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U.S. top court rejects worker pay for security-screening time

December 10, 2014 by legitgov

U.S. top court rejects worker pay for security-screening time 9 Dec 2014 The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a victory to employers over worker compensation, ruling that companies do not have to pay employees for the time they spend undergoing security checks at the end of their shifts in a case involving an Amazon.com Inc warehousing contractor. The court decided by a 9-0 vote that employees of Integrity Staffing Solutions facilities in Nevada, where Amazon merchandise is processed and shipped, cannot claim compensation for time spent undergoing screening - up to half an hour a day, according to the workers...The high court reversed an April 2013 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which had found that the screenings were an integral part of the warehousing job done for the benefit of the employer and should be compensated.

FBI, DHS warning local lawmen of possible terrorist reaction to CIA torture report

December 10, 2014 by legitgov

FBI, DHS warning local lawmen of possible terrorist reaction to CIA torture report 9 Dec 2014 Authorities are putting federal, state and local law enforcement officials on alert after the Senate released the report detailing CIA torture and interrogation techniques. A joint FBI/Dept. of Homeland Security bulletin issued Tuesday afternoon warned that the Senate report could spark reaction from homegrown violent extremists and other terrorist groups.

How the CIA Tried to 'Break' Prisoners in 'The Salt Pit'

December 10, 2014 by legitgov

How the CIA Tried to 'Break' Prisoners in 'The Salt Pit' 9 Dec 2014 One of the first "black sites" where suspected al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] terrorists were interrogated after the 9/11 terror attacks was a secret, underground CIA prison outside Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's critical report on the CIA tactics released Tuesday paints a stark portrait of the facility known as "The Salt Pit" in intelligence circles -- a veritable dungeon where some of the most hardened al-Qaeda members were sent to be broken.

Ex-CIA Operative Says Prison Was Punishment for Whistleblowing on Torture

December 10, 2014 by legitgov

Ex-CIA Operative Says Prison Was Punishment for Whistleblowing on Torture 9 Dec 2014 Former CIA officer John Kiriakou is the only CIA employee connected to its interrogation program to go to prison. But he was prosecuted for providing information to reporters, not for anything connected to waterboarding or other actions that today's Senate Intelligence Committee report calls [and is] "torture." No other person connected to the program has been charged with a crime, after the Justice Department said their actions had been approved legally or that there was not sufficient admissible evidence in a couple cases of potential wrongdoing, even in light of the death of two detainees prisoners in the early 2000s. Today the Justice [sic] Department said that the Senate Intelligence report didn't provide new information that would lead them to reopen any of the old cases.

Georgia Executes Robert Holsey After Supreme Court Denies IQ Appeal

December 10, 2014 by legitgov

Georgia Executes Robert Holsey After Supreme Court Denies IQ Appeal 9 Dec 2014 A death-row inmate in Georgia was killed by lethal injection Tuesday night after a last minute plea to the the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay was rejected. Lower courts had already rejected Robert Wayne Holsey's legal team's arguments that an intellectual disability and the fact that his trial lawyer was an alcoholic meant he should get a reprieve..."Robert Wayne Holsey is an intellectually disabled African-American man who was represented at trial by a chronic alcoholic who was more concerned about avoiding his own criminal prosecution than defending his client against the death penalty," his current lawyer, Brian Kammer, had said before the execution, which was carried out at 10:51 p.m. ET -- an hour after the court rejected the plea.

CIA torture report reveals tactics worse than agency let on: Al Qaeda suspects were kept awake in 'stress positions' for 180 hours, waterboarded until vomiting

December 10, 2014 by legitgov

CIA torture report reveals tactics WORSE than agency let on: Al Qaeda suspects were kept awake in 'stress positions' for 180 hours, waterboarded until vomiting and unconscious and one died of hypothermia chained naked to a floor --At one facility, known as the 'Cobalt' facility or the 'dungeon', the CIA made certain detainees who had broken feet or legs to stand in stress-inducing positions --CIA paid $80M to psychologists with no experience in interrogation or al-Qaeda 9 Dec 2014 The CIA tortured 'al-Qaeda' suspects with rectal feeding, waterboarding and threats to harm their children and sexually abuse their mothers, according to a long-delayed and highly controversial Senate report published on Tuesday. One suspect died of hypothermia while naked chained to a floor while at least five detainees were rectally-fed their meals as a method of behavioral control at 'black sites' or the Guantanamo military base in Cuba. One interrogator told another detainee that he would never go to court, 'because we can never let the world know what I have done to you'.

20 key findings about CIA interrogations

December 9, 2014 by legitgov

20 key findings about CIA interrogations 9 Dec 2014 Almost 13 years after the CIA established secret prisons to hold and interrogate [torture] detainees, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the CIA's programs listing 20 key findings. Click a statement for a summary of the findings.

Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program

December 9, 2014 by legitgov

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program --525 pages of the 6,700-page full report, kept secret 9 Dec 2014 Foreword by Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Dianne Feinstein - Findings and Conclusions - Executive Summary - Approved December 13, 2012 - Updated for Release April 3, 2014 - Declassification Revisions December 3, 2014.

Secret US court extends NSA surveillance rules in current form

December 9, 2014 by legitgov

Buried under the release of the CIA's torture report summary aka war crimes report summary is this nugget: Secret US court extends NSA surveillance rules in current form 9 Dec 2014 A U.S. secret court has extended the authorization of the National Security Agency to continue surveillance of phone records in its current form after a reform [sic] bill ran into difficulties in the Senate. Besides stopping the NSA from collecting bulk phone records of Americans from phone companies, the USA Freedom Act aimed to restrict the NSA's access to these records by requiring the use of targeted selection terms. It also has a provision for the appointment of a special advocate tasked with promoting privacy interests in closed proceedings in the secret court.

CIA torture report brands post-9/11 program as brutal and ineffective

December 9, 2014 by legitgov

CIA torture report brands post-9/11 program as brutal and ineffective --Report released by Senate after four-year, $40m investigation concludes CIA repeatedly lied about brutal techniques in years after 9/11 [inside job] 9 Dec 2014 The CIA's post-9/11 embrace of torture was brutal and ineffective -- and the agency repeatedly lied about its usefulness, a milestone report by the Senate intelligence committee released on Tuesday concludes. After examining 20 case studies, the report found that torture "regularly resulted in fabricated information," said committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, in a statement summarizing the findings. She called the torture program "a stain on our values and on our history". The torture that the CIA carried out was even more extreme than what it portrayed to congressional overseers and the George W Bush administration, the committee found. It went beyond techniques already made public through a decade of leaks and lawsuits, which had revealed that agency interrogators subjected detainees to quasi-drowning, staged mock executions, and revved power drills near their heads.

Time's a coming for starting something
Letters words paragraphs and phrases
History books lead me 'round in mazes
Birds of a feather, bees of a sting
Listen to the words that the stylo bring
'Cause we're living in the shadows of yesterday
Nobody can make that fade away

--Stereo MCs, 'Fade Away'

NSAssociate Google Back to Relegating CLG Newsletters to Spam Bin, After Having NDAA in Subject Line

December 9, 2014 by legitgov

NSAssociate Google Back to Relegating CLG Newsletters to Spam Bin, After Having NDAA in Subject Line By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 9 Dec 2014 Well, NSA's Google is back to relegating all CLG Newsletters to the spam bin, after I dared to lead with this headline on 7 December: 'Congress gives Native American lands to foreign mining company with new NDAA.' Yes, the NSA and the corpora-terrorists who manage it couldn't have been too happy with that one... Also marked as spam? Tuesday's CLG Newsletter, with this subject line: 'Allies to deploy 1,500 troops to Iraq: US general.' Yup, they're not digging that one, either. So, if you're stuck with the Google censors for your email provider, please dig into your spam bins to procure your CLG Newsletters.

Global March Against Police Brutality - Brisbane

December 9, 2014 by legitgov

Global March Against Police Brutality - Brisbane 9 Dec 2014 King George Square, Brisbane CBD, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 4000 13 December 2014 - 11:00 (UTC) -- Rally and March against Police Brutality! An international day of protest has been called in response to the recent events of Ferguson, and the disturbing trend toward militarising our police departments and the increase in casualties which result.

Protesters Shut Down I-80, BART Station During 3rd Night of Marching Over Police Brutality

December 9, 2014 by legitgov

Protesters Shut Down I-80, BART Station During 3rd Night of Marching Over Police Brutality 08 Dec 2014 Hundreds of protesters blocked Interstate 80 in Berkeley Monday night in the latest demonstration over the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown during confrontations with police. Monday's protest was the third in as many nights, following a march that turned violent Sunday night [following numerous actions across the US by police who turned violent]. A group numbering in the hundreds began marching down Durant Avenue in Berkeley shortly after 5 p.m., causing the Downtown Berkeley BART station to be closed.

LeBron James leads the way in 'I Can't Breathe' t-shirt as hundreds of anti-police protesters mob NBA game attended by William and Kate

December 9, 2014 by legitgov

LeBron James leads the way in 'I Can't Breathe' t-shirt as hundreds of anti-police protesters mob NBA game attended by William and Kate 9 Dec 2014 Hundreds of Eric Garner protesters descended on the Brooklyn's Barclays Center hosting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Monday night in the fifth day of protests. Star players including LeBron James and Kyrie Irving joined the demonstration by wearing 'I Can't Breathe' shirts as they warm up for a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets. The protest, dubbed #RoyalShutdown, comes almost a week after a grand jury refused to indict white police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold that killed black father-of-six Eric Garner.

'​Heinous crime': Syria urges UN to sanction Israel over Damascus airstrikes

December 9, 2014 by legitgov

'​Heinous crime': Syria urges UN to sanction Israel over Damascus airstrikes 8 Dec 2014 Syrian officials demanded the UN impose sanctions on Israel after Tel Aviv conducted airstrikes near Damascus Airport. They say the attack was a heinous crime against their sovereignty by a country which doesn't hide its policy of supporting terrorism. "Tel Aviv committed a heinous crime against Syria's sovereignty," said Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry in two identical letters to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and to the Chair of the UN Security Council, SANA news agency reported. The attack aimed to support armed terrorist groups in Syria, especially after Damascus made some progress in the cities of Deir Ezzor, Aleppo and Daraa, say Syrian officials.

US Embassies brace for backlash over CIA torture report

December 9, 2014 by legitgov

US Embassies brace for backlash over CIA torture report 8 Dec 2014 US diplomatic posts around the world were on heightened security alert on Monday ahead of the release of a long-awaited report into the CIA's use of torture in the years after the September 11 attacks [inside job]. The 480-page report by the US Senate intelligence committee is expected to contain graphic details of how the CIA used "enhanced interrogation techniques" including waterboarding against al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] suspects who were held in an international network of secret jails. President Barack Obama has already dubbed the techniques used as "torture", in a televised press conference earlier this year, but the White House said it feared that the fresh details could spark recriminations abroad.

New voting laws played role in reduced turnout in four states, report says

December 9, 2014 by legitgov

New voting laws played role in reduced turnout in four states, report says 5 Dec 2014 New voting [suppression] laws contributed to decreased turnout in four states, according to a new report released Friday...The report, titled 'Battle to Protect the Vote: Voter Suppression Efforts in Five States and Their Effect on the 2014 Midterm Elections,' examines turnout in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia. The report concludes that all but North Carolina 'experienced sharp decreases in voter turnout from the 2010 midterm elections, likely due, at least in part, to these laws making it harder to vote in 2014.'

Allies to deploy 1,500 troops to Iraq: US general

December 9, 2014 by legitgov

Allies to deploy 1,500 troops to Iraq: US general 8 Dec 2014 US allies have expressed readiness to deploy around 1,500 security personnel to Iraq which has been battling the Takfiri ISIL militants for months. US Lieutenant General James Terry told reporters in Kuwait City on Monday that the forces would come on top of the 3,100 troops US has authorized to send to Iraq. According to Terry, members of the US-led coalition met on December 2 and 3 in the region and made initial pledges to dispatch "close" to 1,500 forces to Iraq.

Putin Aide Says Israel is Training ISIS

December 9, 2014 by legitgov

Putin Aide Says Israel is Training ISIS 8 Dec 2014 A senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Israel's Mossad of training Islamic State (aka ISIS) terrorists operating in Iraq and Syria, Iran's Press TV reports. Alexander Prokhanov told the state-controlled news outlet [as opposed to 'corporate-controlled news outlet,' a descriptor we've yet to see when foreign news outlets cite any report in the US mainstream media] that Mossad is also likely to have transferred some of its "spying experience" to the leadership of ISIS, even as Israeli military advisers assisted the terrorists in other ways. Prokhanov said ISIS is a byproduct of US policies in the Middle East. "ISIS is a tool at the hands of the United States. They tell the Europeans that if we (the Americans) do not intervene, ISIS will cause you harm," he said. In fact, however, he added, Iran and Russia are the main targets of ISIS terror.

Most elderly breast cancer patients receive unnecessary radiation

December 8, 2014 by legitgov

Most elderly breast cancer patients receive unnecessary radiation 8 Dec 2014 In 2004, a randomized clinical trial supported the omission of radiation treatment in elderly female patients with early-stage breast cancer. Despite this evidence, a new study reports that almost two-thirds of this group of patients still receive this [deadly] treatment today. The randomized clinical trial - often regarded to be the "gold standard" in evidence-based medicine - demonstrated that the administering of radiation to patients who had received surgery and the drug tamoxifen did not improve 5-year recurrence rates or survival rates in elderly women diagnosed with early-stage tumors.

Canada sends military police to Ukraine to boost security, 'look into possibilities of cooperation'

December 8, 2014 by legitgov

Mega barf alert! Canada sends military police to Ukraine to boost security, 'look into possibilities of cooperation' 8 Dec 2014 Canada will send its military police to Ukraine as a part of a security cooperation agreement signed Monday that aims to help the government and security forces to protect the country's territorial integrity. Canadian Defense Minister Rob Nicholson and his Ukrainian counterpart Stepan Poltorak signed a declaration of intent between the two ministries on Monday. "...Today representatives of Canada's military police will arrive in Ukraine to look into the possibilities of cooperation," Nicholson told reporters in Kiev.

If the Public Only Knew - US Aid to Ukraine Monsters

December 8, 2014 by legitgov

If the Public Only Knew - US Aid to Ukraine Monsters 1 Dec 2014 Atrocities Committed by Ukraine National Guard - Azov Battalion - Within a few days, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is going to meet with Ukraine's best and brightest. They are coming to ask for money, weapons, and start lobbying for direct intervention. A few days ago Vadim Troyan, a Battalion Azov deputy commander was appointed Kiev Oblast (Region) Police Chief. Azov Battalion is one of the punisher battalions responsible for rape, kidnapping, and murder of civilians across Donbass. Vadim Troyan has earned some of Ukraine's highest medals in the process...Maidan Democrats? Meet the New Nazi Government - Biletsky is also Arseni Yatsenyuk's choice as a parliamentarian in Ukraine's National Rada (Senate). In fact, all the supposedly democratic Euro-Maidan leaders have chosen radical neo nazi representatives for Senate seats. Biletsky has sworn he will drive a vote on Ukraine's nuclear status. If successful, Ukraine will strive to develop nuclear arms.

UK-based family: Hostage might still be alive, had it not been for attempted US rescue mission

December 8, 2014 by legitgov

UK-based family: Hostage might still be alive, had it not been for attempted US rescue mission 8 Dec 2014 The UK-based family of a British-born hostage killed by Islamic militants has said he might still be alive had it not been for an attempted US rescue mission. Luke Somers, 33, was shot by his al Qaida [al-CIAduh] captors as they fought US special forces attempting to extract him and South African teacher Pierre Korkie. Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAB) posted a video online on Thursday, threatening to kill the American citizen within three days but his stepmother Penny Bearman and half-sister Lucy Somers indicated they still had hope because previous threats had not been carried out. Ms Bearman, 55, of Deal, Kent, told the Times they were "quite angry because if there had not been a rescue attempt he would still be alive."

Protesters flood California highway, throw explosives at officers, police say

December 8, 2014 by legitgov

Protesters flood California highway, throw explosives at officers, police say --Authorities deploy gas on protesters on a highway in Oakland, California --Protesters in New York sing 'justice carols' 8 Dec 2014 Protesters denouncing the Eric Garner case clogged a highway in Oakland, California, late Sunday night and threw explosives at officers, authorities said. Officers responded by deploying gas and making arrests, the California Highway Patrol said. Some protesters tried to light a patrol vehicle on fire, according to CHP.

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen hire food trucks to feed NYC protesters

December 8, 2014 by legitgov

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen hire food trucks to feed NYC protesters 7 Dec 2014 Soul singer John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen want to make sure that the protesters have the fuel to keep on marching. The couple paid for food trucks to feed New York protesters of the Eric Garner decision.

Ecuador indigenous leader found dead days before planned Lima protest

December 8, 2014 by legitgov

Ecuador indigenous leader found dead days before planned Lima protest --Shuar leader José Isidro Tendetza Antún missing since 28 November 6 Dec 2014 The body of an indigenous leader who was opposed to a major mining project in Ecuador has been found bound and buried, days before he planned to take his campaign to climate talks in Lima. The killing highlights the violence and harassment facing environmental activists in Ecuador, following the confiscation earlier this week of a bus carrying climate campaigners who planned to denounce president Rafael Correa at the United Nations conference...After a tip-off on Tuesday, Antún's son Jorge unearthed the body from a grave marked "no name".

13 people killed in failed US hostage rescue attempt in Yemen

December 8, 2014 by legitgov

13 people killed in failed US hostage rescue attempt in Yemen 7 Dec 2014 Thirteen people were killed on Saturday in a rescue mission by the United States in Yemen which failed to save two hostages held by al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), according to residents. A woman and a 10-year-old boy were among at least 11 people killed alongside two hostages when US forces fought terrorists in the failed rescue mission in Yemen, Reuters reported on Sunday. US special forces raided the village of Dafaar in Shabwa province shortly after midnight on Saturday to save Luke Somers, a British-born American photojournalist.

Israeli airstrikes hit near Damascus airport - Syrian state TV

December 8, 2014 by legitgov

Israeli airstrikes hit near Damascus airport - Syrian state TV 7 Dec 2014 Israeli airstrikes have hit targets near Damascus International Airport and in the town of Dimas near the Lebanon border, Syrian state TV reports. "The Israeli enemy committed aggression against Syria by targeting two safe areas in Damascus province, in all of Dimas and near the Damascus International Airport," the report said, adding that there were no casualties. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said that 10 explosions were heard near Dimas, Reuters reported.

Doubles generated of Sunday's CLG Newsletter (7 December) is a technical problem - we are not sending two copies

December 8, 2014 by legitgov

Doubles generated of Sunday's CLG Newsletter (7 December) is a technical problem - we are not sending two copies By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 7 Dec 2014 Many folks who are receiving two copies of each CLG Newsletter think that we are sending doubles. That is not the case. This problem involves the mail server that disseminates the CLG Newsletter. I hope CLG's webhoster, MayFirst, addresses the problem soon. The 'trouble tickets' regarding the problem can be viewed here (8 Nov. and 15 Oct.); here (11 Sept.); and here (7 Aug.).

Britain reopens Bahrain navy base after 40 yrs - to fight ISIS

December 7, 2014 by legitgov

Britain reopens Bahrain navy base after 40 yrs - to fight ISIS --'We will now be based again in the Gulf for the long term.' - British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon 6 Dec 2014 The UK is returning to its naval base in Bahrain, a former British protectorate, after more than 40 years. The base will serve as the main British hub for operations in the Persian Gulf. Under an agreement with Bahrain, the Royal Navy will be able to deploy ships of larger deadweight and in greater numbers. The base will become the Royal Navy's largest center of operations outside the UK.

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