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I've Read Obama's Secret Trade Deal. Elizabeth Warren Is Right to Be Concerned.

May 21, 2015 by legitgov

I've Read Obama's Secret Trade Deal. Elizabeth Warren Is Right to Be Concerned. | 19 May 2015 | "You need to tell me what's wrong with this trade agreement, not one that was passed 25 years ago," a frustrated President Barack Obama recently complained about criticisms of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). He's right. The public criticisms of the TPP have been vague. That's by design--anyone who has read the text of the agreement could be jailed for disclosing its contents...So-called "cleared advisors" like me are prohibited from sharing publicly the criticisms we've lodged about specific proposals and approaches. The government has created a perfect Catch 22: The law prohibits us from talking about the specifics of what we've seen, allowing the president to criticize us for not being specific.

Tough anti-terrorism measures could strip suspects of welfare, vote

May 21, 2015 by legitgov

Abbott using 'terrorism' as a cover for implementing more austerity measures: Tough anti-terrorism measures could strip suspects of welfare, vote | 21 May 2015 | Terrorists would lose their welfare payments and the right to vote, and the citizenship oath would be toughened up, under a raft of anti-terrorism measures being considered by the Abbott Government. The Herald Sun understands the Government will soon introduce laws to strip Australian citizenship from dual nationals who are committing terrorism offences. And further measures are being considered to combat Australians who fight alongside terror groups such as Islamic State, or support them by fundraising or recruiting. They include restricting their rights to an Australian passport, banning them from voting, and refusing them access to Medicare, the dole and any other welfare.

Wave of medical police state refugees to flee California if SB 277 signed into law

May 21, 2015 by legitgov

Wave of medical police state refugees to flee California if SB 277 signed into law | 20 May 2015 | California will be the origin of America's first wave of medical police state refugees fleeing medical tyranny if Gov. Jerry Brown signs SB 277 into law. SB 277 is California's pharma-funded vaccine assault on all parents and children. It would eliminate all personal belief exemptions and force nearly all children in California to be forcibly injected with vaccines that are knowingly manufactured with neurotoxic substances such as mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde and MSG. If he signs the law, Gov. Brown will be declaring medical genocide against children whose genetic makeup causes them to have extremely heightened risks to vaccine injury. No child will be safe in California, and the state will cement its position as the first real-life medical police state in America, where risks of a medical civil war skyrocket.

Jeb Bush blames unrest in Iraq on Obama

May 20, 2015 by legitgov

Jeb Bush blames unrest in Iraq on Obama | 20 May 2015 | Jeb Bush sharply criticized President Barack Obama on Tuesday for withdrawing troops from Iraq, but he declined to say whether he would order additional ground forces into the country to repel Islamic State militants. Speaking to about 60 business and Republican leaders in New Hampshire, the former Florida governor and likely presidential candidate blamed the Democratic president for allowing the rise of the violent extremist group that has captured vast parts of Iraq and Syria. But when asked after his campaign event how he would act to contain the Islamic State group in Iraq if elected president, Bush declined to offer any specifics, saying he would rely on the advice of America's military leaders.

Israeli settlers reportedly chop down 800 Palestinian olive trees

May 20, 2015 by legitgov

Israeli settlers reportedly chop down 800 Palestinian olive trees | 17 May 2015 | The official Palestinian news agency is reporting that Israeli settlers have chopped down and seized about 800 Palestinian-owned olive trees near the town of Shuyukh, east of Hebron. The report, by WAFA, the Palestine News & Information Agency, cited "a local source," whom it did not identify. The source, described by WAFA as "a local activist," told the agency that residents of the Israeli settlements of Bani Kadim and Asfar broke into an olive orchard near the town and chopped down the trees, which belonged to people who lived in the area.

Pataki: Send combat troops to fight ISIS

May 20, 2015 by legitgov

Pataki: Send combat troops to fight ISIS | 20 May 2015 | Former Gov. George Pataki, who is expected to launch a presidential bid next week, said Wednesday the U.S. should deploy troops to Iraq to fight ISIS [I-CIA-SIS]. Pataki, a New York Republican, insisted that a deployment of U.S. combat troops would be a limited mission unlike the 2003 American invasion of Iraq -- a war then-President [sic] George W. Bush had insisted would be short-lived...Pataki added that while Americans may be wary of sending troops back into combat the fight against ISIS "is our war." Other likely Republican presidential candidates, like Sen. Lindsey Graham and former Sen. Rick Santorum, have also said they would deploy ground combat troops to fight ISIS -- pledging to send 10,000 American troops.

4 U.S. Cancer Charities Accused of Fraud by Bilking $187M From Consumers

May 20, 2015 by legitgov

4 U.S. Cancer Charities Accused of Fraud by Bilking $187M From Consumers | 19 May 2015 | Four cancer charities and their operators have been charged with shamefully bilking $187 million from consumers, the Federal Trade Commission announced today. According to the FTC, which worked in conjunction with all 50 states, donors were told that their donations would help cancer patients. "Those were outright lies," said Jessica Rich of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection. The charities included in the federal court complaint brought by the FTC and all 50 states are Cancer Fund of America in Knoxville, Tennessee; Cancer Support Services, also in Knoxville; The Children's Cancer Fund of America in Powell, Tennessee; and the Breast Cancer Society in Mesa, Arizona.

Five big banks face criminal charges and $6b fine over currency rigging

May 20, 2015 by legitgov

Five big banks face criminal charges and $6b fine over currency rigging --JPMorgan and Citigroup would be the first major US banks to plead guilty to criminal charges in decades. | 20 May 2015 | Five of the world's biggest banks are expected to be hit with a combined bill of more than $US5 billion ($6.3 billion) and criminal charges on Wednesday in a settlement with US and British authorities over rigging of currency markets. US banks JPMorgan and Citigroup and Britain's Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland are expected to plead guilty to criminal charges with the US Department of Justice related to forex manipulation, people familiar with the matter said. It would be unprecedented for the parent companies or main banking arms of so many major banks to plead guilty to criminal charges in a coordinated action.

UBS to pay $545m to US authorities over forex and Libor scandals

May 20, 2015 by legitgov

UBS to pay $545m to US authorities over forex and Libor scandals | 20 May 2015 | UBS will pay a total of $545m to US authorities to settle allegations that arose in an investigation into the rigging of foreign exchange and Libor benchmarks. The Swiss bank will be hoping the payment draws a line under multiple trading scandals lasting several years. The fine, much lower than expected, includes a $342m Federal Reserve penalty related to forex activities, the bank said in a statement on Wednesday. It will not be paying a fine on forex to the Department of Justice and will not face criminal charges on the matter.

Bin Laden bent on spectacular US attack until the end - files

May 20, 2015 by legitgov

Holy coincidence, Batman! Just as the Patriot Act is up for renewal: Bin Laden bent on spectacular US attack until the end - files | 20 May 2015 | Hunkered down in his Pakistani compound, Osama bin Laden pleaded with his followers to stay focused on attacking the United States instead of being dragged into Muslim infighting. "The focus should be on killing and fighting the American people and their representatives," Bin Laden wrote in one of the newly revealed documents. US intelligence agencies have now declassified more than 100 of these documents taken from Bin Laden's archive, after lawmakers ordered the move and critics accused the CIA of withholding material.

US declassifies Osama Bin Laden compound documents (just in time for vote on renewal of Patriot Act)

May 20, 2015 by legitgov

US declassifies Osama Bin Laden compound documents (just in time for vote on renewal of Patriot Act) | 20 May 2015 | US intelligence agencies have declassified more than 100 documents seized in the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden's Pakistani compound that ended the Al-Qaeda[al-CIAduh]'s leader's life. "Today the ODNI (Office of the Director of National Intelligence) released a sizeable tranche of documents recovered during the raid," Jeff Anchukaitis, spokesman for the ODNI, said. Hunkered down in his Pakistani compound, Osama bin Laden pleaded with his followers to stay focused on attacking the United States instead of being dragged into Muslim infighting. "The focus should be on killing and fighting the American people and their representatives," Bin Laden wrote in one of the newly revealed documents.

Ruptured pipeline spills 21,000 gallons of oil on California coast

May 20, 2015 by legitgov

Ruptured pipeline spills 21,000 gallons of oil on California coast --Plains All American Pipeline responsible for 24-inch (61- cm) pipeline - U.S. Coast Guard | 19 May 2015 | A pipeline ruptured along the scenic California coastline on Tuesday, spilling some 21,000 gallons (79,000 liters) of oil into the ocean and on beaches before it could be secured, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said. The pipeline, which runs parallel to Highway 101 near Santa Barbara, left a slick extending about four miles (6.4 km) along Refugio State Beach, extending about 50 yards (46 meters) into the water, Petty Officer Andrea Anderson of the Coast Guard said.

Russia stops transit of NATO military cargo to Afghanistan

May 20, 2015 by legitgov

Russia stops transit of NATO military cargo to Afghanistan | 20 May 2015 | Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev has revoked a decree that allowed delivery of NATO military equipment to Afghanistan through Russian territory. [<g>] According to the official document, signed by Medvedev and published on Monday, all previous decisions on NATO cargo transit to Afghanistan have now been revoked. This includes an act allowing delivery of military hardware and equipment via rail, motor vehicles, or through Russian airspace.

Ukraine Regime Open to Hosting Missile-Defense System

May 20, 2015 by legitgov

Ukraine Regime Open to Hosting Missile-Defense System | 20 May 2015 | Ukraine is open to considering proposals to place a ballistic missile-defense system on its territory to ward off the risk of attacks from Russia, a senior Ukrainian defense official said Wednesday. Oleksandr Turchynov, the head of Ukraine's National Security Council, told Ukrinform news agency in an interview that Russia has become an increased threat since annexing [sic - reunifying] the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea and increasing its military presence there [after the US poured billions into the illegitimate Ukrainian far-right dictatorship, which commits war crimes on a daily basis]. Russian news agencies cited Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying Wednesday that the deployment of a missile-defense system in Ukraine would force Russia to adopt countermeasures.

Iraq deploys tanks as Islamic State tightens grip on Ramadi

May 20, 2015 by legitgov

Iraq deploys tanks as Islamic State tightens grip on Ramadi | 19 May 2015 | Iraqi security forces on Tuesday deployed tanks and artillery around Ramadi to confront Islamic State fighters who have captured the city in a major defeat for the Baghdad government and its Western backers. After Ramadi fell on Sunday, Shi'ite militiamen allied to the Iraqi army had advanced to a nearby base in preparation for a counterattack on the city, which lies in the Sunni Muslim province of Anbar, just 110 km (70 miles) northwest of Baghdad. As pressure mounted for action to retake the city, a local government official urged Ramadi residents to join the police and the army for what the Shi'ite militiamen said would be the "Battle of Anbar".

4 chemical tanker cars derail in Louisiana; precautionary evacuation ordered

May 20, 2015 by legitgov

4 chemical tanker cars derail in Louisiana; precautionary evacuation ordered | 19 May 2015 | Four chemical tanker cars derailed in Louisiana on Tuesday, prompting emergency officials to order a precautionary overnight evacuation of two nearby subdivisions. The cars derailed in the West Baton Rouge Parish town of Addis about 1:30 p.m., news media outlets quoted authorities as saying. The rail cars belonged to various companies but were being pulled by Union Pacific, said Addis Police Chief Ricky Anderson.

More than 170 face charges in deadly Texas melee

May 20, 2015 by legitgov

More than 170 face charges in deadly Texas melee | 19 May 2015 | More than 190 people were being arrested and charged Monday after a bloody melee at a Texas restaurant left nine people dead and 18 wounded, police said. The riot at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco involved rival motorcycle gangs armed with guns, knives, clubs, chains and other weapons, police said. Waco Police Department Sgt. Patrick Swanton later said the number of people charged was at least 170. The charge, due to the deaths, is a capital offense, he added.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Opens Probe at Indian Point After Transformer Explosion, Fire

May 20, 2015 by legitgov

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Opens Probe at Indian Point After Transformer Explosion, Fire | 19 May 2015 | New York state is renewing its call for tougher oversight of electrical transformers at the Indian Point Energy Center after the third failure in eight years of one of the power-transfer devices at the nuclear plant. A transformer for Indian Point's unit 3 exploded and caught fire May 9 in the nonnuclear section of the power plant 30 miles north of New York City. The state's call for more intensive inspections comes as Entergy Corp., the owner of Indian Point, seeks to renew its operating licenses for units 2 and 3 with the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The state has opposed the renewal.

Rand Paul to Fight Patriot Act Renewal

May 20, 2015 by legitgov

Rand Paul to Fight Patriot Act Renewal | 19 May 2015 | Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says he'll try to stop the U.S. Senate from renewing the Patriot Act, an 'anti-terrorism' measure whose broad surveillance powers have become an issue in the 2016 presidential campaign. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, also a Kentucky Republican, will seek passage of a measure this week extending central provisions of the program, which he has called critical to preventing future terrorist attacks. Paul, who is seeking the 2016 Republican nomination for president, said there's no evidence to support that claim and that the program violates the privacy of millions of Americans by allowing the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records.

LA becomes largest US city to increase minimum wage to $15 an hour

May 19, 2015 by legitgov

LA becomes largest US city to increase minimum wage to $15 an hour --City follows Seattle and San Francisco in raising minimum wage to $15 by July 2020 | 19 May 2015 | Los Angeles became the largest US city to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour on Tuesday, as a wage increase bill passed the city council by a vote of 14-1. It is now up to city attorney Mike Feuer to draft an ordinance to implement the new minimum wage requirements. The ordinance will then return to the council for a final vote before becoming law.

What do Anne Boleyn, Saudi Arabia, and 19 May have in common?

May 19, 2015 by legitgov

What do Anne Boleyn, Saudi Arabia, and 19 May have in common? By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org | 19 May 2015 | On 19 May 1536, Anne Boleyn was beheaded in by King Henry VIII in London. On 19 May 2015, beheadings have reached 85 by King Salman in Saudi Arabia. Also notable, King Salman is 'headhunting' for eight new executioners, to carry out more beheadings. At least Anne Boleyn got the expert swordsman from Calais! King Salman is seeking executioners with 'no special training.' King Salman's beheaders "would be considered as 'religious functionaries', since they would be serving religious courts and be on the lower end of the civil service pay scale, the ad said." King Henry VIII executed many 'heretics.' One king is criticized in the West for his injustices; one king (running 'neck-and-neck' with ISIS) is praised as an ally of the West for his oil.

U.S. ally Saudi Arabia hiring 8 new executioners after 2015 beheadings hit 85

May 19, 2015 by legitgov

U.S. ally Saudi Arabia hiring 8 new executioners after 2015 beheadings hit 85 [And, it's only May.] | 19 May 2015 | Saudi Arabia, which executes more criminals than any nation except China and Iran, wants to hire eight new executioners. A surge in executions has been witnessed under new King Salman's rule. The job description published online on Monday says no special training is required from applicants. The executioners would be required to behead condemned criminals in public as well as carry out amputations on those convicted of lesser offenses, Reuters reported. The executioners would be considered as 'religious functionaries', since they would be serving religious courts and be on the lower end of the civil service pay scale, the ad said. [Gee, no outcry from anyone in the US government -- particularly the hypocritical sacks of neocon sh*t in the Congress who have such disdain for 'militant Islam' -- or the corporate-run US media? *Apparently,* only beheadings by ISIS (I-CIA-SIS) shock the US conscience. --LRP]

Takata air bag recall becomes biggest ever in U.S.

May 19, 2015 by legitgov

Takata air bag recall becomes biggest ever in U.S. --Air bags are responsible for six deaths worldwide and more than 100 injuries | 19 May 2015 | Air bag maker Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million of its inflator mechanisms defective, effectively doubling the number of cars and trucks that have been recalled in the U.S. so far. The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reached an agreement with Takata after sparring with the company for the past year over the size of the recalls and the cause of the problem with millions of air bags. It will be the largest recall in the agency's history.

Trident whistleblower: nuclear 'disaster waiting to happen'

May 19, 2015 by legitgov

Trident whistleblower: nuclear 'disaster waiting to happen' | 17 May 2015 | William McNeilly's exclusive original report to WikiLeaks follows: This is document will enlighten you to the shockingly extreme conditions that our nuclear weapons system is in right now, and has been in the past. It describes different threats and events that have happened and are threats that are highly likely to happen; each one individually should raise maximum concern. I need you to publish this document or send it to someone who will; please, for the safety of the people...I strongly believe that the Prime Minister and most people that defended Trident had no idea about how dire the situation is.

UK military, police seek Royal Navy submariner who warned of Trident nuclear fleet dangers

May 19, 2015 by legitgov

UK military, police seek Royal Navy submariner who warned of Trident nuclear fleet dangers | 18 May 2015 | British military and civilian police are trying to locate a Royal Navy submariner who went missing after warning about lax safety and security procedures in the country's nuclear fleet. Able Seaman William McNeilly on Sunday released an 18-page report via the WikiLeaks website filled with numerous allegations about safety and security problems in Britain's nuclear fleet. He said the aging Trident nuclear weapons program is a disaster waiting to happen.

This Antarctic ice shelf could collapse by 2020, NASA says

May 18, 2015 by legitgov

This Antarctic ice shelf could collapse by 2020, NASA says | 15 May 2015 | It has been a really bad week for the ice shelves of the quickly warming Antarctic peninsula, the part of the vast frozen continent that extends northward toward South America. Earlier this week, we learned that the gigantic marine-based Larsen C ice shelf, which is almost as big as Scotland, has several worrisome vulnerabilities -- including a growing rift across it. Scientists from the British Antarctic Survey and several other research centers say this could pose an "imminent risk" to its stability. And now, NASA scientists are giving an even worse verdict for the remnants of the nearby Larsen B ice shelf, much of which already disintegrated back in 2002. Back then, the shelf lost a region larger than Rhode Island, but there are still 618 square miles left of it -- for now.

'Shell No' protesters reach Port of Seattle's Terminal 5

May 18, 2015 by legitgov

'Shell No' protesters reach Port of Seattle's Terminal 5 | 18 May 2015 | People protesting Arctic oil drilling marched to the entrance of Terminal 5 at the Port of Seattle Monday, where a massive floating drill rig is parked on the waterfront. The demonstration entered the street at 11 Avenue Southwest and Southwest Spokane Street after 7 a.m. Protesters reached Terminal 5 just before 8 a.m. Police officers were already stationed in front of the terminal when the group of activists arrived.

Pentagon: If Ramadi falls, US will help Baghdad

May 18, 2015 by legitgov

After funding and arming ISIS, the Pentagon has its excuse to go back to Iraq: Pentagon: If Ramadi falls, US will help Baghdad | 18 May 2015 | The Pentagon said on Sunday that ISIL fighters had gained the advantage in fighting in Ramadi and that if the western Iraqi city fell, the U.S.-led coalition would support Iraqi forces "to take it back later." While stopping short of confirming ISIL's statement it had seized full control of Anbar province's capital, the Defense Department appeared to leave open that possibility, which would mark a major defeat for the Baghdad government.

ISIS seizes control of key Iraqi city Ramadi as government forces pull back

May 18, 2015 by legitgov

ISIS seizes control of key Iraqi city Ramadi as government forces pull back --Pentagon: Coalition will support efforts to 'take back' Ramadi | 18 May 2015 | The key Iraqi city of Ramadi [I-CIA-SIS] fell to ISIS on Sunday after government security forces pulled out of a military base on the west side of the city, officials said. The ISIS advances came after militants detonated a series of morning car bomb blasts, Mayor Dalaf al-Kubaisy and a high-ranking Iraqi security official said. The explosions forced Iraqi security forces and tribal fighters to retreat to the city's east, they said.

'Okinawa without US bases': 1000s march against foreign military presence in Japan

May 18, 2015 by legitgov

'Okinawa without US bases': 1000s march against foreign military presence in Japan | 17 May 2015 | Thousands have been marching in Okinawa and across Japan in protest against the planned relocation of a US military base in Okinawa. The protesters criticized the Japanese government, who appear to be turning a deaf ear to the locals. The protests began on Friday with about 1,200 people in Okinawa, as the island marked the 43rd anniversary of its reversion to Japanese sovereignty, and continued into Sunday gathering thousands of people.

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