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Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Election Fraud, Torture, Poisoning]
« Reply #105 on: October 02, 2012, 11:12:08 am »

Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
29 Sep to 02 Oct 2012
http://www.legitgov.org

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.
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Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Election Fraud, Torture, Poisoning]
« Reply #106 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.
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Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: DHS; FEMA; U.S. War-mongering]
« Reply #107 on: October 08, 2012, 01:17:23 pm »

Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
3 to 7 Oct 2012
http://www.legitgov.org

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."
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Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Rally vs. U.S. Drones]
« Reply #108 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.
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Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Ex-CIA Case; Venezuela Election]
« Reply #109 on: October 13, 2012, 02:49:31 pm »

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11-12 Oct 2012
http://www.legitgov.org

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.
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Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Vaccine Problems]
« Reply #110 on: October 19, 2012, 12:01:25 pm »

News Updates from Citizens for Legitimate Government
14-17 Oct 2012
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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.
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Re: Good/Bad Govt News Blog [Update: Vaccine Problems]
« Reply #111 on: October 22, 2012, 10:13:33 am »

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19-21 Oct 2012
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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]
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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.
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22-24 Oct 2012
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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.
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« Reply #114 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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« Reply #118 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."
 
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« Reply #119 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
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