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Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Cloak and Dagger]
« Reply #150 on: January 23, 2013, 03:13:28 pm »

Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
14 to 22 Jan 2013
http://www.legitgov.org/
 
Reminder: I cannot link directly to news items from Press TV, because Columbia University and other places, will not allow delivery of the CLG Newsletter. I also substitute asterisks for dollar signs, to curtail the spam flags.
 
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.
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Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Killed by the Govt]
« Reply #151 on: January 23, 2013, 03:17:13 pm »

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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.
 
EarthLink blocking CLG Newsletter 15 January 2013 posted by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 15 Jan 2013 CLGers, if you are subscribed to the CLG Newsletter roster with an EarthLink.net domain, you likely have not received a recent CLG Newsletter, once again... See also: EarthLink blocking CLG Newsletter since 24 December 2012. Meanwhile, please feel free to contact lori at legitgov.org, if you want the blocked/missed editions forwarded.

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.]
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Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Gun Control & Resistance]
« Reply #152 on: January 23, 2013, 03:20:19 pm »

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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.

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Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Killed by the Govt]
« Reply #153 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
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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
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Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: Sandy Hook]
« Reply #154 on: January 24, 2013, 05:51:40 pm »

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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?
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« Reply #155 on: February 01, 2013, 08:47:07 pm »

Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
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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.
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Re: Statist News Blog [NEW: CIA Whistleblower]
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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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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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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."
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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."
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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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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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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

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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
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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.
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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."
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