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Missing EgyptAir Flight Likely Downed by Terror Attack, Aviation Minister Says

May 19, 2016 by legitgov

Missing EgyptAir Flight Likely Downed by Terror Attack, Aviation Minister Says --Airbus A320 lost by radar while flying at 37,000 feet above the Mediterranean with 66 passengers and 10 crew on board, says Egypt's civil aviation authority. | 19 May 2016 | An EgyptAir jet carrying 66 passengers and crew from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean south of Greece on Thursday, with Athens saying the plane swerved in mid-air before plunging from cruising height and vanishing. Egypt's aviation minister said a terrorist attack was more likely to have taken down the aircraft than a technical failure. Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said it was too early to rule out any explanation, including an attack like the one blamed for bringing down a Russian airliner over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula last year.

Uh-Oh: Trump to Meet With Kissinger for Foreign Policy Advice

May 19, 2016 by legitgov

Uh-Oh: Trump to Meet With Kissinger for Foreign Policy Advice | 17 May 2016 | The Washington Post reports that presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump is to meet with Bilderberg kingpin [and war criminal] Henry Kissinger this week in order to tap his 'expertise' on foreign policy. Sources close to Trump told reporters that the two will discuss all aspects of foreign policy, but will particularly focus on China...The report also notes that Trump has been meeting with James A. Baker III, another former Republican secretary of state, and consummate insider, [and 2000 Bush coup d'etat architect,] under the Bushes. Baker was vocal in his criticism of Trump's foreign policy proposals, particularly his call to abolish NATO. Are these elitist insiders attempting to co-opt Trump's campaign and exert their globalist ideals upon his outlook?

EgyptAir disappearance 'points to bomb', says terrorism expert

May 19, 2016 by legitgov

EgyptAir disappearance 'points to bomb', says terrorism expert | 19 May 2016 | The EgyptAir flight disappearance could be the result of a bomb, according to one of Australia's most prominent counter terrorism researchers. Deakin University professor Greg Barton said while it is possible MS804 vanished on the way from Paris to Cairo because of a conventional systems failure, "if you have an aircraft experience an explosive decompression at cruise altitude, that points to it being a bomb"..."If the radar image is suddenly not there and there's a sudden deceleration, as with the Sharm el-Sheik flight, it does strongly suggest a bomb."

Men face Melbourne court over alleged terrorism boat plot

May 19, 2016 by legitgov

Men face Melbourne court over alleged terrorism boat plot --Their extradition from Queensland follows their arrest last week for allegedly planning to travel by boat to Indonesia and then Syria to join Isis [I-CIA-SIS]. | 18 May 2016 | Five men accused of trying to flee to Syria by boat to join Islamic State have arrived at a Melbourne court. The men arrived in a police van on Thursday after an early morning flight from Cairns. Five police officers wearing high-visibility vests stood at the court complex's roller door as the van arrived at about 11am.

Port St. Lucie man accused of shooting wife because she was in pain and he couldn't afford medications

May 19, 2016 by legitgov

Port St. Lucie man accused of shooting wife because she was in pain and he couldn't afford medications | 18 May 2016 | (FL) An 86-year-old Port St. Lucie man said he killed his wife while she slept because she was in poor health and he could no longer afford her medications, according to an arrest affidavit. William J. Hager said he had been thinking about killing his wife Carolyn for several days because she was in pain, the arrest report said...At a Tuesday afternoon news conference the sheriff's office said Carolyn Hager had been ill and suffering for around 15 years. Records show the Hagers filed for bankruptcy in 2011. Staff at the Hands of St. Lucie County clinic say this is a tragic situation...."These stories you hear from quite many people, that they actually decide whether they are going to pay the electric bill this month or buy the drug that may be keeping them alive," said Andrew Passeri, Executive Director at Hands of St. Lucie County. [It is time - long past time - for a 2nd American Revolution.]

EgyptAir flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo disappears from radar

May 19, 2016 by legitgov

EgyptAir flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo disappears from radar --Airline says plane, which took off from France's Charles de Gaulle airport late on Wednesday night, has gone missing | 18 May 2016 | Contact lost at 2.45am Cairo time --More information now from EgyptAir: It says flight MS804 lost contact with radar at 02:45 Cairo time. The plane was at 37,000 ft and disappeared 80 miles (around 10 minutes) before entering Egyptian airspace. Search and rescue teams are being assembled.

Trump identifies 11 potential Supreme Court nominees

May 18, 2016 by legitgov

Trump identifies 11 potential Supreme Court nominees | 18 May 2016 | Presumptive Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday released the names of 11 judges he would consider, if elected, to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia in February. Scalia's replacement could tip the ideological balance of the court, which now is evenly divided with four conservative justices and four liberals. Trump said in a statement that his "list of potential Supreme Court justices is representative of the kind of constitutional principles I value and, as President, I plan to use this list as a guide to nominate our next United States Supreme Court Justices."

Hillary Clinton declares victory in tight Kentucky race

May 18, 2016 by legitgov

Hillary Clinton declares victory in tight Kentucky race | 18 May 2016 | US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has declared victory in the Kentucky primary as she moves nearer the presidential nomination. With most of the votes counted in the state and less than 0.5% ahead, Mrs Clinton was declared the unofficial winner by one state official. In the night's other primary contest Senator Bernie Sanders won in Oregon.

Donald Trump could visit UK before US elections

May 18, 2016 by legitgov

Donald Trump could visit UK before US elections | 17 May 2016 | The government is preparing for the possibility of presidential hopeful Donald Trump visiting the UK before the US elections, the BBC has learned. Diplomats expect Mr Trump to come after his formal nomination as the Republican candidate in July...Ministers and diplomats quietly preparing for Mr Trump to visit the UK in the coming months.

Trump wins Republican presidential primary in Oregon

May 18, 2016 by legitgov

Trump wins Republican presidential primary in Oregon | 17 May 2016 | Donald Trump has won the Republican presidential primary in Oregon, adding another state to the presumptive GOP nominee's tally of victories. The billionaire businessman started the day by picking up nine delegates in Guam, and was fewer than 100 delegates shy of clinching the Republican nomination for president headed into the Oregon vote. There were 28 delegates at stake in Oregon's Republican primary.

Bernie Sanders cruises past Hillary Clinton in Oregon primary

May 18, 2016 by legitgov

Bernie Sanders cruises past Hillary Clinton in Oregon primary | 17 May 2016 | Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders fended off a late charge by Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in Tuesday night's Oregon primary. Sanders locked up the win by establishing insurmountable leads in Democratic strongholds including Multnomah and Lane counties. The win restored some needed momentum to Sanders's campaign, while offsetting an apparent Clinton win earlier in the night in Kentucky's Democratic primary. At stake are a total of 74 delegates, which will be awarded on a proportional basis.

GOP candidate for Congress leaves open his porn tabs in Facebook photo

May 17, 2016 by legitgov

GOP candidate for Congress leaves open his porn tabs in Facebook photo | 17 May 2016 | A Virginia Republican running for the US Congress unintentionally revealed his porn tastes to the world when he shared a screenshot of a website on his campaign's Facebook page -- unaware he still had two pornography site tabs open. Mike Webb, who is running for Congress in Virginia's 8th District, was trying to illustrate a point about employment when he made the blunder. The post has since been removed, but it took Webb more than six hours to do so.

Three bombings in Baghdad kill 70 in worst violence so far this year

May 17, 2016 by legitgov

Three bombings in Baghdad kill 70 in worst violence so far this year | 17 May 2016 | At least 72 people were killed and more than 140 wounded by three bombings in Baghdad on Tuesday, police and medical sources said, extending the deadliest spate of attacks in the Iraqi capital so far this year. Islamic State claimed one suicide bombing which killed 38 people and wounded over 70 in a marketplace in the northern, mainly Shi'ite Muslim district of al-Shaab. A car bomb in nearby Shi'ite Sadr City killed at least 28 dead and 57 wounded, and another car blew up in the mixed Shi'ite-Sunni neighborhood of al-Rasheed, south of the capital, killing six and wounding 21, the sources said.

Saudi embassy branded 'Daesh bank' in Berlin projection stunt

May 17, 2016 by legitgov

Saudi embassy branded 'Daesh bank' in Berlin projection stunt | 16 May 2016 | The embassy of [top US ally] Saudi Arabia in the German capital has been decorated with an ISIS flag and labeled the "Daesh Bank" in a projection stunt performed by human rights activists in an effort to draw attention to the kingdom's purported links to terrorist organizations. Artist Oliver Bienkowski and the Pixel Helper collective performed the stunt to draw public attention to Saudi Arabia's egregiously bad human rights record and country's alleged support of extremist groups. [Yeah, for accuracy's sake, they should have also done that w. the US embassy.]

Terrorist attack was 'imminent' police say as Sydney teenager arrested

May 17, 2016 by legitgov

Terrorist attack was 'imminent' police say as Sydney teenager arrested | 16 May 2016 | A Sydney teenager has been arrested on suspicion of preparing to commit a terrorist attack and trying to travel to Syria. Police said an attack was "imminent" when they arrested the Macquarie Park man, 18, on Tuesday. The teenager's Macquarie Park home, where he lives with his family was raided by police on Tuesday.

Workers evacuated from 12 Alberta oil camps due to wildfire

May 17, 2016 by legitgov

Workers evacuated from 12 Alberta oil camps due to wildfire | 16 May 2016 | About 4,000 workers from oil camps north of Canada's main oil sands city are being ordered to evacuate because of an approaching wildfire. The Rural Municipality of Wood Buffalo calls it a precautionary evacuation of 12 camps. Officials say the wildfire is moving 30 to 40 meters (33 to 44 yards) per minute and is expected to burn six kilometers (3.7 miles) in two hours. Earlier Monday, officials warned the air quality in the Fort McMurray area was dangerously poor.

Snowden Archive - The SIDtoday Files

May 16, 2016 by legitgov

Snowden Archive - The SIDtoday Files | 16 May 1016 | SIDtoday is the internal newsletter for the NSA's most important division, the Signals Intelligence Directorate. After editorial review, The Intercept is releasing nine years' worth of newsletters in batches, starting with 2003. The agency's spies explain a surprising amount about what they were doing, how they were doing it, and why. The Intercept's first SIDtoday release comprises 166 articles, including all articles published between March 31, 2003, when SIDtoday began, and June 30, 2003, plus installments of all article series begun during this period through the end of the year.

Oops! CIA inspector general's office admits it 'mistakenly' destroyed its only copy of Senate torture report

May 16, 2016 by legitgov

Oops! CIA inspector general's office admits it 'mistakenly' destroyed its only copy of Senate torture report: Senate report on CIA torture is one step closer to disappearing | 16 May 2016 | The CIA inspector general's office - the spy agency's internal watchdog - has acknowledged it "mistakenly" destroyed its only copy of a mammoth Senate torture report at the same time lawyers for the Justice Department were assuring a federal judge that copies of the document were being preserved, Yahoo News has learned. Although other copies of the report exist, the erasure of the controversial document by the CIA office charged with policing agency conduct has alarmed the U.S. senator who oversaw the torture investigation and reignited a behind-the-scenes battle over whether the full unabridged report should ever be released, according to multiple intelligence community sources familiar with the incident. The deletion of the document has been portrayed by agency officials to Senate investigators as an "inadvertent" foul-up [LOL!] by the inspector general.

Justices, Seeking Compromise, Return Contraception Case to Lower Courts

May 16, 2016 by legitgov

Justices, Seeking Compromise, Return Contraception Case to Lower Courts | 16 May 2016 | The Supreme Court, in an unsigned unanimous opinion, announced on Monday that it would not rule in a major case on access to contraception, and instructed lower courts to explore whether a compromise was possible. The ruling was the latest indication that the eight-member Supreme Court is exploring every avenue to avoid 4-to-4 deadlocks, even if the resulting action does not decide the question the justices had agreed to address. The case, Zubik v. Burwell, No. 14-1418, was brought by religious groups that object to providing insurance coverage for contraception to their female employees. Less than a week after the case was argued in March, the court issued an unusual unsigned order asking the parties to submit supplemental briefs on a possible compromise.

Five men dubbed the 'tinnie terrorists' to be extradited from Queensland to Victoria

May 16, 2016 by legitgov

Five men dubbed the 'tinnie terrorists' to be extradited from Queensland to Victoria | 16 May 2016 | Counter terrorism police have gained approval to have five terror suspects extradited to Melbourne to appear in court this Thursday. The five men who allegedly planned to get to Indonesia by boat so they could join ISIL in Syria faced court in Cairns today. The men, who are all from Melbourne and aged between 21 and 31, have each been charged with one count of making preparations for incursions into foreign countries to engage in hostile activities...The men were charged after the AFP [Australian Federal Police] last Thursday successfully applied to a Cairns magistrate for them to be held in detention for an extended period under "specified time" provisions of the Crimes Act.

Manchester United stadium 'bomb' identified as training device

May 16, 2016 by legitgov

False flag busted? 'A perfect terror exercise:' Manchester United stadium 'bomb' identified as forgotten training device --Old Trafford evacuated after discovery of what turns out to be device left behind by company conducting training exercise | 16 May 2016 | A fake bomb planted by a security company as part of a training exercise at Old Trafford caused the cancellation of Manchester United's final Premier League game of the season when the firm forgot to take it away. The security blunder led to United's home stadium being evacuated 20 minutes before kick-off against Bournemouth after an "incredibly lifelike explosive device" was found at the ground. Army bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion on the dummy device, which was discovered in the toilets within the north-west quadrant, between the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand and the Stretford End.

Chaos at NV Democratic Convention; State Party Chair Flees Building as Sanders Supporters Demand Recount

May 15, 2016 by legitgov

Chaos at NV Democratic Convention; State Party Chair Flees Building as Sanders Supporters Demand Recount | 15 May 2016 | (Las Vegas) This situation escalated out of control when Roberta Lange, Chairwoman of the Nevada State Democratic Party and member of the national DNC Executive Committee subjectively called the results of a voice vote, adjourned the meeting using a gavel, and left. According to a Democratic Party spokesman, the national party or its Chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, "did not have a part in this." [LOL!] Nevada's Democratic caucus erupted into chaos Saturday night. Bernie Sanders supporters demanded 64 rejected pro-Sanders delegates listed in a "minority report" prepared by their campaign be allowed to participate in selecting delegates for the national convention. DNC leaders refused to reconsider their decision not to allow this, adjourned, and fled the building amid a chorus of boos; leaving hotel security and local police officers to handle the angry Sanders supporters.

States vow to defy Obama directive on transgender bathrooms

May 15, 2016 by legitgov

States vow to defy Obama directive on transgender bathrooms | 14 May 2016 | Politicians in Texas, Arkansas and elsewhere vowed defiance after the Obama administration told public schools across the U.S. on Friday to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity...The directive from the U.S. Justice and Education Departments represents an escalation in the fast-moving dispute over what is becoming the civil rights issue of the day. One by one, conservative political leaders thundered against it and President Barack Obama.

U.S. Directs Public Schools to Allow Transgender Access to Restrooms

May 15, 2016 by legitgov

U.S. Directs Public Schools to Allow Transgender Access to Restrooms | 12 May 2016 | The Obama administration is planning to issue a sweeping directive telling every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity. A letter to school districts will go out Friday, adding to a highly charged debate over transgender rights in the middle of the administration's legal fight with North Carolina over the issue. The declaration - signed by Justice and Education department officials - will describe what schools should do to ensure that none of their students are discriminated against. It does not have the force of law, but it contains an implicit threat: Schools that do not abide by the Obama administration's interpretation of the law could face lawsuits or a loss of federal aid. [And yet: Obama has *no problem* w. top US ally -- the Sharia sociopaths of Saudi Arabia -- who execute gays.]

Trump Leads Clinton by 4 Points in OH; Candidates Close in FL and PA - Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll

May 15, 2016 by legitgov

Trump Leads Clinton by 4 Points in OH; Candidates Close in FL and PA - Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll | 10 May 2016 | In a race marked by wide gender, age and racial gaps, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are running neck and neck in the key presidential Swing States of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, but Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont runs stronger against the likely Republican nominee, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released today. The Swing State Poll focuses on Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania because since 1960 no candidate has won the presidential race without taking [or, as in the case of George W. Bush, stealing] at least two of these three states. Key results: FLORIDA: Clinton 43 - Trump 42; Sanders 44 - Trump 42 -- OHIO: Clinton 39 - Trump 43; Sanders 43 - Trump 41 -- PENNSYLVANIA: Clinton 43 - Trump 42; Sanders 47 - Trump 41.

Suicide attacks at factory north of Baghdad kill 11 - police sources

May 15, 2016 by legitgov

Suicide attacks at factory north of Baghdad kill 11 - police sources | 15 May 2016 | Bomb attacks against a state-run cooking gas factory in Baghdad's northern outskirts on Sunday killed at least 11 people, including policemen, and wounded 21 others, police sources said. A suicide car bomb went off at the entrance of the facility in Taji at around 0600 local time (2300 EDT), allowing another vehicle carrying at least six attackers with explosive vests to enter the facility where they clashed with security forces, the sources said. A spokesman for Baghdad Operations Command said three of the facility's gas storages were set alight amid the violence before security forces were able to bring the situation under control.

Demonstrators Demand Shut Down of Florida Nuclear Plant After Radiation Leaks

May 15, 2016 by legitgov

Demonstrators Demand Shut Down of Florida Nuclear Plant After Radiation Leaks | 14 May 2016 | Dozens of protesters demonstrated outside of a Florida Power & Light facility concerning leaks at the nuclear power plant at Turkey Point. It took place Saturday morning at 4200 W. Flagler Street and comes after the company announced that customers will shell out an estimated $50 million this year alone for the cleanup of hypersaline water coming from the plant. Environmental advocates are worried that the leaking wastewater containing radioactive isotopes is a threat to drinking water from the Biscayne aquifer. They want the Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station shut down.

Royal Canadian Police Summoned on Wi-Fi Threat

May 15, 2016 by legitgov

Royal Canadian Police Summoned on Wi-Fi Threat | 11 May 2016 | The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, famed worldwide as "rescuers" and titans of justice, has been summoned by Capt. Jerry Flynn (ret.) to rescue Canada from radiation pollution. RCMP, also known as "the Force" and the "Mounties," is a federal national police force that works on a contract basis with three territories, eight provinces, 190 municipalities, 184 aboriginal communities and three international airports. Flynn this week called on the Public Health Agency of Canada to direct RCMP "to conduct a criminal investigation into Canada's radio frequency and extremely low frequency scientific community beginning with Health Canada's radiation protection bureau." He spent 22 years in electronic warfare and signals intelligence for the Canadian Armed Forces.

Hidden Microphones Exposed as Part of Government Surveillance Program in the Bay Area

May 15, 2016 by legitgov

Hidden Microphones Exposed as Part of Government Surveillance Program in the Bay Area | 13 May 2016 | Hidden microphones that are part of a clandestine government surveillance program that has been operating around the Bay Area has been exposed. Federal agents are planting microphones to secretly record conversations...FBI agents hid microphones inside light fixtures and at a bus stop outside the Oakland Courthouse without a warrant to record conversations, between March 2010 and January 2011.

Democratic Convention Hosted by Republican Donors, Anti-Obamacare Lobbyists

May 15, 2016 by legitgov

Democratic Convention Hosted by Republican Donors, Anti-Obamacare Lobbyists | 11 May 2016 | The 2016 convention in Philadelphia will be officially hosted by lobbyists and corporate executives, a number of whom are actively working to undermine progressive policies achieved by President Barack Obama, including health care reform and net neutrality. Some of the members of the 2016 Democratic National Convention Host Committee, whose job is to organize the logistics and events for the convention, are hardly even Democratic Party stalwarts, given that many have donated and raised thousands of dollars for Republican presidential and congressional candidates this cycle. The composition of the 15-member Host Committee may appear out of sync with the rhetoric of Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, but the reality is that the party, in the form of the Democratic National Committee, has moved decisively to embrace the lobbying industry.

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