed is dedicated toward breaking news regarding avian flu and other US bioterror events. If you have any questions on adding these feeds, please write webmaster at legitgov.org.
 
France 'to buy US drones' 07 Apr 2013 In the midst of France's Operation Serval in Mali, Paris is considering buying US-made unarmed surveillance drones to boost its military capabilities, a source from the defence ministry told AFP on Friday. According to French weekly newspaper La Tribune, Paris made an official request to Washington to acquire US made Reaper drones - the same unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that the US adapted for targeted kills of 'al Qaeda' fighters [and civilians] in Pakistan.
 
In Secret Deal, C.I.A. Killed Pakistani Militant in Exchange for Agency's Access to Airspace for Its Drones 07 Apr 2013 Nek Muhammad knew he was being followed. On a hot day in June 2004, the Pashtun tribesman... asked one of his followers about the strange, metallic bird hovering above him. Less than 24 hours later, a missile tore through the compound, severing Mr. Muhammad's left leg and killing him and several others, including two boys, ages 10 and 16. A Pakistani military spokesman was quick to claim responsibility for the attack, saying that Pakistani forces had fired at the compound. That was a lie. Mr. Muhammad and his followers had been killed by the C.I.A., the first time it had deployed a Predator drone in Pakistan to carry out a "targeted killing." The target was not a top operative of 'Al Qaeda,' but a Pakistani ally of the Taliban who led a tribal rebellion and was marked by Pakistan as an enemy of the state. In a secret deal, the C.I.A. had agreed to kill him in exchange for access to airspace it had long sought so it could use drones to hunt down its own enemies.
 
Another day, another US/NATO war crime: NATO air strike kills 11 Afghan children, officials say 07 Apr 2013 A NATO air attack in eastern Afghanistan has killed 11 children, officials said Sunday, the latest case of civilian casualties which provoke great anger in the war-torn country. The children were killed during a joint Afghan-NATO operation in the Shigal district of restive Kunar province bordering Pakistan late on Saturday... The Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, "strongly condemned the ISAF air strike in Kunar that killed 11 children," in a statement issued by his office.
 
Sebring airport might become home for drones 08 Apr 2013 (FL) Drones are big business. For years, they have been primarily used by the military, which has employed unmanned aircraft like the Predator to hunt and kill. But an entirely new market is looming. Last year, Congress passed legislation mandating that the FAA figure out how to integrate the civilian use of drones into the national airspace, for uses ranging from assisting law enforcement and first responders, to farmers looking for more economical ways to check their crops. Part of that process is finding six sites around the nation for research and testing...
 
Navy's New Laser Weapon Blasts Bad Guys From Air or Sea 08 Apr 2013 The U.S. Navy is set to field a powerful laser that can 'protect its ships' by blasting targets with high-intensity light beams. Early next year the Navy will place a laser weapon aboard a ship in the Persian Gulf where it could be used to fend off approaching unmanned aerial vehicles or speedboats. The Navy calls its futuristic weapon LAWS, which stands for the Laser Weapon System. What looks like a small telescope is actually a weapon that can track a moving target and fire a steady laser beam strong enough to burn a hole through steel. [Now, the good news:] A Navy video of testing conducted last summer off the coast of California shows how a laser beam fired from a Navy destroyer was able to set aflame an approaching UAV or drone, sending it crashing into the ocean. [Yup, every cloud has a silver lining.]
 
Big Pharma Pockets $711 Billion in Profits by Robbing Seniors & Taxpayers 08 Apr 2013 Here's an outrage that must be changed: Big Pharma has been systematically price-gouging the Medicare program for seniors and people with disabilities -- and raking in billions in excessive profits. The 11 largest global drug companies made an astonishing $711 billion in profits over the 10 years ending in 2012, and they got a turbo-charged boost when the Medicare Part D prescription drug program started in 2006, according to an analysis of corporate filings by Health Care for America Now (HCAN). The drug companies hold the power to charge America's consumers whatever they want. Worse, Medicare -- the nation's largest purchaser of drugs -- is prohibited by law from seeking better prices. In 2006, the first year of Medicare's prescription drug program, the combined profits of the largest drug companies soared 34 percent to $76.3 billion. And unlike other industries, such as Big Oil, drug companies get something even better than a tax subsidy -- they get a government program.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [Bird Flu Bioweapon & Police Brutality]
Post by: Luck on April 16, 2013, 08:52:46 am
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Ex-Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher dies, aged 87 08 Apr 2013 Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died "peacefully" at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke, her family has announced. Thatcher was Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990. She was the first woman to hold the role. She will not have a state funeral but will be accorded the same status as Princess Diana and the Queen Mother. [Margaret Thatcher labeled Nelson Mandela and the ANC 'terrorists.' In fact, Thatcher was the terrorist, along with her mentor, senile sociopath Ronald Reagan. --LRP]
 
Chinese colonel says latest bird flu virus is U.S. biological weapon [Well, not just the latest one -- all of them.] 09 Apr 2013 A Chinese Air Force officer on Saturday accused the U.S. government of creating the new strain of bird flu now afflicting parts of China as a biological warfare attack. People’s Liberation Army Sr. Col. Dai Xu said the United States released the H7N9 bird flu virus into China in an act of biological warfare, according to a posting on his blog on Saturday. The charge was first reported in the state-run Guangzhou newspaper Southern Metropolis Daily and then picked up by several news outlets in Asia.
 
Obama's drone war kills 'others,' not just al Qaida leaders 09 Apr 2013 Contrary to assurances it has deployed U.S. drones only against known senior leaders of 'al Qaida' and allied groups, the Obama administration has targeted and killed hundreds of suspected lower-level Afghan, Pakistani and unidentified "other" militants in scores of strikes in Pakistan's tribal area, classified U.S. intelligence reports show. The administration has said that strikes by the CIA's missile-firing Predator and Reaper drones are authorized only against "specific senior operational leaders of al Qaida and associated forces" involved in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks who are plotting" imminent" violent attacks on Americans... Copies of the top-secret U.S. intelligence reports reviewed by McClatchy, however, show that drone strikes in Pakistan over a four-year period didn’t adhere to those standards.
 
EPA Draft Stirs Fears of Radically Relaxed Radiation Guidelines 10 Apr 2013 The acting EPA director on Friday signed a revised version of the EPA's Protective Action Guide for radiological incidents, which critics say radically relaxes the safety guidelines agencies follow in the wake of a nuclear-reactor meltdown, dirty-bomb attack, or other unexpected release [or false flag] of radiation. Although the document is a draft published for public comment, it takes effect as an "interim use" guideline. And according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), that means agencies responding to radiation emergencies may permit many more civilian fatalities.
 
South Korea blames the North for cyberattacks that hit banks, broadcasters 10 Apr 2013 South Korea accused North Korea Wednesday of carrying out a wave of cyberattacks that paralyzed the networks of major South Korean banks and broadcasters last month. An official investigation found that many of the malignant codes employed in the attacks were similar to ones used by the North previously, said Lee Seung-won, an official at the South Korean science ministry. Although some observers said at the time of the computer crashes that they suspected North Korean involvement, this is the first time that Seoul has formally pointed the finger at Pyongyang. [And, eventually we'll learn that NSAciopaths were behind the cyberattacks.]

IRS claims it can read your e-mail without a warrant 10 Apr 2013 The Internal Revenue Service doesn't believe it needs a search warrant to read your e-mail. Newly disclosed documents prepared by IRS lawyers says that Americans enjoy "generally no privacy" in their e-mail, Facebook chats, Twitter direct messages, and similar online communications -- meaning that they can be perused without obtaining a search warrant signed by a judge. That places the IRS at odds with a growing sentiment among many judges and legislators who believe that Americans' e-mail messages should be protected from warrantless search and seizure. They say e-mail should be protected by the same Fourth Amendment privacy standards that require search warrants for hard drives in someone's home, or a physical letter in a filing cabinet.

Suit Settled With Occupy Wall St. Over Seizure of Library at a Park 10 Apr 2013 As myriad court battles pitting the Occupy Wall Street movement against New York City agencies proceed, protesters claimed a victory on Tuesday, based not on how they were treated, but on how their books were mistreated. The City of New York and Brookfield Properties agreed to pay more than $230,000 to settle a lawsuit filed last year in Federal District Court asserting that books and other property had been damaged or destroyed when the police and sanitation workers cleared an encampment from Zuccotti Park in 2011. The books, and other items, had been set up [the People's Library] in the northeast corner of the park soon after the Occupy protests began in September 2011.

Privacy protections booted from CISPA data-sharing bill 10 Apr 2013 A controversial data-sharing bill won the approval of a key congressional committee today without privacy amendments, raising concerns that the National Security Agency and other spy agencies will gain broad access to Americans' personal information. The House Intelligence [sic] committee, by a vote of 18 to 2, adopted the so-called CISPA bill after an unusual session closed to the public where panel members debated and voted on the proposed law in secret. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), who proposed three unsuccessful privacy amendments, said afterward she was disappointed her colleagues did not limit the NSA and other intelligence agencies from collecting sensitive data on Americans.
 
Police use Taser on 'uncooperative' Conn. middle school student 10 Apr 2013 A middle school student was subdued with a Taser by police on Wednesday outside Woodrow Wilson Middle School. The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. and was over in less than an hour, School Superintendent Pat Charles told Middletown Patch. The Middletown Police Department’s school resource officers and patrol officers responded to a call for assistance from the staff at the school, Lt. Heather Desmond confirmed late Wednesday evening. "When officers arrived, the student was uncooperative and combative," Desmond said in a statement.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [Tax Dollars Wasted on DHS, War...]
Post by: Luck on April 16, 2013, 08:57:20 am
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Manning trial judge to US: prove suspect knew leaks would 'aid enemy' --Judge's order raises burden of proof for prosecutors seeking life in military prison for WikiLeaks suspect over security leaks 10 Apr 2013 The US government will have to prove that the WikiLeaks source, Bradley Manning, had "reason to believe" that his disclosure of state secrets could be harmful to the US and beneficial to foreign nations, the judge presiding over the soldier's court martial ruled on Wednesday. The ruling from Colonel Denise Lind, sitting in a military court at Fort Meade in Maryland, raises the burden of proof for the prosecutors who are trying to have the US soldier jailed for life for his actions in passing hundreds of thousands of classified state documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Manning has pleaded guilty to the leak, but only to lesser charges that carry an upper sentence of 20 years in military jail.
 
Senators Reach Bipartisan Deal on Checks of Gun Buyers 11 Apr 2013 A bipartisan collection of senators on Wednesday announced a compromise measure to expand background checks for gun buyers, increasing the chances that a viable package of new gun safety laws will soon hit the Senate floor. Senators Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, and Patrick J. Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, have spearheaded the deal. Under the terms of the agreement, background checks for gun buyers would expand to gun shows and online sales -- a huge portion of gun sales that are made without the background checks used by gun stores -- and it would maintain record-keeping provisions that law enforcement officials find essential in tracking criminal gun use, but that gun rights groups find anathema.

Idaho restricts drone use by police agencies amid privacy concerns 11 Apr 2013 Idaho's Republican governor signed a law on Thursday that restricts use of drone aircraft by police and other public agencies as the use of pilotless aircraft inside U.S. borders is increasing. The measure aims to protect privacy rights. In approving the law, which requires law enforcement to obtain warrants to collect evidence using drones in most cases, Idaho becomes the second U.S. state after Virginia to restrict uses of pilotless aircraft over privacy concerns. "We're trying to prevent high-tech window-peeping," Idaho Senate Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder, sponsor of the measure in the Republican-led Idaho legislature, told Reuters earlier this year as the bill was pending in the legislature.
 
Billions of US tax dollars potentially funding Afghan terrorism - report 12 Apr 2013 Grey areas in US legislation could mean that taxpayer m*ney is financing Afghan terrorism, a report has revealed. It calls on Congress to change the *100,000 threshold on reconstruction contracts to include the 80 percent that evade scrutiny. The "alarming" findings were greeted with calls for urgent action to mend the weak links in US regulations. The report, titled 'Contracting with the Enemy' and published by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), draws attention to the mismanagement of the Department of Defense's (DOD) funds. According to the document, such oversights mean that "millions of contracting d*llars could be diverted to forces seeking to harm US Military and civilian personnel and derail the multi-billion d*llar reconstruction [after the US destruction] effort." [Yeah, let's cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid so the Afghan insurgency can remain well-funded -- which creates the 'need' for US occupation forces to stay.]
 
Sequester this: Homeland Security's New $3.9 Billion Headquarters 12 Apr 2103 President Barack Obama seems determined to complete the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's new headquarters, the largest federal construction project since the Pentagon rose in the 1940s. The cost: *3.9 billion. The project would unite at a single location nearly all DHS's 22 divisions devoted to thwarting terrorists and safeguarding the populace from natural and manmade [aka US-engendered] disasters. On Wednesday, the president included *367 million in his budget to continue construction.
 
AT&T-Yahoo blocking the CLG Newsletter again 14 Apr 2013 AT&T/Yahoo is blocking the CLG Newsletter again. This may be connected to the fix of the EarthLink block. The following AT&T-controlled domains did NOT receive today's CLG Newsletter, because AT&T is blocking the mail server of CLG's webhoster, MayFirst: yahoo.com, att.net, ameritech.net, pacbell.net, swbell.net, bellsouth.net, flash.net, prodigy.net, wans.net, sbcglobal.net, nvbell.net, snet.net. This was the subject line: 'Billions of US tax dollars potentially funding Afghan terrorism -report'. [Addendum: Yahoo.com allowed delivery of the newsletter, but on an eight-hour delay.]

US assassination drone attack kills 4 in NW Pakistan 14 Apr 2013 At least four people have been killed in an attack carried out by a US assassination drone in northwestern Pakistan, Press TV reports. On Sunday, the US killer drone fired two missiles at a house in Datta Khel area located some 35 kilometers (22 miles) west of Miranshah, the main town in the Pakistani tribal region of North Waziristan. Officials say the house was completely destroyed in the attack. Pakistan's tribal regions are attacked by US assassination drones almost regularly with Washington claiming that militants are the targets. However, casualty figures clearly indicate that civilians are the main victims.
 
after BP clean-up -- Chemicals used to disperse Gulf of Mexico spill blamed for marine deaths and human illness 14 Apr 2013 Hundreds of beached dolphin carcasses, shrimp with no eyes, contaminated fish, ancient corals caked in oil and some seriously unwell people are among the legacies that scientists are still uncovering in the wake of BP's Deepwater Horizon spill. This week it will be three years since the first of 4.9 billion barrels of crude oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico, in what is now considered the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. As the scale of the ecological disaster unfolds, BP is appearing daily in a New Orleans federal court to battle over the extent of compensation it owes to the region.
 
Black workers 'banned from Gare du Nord during Israeli president visit' 14 Apr 2013 Black and North African railway workers were banned from working at Paris's Gare du Nord when the President of Israel visited France over fears they might be Muslim, it has emerged. The alleged discrimination took place as Shimon Peres arrived at the station, the hub for high-speed trains, on March 8, to discuss the Middle East peace process. It is now the subject of an official complaint by the SUD-Rail transport union which says everything was done to ensure there were "no Muslim employees to welcome the Head of the State of Israel".
 
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [Police State, Massachusetts]
Post by: Luck on April 19, 2013, 04:29:41 pm
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[See 6th item regarding possible false flag at Boston Marathon bombing.]

'Hundreds of National Guardsmen and Police' on Scene Before Explosions in Boston --Multiple explosions heard 15 Apr 2013 (Wires)
Bomb Sniffing Dogs, Spotters on Roofs Before Boston Explosions - UM Coach 15 Apr 2013 University of Mobile's Cross Country Coach, who was near the finish line of the Boston Marathon when a series of explosions went off, said he thought it was odd there were bomb sniffing dogs at the start and finish lines. "They kept making announcements to the participants do not worry, it's just a training exercise," Coach Ali Stevenson told Local 15. Stevenson said he saw law enforcement spotters on the roofs at the start of the race. He's been in plenty of marathons in Chicago, D.C., Chicago, London and other major metropolitan areas but has never seen that level of security before. "Evidently, I don't believe they were just having a training exercise," Stevenson said. "I think they must have had some sort of threat or suspicion called in."
 
FBI scanning cell phone tower records to search for clues in Boston bombings 16 Apr 2013 (Wires)
CLG: Security on Alert --'Numerous Amtrak, local, state and Department of Homeland Security police agents swarmed' by Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D. 16 Apr 2013 Today, one day after the massacre at the Boston Marathon in Copley Square, the nation's security apparatuses were on full display. In the train stations from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Stamford, Connecticut, numerous Amtrak, local, state and Department of Homeland Security police agents swarmed. Bomb-sniffing dogs abounded. In Stamford, CT, for example, a relatively small station, three bomb-sniffing dogs could be seen, and police numbered in the dozens. Bags were being randomly searched in Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut. Officers stood on platforms and in the terminals, even boarding and searching trains.
 
In a coincidence that would boggle the minds of those who serve on the Panel on Probability and Algorithms *and* the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics:
-- Sandy Hook Families at Boston Marathon Traumatized Again 16 Apr 2013 Several parents from Sandy Hook, Conn., ran in the Boston Marathon as guests of honor as a way for Boston to help those families heal from last December's massacre of children. Instead, the six Sandy Hook families found themselves again besieged by sirens, ambulances and shocking carnage. "It was all those same things, the police and fire and all of that. It's severely traumatic," said Lauren Nowacki, one of the Connecticut moms who competed in Monday's marathon. [Was the Aurora theater shooting/Sandy Hook guy there, too? The man (Stephen Barton) who found himself at both tragedies -- hundreds of miles apart -- and now works for Mayor Bloomberg? If so, that would mean he made it to *all three* events. Now, if you're going to call me a 'nut,' call me a MATH nut, because I'm just stickin' with the NUMBERS. --LRP]
 
Fox pulls 'Family Guy' episode that depicts deaths at Boston Marathon [The show was probably written at least several months ago.] 16 Apr 2013 Fox has pulled from websites a recent episode of "Family Guy" that depicts mass deaths at the Boston Marathon, and has no immediate plans to air it again. Fox spokeswoman Gaude Paez said Tuesday the episode has been removed from Fox dot com and Hulu dot com. In the episode, protagonist Peter Griffin is asked by sports announcer Bob Costas about his performance at the marathon. A flashback shows Peter mowing down runners with his car... Later, Peter befriends a terrorist who, unbeknownst to him, is plotting to blow up a bridge. When Peter dials a cellphone the friend has given him, explosions and screams are heard.
 
American Airlines grounds all U.S. flights due to computer woes 16 Apr 2013 American Airlines, the No. 3 U.S. carrier, on Tuesday grounded all its domestic flights due to a problem that paralyzed its electronic reservation system. In a message via Twitter, AA announced that none of its aircraft flying domestic routes would be taking off until 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) while problems with the system were resolved. The airline had announced around midday that the tool it uses for its reservations network, Sabre, had gone down, but shortly thereafter it said that the problems that were preventing access to its system were not related to Sabre.
 
Private military operatives hired [in advance] to 'work' the Boston marathon with black backpacks, radiation detectors, tactical gear 18 Apr 2013 Natural News has now confirmed that at least five private military contractors [Craft International] were operating on scene at the Boston marathon, and that they all carried black backpacks which look very similar to the backpack carrying the pressure cooker bomb... As we browsed through the photos, we located four more private military operatives with the exact same dress: Tan combat boots, tan BDUs, black jackets, black backpacks and tactical communications gear.

Breaking: Police search for suspects after gunfight outside Boston; explosives reportedly detonated --Dozens of officers and National Guard members descended on Watertown early Friday - Associated Press 19 Apr 2013 Police in Watertown, Mass., reportedly were in a gun battle with two suspects who may have been involved in the shooting death of an MIT police officer early Friday. Local news reports said the suspects had thrown and detonated explosives from their car. An FBI official told Fox News early Friday that one person was in custody and an officer was down but said it was too early to tell if the police activity in Watertown or MIT shooting were related to the Boston Marathon bombing.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [Police State, Massachusetts]
Post by: Luck on April 19, 2013, 04:30:35 pm
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U.S. Practiced Torture After 9/11, Review Concludes 16 Apr 2013 A nonpartisan, independent review of interrogation and detention programs in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks concludes that "it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture" and that the nation's highest officials bore ultimate responsibility for it. The sweeping, 577-page report [by an 11-member panel convened by the Constitution Project] says that while brutality has occurred in every American war, there never before had been "the kind of considered and detailed discussions that occurred after 9/11 directly involving a president and his top advisers on the wisdom, propriety and legality of inflicting pain and torment on some detainees in our custody."
 
US trained DRC troops accused of mass rape: UN official 16 Apr 2013 A senior UN envoy says the United States trained an army battalion in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), some of whose members are accused of mass rape. "We do know in the UN which are the two battalions. Interestingly, one of them was trained by the Americans, that's what the American ambassador [to DRC] himself told me," Bangura said. Zainab Hawa Bangura, the UN's special representative on sexual violence in conflict, made the remarks at a press conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Tuesday, Reuters reported. UN said earlier that at least 126 women had been raped in the eastern town of Minova in November.
 
China confirms 77 H7N9 cases, 16 deaths 17 Apr 2013 During the period from 6 p.m. on Monday to 8 p.m. Tuesday, China confirmed 14 new cases of H7N9 avian influenza, with two more death reported in Shanghai. The National Health and Family Planning Commission said in its daily update on H7N9 cases that a total of 77 H7N9 cases have been reported in China, including 16 cases that have ended in death.
 
As Bird Flu Spreads in China, the Source Remains a Mystery [Check the labs at Fort Detrick - mystery solved.] 17 Apr 2013 The new bird flu in China has come with a long list of questions. Are the 82 cases so far just the tip of a larger outbreak? Why does the virus cause mild symptoms in some people and severe pneumonia in others? Perhaps the most critical question is also the simplest: How do people catch the bug? The clearly infects birds... But many people who have gotten sick didn't came near birds, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.
 
In blow to gun control backers, background check compromise falls 6 votes short 17 Apr 2013 Despite an impassioned push by President Barack Obama and an emotional lobbying effort by the families of mass shooting victims, proponents of a compromise measure to expand gun background checks on Wednesday fell six votes short of passage in the Senate. The vote on the amendment was 54 to 46. Sixty votes were needed for the amendment to be adopted. The measure would have extended existing background check rules to gun sales made online and at gun shows.
 
U.S. takes step toward possible military intervention in Syria 17 Apr 2013 The Pentagon is sending about 200 troops to Jordan, the vanguard of a potential U.S. military force of 20,000 or more that could be deployed if the Obama administration decides to intervene in Syria to secure [alleged] chemical weapons arsenals or to prevent the 2-year-old civil war from spilling into neighboring nations. Troops from the 1st Armored Division will establish a small headquarters near Jordan's border with Syria to help deliver humanitarian supplies for a growing flood of refugees and to plan for possible military operations, including a rapid buildup of American forces if the White House decides intervention is necessary, senior U.S. officials said.
 
Kenneth Curtis of Tupelo arrested in connection with ricin letters 17 Apr 2013 Federal sources have confirmed to The Clarion-Ledger that Kenneth Curtis of Tupelo has been arrested in connection with letters laced with ricin that were sent to Sen. Roger Wicker and President Barack Obama. Federal authorities were in Tupelo on Wednesday investigating the letters. Both letters were signed: "I am KC and I approve this message." Agents with the Secret Service and the FBI used the Lee County Sheriff's Department as a staging area for their investigation.
 
Attorney: Miss. man denies mailing suspected ricin 18 Apr 2013 The man charged with mailing letters with suspected ricin to the president and others was surprised by his arrest and maintains he is innocent, according to his attorney. Paul Kevin Curtis appeared in a federal courtroom Thursday in Oxford, Miss., wearing shackles and a Johnny Cash T-shirt. His attorney, Christi McCoy, says Curtis "maintains 100 percent that he did not do this." She says she knows him and his family and that it is hard for her to believe the charges against him.

US House (of sociopaths) passes CISPA 18 Apr 2013
CISPA permits police to do warrantless database searches --Amendment was shot down that would have required warrants before police could peruse shared information for any evidence of hundreds of different crimes. 18 Apr 2013 A controversial data-sharing bill being debated today in the U.S. House of Representatives authorizes federal agencies to conduct warrantless searches of information they obtain from e-mail and Internet providers. Rep. Alan Grayson, a Florida Democrat, proposed a one-sentence amendment that would have required the National Security Agency, the FBI, Homeland Security, and other agencies to secure a "warrant obtained in accordance with the Fourth Amendment" before searching a database for evidence of criminal wrongdoing. CISPA is controversial because it overrules all existing federal and state laws by saying "notwithstanding any other provision of law," including privacy policies and wiretap laws, companies may share cybersecurity-related information "with any other entity, including the federal government."
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [Police State, Massachusetts]
Post by: Luck on April 19, 2013, 04:34:53 pm
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Mass Casualty Drill 'Cancelled' Same Day as West Explosion --This is only a drill... 18 Apr 2013 Update on the drill (posted 4/18): Due to the events in West, Texas last night, North Hills Hospital and the NCTTRAC have chosen to cancel today's emergency preparedness drill. Many of the same resources planned for the drill have already deployed to West to help care for the victims down there. (16 Apr 2013) North Hills Hospital is proud to be hosting one of the largest emergency preparedness drills ever held in the state of Texas this week. We will be partnering with the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council (NCTTRAC) and first responders from throughout North Texas to test our equipment and processes so that when a real disaster happens, we're all ready to respond. This drill is even timelier in the wake of the bombings at Monday's Boston Marathon. [I'm sure it is. Again, what are the odds? I am waiting for someone, anyone - to supply information on *one* US large-scale injury/casualty event since early 2001 that didn't transpire on the same day as a 'drill.' Show me the NUMBERS. --LRP]

OSHA last inspected Texas fertilizer plant in 1985 --Plant fined $30 for serious violation of storage of anhydrous ammonia 18 Apr 2013 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration most recently inspected the Texas fertilizer plant that exploded Wednesday night in 1985. Records reviewed by The Associated Press show that OSHA issued the West Chemical & Fertilizer Co., as the plant was called at the time, a *30 fine for a serious violation for storage of anhydrous ammonia. OSHA cited the plant for four other serious violations of respiratory protection standards but did not issue fines. The maximum fine for a serious violation was *1,000.

Police officer orders NBC News correspondent to 'stop talking to witness' [in Watertown, Mass.] --'You cannot go thirty seconds without hearing a siren.' --Fox News correspondent, reporting from Watertown, Mass., Friday Posted by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 19 Apr 2013 NBC News correspondent Kerry Sanders was reporting on the events in Watertown early Friday. In a live report on MSNBC, Sanders said that he was accosted by a police officer 'with a Glock.' The officer 'ordered him to take his hands out of his pockets.' He complied. Sanders explained that he was cold, which is why his hands were in his pocket. Sanders reported that after he identified himself, he was ordered by the police officer to stop talking to a witness at the scene. (MSNBC live, 5:00 AM ET)
 
Boston is on LOCKDOWN as the ENTIRE CITY told to stay indoors during manhunt for the second bombing suspect --Police order all residents to stay inside as the manhunt continues for the second suspect, identified as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev --Public transport system shut down --Amtrak service stopped INDEFINITELY in area around Boston --All public schools and 16 colleges are closed today 19 Apr 2013 The entire city of Boston is on lockdown as authorities warn that residents should lock their doors and remain inside as they continue the manhunt for the surviving suspect from the marathon bombing. The city is being controlled by SWAT teams and an army of police as they try to keep everyone indoors by shutting down the entire public transportation system, closing schools and ordering businesses to remain closed for the day. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority subway and commuter rail system is shut down until further notice as officials try to keep citizens off the streets following the fatal shoot out in Watertown early Friday morning that lead to the death of the first suspect. Amtrak services in the area around Boston has been suspended indefinitely, keeping people- including 19-year-old suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev- from leaving the city.
 
Boston locked down for massive manhunt; one bombing suspect killed by police, the other at-large 19 Apr 2013 One suspect in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings was killed in a confrontation with police and the second was the target of a massive manhunt that left Boston and several suburbs in a state of lockdown Friday morning, authorities said. One security officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was killed after a confrontation with the suspects Thursday night, and a transit officer was critically wounded, police said.
 
Pakistan police take former president Musharraf into custody 19 Apr 2013 Pakistani police took former president [George W. Bush crony] Pervez Musharraf into custody on Friday to face allegations he overstepped his powers while in office, marking a dramatic break with a political culture in which military rulers have remained untouchable. The one-time army chief had hoped to rekindle a degree of influence by standing at general elections in May, but has instead become ensnared in a showdown with judges who fought bruising battles with him while he was still in office. "He's been shifted to a police guest house for two days of remand," Mohammad Amjad, Musharraf's spokesman, told Reuters.
 
Bolivia's president says US planning coup in Venezuela 17 Apr 2013 Bolivia's President Evo Morales says the United States is planning to stage a coup in Venezuela, condemning Washington’s questioning of the Venezuelan presidential election results as interference. "I am certain that behind those remarks, the United States is preparing a coup d’état in Venezuela," said Morales. In a press conference on Tuesday, the Bolivian president said that the US is getting ready for a coup d’état in Venezuela. He also rejected the White House’s moral authority to question electoral results worldwide, after Washington demanded Caracas to hold a full vote recount. [LOL! The US has *zero* moral authority on 'elections' -- or any other topic, for that matter.]
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [Father of Suspects Says They Were Framed]
Post by: Luck on April 19, 2013, 07:02:59 pm
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Father of Boston bomb duo says they were framed by U.S. 19 Apr 2013 The father of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects told reporters in Russia Friday he suspected his two sons had been framed. Anzor Tsarnaev told the Los Angeles Times in a telephone interview he did not believe Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had anything to do with the fatal attack in their adopted home town and had been singled out because of their Muslim faith. Another observation/question by a Fox News interviewer, worthy of note: 'How did these kids get their hands on grenades and this type of firepower?' [Um, they didn't?]
He said: "It is a provocation of the special services who went after them because my sons are Muslims and don't have anyone in America to protect them," said the elder Tsarnaev, who spoke to the Times from the Dagestan region. He added his boys had no training in handling firearms or explosives.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [Boston Bombing Suspects Framed]
Post by: Luck on April 25, 2013, 10:06:22 am
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Boston Marathon explosions: Show us the evidence, says Toronto aunt of bombing suspects --Aunt of bombing suspects 'knew them as angels' and does not believe they were responsible for the attack. 19 Apr 2013 In the lobby of her Etobicoke apartment building, the aunt of the two Boston bombing suspects shouted one word over and over as reporters questioned her about her nephews -- one dead, the other leading police on a chase Friday that effectively shut down Boston. "Evidence," Maret Tsarnaeva said repeatedly, her voice high with emotion. "I can't lightly accept this kind of accusations without supporting evidence. Forgive me, but I cannot." Tsarnaeva, is aunt to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, and his older brother Tamerlan, 26. "I don’t know them in a way that they could be capable of this," she said. She would not rule out the possibility that the photos showing the brothers at the scene had been staged.
 
'Contractors' at Boston Marathon Stood Near Bomb, Left Before Detonation 19 Apr 2013 What appear to be private contractors, wearing unmarked, matching uniforms and operating an unmarked SUV affixed with communication equipment near the finish line of the Boston Marathon shortly after the bomb blasts - can be seen beforehand, standing and waiting just meters away from where the first bomb was detonated. The contractor-types had moved away from the bomb's location before it detonated, and could be seen just across the street using communication equipment and waiting for similar dressed and equipped individuals to show up after the blasts.

'They were set up, FBI followed them for years' - Tsarnaevs' mother --Police were monitoring Boston bomber suspects 'at every step' - parents --Boston bombing suspect, suspected 'extremist,' was under FBI surveillance for 'at least three years' 20 Apr 2013 One of the two men suspected of being behind the Boston Marathon bombings was under FBI surveillance as a suspected "extremist" for at least three years, according to his parents. As questions were raised about how well known Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were to federal investigators, their mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, said that the FBI had spoken to the family regularly: "They were telling me that Tamerlan was really an extremist leader and they were afraid of him. They told me whatever information he is getting, he gets from these extremists' sites." She added that the police were monitoring her son "at every step". ... RT remembers its conversation with the parents of the Tsarnaev brothers, who claimed all along their children were set up. Zubeidat Tsarnaeva maintains her younger son is innocent and like so many of the brothers' acquaintances, claims they were good, courteous kids and model students - especially the younger 19-year-old Dzhokhar. A US citizen who is presently in the Russian Republic of Dagestan, she revealed to RT some suspicions of her own... But her biggest suspicion surrounding the case was the constant FBI surveillance she said her family was subjected to over the years. She is surprised that having been so stringent with the entire family, the FBI had no idea the sons were supposedly planning a terrorist act.
  
Terrorist Plots, Hatched by the F.B.I. --'Suspects naïvely played their parts until they were arrested.' 20 Apr 2012 The United States has been narrowly saved from lethal terrorist plots in recent years -- or so it has seemed. A would-be suicide bomber was intercepted on his way to the Capitol; a scheme to bomb synagogues and shoot Stinger missiles at military aircraft was developed by men in Newburgh, N.Y.; and a fanciful idea to fly explosive-laden model planes into the Pentagon and the Capitol was hatched in Massachusetts. But all these dramas were facilitated by the F.B.I., whose undercover agents and informers posed as terrorists offering a dummy missile, fake C-4 explosives, a disarmed suicide vest and rudimentary training.
 
After Boston, we should put Muslims under surveillance, says Rep. King 20 Apr 2013 Republican Rep. Peter King. King, who chairs the House subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, is urging authorities to beef up their surveillance of Muslims in the U.S. following Friday night's arrest of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Police must "realize that the threat is coming from the Muslim community and increase surveillance there," the New York lawmaker told National Review. King--who spearheaded controversial hearings on the [so-called] radicalization of Muslim-Americans in 2011--also told CNN that "we can't be politically correct. I think we have to see, has radicalization extended into the Chechen community?"
 
Debate Over Delaying of Suspect's Miranda Rights 20 Apr 2013 The Obama administration's announcement that it would question the Boston Marathon bombing suspect for a period without first reading him the Miranda warning of his right to remain silent and have a lawyer present has revived a constitutionally charged debate over the handling of terrorism cases in the criminal justice system. The administration's effort to stretch a gap in the Miranda rule for questioning about immediate threats to public safety has alarmed advocates of individual rights. "The public safety exception to Miranda should be a narrow and limited one, and it would be wholly inappropriate and unconstitutional to use it to create the case against the suspect," Anthony Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said. "The public safety exception would be meaningless if interrogations are given an open-ended time horizon."
 
Bombing suspect captured after military-police lockdown of Boston 20 Apr 2013 In the space of a few hours, a major American city was transformed into a virtual armed camp and placed under the equivalent of martial law. The massive scale of the military and police mobilization-replete with Blackhawk helicopters, armored vehicles with machine guns, and SWAT teams pointing automatic weapons—seemed vastly disproportionate to the threat posed by one teenage youth...Particularly in Watertown, police went house to house, carrying out searches with assault rifles drawn. The New York Times commented, "Watertown found itself an odd combination of ghost town and police state on Friday morning."
 
US to give $123 million military aid package to Syrian 'rebels' 20 Apr 2013 As Syria’s opposition forces and their main international allies meet in Istanbul, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has announced that the US will double its non-lethal military aid to Syria's rebels [aka for the most part, CIA-backed terrorists]. The US*123 million defense aid package was announced by Kerry at the meeting in the Turkish capital on Sunday. The Secretary of State said the new non-lethal military supplies would go beyond the current provisions of food rations and medical kits, but did not elaborate. Since February the US has shipped food and medical supplies to the Free Syrian Army, which has so far cost an estimated US*117 million, according to the White House.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [Bloomberg: Change Constitution Interpretation]
Post by: Luck on April 25, 2013, 10:07:16 am
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The *real* US threat: Psycho Rick Perry and his merry band of deregulated corpora-terrorists: West Fertilizer stored 1,350 times amount of ammonium nitrate that would trigger oversight by DHS 20 Apr 2013 The fertilizer plant that exploded on Wednesday, obliterating part of a small Texas town and killing at least 14 people, had last year been storing 1,350 times the amount of ammonium nitrate that would normally trigger safety oversight by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Yet a person familiar with DHS operations said the company that owns the plant, West Fertilizer, did not tell the agency about the potentially explosive fertilizer as it is required to do, leaving one of the principal regulators of ammonium nitrate - which can also be used in bomb making - unaware of any danger there. A U.S. congressman and several safety experts called into question on Friday whether incomplete disclosure or [GOP-engendered] regulatory gridlock may have contributed to the disaster corpora-terrorist attack.

Boston Bombings: False Flag? Posted by Lori Price 21 Apr 2013 A new Citizens For Legitimate Government (CLG) Facebook has been created, 'Boston Bombings: A False Flag?' Please join us there to discuss the growing number of 'oddities' surrounding the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday.
 
Obama accused of nuclear U-turn as guided weapons plan emerges --Plan to spend $10bn on updating nuclear bombs goes against 2010 pledge not to deploy new weapons, say critics 21 Apr 2013 Barack Obama has been accused of reneging on his disarmament pledges after it emerged the administration was planning to spend billions on upgrading nuclear bombs stored in Europe to make the weapons more 'reliable and accurate.' Under the plan, nearly 200 B61 gravity bombs stockpiled in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Turkey would be given new tail fins that would turn them into guided weapons that could be delivered by stealth F35 fighter-bombers. "This will be a significant upgrade of the US nuclear capability in Europe," said Hans Kristensen, a nuclear weapons expert at the Federation of Nuclear Scientists. "It flies directly in the face of the pledges Obama made in 2010 that he would not deploy new weapons."
 
US tax dollars at work: Israel says drones to eventually replace manned aircraft 21 Apr 2013 A high-ranking Israeli Air Force officer said Israel aims to develop drones that can execute nearly every battlefield operation performed today by piloted aircraft. The official said that Israel's military industry is on the path to developing such technology within 40 to 50 years. The officer, who works in the field of unmanned aerial vehicle intelligence, spoke Sunday in a rare interview to The Associated Press.
 
Did the FBI phone Boston suspect before fatal shootout? 21 Apr 2013 The father of the Boston bombing suspects claims to Channel 4 News that the FBI telephoned his elder son after the attack, and prior to a fatal shootout that claimed the life of a police officer. The father of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Anzor, told Channel 4 News that the elder brother had telephoned their mother a few days after the bombings.
 
Over half of Guantanamo Bay prisoners on hunger strike as number increases to 84 21 Apr 2013 Over half of all detainees at the US-run Guantanamo Bay military prison are now taking part in a hunger strike, with many being force-fed, a US military spokesman confirmed today. The number of prisoners on hunger strike has risen to 84, an increase of 32 since last Wednesday, with 16 now receiving "enteral feedings," a process involving being force-fed via tubes. Inmates at the facility, which houses 166 detainees, have been refusing food since 6 February, when they claim prison officials searched their Korans for contraband, an act they considered to be religious desecration. Some prisoners, including Shaker Aamer, the last British inmate being held there, have since said they are continuing the strike in protest against their incarceration at Guantanamo for 11 years without charge or trial.
 
G.O.P. Lawmakers Push to Hold Boston Suspect as Enemy Combatant 22 Apr 2013 Some Republican lawmakers want President Obama to declare the surviving Boston bombing suspect an enemy combatant in order to question him without a lawyer and other protections of the criminal justice system, intensifying a recurring debate over how to handle terrorism cases arising inside the United States. But while the suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a naturalized American citizen, is a Muslim, there is no known evidence suggesting that he is part of Al Qaeda [al-CIAduh]. The Obama administration has said it thinks terrorism suspects arrested inside the United States should be handled exclusively in the criminal justice system. It has indicated no intention to do otherwise in Mr. Tsarnaev's case, but the issue is taking on political currency, underscoring a major divide on national security legal policy.
 
Bloomberg: Interpretation of Constitution will 'have to change' after Boston bombing 22 Apr 2013 In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday the country’s interpretation of the Constitution will "have to change" to allow for greater security to stave off future attacks. "The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry," Mr. Bloomberg said during a press conference in Midtown. "But we live in a complex world where you’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change." Mr. Bloomberg, who has come under fire for the N.Y.P.D.'s monitoring of Muslim communities and other aggressive tactics, said the rest of the country needs to learn from the attacks.
 
Williams-Sonoma Pulls Pressure Cookers Off Shelves in Massachusetts --Following the Boston Marathon bombing last Monday in which pressure cookers were used for the explosion, the cookware giant has decided to temporarily stop selling the items in their Massachusetts stores. 22 Apr 2013 Williams-Sonoma, the specialty retailer of home furnishings and gourmet cookware with over 250 stores in the United States, has pulled pressure cookers from their shelves following the Boston Marathon bombing. "It's a temporary thing out of respect," said Kent, who is the Store Manager of the Williams-Sonoma at the Natick Mall. Pressure cookers will still be available on the Williams-Sonoma website.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [Afghanistan: Drone Police State]
Post by: Luck on April 25, 2013, 10:11:30 am
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Jordan opens skies for Israel drone attacks on Syria: Report 22 Apr 2013 A new report says Jordan has given the go-ahead to Tel Aviv to use its airspace for spying on Syria and attacking its industrial facilities. French newspaper Le Figaro reported on Monday that Jordan has opened two corridors in its airspace to Israeli Air Force drones seeking to monitor the ongoing conflict in Syria. Quoting western military officials in the Middle East, the report added that the Israeli drones "can hit a target anywhere in Syria."
 
Was Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's backpack Photoshopped out? 23 Apr 2013  A YouTube video, posted 22 April 2013, suggests Photoshopping was involved with an image of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
 
Boston bombing suspect cites U.S. wars as motivation, officials say 23 Apr 2013 The 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has told interrogators that the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan motivated him and his brother to carry out the attack, according to U.S. officials familiar with the interviews. From his hospital bed, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has acknowledged his role in planting the explosives near the marathon finish line on April 15, the officials said. Officials said the 'evidence' so far suggests they were" self-radicalized" through Internet sites and U.S. actions in the Muslim world.
 
Charges dropped against suspect in ricin letters sent to Obama, Wicker 23 Apr 2013 A U.S. attorney in Mississippi dropped charges Tuesday afternoon against Paul Kevin Curtis, who'd been accused of sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss. Curtis, 45, was arrested last Wednesday, a day after the letters were intercepted on their way to the White House and the U.S. Senate. The charges were dismissed without prejudice, which means Curtis could be charged again. The order for dismissal notes only that "the ongoing investigation has revealed new information."

Senate hearing blasts Obama's refusal to share details of drone program 23 Apr 2013 Democratic and Republican senators joined a former deputy chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday in urging the Obama administration to make public more information about its top-secret targeted killing program amid questions about the legality and effectiveness of hundreds of CIA drone strikes in Pakistan and elsewhere. The White House refused to send a witness to the Senate's first open hearing on the issue despite President Barack Obama's vow to be more forthcoming about a counterterrorism weapon that has become a despised symbol of U.S. foreign policy in many parts of the world.
 
After U.S. Troops Leave, Armed Drones Will Patrol Afghanistan's Skies 23 Apr 2013 One of the major elements of Afghanistan’s air war will remain after most U.S. troops have headed home, the U.S. military command confirmed today. Armed drones, operated by the U.S., will remain over Afghanistan after 2014. The drones will not be the only air support available to the Afghan army after 2014, when most U.S. forces are slated to leave Afghanistan. But only "some fixed wing" manned fighters and bombers will remain on the battlefield, Polumbo said. Navy jets flown off of nearby aircraft carriers and Air Force planes flown from Gulf airbases will supplement them when the Afghans' small supply of Mi-17 and Mi-35 attack helicopters, and their forthcoming Super Tucano planes, are overwhelmed. [WHY are US taxpayers FORCED to fund a drone program to protect the CIA's opium and gas routes?]
 
U.S. gives big, secret push to Internet surveillance --Justice [sic] Department agreed to issue '2511 letters' immunizing AT&T and other companies participating in a cybersecurity program from criminal prosecution under the Wiretap Act - documents 24 Apr 2013 Senior Obama administration officials have secretly authorized the interception of communications carried on portions of networks operated by AT&T and other Internet service providers, a practice that might otherwise be illegal under federal wiretapping laws. The secret legal authorization from the Justice Department originally applied to a cybersecurity pilot project in which the military monitored defense contractors' Internet links. Since then, however, the program has been expanded by President Obama to cover all critical infrastructure sectors including energy, healthcare, and finance starting June 12. "The Justice Department is helping private companies evade federal wiretap laws," said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, which obtained over 1,000 pages of internal government documents and provided them to CNET this week. "Alarm bells should be going off."
 
Boston bombing suspect put on terrorist watch list at CIA request --Officials said Tsarnaev's name was added to the database but it's unclear which agency added it. 24 Apr 2013 The CIA asked the main U.S. counterterrorism agency to add the name of one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers to a watch list more than a year before the attack, according to U.S. officials. The agency took the step after Russian authorities contacted officials there in the fall of 2011 and raised concerns that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was seen as an increasingly radical Islamist and could be planning to travel overseas. The CIA requested that his name be put on a database maintained by the National Counterterrorism Center. That database, the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, or TIDE, is a data storehouse that feeds a series of government watch lists, including the FBI's main Terrorist Screening Database and the Transportation Security Administration's "no-fly" list.
 
Officials: Boston suspect had no firearm when barrage of bullets hit hiding place 24 Apr 2013 Although police feared he was heavily armed, the suspect [patsy] in the Boston Marathon bombings had no firearms when he came under a barrage of police gunfire that struck the boat where he was hiding, according to multiple federal law enforcement officials. The FBI declined to discuss what triggered the gunfire... The FBI declined to discuss the exact sequence of events that led officers to open fire on Tsarnaev's hiding place and whether the dozens of bullets that struck the boat caused any of his gunshot wounds.
 
England prepares mass-vaccination push as measles cases rise 25 Apr 2013 England aims to inject a million youngsters with measles vaccine following a surge in cases of the potentially fatal disease, public health authorities said Thursday. The rise in cases appears to be due to a period in the late 1990s and early 2000s when fears over a discredited link between the MMR vaccine and autism were at their height, Public Health England (PHE) said. The MMR vaccine 'immunises against' measles, mumps and rubella.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal]
Post by: Luck on April 28, 2013, 09:04:44 am
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Gunmen seize town north of Baghdad, Iraqi officials say 24 Apr 2013 Gunmen have taken control of the Iraqi town of Sulaiman Bek, which is located about 170 kilometers (105 miles) north of the capital Baghdad, officials say. On Wednesday, security forces completely withdrew from the area and gunmen took control of the town, situated in Salaheddin province, Shalal Abdul Baban, a local administrative official responsible for the area, told AFP. Niyazi Maamar Oghlu, a member of the provincial council in Salaheddin province also confirmed the news. According to both officials, a strategic road between Baghdad and Tuz Khurmatu, a town to the north of Sulaiman Bek, were also cut.
 
100 American academics call for boycott of Israeli settlements 24 Apr 2013 More than 100 American professors and teaching staff at Columbia University have called for five American companies to withdraw their investment in Israeli jails over "breaches of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories," the website of Israeli TV channel 7 said. The companies that invest money from the American Pension Fund included Motorola, a company which manufactures unmanned aircraft vehicles, and a company that supplies Israel with apache and F16 fighter jets. The website attributed the reason for this campaign to Israeli negligence for the frustration of Americans towards Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territories.
 
Drones to hover above next Boston Marathon, Police Commissioner says 24 Apr 2013 Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis is pushing for a city-run system of eye-level street surveillance technology and making a case for a dedicated NYPD-style anti-terrorism unit to protect Boston from another soft-target strike like the deadly marathon bombing. Davis said he would also consider deploying domestic reconnaissance drones to hover above next year’s Boston Marathon. The use of domestic surveillance drones to hunt terrorists in U.S. cities has been hotly debated, but yesterday New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said they were all but inevitable. [Mission accomplished. --MDR]
 
DHS Denies Ammo Purchases Aimed at Civilians 25 Apr 2013 Officials at the Department of Homeland Security denied Thursday that its large-scale ammunition purchases were an effort keep bullets out of the hands of private citizens. At a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday, top DHS training officer Humberto Medina said he could "say categorically that was not a factor at all" in the purchases. He also noted that ammunition DHS purchased would be used for both operations and training purchases. The Associated Press reported in February that DHS was planning to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds over the next five years, a number that sparked fears of government stockpiling -- which DHS previously denied to Whispers. Officials told lawmakers DHS actually was planning to buy only [?!?] up to 750 million rounds.
 
Exxon Q1 profit totaled $9.5 billion --Corpora-terrorists exempt from paying taxes toward cleaning its oil spills 25 Apr 2013 Exxon Mobil Corp said on Thursday its quarterly profit edged up, helped by higher earnings in its chemicals business but oil and gas production fell. Earnings per share topped Wall Street expectations but the gains largely came after a big stock buyback that reduced the number of outstanding shares by 5 percent. First-quarter profit for the world's largest publicly traded oil company totaled *9.5 billion, or *2.12 per share, compared with *9.45 billion, or *2 per share, a year earlier... Meanwhile, Exxon is exempt from paying taxes toward the oil spill liability fund that helps clean up spills like in Arkansas, where wildlife have been killed and covered by oil.
 
Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever --The Illuminati were amateurs. The second huge financial scandal of the year reveals the real international conspiracy: There's no price the big banks can't fix 25 Apr 2013 In the Libor scandal, at least three -- and perhaps as many as 16 -- of the name-brand too-big-to-fail banks have been manipulating global interest rates, in the process messing around with the prices of upward of $500 trillion worth of financial instruments. When that sprawling con burst into public view last year, it was easily the biggest financial scandal in history... But word has leaked that the London-based firm ICAP, the world's largest broker of interest-rate swaps, is being investigated by American authorities for behavior that sounds eerily reminiscent of the Libor mess. Regulators are looking into whether or not a small group of brokers at ICAP may have worked with up to 15 of the world's largest banks to manipulate ISDA fix, a benchmark number used around the world to calculate the prices of interest-rate swaps.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [Maher Condemns Boston Police]
Post by: Luck on April 28, 2013, 09:08:55 am
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After Boston, spending on video surveillance expected to surge 26 Apr 2013 Video surveillance, a market that was already on an upward trajectory, is expected to receive a big boost in spending following the bombings in Boston. The market for video surveillance equipment was already forecast to grow to *20.5 billion in r*venue in 2016, up 114% from 2010's r*venue of *9.6 billion, according to IHS, an insights and analytics company. But now, IHS says it is recalculating its forecast after the Boston Marathon bombings. IHS says high-profile terrorist attacks historically have driven governments to increase spending on video surveillance equipment, and the same is expected following the Boston bombings. [Secondary mission accomplished. --LRP]
 
Lab-Altered H5N1 Flu More Infectious to Humans than Birds 26 Apr 2013 A new study suggests a laboratory-mutated H5N1 avian influenza virus could pose a greater risk to humans than to birds, adding to concerns about the new avian flu strain that has emerged recently in China. Over a year ago, Japanese researchers created a genetically-altered version of the H5N1 avian influenza virus to explore the risk of start human-to-human transmission. They reported in the journal Nature in early 2012 that the mutated pathogen could be transmitted among mammals through the air in aerosol droplets -- for example, from sneezing. They conducted their experiments with ferrets, small domesticated mammals that are a good model for human disease transmission. [Right, US (and Japanese) bioterrorists are *dying* to get the pandemic party started, to make a killing on their deadly vaccines.]
 
Some force-fed captives are cleared for release from Guantánamo 26 Apr 2013 At least four of the captives being force-fed at Guantánamo were cleared for release years ago. As of Friday, the U.S. prison in southeast Cuba classified 97 of its 166 captives as hunger strikers, according to Army Lt. Col. Samuel House, a prison spokesman. Navy medical workers were administering tube feedings to 19 of the hunger strikers, five of them at the prison hospital. Prison officials have refused to name any of the hunger strikers. But the Justice Department has been notifying the attorneys of prisoners who have become so malnourished that they now require the tube feedings.
 
Syria said: U.S. is manipulating chemical weapons evidence, like it did with Iraq 26 Apr 2013 Syria denies that it has used, or even possesses, chemical weapons, accusing the United States and Britain of lying in order to pressure the embattled Damascus government. Syrian Information Minister Omran Al-Zoubi talked to Russia TV on Friday, dismissing a claim by U.S. officials a day earlier that they had evidence the chemical weapon sarin had been used in Syria on a small scale. Al-Zoubi said the Syrian government is the one that called for an investigation of an incident in which it claimed chemical weapons were used by "terrorist groups." Syria does not have chemical weapons and would not use them if it did, he said. [Dollars to doughnuts, if chemical weapons were used, CIA-backed rapists, terrorists and sociopaths -- aka the 'rebels' -- used them.]
 
6 months after Sandy, thousands homeless in NY, NJ 27 Apr 2013 Six months after Superstorm Sandy devastated the Jersey shore and New York City and pounded coastal areas of New England, the region is dealing with a slow and frustrating, yet often hopeful, recovery. Tens of thousands of people remain homeless. Housing, business, tourism and coastal protection all remain major issues with the summer vacation -- and hurricane -- season's almost here again.
 
Bill Maher says: 'America is becoming a 'police state' --Maher slams Boston police 27 Apr 2013 Bill Maher called Boston police officers "unprofessional" on Friday for shooting at the boat where Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was hiding even though it turned out he was unarmed. According to reports, no gun was found inside the boat after Tsarnaev was captured, although the Boston Police commissioner had earlier said that cops had exchanged fire with the suspect. Maher also said that America is becoming a "police state."
 
Mississippi man linked to ricin letters charged with biological weapons use 27 Apr 2013 A Mississippi martial arts instructor was charged on Saturday with attempting to use a biological weapon after a ricin-laced letter was sent to President Barack Obama earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice said. James Everett Dutschke, 41, was arrested at his Tupelo home shortly after midnight by FBI agents following searches of the residence and a former business as part of the ricin letter investigation. He was later charged with "developing...and possessing" ricin and "attempting" to use it "as a weapon," according to a joint statement by the U.S. attorney for the northern district of Mississippi and the head of the FBI's Mississippi office.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [Health Records Police State]
Post by: Luck on April 30, 2013, 09:05:53 am
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'Police State' Registry System Being Set Up to Track Your Vaccination Status 26 Apr 2013 The Centers for Disease Control has been quietly rolling out a nationwide program called the Immunization Information Systems (IIS), registering your vaccine information into a database. This effort has been run in parallel with state vaccine registry implementations... The Centers for Disease Control's goal is to get 95% or greater vaccine compliance. One function of the CDC's Immunization Information System is to "forecast" vaccines due, past due, or coming due. When these tactics don't work or are ignored, expect more a more confrontational strategy. Keep in mind what happened on Christmas Eve 2009. The U.S. Senate passed H.R. 3590. The bill eventually became Public Law No. 111-148, which gives the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorization to create "vaccination squads" in local communities and seek out unvaccinated children. The "vaccine squads" are called the Community Preventive Services Task Force. [We'll take your shot after you take ours.]
 
Boston terror suspects' uncle was married to CIA officer's daughter and even shared a home with the agent 28 Apr 2013 An uncle of the Boston bombers was previously married to a CIA officer's daughter for three years, it emerged today. Ruslan Tsarni, who publicly denounced his two terrorist nephews' actions and called them 'Losers', even lived with his father-in-law agent Graham Fuller in his Maryland home for a year. 'Samantha was married to Ruslan Tsarnaev (Tsarni) for 3-4 years, and they lived in Bishkek for one year where Samantha was working for Price Waterhouse on privatization projects,' Mr Fuller told Al-Monitor... 'I, of course, retired from CIA in 1987 and had moved on to working as a senior political scientist for RAND.' [That's why CLG started a Fb page, 'Boston Bombings: A False Flag?.']
 
C.I.A. delivers 'tens of millions of dollars' to Afghan druglords, Taliban 29 Apr 2013 For more than a decade, wads of American dollars packed into suitcases, backpacks and, on occasion, plastic shopping bags have been dropped off every month or so at the offices of Afghanistan's president -- courtesy of the Central Intelligence Agency. All told, tens of millions of dollars have flowed from the C.I.A. to the office of President Hamid Karzai, according to current and former advisers to the Afghan leader. "We called it 'ghost money,'" said Khalil Roman, who served as Mr. Karzai's chief of staff from 2002 until 2005. "It came in secret, and it left in secret." Much of the C.I.A.'s money goes to paying off warlords and politicians, many of whom have ties to the drug trade and, in some cases, the Taliban. [Meanwhile, USociopaths are poised to cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Meals On Wheels, etc.? It's time -- long past time -- for American Revolution #2.]
 
USociopaths trying to trigger World War III: 'Missiles fired at' Russian plane with 159 passengers onboard flying over Syria 29 Apr 2013 Two missiles were reportedly fired at a Russian plane with at least 159 passengers on board that was flying over Syrian territory. Russian aviation authorities admit the jet 'faced danger', but are not talking of a targeted attack. The news broke in on Monday as Interfax, citing "an informed source in Moscow," reported that a Russian passenger plane was attacked. "Syrian [officials] informed us that on Monday morning, unidentified forces launched two ground-to-air missiles which exploded in the air very close to a civilian aircraft belonging to a Russian airline," the source told the Russian agency.
 
Cherry Hill East H.S. Evacuated, Police Out in Force --'It all seemed like a lockdown drill, until that lockdown turned into an evacuation past police and bomb-sniffing dogs' --Students and staff cleared out following the threat early Monday afternoon 29 Apr 2013 It all seemed like a lockdown drill to Cherry Hill East students, until that lockdown turned into an evacuation past police and bomb-sniffing dogs, after a threatening message was left in a bathroom at the high school Monday. Rumors of a possible bomb threat--school officials didn't elaborate on the nature of the threat, only that it had been written in a bathroom--circulated by text and on Twitter almost immediately after the lockdown happened around 1:30 p.m., but students said it didn't seem real until they started streaming out of the building to find eight police and sheriff's cars and SUVs parked on the sidewalk, dogs growling from darkened interiors.
 
Tallahassee DMV evacuated over letter threatening anthrax 29 Apr 2013 About 1,100 people have been evacuated from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles office in Tallahassee after the DMV received a threatening letter mentioning "anthrax" and containing a suspicious powder. Hazmat crews at the scene said they have begun investigating the powder, which was not immediately identified. "Following standard protocol, local, state and federal authorities were notified, and the building was temporarily evacuated until the area is deemed safe to return," said Florida Highway Patrol Capt. Nancy Rasmussen.
 
30 arrested at Hancock base during rally against drones 29 Apr 2013 (NY) Thirty people protesting against unmanned aerial drones outside Hancock Field Air Force National Guard Base have been arrested. The Post-Standard reports that the arrests Sunday came after a series of rallies and workshops held in Syracuse over the weekend by the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars. A group of people lying on the base's driveway were arrested. Charges include disorderly conduct, obstructing governmental administration and loitering. About 250 people had marched to the gates, some pounding drums and chanting.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [U.S. Covert War against Syria]
Post by: Luck on May 02, 2013, 09:41:19 am
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Craft International Services hired guns at the Boston Marathon: Why Such Secrecy about Private Military Contractor's Men Working the Event? 25 Apr 2013 And by the way, why aren't the mainstream media asking about this? Are corporate media journalists so intimidated about being labeled "conspiracy nuts" that they can't do their jobs? At a minimum, this goes to the question of accountability. It also goes to the question of inter-agency communication or lack of it. And given what we know about how many times the FBI has been an active encourager and enabler of terror plots which it later thwarts and claims credit for preventing, there's the question, too of potential official culpability. Furthermore, when an horrific incident like this is used to justify such new threats to our Constitutional freedom as an unprecedented martial law-style lockdown of an entire 1-million-person metropolitan area and a precedent-setting deliberately Miranda-free, attorney-free interrogation of a hospitalized, gravely wounded and sedated suspect, it is critical that the whole story be told, not just the official one.
 
U.S. considers sending arms to Syria 'rebels' 30 Apr 2013 The White House is considering providing weapons to the Syrian 'rebels,' officials said Tuesday, but no decision is imminent and President Obama seemed to soften his public threats to the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons. A decision to supply weapons would mark a reversal for the Obama administration, which has resisted repeated proposals to deepen its involvement in Syria's 2-year-old [CIA-engendered] conflict, which, according to the United Nations, has killed more than 70,000 people, mostly civilians. The administration also is considering supplying nonlethal military equipment such as armor, communications gear, night-vision goggles and vehicles to Syrian insurgent groups, officials said.
 
Obama's FSA Terrorists Have been using Chemical Weapons in Syria for 4 Months 30 Apr 2013 Terrorists threw "unknown powder" in the face of a number of citizens in Idleb to accuse the army of using chemical weapons against citizens, an official source told SANA reporter. The source explained that the terrorists brought bags containing "unknown powder" and opened them in the face of a number of citizens whom they had gathered in Shabour neighborhood and the southern entrance of Saraqib town in the countryside of Idleb, causing suffocation, shiver and respiratory symptoms among the citizens. The source added that the perpetrators then took the injured citizens to Turkish hospitals to accuse the Syrian armed forces of using chemical weapons.
 
New law will ban protesters from riding mass transit in California 30 Apr 2013 Risking arrest isn't the only obstacle for Northern California protesters -- under a new rule about to go into effect, political demonstrators could lose their right to ride public transportation. Starting next week, law enforcement officers policing the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system in San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland and other cities can issue bus and subway bans for unruly passengers -- and according to one local news report, that power could be used to prevent political protesters from getting to demonstrations or essentially going anywhere. Under the recently passed State Assembly Bill 716, BART can issue "prohibition" orders to any passenger cited or arrested for certain offenses, essentially blacklisting some people from boarding public transit vehicles if they’ve been charged with certain crimes.

Breaking: 3 more suspects taken into custody in Boston bombing case, police say 01 May 2013  Three additional suspects were taken into custody in the Boston Marathon bombing, the Boston Police Department told FoxNews.com. Police would not confirm when the suspects were taken into custody, and referred further questions to the FBI. Charges against the new suspects involve providing some sort of assistance to the two main suspects, sources told Fox News. Police did not confirm the gender of the suspects and did not say when or where they were taken into custody.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [Israel Attacks Syria]
Post by: Luck on May 04, 2013, 10:01:31 am
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'We want people to call us if the guy down the street says he hates the government' --Palm Beach County sheriff gets $1 million for [Orwellian] violence prevention units 29 Apr 2013 Florida House and Senate budget leaders have awarded Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw $1 million for a new violence prevention unit aimed at preventing tragedies [false flags] like those in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., from occurring on his turf. Bradshaw plans to use the extra $1 million to launch "prevention intervention" units featuring specially trained deputies, mental health professionals and caseworkers. The teams will respond to citizen phone calls to a 24-hour hotline with a knock on the door and a referral to services, if needed. Bradshaw is readying a hotline and is planning public service announcements to encourage local citizens to report their neighbors, friends or family members if they fear they could harm themselves or others. "We want people to call us if the guy down the street says he hates the government, hates the mayor and he's gonna shoot him," Bradshaw said.
 
Pentagon deploys 'small number' of troops to Mali 30 Apr 2013 The Pentagon has deployed a 'small number' of troops to Mali to support allied forces [illegally] fighting there, despite repeated pledges by the Obama administration not to put "boots on the ground" in the war-torn African country. About 10 U.S. military personnel are in Mali to provide "liaison support" to French and African troops but are not engaged in combat operations, said Lt. Col. Robert Firman, a Pentagon spokesman. Twelve others are assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Bamako, the capital, he added. The Obama administration has been prohibited by U.S. law from giving military aid to Mali since March 2012... In April 2012, three U.S. soldiers were killed in a mysterious car crash in Bamako.
 
Three men charged with undermining Boston bombing probe 01 May 2013 U.S. authorities on Wednesday charged three men with interfering with the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing, saying they hid fireworks and a backpack belonging to one of the suspected bombers as a manhunt was under way. The three, two students from Kazakhstan and a U.S. citizen, were described as college friends of surviving bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19. They were not charged with direct involvement in the April 15 marathon bombings. But three days after the blasts, the trio [allegedly] moved swiftly to cover up for their friend when the FBI released pictures of the suspected bombers, made a public plea for help locating them and conducted a day-long manhunt that left much of Boston on lockdown, according to court papers.

Sources: Bombing suspects had originally planned for July 4 attack 02 May 2013 The suspected bombers in the Boston Marathon attack had originally intended for the plot to happen on July 4th, CBS News has learned. According to CBS News, a U.S. official confirmed that detained suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told authorities that the bombing was supposed to take place on the Fourth of July. The actual attack took place on April 15. The official also said that Tsarnaev revealed that the bombs were constructed at his older brother Tamerlan's residence and that Tamerlan had brought Dzhokhar into the plot a couple of months before.

Judge overrules release order on terrorism suspect 03 May 2013 (IL) A U.S. District judge today ordered that an Aurora teen continue to be detained on terrorism-related charges, reversing a decision a day earlier by a magistrate judge to allow him to go home to his family on 24-hour confinement. U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang agreed with prosecutors that Abdella Ahmad Tounisi posed a danger and flight risk. The ruling reverses U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel Martin's decision Thursday to release Tounisi to home confinement on electronic monitors. The release was put on hold after prosecutors quickly appealed the decision to Chang.
 
Breaking: Israel attacked at least one military installation in Syria - U.S. official 03 May 2013 [This story will be updated.]
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [Israel Attacks Syria]
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Police face discipline in deadly Ohio police chase 30 Apr 2013 A dozen Cleveland police supervisors face internal discipline charges stemming from a chase that saw officers fire 137 shots and kill a fleeing driver and his passenger, the city's police chief said Tuesday. The supervisors failed to take control of the 19-mile chase that began outside police headquarters and wound through neighborhoods before ending in a barrage of gunfire, Chief Michael McGrath said. An internal police review showed that both officers and supervisors broke department policies.

Methuen Police Arrest High School Student on Terrorism Charges for Rapping About 'Marathon Bombing' --Student held on $1M bail 01 May 2013 (MA) Methuen police have arrested a high school student on terrorism charges. Methuen Police Chief Joe Solomon told the Valley Patriot this afternoon that Cameron D'Ambrosio sent text message and posted terrorist threats on social media. "We took this very seriously," Chief Solomon said. "He posted a threat in the form of rap where he mentioned the White House, the Boston Marathon bombing, and said 'everybody you will see what I am going to do, kill people.'" The police chief says that D’Ambrosio faces up to 20 years for felony charges of communicating terrorist threats under MGL. Ch. 269, Section 14.

Secretive Spy Court Approved Nearly 2,000 Surveillance Requests in 2012 02 May 2013 A secretive federal court last year approved all of the 1,856 requests to search or electronically surveil people within the United States "for foreign intelligence purposes," the Justice Department reported this week. The report, released Tuesday to Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader from Nevada, provides a brief glimpse into the caseload of what is known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. None of its decisions are public. The 2012 figures represent a 5 percent bump from the prior year, when no requests were denied either. The secret court, which came to life in the wake of the Watergate scandal under the President Richard M. Nixon administration, now gets the bulk of its authority under the FISA Amendments Act, which Congress reauthorized for another five years days before it would have expired last year.

Sixteen Israeli fighter jets violate Lebanese airspace 03 May 2013 Sixteen Israeli military aircraft have penetrated Lebanese airspace and flown over several areas of the country in blatant violation of a UN Security Council resolution. Two Israeli fighter jets crossed into Lebanon's airspace over the southern city of Sidon, located 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Beirut, at 7:10 p.m. local time (1610 GMT) on Thursday, according to a statement issued by the Lebanese military on Friday. The warplanes flew over several areas in Lebanon before leaving the country's airspace at 12:10 p.m. local time (0910 GMT) while flying over the southern village of al-Naqoura, which is situated 91 kilometers (57 miles) south of Beirut. Later in the day, two other Israeli jets entered Lebanese airspace over the coastal city of Jounieh, located about 16 kilometers (10 miles) north of Beirut, at 10:40 p.m. local time (1940 GMT).

Israel may be behind use of chemical arms in Syria, [says] former Bush administration official 04 May 2013 Retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who once served as Secretary of State Colin Powell's Chief of Staff, believes that the chemical weapons used in Syria may have been an Israeli "false flag" operation aimed at implicating Bashar Assad's regime. Wilkerson made his astounding assertion in an interview on Current TV. Wilkerson said that the evidence that it was Assad’s regime that had used the chemical weapons was "flaky" and that it could very well have been the rebels or Israel who were the perpetrators. Asked why Israel would do such a thing, Wilkerson said: "I think we've got a basically geostrategically, geopolitical inept regime in Tel Aviv right now." A "false flag" operation is a covert attack on foreign or domestic soil carried out by governments or organizations under a false identity, aimed at placing blame on the enemy. [See: False Flag Stew by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 07 May 2103.]
 
U.S.-backed rebels, not Syrian government, used sarin gas - U.N. investigator 05 May 2013 U.N. human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria's civil war and medical staff indicating that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin, one of the lead investigators said on Sunday. The United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria has not yet seen evidence of government forces having used chemical weapons, which are banned under international law, said commission member Carla Del Ponte. "Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals and, according to their report of last week which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated," Del Ponte said in an interview with Swiss-Italian television. "This was used on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities," she added, speaking in Italian. [Well, knock me over with a medium-sized feather!]
 
U.N. voices 'grave concern' at reports of Israel strikes in Syria 05 May 2013 U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday voiced alarm at reports Israel has struck targets inside Syria, but said the United Nations was unable to confirm whether any such attacks had taken place. "The Secretary-General expresses grave concern over reports of air strikes in Syria by the Israeli Air Force," Ban's press office said in a statement.
 
Karzai Says He Was Assured CIA Would Continue Delivering Bags of Cash 05 May 2013 The C.I.A.'s station chief here met with President Hamid Karzai on Saturday, and the Afghan leader said he had been assured that the agency would continue dropping off stacks of cash at his office despite a storm of criticism that has erupted since the payments were disclosed. On Saturday, Mr. Karzai sought to dampen the furor over the payments, describing them as one facet of the billions of dollars in aid Afghanistan receives each year. "This is nothing unusual," he said. Mr. Karzai declined to specify how much cash his office received each month, or how much it had been given by the C.I.A. so far. At his meeting with the station chief, it was made clear to him that "we are not allowed to disclose" the amount, he said. [Right, it's 'nothing unusual' because CIAciopaths delivered millions in cash to the US-installed puppet regime in Iraq, too.]
 
Man accused of lying to investigation after Boston Marathon bombings seeks release 05 May 2013 Lawyers for a man charged with lying to investigators after the Boston Marathon bombings are asking a federal judge to release him from jail, saying he had nothing to do with the deadly bombings and isn't a flight risk. Robel Phillipos, 19, of Cambridge, faces a detention hearing Monday in U.S. District Court. Defense attorneys said in court documents filed Saturday that authorities' claim that Phillipos gave them conflicting accounts is "refutable."
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [Israel Attacks Syria]
Post by: Luck on May 09, 2013, 09:35:28 am
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Israeli attack supports terrorists in Syria - Regional countries slam Israeli attack on Syria 06 May 2013 A number of countries in the Middle East are pointing their fingers at Israel on Sunday after the latter attacked Syrian military facilities near Damascus earlier in the day. The Syrian state TV said Israel launched an airstrike on a military research center in a suburb of Damascus before dawn of Sunday. Syria's Foreign Ministry said in a letter to the UN that "the flagrant Israeli aggression against positions of the Syrian army underlines the coordination between Israel and the terrorist groups affiliated with the al-Nusra Front. The blatant Israeli aggression aims to render a direct military support to the terrorist groups after their faltered attempts to make gains on ground," the letter read.

UN's Del Ponte says evidence Syria rebels [terrorists] used sarin [gas] 06 May 2013 Testimony from victims of the conflict in Syria suggests [US-backed] rebels have used the nerve agent, sarin, a leading member of a UN commission of inquiry has said. Carla Del Ponte told Swiss TV that there were "strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof". Ms Del Ponte did not rule out the possibility that government forces might also have used chemical weapons... "I was a little bit stupefied by the first indications we got... they were about the use of nerve gas by the opposition," she said.
 
Obama to Grads: Reject Voices That Warn About Government Tyranny [...And the horse you {Obama} rode in on.] 06 May 2013 U.S. President Barack Obama gives the commencement address to the graduating class of The Ohio State University at Ohio Stadium on May 5, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Unfortunately, you've grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They'll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can't be trusted.

Anti-US Drone Candidate Imran Khan injured in Pakistan poll rally fall 07 May 2013 In the lead up to Pakistan's general election, which will take place on May 11, the former cricket star [] vowed to shoot down American drones if elected. ][M]ost recent polls show[ed] Khan ahead of Nawaz Sharif, president of the Pakistan Muslim League (previously thought to be the favorite). [Now he] has been injured after falling off a lift that was taking him on stage for an election rally. Officials told the AFP news agency that the former cricketer suffered head injuries after the fall in Lahore. TV footage showed supporters carrying a bloodied and dazed Mr Khan away from the rally. Mr Khan has recently emerged as a serious contender in May's elections, with thousands attending his rallies. "He has received injuries to his head and he has been taken to hospital," Malik Ishtiaq, a local spokesman for Mr Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) told the AFP news agency. [Right, the hospital - where CIAciopaths will 'finish the job.']
 
False Flag Stew by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 07 May 2103 "A 'false flag' operation is a covert attack on foreign or domestic soil carried out by governments or organizations under a false identity, aimed at placing blame on the enemy." (Haaretz) Examples of false flags abound. Recent, notable false flags include: Israel's bombing of the USS Cole; the 9/11 terrorist attacks ('Mom? This is Mark Bingham...You believe me, don't you?'); 7/7 in the UK (all of the seven million security cameras 'failed' at once (exaggerating, but, London really is a little surveillance happy), Rudy Giuliani there to oversee operations; Madrid bombings (explosives with US markings); Bali bombing (explosives with US markings); Virginia Tech's Seung-Hui Cho the psy-ops Marine who stopped shooting at Virginia Tech to go and mail a package to NBC News and then return to kill more people, no questions asked); the Christmas Day 'Underwear Bomber' Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab ('Underwear bomber' was working for the CIA --Bomber involved in plot to attack US-bound jet was working as an informer with Saudi intelligence and the CIA, it has emerged'); Aurora, CO; Newtown, CT (creepy DHS drill dirt-bag Gene Rosen finally got his dream of corralling a bunch of ten-year-olds into his basement even though the Sandy Hook Fire Department was closer in proximity to Sandy Hook Elementary School than Rosen's driveway; Boston, MA (Craft International's martial law drill-gone-live) -- to name a few.
 
Pentagon report shows big jump in sex crimes in military 07 May 2013 The Obama administration expressed outrage about a recent high-profile Air Force groping scandal on Tuesday as the Pentagon released a study estimating that the number of sex crimes involving military personnel soared 37 percent last year. The annual Pentagon report, which estimated there were 26,000 sex crimes ranging [from] rape to abusive sexual contact in 2012, came a day after the Air Force removed the officer in charge of its anti-sexual assault office for allegedly groping a civilian in a suburban parking lot near the Pentagon. The Pentagon study found there were 3,374 reported cases of sexual assault in 2012, up nearly 200 from the 3,192 reported in 2011.
 
Air Force sidelines 17 nuclear officers, Minot unit suffering 'rot' from within 08 May 2013 The Air Force stripped an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to control - and, if necessary, launch - nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failings, including a remarkably dim review of their unit's launch skills. The group's deputy commander said it is suffering "rot" within its ranks. "We are, in fact, in a crisis right now," the commander, Lt. Col. Jay Folds, wrote in an internal email obtained by The Associated Press and confirmed by the Air Force. The tip-off to trouble was a March inspection of the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., which earned the equivalent of a "D" grade when tested on its mastery of Minuteman III missile launch operations. [See also:  Minot AFB Clandestine Nukes 'Oddities' by Lori Price (2007 - 2013 archives).]
 
DOJ: We don't need warrants for e-mail, Facebook chats --An FBI investigation manual updated last year, obtained by the ACLU, says it's possible to warrantlessly obtain Americans' e-mail 'without running afoul' of the Fourth Amendment. 08 May 2013 The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI believe they don't need a search warrant to review Americans' e-mails, Facebook chats, Twitter direct messages, and other private files, internal documents reveal. Government documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union and provided to CNET show a split over electronic privacy rights within the Obama administration, with Justice Department prosecutors and investigators privately insisting they're not legally required to obtain search warrants for e-mail.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [Immigration Bill Hidden Agenda]
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UAH unveils drone-like UAVs to aid police with 'campus safety' 08 May 2013 The University of Alabama in Huntsville today unveiled new drone-like technology designed to enhance campus safety that someday may be available to help protect K-12 school systems. At a news conference today, the school showed off a variety of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that will provide an "eye in the sky" for campus police, according to Gary Maddux, who is leading the research as director of the Systems Management and Production Center (SMAP). Maddux said the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school [aka false flag] in December pushed the languishing research into overdrive. [People need to acclimate themselves to blowing these drones out of the sky.]
 
Two Boys Suspended For Pointing Pencils Like Guns 08 May 2013 A 7-year-old boy, who was suspended for two days after playing a game of make-believe with his friend, returned to school on Wednesday. On Friday, Christopher Marshall, a second grader at Driver Elementary School in Suffolk, Virginia, and his classmate were playing with their pencils, pointing them at each other and making machine gun noises when a concerned teacher pulled them into the principals' office. Wendy immediately picked up her son from school and when she got there, the principal explained that due to the school's zero tolerance policy against weapons or anything that resembles a weapon, Christopher would be suspended on Monday and Tuesday, allowed to return on Wednesday. [Hopefully, the lawsuits have already been filed. --- There are a slew of reasons to home school kids, instead of govt brainwashing and terrorizing them.]
 
FBI Under Fire, Didn't Tell Boston PD About Marathon Bombing Suspects 09 May 2013 The FBI never told the Boston police or the Massachusetts State Police about possible Russian terror connections of the suspected Marathon bombers until three and half days after the attack, law enforcement officials testified today before the House Homeland Security Committee. Boston police commissioner Ed Davis told McCaul that his department was not told before the bombing that the FBI had opened an investigation into Tamerlan Tsarnaev, or that Tsarnaev had traveled to the North Caucasus, even though he had three detectives and a sergeant assigned to the Joint Terror Task Force with the FBI... While the hearing in Washington was underway, police in Worcester revealed that the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been removed from the city "and is now entombed" at a location that was not disclosed.
 
Convicted Nuclear Protesters Must Stay in Jail 09 May 2013 An elderly nun and two other nuclear protesters asked Thursday to be released from jail as they await sentencing for breaking into the Y-12 National Security [sic] Complex and defacing the walls of a uranium processing plant. A judge could rule on that next week, but on Thursday said they will have to stay in jail at least until then. Sister Megan Rice, 83, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed were convicted Wednesday of interfering with national security and damaging federal property during last year's incursion. They cut through security fences, hung banners, strung crime-scene tape and hammered off a small chunk of the fortress-like Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility inside the most secure part of the complex.
 
Biometric Database of All Adult Americans Hidden in 'Immigration Reform' Bill 10 May 2013 The immigration reform [aka allowing the creation of a permanent corporate-run underclass which will drive down wages across the board and destroy unions] measure the Senate began debating yesterday would create a national biometric database of virtually every adult in the U.S., in what privacy groups fear could be the first step to a ubiquitous national identification system. Buried in the more than 800 pages of the bipartisan legislation is language mandating the creation of the innocuously-named "photo tool," a massive federal database administered by the Department of Homeland Security and containing names, ages, Social Security numbers and photographs of everyone in the country with a driver's license or other state-issued photo ID. Employers would be obliged to look up every new hire in the database to verify that they match their photo.
 
Apple deluged by police demands to decrypt iPhones --ATF says no law enforcement agency could unlock a defendant's iPhone, but Apple can 'bypass the security software' if it chooses. 10 May 2013 Apple receives so many police demands to decrypt seized iPhones that it has created a "waiting list" to handle the deluge of requests, CNET has learned. Court documents show that federal agents were so stymied by the encrypted iPhone 4S of a Kentucky man accused of distributing crack cocaine that they turned to Apple for decryption help last year. An agent at the ATF, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, "contacted Apple to obtain assistance in unlocking the device," U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell wrote in a recent opinion. But, she wrote, the ATF was "placed on a waiting list by the company."
 
Rand Paul alleges CIA smuggled weapons through Benghazi 10 May 2013 Amid intensifying rumors that he's considering a run for president, United States Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has come down hard on the White House over last year’s tragedy at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. On Wednesday a Congressional committee heard testimonies from witnesses of the September 11, 2012 attack, but eight months after the fact many questions still remain unanswered. In an interview aired on CNN Thursday evening, Sen. Paul said he hasn’t ruled out the possibility that last year’s attack unfolded as a result of a secret arms trade.
 
Pakistan's historic election could bring change to military ties with US 11 May 2013 Pakistan’s historic election today could have immense consequences for the region and the so-called war on terror. Opposition leader and leading candidate to be the next prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has warned he will stop Pakistan's involvement in the war on terror. Asked whether he would stop military cooperation with the United States in the war, in an interview with the BBC he said, "Yes, we have to." Another leading candidate in the Pakistan election, Imran Khan, a former international cricketer and now Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, which draws its support from large sections of the poor, has warned if he wins the election he would go even further by shooting down U.S. drones if they enter Pakistan territory.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [IRS Targeted Patriots]
Post by: Luck on May 16, 2013, 07:25:36 pm
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Britain, U.S. hold secret talks on how to arm terrorists in Syria 11 May 2013 Britain and the U.S. have been secretly discussing plans to arm foreign-backed terrorists fighting the popular government of president Bashar al-Assad in Syria, it has been disclosed. The revelation comes amid an escalation of hostilities in the region with Israel already launching invasion against Syria, when the country is fighting to ward off the threat of an all-out civil war with al-Qaeda affiliated terror groups. According to reports, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond held talks with counterpart Chuck Hagel during his visit to the States over how to push for arming rebels, mercenaries and terrorists who have teamed up to topple the Syrian government in a conflict now in its third year.
 
IRS targeted groups critical of government, documents from agency probe show 12 May 2013 At various points over the past two years, Internal Revenue Service officials singled out for scrutiny not only groups with "tea party" or "patriot" in their name but also nonprofit groups that criticized the government and sought to educate Americans about the U.S. Constitution, according to documents in an audit conducted by the agency’s inspector general. The documents, obtained by The Washington Post from a congressional aide with knowledge of the findings, show that the IRS field office in charge of evaluating applications for tax-exempt status decided to focus on groups making statements that "criticize how the country is being run" and those that were involved in educating Americans "on the Constitution and Bill of Rights."
 
Gov't obtains wide AP phone records in probe 13 May 2013 The Justice [sic] Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news. The records obtained by the Justice Department listed outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, for general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and for the main number for the AP in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP. In all, the government seized the records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012.
 
US Supreme Court finds for Monsanto in seed patent battle 13 May 2013 The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Monsanto Monday over an Indiana farmer accused of having pirated the genetically-modified crops developed by the agribusiness giant. [More govt sanctioned control of the food supply and ownership of life by the monstrous Monsanto -- MDR]
 
Guantánamo hunger strikers subject to harsh new method of force feeding --Lawyers for inmates say humiliating body searches instituted for prisoners who wish to talk to their representatives 13 May 2013 Hunger-strikers being force fed at Guantánamo Bay are shackled to a chair, fitted with a mask and have tubes inserted through their nose and into their stomachs for up to two hours at a time, according to revised guidelines in use at the camp. The guidelines, which were updated after the latest protest by inmates began in February, detail the process of involuntary feeding and how after the sessions, detainees are kept in a "dry cell" to prevent them vomiting. News of the 30-page Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) manual – which was first published on Monday, by al-Jazeera, and has since been confirmed to be genuine by the US military – comes amid fresh questions over the ethics of force-feeding protesters at the prison.
 
NSA buddy Google relegating CLG Newsletter to spam bin 13 May 2013 Folks, if you use Gmail and don't receive too many CLG Newsletters, check your spam folder. I am hearing from numerous CLG readers that Gmail will not allow the CLG Newsletter to reach their inboxes. Instead, NSA buddy Google relegates them to the spam folder. So, if you receive your newsletter via Google and wonder where it is, please check your spam or junk folder. Suggestion from CLG reader Nick: "Suggest you tell your Google mail people that in order to prevent the mail from going to spam, they use the reply pull down menu, where there is a choice for 'filter messages like this' and then explicitly mark where it says, 'Never send to spam.' That handled the problem for me permanently. However, I now get a red line in all the CLG mail that says: 'This has not been sent to spam because you set a filter to prevent it. Do you want to change that?' As I said it does work, but them message in red in all CLG mail, is still to promote the idea to get CLG readers to trick them into accidentally get CLG mail to re-route to spam..."
 
Oregon soldiers must share damage award in KBR suit with state, judge rules 13 May 2013 Twelve Oregon National Guard soldiers and veterans who won a multimillion-dollar negligence award against defense contractor KBR Inc. will not be able to keep it all for themselves, a federal judge in Portland has ruled. In an opinion that brings the nearly 4-year-old case closer to its conclusion, Magistrate Judge Paul Papak entered the monetary awards for each of the 12 soldiers who said they were injured, or may become injured by their exposure to a carcinogenic chemical in southern Iraq in 2003. And he said the awards should be apportioned according to Oregon law, which requires that 60 percent of punitive damage awards be set aside for the state's crime victims fund and another 10 percent for a state courts facilities fund. [That sounds like an unconstitutional law.]
Title: Re: Statist News Blog [Keene, NH Free Staters in the News]
Post by: Luck on May 16, 2013, 07:29:06 pm
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Special CLG essay: Police-Staged Reality and its Implications for Politics (Part I) by Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D., www.legitgov.org 14 May 2013 Within a Police-Staged Reality (PSR), counter activities of all kinds are perpetrated by the state itself... What becomes of political activity, for example, when the state can and does produce its own enemies only to later silence and/or kill them with nary a shred of justification? What becomes of "real" opposition when the [U.S.] state arms its supposed terrorist opponents (as in Libya and Syria), while disarming its own citizenry? Political activity is a "blend" of simulation and "real," a mixed bag of committed, sincere actors, along with paid and state-induced actors, all performing on a stage, the limits of which are provided by the apparatuses of surveillance and an all-abiding potential for annihilation.
 
Fate of Newtown death certificate bills [for coverup purposes?] in doubt 14 May 2013 The fate of legislation being pursued by the Newtown town clerk to restrict the public's access to death certificates appears to be in doubt as the General Assembly inches toward adjournment. Newtown Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia has refused to release death certificates requested for the 26 victims of the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and argues that information on death certificates can be misused, such as by identity thieves. [?!?] Two bills on the topic are before the Legislature. Rep. Ed Jutila, D-East Lyme, said he hasn't heard recently from advocates of the legislation, and notes there remains strong opposition to the concept of placing limits on information that has been available to the public for centuries.
 
Shell and BP raided in probe into petrol price fixing: Oil firms investigated over claims they manipulated cost for more than a decade 14 May 2013 BP and Shell are being investigated over allegations that they have fixed petrol prices for more than a decade. European Commission investigators raided the offices of several major oil companies yesterday as they launched a far-reaching probe into price manipulation. They fear prices have been driven up at the pumps for millions of motorists. The AA responded to news of the swoop by declaring: 'The lid is about to be blown off.' The commission said it suspected firms had 'colluded in reporting distorted prices' to agencies that publish the data used to set the price of oil and petrol.
 
FBI opens criminal probe of U.S. tax agency, audit cites disarray 14 May 2013 U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday he had ordered the FBI to open a criminal probe in a growing scandal over the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative political groups for extra tax scrutiny. Holder's announcement came about four hours before an inspector general's report on the IRS portrayed the tax agency as plagued by disarray and "insufficient oversight" during its struggles to review the cases of hundreds of advocacy groups that claimed they should be tax exempt.
 
NH city sues six parking meter 'Robin Hoods' who put money in expired meters 14 May 2013 The city has filed a lawsuit against six citizens, part of a group dubbed Robin Hood of Keene that patrols downtown armed with video cameras and pockets full of change to fill expired parking meters. Also known as Robin Hooders, the six are associated with the Free Keene group. "They say video recording or talking to them is harassing them, but I don't agree with that," "Robin Hooder" James Cleaveland said of parking enforcement officers. "So they want to establish a safety zone of fifty feet." Members of the group place cards under windshield wipers that read, "Your meter expired; however, we saved you from the king's tariffs, Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Please consider paying it forward," and includes an address where donations can be sent.

KBR Tells U.S. Army It Will Cost $500 Million and Take 13 Years to Close Its Iraq Contract 15 May 2013  The recipient of the largest government services contract in U.S. history has told military officials it will take another 13 years and half a billion dollars to finish off its 'work' stemming from the Iraq war. This assessment from [Dick Cheney's corpora-terrorists,] KBR Inc., which won the *38 billion deal from the U.S. Army in 2001, is at the heart of a legal battle between the two sides. KBR was responsible for aiding virtually all American military support operations as part of the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) III in Iraq. [See also: Pentagon Lets *100 Million in Overcharges by KBR Go Uncollected and Pentagon Fines KBR…Then Gives it a *2.8 Billion Contract.]
 
Russia's CIA spy bust 'was linked to Boston Bombing': US diplomat was trying to recruit Dagestan expert who travelled to terrorist's home town when he was arrested --Letter allegedly found on him offers agents $1million per year to defect [aka carry out more false flag attacks] 15 May 2013 The arrest of a US diplomat accused of being a CIA spy was linked to the Boston bombing, sources revealed today. Russian security officials reported on Tuesday that they had briefly detained Ryan Fogle in Moscow for allegedly trying to recruit a Russian intelligence officer. Today sources revealed the man Mr Fogle was trying to 'recruit' was an FSB agent who specialised in 'Islamic extremism' in Russia and may even have travelled to the region where the bombing suspects came from. Fogle, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy, was carrying special technical equipment, disguises, written instructions and a large sum of money. The Ministry said these were 'provocative acts in the spirit of the Cold War' and has ordered the expulsion of Fogle, arrested wearing a blond wig under his baseball cap.
 
Secretive TPP Talks Re-Commence in Lima, Peru: They Can Shut Us Out, But They Can't Shut Us Up 15 May 2013 Today, trade negotiators from 11 countries meet again to secretively draft the terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP). The TPP is a sprawling multinational trade agreement that includes expansive and unfair copyright provisions. If signed, the TPP will entrench these digital enforcement measures as a global standard, leading to harsh regulations that would be disastrous for Internet users worldwide. As with all the previous TPP talks, the public is completely excluded from the process. As during the ACTA negotiations, Hollywood and other Big Content industries have a stronghold over international policymakers.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog (Monsanto Agribiz "Protectionism")
Post by: Luck on May 22, 2013, 10:03:35 am
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7 Foreign Chemical Engineers Caught Trespassing at Boston Water Supply --Patrols Stepped Up Across State 14 May 2013 Shortly after midnight Tuesday, seven people were caught trespassing at the Quabbin Reservoir. State Police say the five men and two women are from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore, and "cited their education and career interests" for being in the area. The men told police they were chemical engineers and recent college graduates. The Quabbin, in Belchertown, is one of the country's largest man-made public water supplies. Boston’s drinking water comes from the Quabbin and the Wachusett Reservoirs... The FBI is investigating and routine checks of public water supplies have been increased following the incident.
 
The 9/11 Phone Calls: Disturbing Irregularities Uncovered in the Calls that Flashed around the World 16 May 2013 The 9/11 Consensus Panel offers four evidence-based Points about the alleged phone calls from the 9/11 flights. The famous "let's roll" drama of the passenger revolt on UA 93 was relayed by passenger Todd Beamer's 13-minute unrecorded seat-back call to GTE telephone supervisor Lisa Jefferson, who reported Beamer as strangely tranquil, declining to speak to his wife. Eerily, Beamer's line remained open for 15 minutes after the crash. Oddly, the Verizon wireless record shows that 19 calls were made from Beamer's cell phone long after the crash of UA 93. Initial media reports and FBI interviews detailed more than a dozen cell phone calls from the planes at high elevation. Yet in 2001, a telephone spokesperson stated that sustained mobile calls were not possible above 10,000 feet.
 
Much like the fortuitous Mohamed Atta passport 'find:' Boston bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left note in boat he hid in, sources say 16 May 2013 Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left a note claiming responsibility for the April 13 attack on the Boston Marathon, reports CBS News. Sources tell CBS News that Tsarnaev wrote the note in the boat he was hiding in as police pursued him, and as he bled from gunshot wounds sustained in an earlier shootout between police and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. It reads as part manifesto, part suicide note, and part justification for the killing and maiming of innocent civilians. The note -- scrawled with a marker on the interior wall of the cabin -- said the bombings were retribution for U.S. military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, and called the Boston victims "collateral damage" in the same way Muslims have been in the American-led wars. "When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims," Tsarnaev Craft International wrote.
 
Senator Pushes Repeal of Secret 'Monsanto Protection Act' 16 May 2013 Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) is planning to push an amendment to the upcoming farm bill that would repeal the secret provision known as the Monsanto Protection Act, a rider attached anonymously to a spending bill that sailed through Congress in March. An outcry greeted the news of the legislation once the public learned that it had been passed by Congress with no debate and signed into law by President Barack Obama. The provision allows Monsanto and other companies terrorist groups to continue selling genetically engineered seeds, even if a court has blocked them from doing so. Merkley will press for a floor vote on his repeal amendment when the farm bill is taken up next week, a Merkley aide told HuffPost.
 
Bombs targeting Sunnis kill at least 76 in Iraq 17 May 2013 Bombs struck Sunni districts in Baghdad and surrounding areas Friday, killing at least 76 people in the deadliest day in Iraq in more than eight months, officials said, as a spike in [mercenary-generated] violence has created fears that the country could be on the path to a new round of sectarian bloodshed. The attacks in Baghdad and surrounding areas pushed the three-day Iraqi death toll to 130. Tensions have intensified since Sunnis began protesting what they say is mistreatment at the hands of the [US-installed] Shiite-led government regime, including random detentions and neglect [and shutting down the press]. [See: KBR Tells U.S. Army It Will Cost $500 Million and Take 13 Years to Close Its Iraq Contract.]
 
At Guantanamo, a costly confinement --Military about to spend millions more to 'upgrade' Guantanamo prison camp 17 May 2013 Not only has Guantanamo Bay become a lightning rod for America's critics -- it's no prize for America's taxpayers, either. Running the prison camp costs the Pentagon more than $150 million a year -- just over *900,000 for each of the 166 detainees at the facility, located on a Navy base on the eastern end of Cuba. By comparison, c*sts for a typical federal prison inmate run about *25,000 a year; at the "supermax" prison in Colorado that holds domestic terrorists Eric Rudolph and Ted Kaczynski, it's about *60,000. The military is about to spend millions more to upgrade the prison camp.
 
Hundreds of CT kindergarten students suspended from school --At least 1,967 students age 6 and under were suspended last school year -- almost all of them black or Hispanic. 17 May 2013 It started with a report to the state's Office of the Child Advocate that a child had been expelled from preschool. Jamey Bell, the child advocate, saw no reason why a child that young should be suspended, and wanted to know how widespread the problem was. She also had learned that a 7-year-old had been arrested while at school. According to a report from the Connecticut Department of Education, the number of students suspended is actually higher, but privacy issues restrict the state agency from releasing information that could identify unique student information.
 
Texas sues BP, others over {2010} oil spill 17 May 2013 Texas on Friday became the latest state to sue BP, Halliburton and others tied to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, alleging the parties "engaged in willful and wanton misconduct" and seeking penalties and damages "to the fullest extent allowed by law." The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Beaumont, more than three years after one of the worst oil spills in American history. Listed defendants include Transocean, Halliburton and Anadarko, in addition to BP America.
 
Shell and BP bosses met in secret to fix oil prices - whistleblower 18 May 2013 The ex-boss of Shell held top- secret meetings with the BP chief, an insider claimed last night. Jeroen van der Veer entertained John Browne strictly ALONE at his London HQ once a year, a former Shell worker said. The whistleblower claimed the office was swept for bugs before the talks, lasting nearly two hours. The firms face claims of 'price fixing'. He added: “The security around their meetings was incredible. There was lock-down. The whole floor was a no-go area for anyone else... "It's common knowledge they were talking about oil prices." Offices of both companies were raided this week in a probe over price fixing allegations going back a decade. It is feared it could have cost Britain's 31 million drivers up to 10,000 pounds each.
 
Broken rail eyed in Conn. train crash 18 May 2013 Officials investigating a train collision in Connecticut have ruled out foul play and are studying a rail fracture where a derailed commuter train was struck by another bound for New York City. National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener says the broken rail is of substantial interest to investigators and a portion of the track will be sent to a lab for analysis. Weener says he won't speculate on the cause of the derailment.
 
Hofstra student was killed by police - Authorities 19 May 2013 A New York college student being held by an armed home intruder was shot and killed by a Nassau County police officer who had responded to a report of a home invasion at an off-campus home, police said Saturday. Andrea Rebello was shot once in the head Friday morning by an officer who opened fire after the masked intruder, Dalton Smith, pointed a gun at the officer while holding the 21-year-old junior in a headlock, Nassau County homicide squad Lt. John Azzata said. The Nassau County police officer fired eight shots at Smith, Azzata said.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog (Immigration Bill Hidden Agenda)
Post by: Luck on May 22, 2013, 10:04:10 am
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Anthrax drug brings $334 million to Pentagon adviser's biotech firm --The U.S. government remains the only customer, at a cost to date of about $5,100 per dose. 19 May 2013 Over the last decade, former Navy Secretary Richard J. Danzig, a prominent lawyer, presidential advisor and biowarfare consultant to the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security, has urged the government to counter what he called a major threat to national security. Terrorists, he warned, could easily engineer a devastating killer germ: a form of anthrax resistant to common antibiotics... Danzig has energetically promoted the threat -- and prodded the government to stockpile a new type of drug to defend against it. Danzig did this while serving as a director of a biotech startup that won $334 million in federal contracts to supply just such a drug, a Los Angeles Times investigation found. [Gee, I wonder what the US government is going to do to 'justify' spending $5,100 per dose on an anthrax antibiotic in this illegal conflict of interest? Hmm. I'm thinking, 'big bioterror false flag,' and it will be riotous if the lamestream media blames 'al-Qaeda' when the anthrax spores will (again) be traced to Fort Detrick. --LRP]
 
Report: Assad preparing missile strike against Tel Aviv in case attacked again 19 May 2013 Syria is making preparations to strike Tel Aviv in case Israel launches another attack on its territory, The Sunday Times reported on Sunday. The Syrian army has begun deploying advanced surface-to-surface missiles, the report said, adding that it has received orders to strike central Israel in case additional attacks against Syria are carried out. The Sunday Times said that the information was obtained by reconnaissance satellites that were tracking the Syrian forces. According to the report, Syria was deploying advanced Tishreen missiles which are capable of carrying a half-ton warhead.
 
Julian Assange reveals GCHQ {conspiracy} messages discussing Swedish extradition 19 May 2013 Authorities at GCHQ, the government eavesdropping agency, are facing embarrassing revelations about internal correspondence in which Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is discussed, apparently including speculation that he is being framed by Swedish authorities seeking his extradition on rape allegations. The records were revealed by Assange himself in a Sunday night interview with Spanish television programme Salvados in which he explained that an official request for information gave him access to instant messages that remained unclassified by GCHQ. A message from September 2012, read out by Assange, apparently says: "They are trying to arrest him on suspicion of XYZ... It is definitely a fit-up... Their timings are too convenient right after Cablegate."
 
US robots, Israeli drones to help make 2014 World Cup in Brazil 'one of safest sporting events ever' 19 May 2013 Brazil has added 30 US military robots to the Israeli drones and 'Robocop-style' glasses with face recognition cameras to its arsenal after the country allocated $900 million to make 2014 World Cup "one of the most protected sports events in history." The 30 PackBot 510 units, which usually cost between $100,000 and $200,000 apiece, will arrive in Brazil as part of the $7.2 million deal the country signed with American iRobot advanced technology company. The contracts include services, spare parts and associated equipment.
 
Pentagon to take over some CIA drone operations: sources 20 May 2013 President Barack Obama's administration has decided to give the Pentagon control of some drone operations against terrorism suspects overseas that are currently run by the CIA, several U.S. government sources said on Monday. Obama has pledged more transparency on controversial counterterrorism programs, and giving the Pentagon the responsibility for part of the drone program could open it to greater congressional oversight. Obama will make a speech on Thursday at the National Defense University in Washington that will include discussion of the government's use of drones as a counterterrorism tool.
 
Wall Street troll Obama shows his true colors: Obama Admin. Approves ALEC Model Bill for Fracking Chemical Fluid Disclosure on Public Lands 20 May 2013 On May 16, the Obama Interior Department announced its long-awaited rules governing hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") on federal lands. As part of its 171-page document of rules, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), part of the U.S. Dept. of Interior (DOI), revealed it will adopt the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) model bill written by ExxonMobil for fracking chemical fluid disclosure on U.S. public lands. ALEC is a 98-percent corporate-funded bill mill and "dating service" that brings predominantly Republican state legislators and corporate lobbyists together at meetings to craft and vote on "model bills" behind closed doors. Many of these bills end up snaking their way into statehouses and become law in what Bill Moyers referred to as "The United States of ALEC." BLM will utilize an iteration of ALEC's "Disclosure of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Composition Act" - a bill The New York Times revealed was written by ExxonMobil - for chemical fluid disclosure of fracking on public lands and will do so by utilizing FracFocus.org's voluntary online chemical disclosure database.
 
Arrests being made at NAACP protest at {NC} legislature 20 May 2013 More protesters have been arrested at the General Assembly for the fourth week in a row. The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP is entering its fourth straight week of protests at the state legislature that have resulted in nearly 100 arrests so far. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People plans the latest demonstration on Monday aimed at the policies of the Republican-led General Assembly.

Appeals court won't release {supposed} Osama Bin Laden photos 21 May 2013 A federal appeals court has ruled that the Central Intelligence Agency is under no legal obligation to release photos of Osama bin Laden taken after he was 'killed by U.S. commandos at a hideout in Pakistan in 2011.' The unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said the photos were properly classified "TOP SECRET" and therefore exempt from the Freedom of Information Act. "The CIA's declarations [filed in the case] give reason to believe that releasing images of American military personnel burying the founder and leader of al Qaeda could cause exceptionally grave harm," the appeals court wrote in an opinion filed Tuesday. [See: News of Bin Laden's Death and Funeral - December 2001.]
 
Top IRS official will invoke 5th Amendment 21 May 2013 A top IRS official in the division that reviews nonprofit groups will invoke the 5th Amendment and refuse to answer questions before a House committee investigating the agency's [alleged] improper screening of conservative nonprofit groups. Lois Lerner, the head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS, won't answer questions about what she knew about the improper screening -- or why she didn't disclose it to Congress, according to a letter from her defense lawyer, William W. Taylor III. Lerner was scheduled to appear before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday. "She has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation but under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course," said a letter by Taylor to committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Hypocrite-Vista). The letter, sent Monday, was obtained Tuesday by the Los Angeles Times. [Incidentally, where were the investigations into the missing 'weapons of mass destruction' in Iraq and torture? I seemed to have missed those.]
 
Senate panel approves sweeping {big} business-friendly immigration bill 21 May 2013 The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved legislation that would bring about the biggest changes in U.S. immigration policy in a generation, setting up a spirited debate in the full Senate next month. By a vote of 13-5, the panel approved the nearly 900-page bill that would put 11 million illegal residents on a 13-year path to citizenship while further strengthening security along the southwestern border with Mexico, long a sieve for illegal crossings. {Emigration/immigration is never illegal; govt restrictions on it are illegal.} The vote followed the committee's decision to embrace a Republican move to ease restrictions on high-tech U.S. companies that want to hire more skilled workers from countries like India and China. Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah said the changes made to visa rules governing high-skilled workers, which he had demanded on behalf of the U.S. technology industry, were the price of his support for the bill when the committee took its final vote.
Title: Re: Statist News Blog (CT Secret Sandy Hook Suppression Bill)
Post by: Luck on May 26, 2013, 08:23:47 am
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Secretly Drafted CT Bill: Sandy Hook Details Would Remain Blocked --Secretly Drafted Bill Would Leave Release of Some Newtown Investigative Records Up to Families 22 May 2013 A secretly drafted bill to block release of photos, tapes of 911 calls and death certificates related to the Dec. 14 Newtown elementary school massacre could be acted on in the General Assembly as early as the end of the week, officials said Wednesday. Family members of victims would have discretion over release of some of the records. Word of the planned legislation was kept from the public until Tuesday, when The Courant obtained a copy of an email written by a Kane assistant that said Malloy's legal staff told him a draft of a "special act" would be quickly "forthcoming." A Courant story about the secret plan to withhold information on the Newtown investigation has sparked intense interest and concern in Connecticut and nationwide -- based both on what the bill would do and the way it was put together outside the normal legislative process, without a public hearing. Lawmakers at first were talking about trying to vote on the bill Wednesday, but they abandoned that idea as criticism mounted.
 
FBI agent kills man after questioning him about link to Boston bombing suspect 22 May 2013 An unidentified FBI agent shot and killed a man in Orlando, Fla., early Wednesday after questioning him about his link to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Dave Couvertier, a special agent and spokesman for the FBI's Tampa field office, told Yahoo News the shooting is under investigation. He identified the man as Ibragim Todashev, a 27-year-old Chechen-born Orlando resident and apparent acquaintance of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the brothers suspected of planning and carrying out the terror attack at last month's Boston Marathon.
 
Riots grip Stockholm suburbs after police shooting 22 May 2013 Rioters have lit fires and stoned emergency services in the suburbs of Stockholm for the third night in a row after a man was shot dead by police. Incidents were reported in at least nine suburbs of the Swedish capital and police made eight arrests. On Sunday night, more than 100 cars were set alight, Swedish media report.

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US Admits for First Time Drones Killed 4 Americans 23 May 2013 One day before President Obama is due to deliver a major speech on national security, his administration on Wednesday formally acknowledged that the United States had killed four American citizens in drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan. In a letter to Congressional leaders obtained by The New York Times, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. disclosed that the administration had deliberately killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric who was killed in a drone strike in September 2011 in Yemen. The American responsibility for Mr. Awlaki's death has been widely reported, but the administration had until now refused to confirm or deny it. The letter also said that the United States had killed three other Americans: Samir Khan, who was killed in the same strike; Mr. Awlaki's son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, who was also killed in Yemen; and Jude Mohammed, who was killed in a strike in Pakistan.
 
Holder OK'd search warrant for Fox News reporter's private emails, official says 23 May 2013 Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on a controversial search warrant that identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a "possible co-conspirator" in violations of the Espionage Act and authorized seizure of his private emails, a law enforcement official told NBC News on Thursday. Rosen, who has not been charged in the case, was nonetheless the target of a search warrant that enabled Justice Department investigators to secre