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CLG Newsletter sent 10:41 EDT. Where is it?

August 1, 2013 by legitgov

CLG Newsletter sent 10:41 EDT. Where is it? by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 01 Aug 2013 I sent Thursday's CLG Newsletter -- loaded with everything from XKeyscore to Snowden to Sandy Hook to al-CIAduh getting US contracts in Afghanistan -- where is it?

From: CLG_News
Sent: Thursday, August 01, 2013 10:41 AM
To: CLG News
Subject: FBI was aware of plan for snipers on Occupy Houston - Attorney 01 Aug 2013

Suspicious substance sent to senators

August 1, 2013 by legitgov

Suspicious substance sent to senators --Letters are tested for hazardous materials - Senate source 31 Jul 2013 Threatening letters with a "suspicious granular substance" have been sent to a number of senators. But the substance does not appear to be hazardous, according to Senate sources. The handwritten letters -- sent on July 25 — were postmarked from Omaha, Neb., and had no return address, according to an internal alert sent out by Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrence Gainer. The letters were intercepted at a Senate mail-screening facility and never reached the senators' offices.

NSA director heckled at Black Hat cybersecurity conference

August 1, 2013 by legitgov

NSA director heckled at Black Hat cybersecurity conference 31 Jul 2013 National Security Agency director Gen. Keith Alexander was met with cheers [?!] and heckling Wednesday at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, an annual meeting of hackers and cybersecurity professionals. Alexander was asked to give the keynote address at the conference before former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents to the media about PRISM -- a government surveillance program that collected metadata over telecommunication lines. Alexander was speaking about ways the controversial initiative FAA 702 has thwarted terrorism plots, when he said of the NSA: "We stand for freedom." "Bulls***," a heckler in an audience of hundreds yelled out. After a handful of claps, he continued, "You lied to Congress. Why should we believe you're not lying to us?"

WikiLeaks on Manning verdict: 'Extremism'

August 1, 2013 by legitgov

WikiLeaks on Manning verdict: 'Extremism' 31 Jul 2013 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange branded Pfc. Bradley Manning's espionage conviction an episode of "national security extremism" while other supporters expressed relief that he was acquitted of the most serious charge. Manning faces up to 136 years in prison if given maximum penalties in a sentencing hearing that starts Wednesday. Assange, whose website served as the conduit for exposing Manning's spilled U.S. secrets to the world, saw nothing to cheer in the mixed verdict. "It is a dangerous precedent and an example of national security extremism," he told reporters at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, which is sheltering him. "This has never been a fair trial."

Al-Qaida, Taliban backers win U.S. contracts in Afghanistan - Report

August 1, 2013 by legitgov

Al-Qaida, Taliban backers win U.S. contracts in Afghanistan - Report --The Obama administration has requested $10.7 billion in such funding for fiscal 2014 for 'reconstruction' projects. 30 Jul 2013 Supporters of the Taliban and al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] in Afghanistan have been getting U.S. military contracts, and American officials are citing "due process rights" as a reason not to cancel the agreements, according to an independent agency monitoring spending. The U.S. Army Suspension and Debarment Office has declined to act in 43 such cases, John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan 'reconstruction,' said Monday in a letter accompanying a quarterly [236-page] report to Congress. "I am deeply troubled that the U.S. military can pursue, attack and even kill terrorists and their supporters, but that some in the U.S. government believe we cannot prevent these same people from receiving a government contract," Sopko said. [But we can't fix a bridge or fill a pothole in the US, though, right? Start reading.]

Brown? In London? Papers please.

August 1, 2013 by legitgov

Brown? In London? Papers please. 31 Jul 2013 In London today, members of the UK Border Agency were stopping people of color at various tube stations and demanding that they show identity papers. Several eyewitnesses confirmed that the patrol officers were singling out brown people, that they were intimidating in demeanor, and that they threatened to arrest passers-by who asked what was going on. At least one officer is reported to have removed his badge number.

Public to Receive New Sandy Hook Timeline

August 1, 2013 by legitgov

Public to Receive New Sandy Hook Timeline [Because the old one makes no sense.] --'There should be the right to know, and we should be as transparent as possible without covering things up.' 31 Jul 2013 The state will release an updated [?!] timeline next week on when they will learn more about the Newtown massacre that killed 20 students and six educators last year at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Hartford Courant reported this week that Newtown officers and state police -- despite revealing little to the general public -- have been flying around the country to talk about the case, including sometimes providing graphic details of the scene inside the school. State Rep. Stephen Dargan (D), the co-chairman of the legislature's public safety committee for the past five House Speakers, said a state-mandated study on freedom of information should provide clarity on what can and cannot be released to the general public. "There's so much inconsistency on what we do with FOI," Dargan said Tuesday. "At least now they're going to do the study. There has to be some sort of balance. There should be the right to know, and we should be as transparent as possible without covering things up."

Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia, leaves airport

August 1, 2013 by legitgov

Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia, leaves airport 01 Aug 2013 NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia and is allowed to enter the country's territory. The whistleblower has been granted temporary political asylum in Russia, Snowden's legal representative Anatoly Kucherena said. "I have just handed over to him papers from the Russian Immigration Service. They are what he needs to leave the transit zone," he added.

Man who ran presidential barricade in car loaded with guns gets prison sentence

August 1, 2013 by legitgov

Man who ran presidential barricade in car loaded with guns gets prison sentence 31 Jul 2013 A 53-year-old Eastern Kentucky man has received a four-year prison term after trying to run though a presidential security barricade in a car loaded with guns during Barack Obama’s visit to the region last September. Kerry T. Prater was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge David Bunning. Prater, who has a history of mental illness, had pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a person committed to a mental institution. Prater was involuntarily committed to a mental hospital in 2001 and 2005 based on danger he posed to himself and others.

GCSB Bill needed to watch al-Qaida - Key

August 1, 2013 by legitgov

GCSB Bill needed to watch al-Qaida - Key 01 Aug 2013 John Key has this morning justified the need for the Government's GCSB Bill by saying there are al-Qaida[al-CIAduh]-trained operatives in New Zealand that need to be watched. Speaking on More FM's Si and Gary Show this morning, Mr Key said this was the "reality" of what the Government was dealing with. Mr Key has in the past confirmed his knowledge of Hamilton man Mark Taylor, who is considered a 'person of interest' by the United States. He had a number of restrictions placed on him despite Mr Key saying he did not pose a threat here.

FBI was aware of plan for snipers on Occupy Houston - Attorney

August 1, 2013 by legitgov

FBI was aware of plan for snipers on Occupy Houston - Attorney 31 Jul 2013 As the Occupy Houston movement gained steam in 2011, the FBI was aware of a plan to use snipers to take out leaders of the movement, according to FBI documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. The documents do raise questions about how much the FBI knew about the plot, said Houston attorney Paul Kennedy, who represented several of the Occupy protesters in misdemeanor cases. Kennedy obtained a copy of the FBI document, which was requested in December 2012 by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, and has posted it on his blog. "The documents clearly state that the FBI had knowledge of a plot, and they've redacted out the names of any people and organizations," Kennedy said.

FBI: Man at Grand Blanc Township theater had armor, gun, CIA ID

August 1, 2013 by legitgov

FBI: Man at Grand Blanc Township theater had armor, gun, CIA ID [Sounds like he was caught doing a dry run for the next Aurora/Sandy Hook-style false flag.] 01 Aug 2013 (MI) The FBI says it arrested a man who appeared at a Flint-area movie theater wearing body armor, possessing a gun and carrying 34 rounds of ammunition. Cassidy Delavergne was charged Wednesday with possessing a phony [Yeah, right!] card that identified him as an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency. In a court filing, the FBI says Delavergne told an agent that he displayed the badge Tuesday at Trillium Theater in Genesee County's Grand Blanc Township to minimize any concerns about his firearm, a 9 mm Beretta. The FBI says the Flint man had 111 rounds of ammunition in his car.

Obama Poll: Few Think Middle Class Helped by President's Policies

August 1, 2013 by legitgov

Obama Poll: Few Think Middle Class Helped by President's Policies 31 Jul 2013 President Barack Obama's announcement that he plans pretends to refocus on the middle class is being met with some skepticism by the public, a Monmouth University poll released Wednesday finds, with Americans thinking Wall Street and others have been better served by the president. Just 12 percent of Americans said middle class families have benefited a lot from Obama's policies, while 46 percent said they hadn't benefited at all. Wall Street bankers and health insurance companies were seen as having gained far more, as were both wealthy and poor families.

Coalition admits it left unexploded munitions behind as it closed Afghan bases

July 31, 2013 by legitgov

Coalition admits it left unexploded munitions behind as it closed Afghan bases 31 Jul 2013 After the U.N. accused them of leaving dangerous explosives behind, the U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan has agreed to do a better job of cleaning up deadly unexploded munitions from its bases and firing ranges as it closes them down, a coalition spokesman wrote Wednesday in an emailed statement. The International Security Assistance Force also will re-examine bases that already have been demolished to make certain unexploded ordnance hasn't been left behind, the spokesman said. So-called "explosive remnants of war" have emerged in the past few months as an increasing danger to civilians, in particular children.

White House unable to confirm if Congress briefed on NSA spy program

July 31, 2013 by legitgov

White House unable to confirm if Congress briefed on NSA spy program [LOL!] 31 Jul 2013 The White House declined to say on Wednesday whether the administration ever briefed the US Congress about a top-secret NSA spy program that, according to documents, allows analysts to to search through huge databases of emails, online chats and the browsing histories without prior authorisation. The Guardian revealed on Wednesday how the NSA describes in training materials that the program, called XKeyscore, is its "widest-reaching" system for developing intelligence from the internet. The disclosure, which came from documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, comes as the fallout over US surveillance tactics threatens a deepening problem for the White House. White House press spokesman Jay Carney said he could not give an assurance that Congress had been informed about the surveillance capability. "I am saying I don't know the answer to that," he said, referring questions to the office of the director of national intelligence.

Reports: George Zimmerman, with gun in glove compartment, was pulled over for speeding in Forney, TX

July 31, 2013 by legitgov

Reports: George Zimmerman, with gun in glove compartment, was pulled over for speeding in Forney, TX 31 Jul 2013 Two weeks after a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman was in Forney, being pulled over by police there. According to inForney.com, Zimmerman was stopped Sunday heading west on US Highway 80 just past FM 548. TMZ is reporting that when he was pulled over, Zimmerman told officers he had a gun in his glove compartment. When contacted by The Dallas Morning News, Forney police would not immediately confirm; they asked instead for a public-records request concerning the incident.

XKeyscore presentation from 2008

July 31, 2013 by legitgov

XKeyscore presentation from 2008 --Read in full (The Guardian) 31 Jul 2013 Training materials for the XKeyscore program detail how analysts can use it and other systems to mine enormous agency databases and develop intelligence from the web.

XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'

July 31, 2013 by legitgov

XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet' --XKeyscore gives 'widest-reaching' collection of online data --NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches --Sweeps up emails, social media activity and browsing history 31 Jul 2013 A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The NSA boasts in training materials that the program, called XKeyscore, is its "widest-reaching" system for developing intelligence from the internet.The latest revelations will add to the intense public and congressional debate around the extent of NSA surveillance programs. They come as senior intelligence officials testify to the Senate judiciary committee on Wednesday, releasing classified documents in response to the Guardian's earlier stories on bulk collection of phone records and Fisa surveillance court oversight.

Snowden in 'absolute security' in Russia - lawyer Kucherena

July 31, 2013 by legitgov

Snowden in 'absolute security' in Russia - lawyer Kucherena 31 Jul 2013 Former CIA employee Edward Snowden is in absolute security and is sure to be granted temporary asylum in Russia in the near future, lawyer Anatoly Kucherena says. "I would like to tell you that your son is in absolute security. And we are doing all we can so that he feels secure and comfortable, taking into account that he is in the transit zone of the Sheremetyevo airport," Kucherena said addressing Edward Snowden's father Lon Snowden during a TV link-up with the US on Rossiya-24 television channel. "As soon as the procedure of granting him temporary asylum is completed, and I hope this will have a positive result, then we could get in touch with you, and you will have the chance to talk with your son and perhaps come to Russia," Kucherena said.

China Joins Ban on Arkansas Poultry After Bird Flu

July 31, 2013 by legitgov

China Joins Ban on Arkansas Poultry After Bird Flu 30 Jul 2013 China has joined other countries and a U.S. state in a ban on imports of poultry and poultry products from Arkansas after a strain of avian influenza was found at a Scott County farm in June, a state official said. Russia, Japan, Turkey, Hong Kong and in the U.S., Mississippi and Georgia, already placed a ban on the products at the end of last month.

Sandy Hook fund organization considers audit of donor intent

July 31, 2013 by legitgov

Sandy Hook fund organization considers audit of donor intent --$11.7 million: Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation begins internal review after receiving letter from Blumenthal, Murphy 30 Jul 2013 An independent audit of donor intent is among the options being considered by officials with the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation in response to concerns raised earlier this month by federal lawmakers. The organization has begun its own internal review of donor intent after receiving a letter last week from U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy calling for an audit of the $11.4 million in donations received by the foundation as a result of the Sandy Hook shootings.

CIA in CLG website logs for story on US, New Zealand spying on McClatchy reporter

July 31, 2013 by legitgov

CIA in CLG website logs for story on US, New Zealand spying on McClatchy reporter by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 31 Jul 2013 The CIA is in the CLG website logs again. [relay203.net.cia.gov 3 36 281.58 KB 30 Jul 2013 - 12:14] (Yes, the DOJ, Connecticut Cyber Alert and numerous other .govs and .mils were in there on Tuesday, too.) This time, the CIA was apparently trolling for articles about themselves spying (in concert with the New Zealand military) on a McClatchy reporter while US intelligence community was busy issuing statements of denial of same. See: New Zealand military, with US spy agencies, collected data on phone calls of McClatchy contributor - Report. Here are the website entries. Note that the CIA's IP range is 198.81.129.0/24.

WikiLeaks' Assange condemns Manning verdict, Obama

July 31, 2013 by legitgov

WikiLeaks' Assange condemns Manning verdict, Obama 30 Jul 2013 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange accused President Barack Obama of "national security extremism" on Tuesday after an American military judge convicted Bradley Manning over the biggest leak of classified documents in U.S. history. Praising Manning as "the most important journalistic source that the world has ever seen", Assange said the U.S. soldier, who prosecutors said had supplied WikiLeaks with hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. documents, did not receive a fair trial and called for the verdict to be overturned. "The government kept Bradley Manning in a cage, stripped him naked and isolated him in order to break him, an act formally condemned by the United Nations Special Rapporteur for torture. This was never a fair trial," Assange said from inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, his home for more than a year.

McClatchy news agency asks Clapper whether US spy agencies monitored reporter's phone calls

July 30, 2013 by legitgov

McClatchy news agency asks Clapper whether US spy agencies monitored reporter's phone calls 30 Jul 2013 The McClatchy news organization asked National Intelligence Director [and perjurer] James Clapper on Tuesday whether U.S. intelligence agencies monitored cellphone calls between a McClatchy freelance reporter and his sources in Afghanistan. In a letter to Clapper, Anders Gyllenhaal, McClatchy's vice president of news, and Karole Morgan-Prager, vice president, corporate development and general counsel, called the allegations that U.S. intelligence agencies helped target a journalist working for a U.S. news organization "disturbing." They asked Clapper whether any U.S. intelligence agencies helped in the "collection, use or analysis" of any metadata from McClatchy freelancer Jon Stephenson's cellphone while he worked in Afghanistan last year.

San Diego city council authorizes legal action against mayor

July 30, 2013 by legitgov

San Diego city council authorizes legal action against mayor 30 Jul 2013 The San Diego City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to sue Mayor Bob Filner to shield the city from liability in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the mayor by his former press secretary. The City Attorney's Office said in a statement that the council voted unanimously in closed session on Tuesday to authorize the filing of what amounts to a new lawsuit against the mayor. Seven women have publicly accused Filner of unwanted sexual advances.

Jailed Journalist Barrett Brown Faces 105 Years For Reporting on Hacked Private Intelligence Firms

July 30, 2013 by legitgov

Jailed Journalist Barrett Brown Faces 105 Years For Reporting on Hacked Private Intelligence Firms 11 Jul 2013 Journalist Barrett Brown spent his 300th day behind bars this week on a range of charges filed after he used information obtained by the hacker group Anonymous to report on the operations of private intelligence firms. Brown faces 17 charges ranging from threatening an FBI agent to credit card fraud for posting a link online to a document that contained stolen credit card data. But according to his supporters, Brown is being unfairly targeted for daring to investigate the highly secretive world of private intelligence and military contractors. ...Brown similarly analyzed and wrote about the millions of internal company emails from Stratfor Global Intelligence that were leaked in 2011.

Judge Lind giving verdict in Bradley Manning trial - Transcript

July 30, 2013 by legitgov

Judge Lind giving verdict in Bradley Manning trial - Transcript 30 Jul 2013 In The Matter Of: United States vs. PFC Bradley E. Manning --Vol. 24 July 30, 2013 -- UNOFFICIAL DRAFT - 7/30/13 Morning Session --Provided by Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Yahoo egroups relegate CLG Newsletter with Bradley Manning verdict to spam bins

July 30, 2013 by legitgov

Yahoo egroups relegate CLG Newsletter with Bradley Manning verdict to spam bins by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 30 Jul 2013 Another day, another obstacle. Yahoo -- aka Yahell -- relegated Tuesday's CLG Newsletter to the spam bins of numerous Yahoo egroups -- even in Yahoo egroups I moderate. Apparently, NSAssociate Yahell doesn't like various topics covered in Tuesday's CLG Newsletter, including: Sandy Hook Officer: 'There were probably two shooters'; Michael Hastings's assassination; Mers virus, and a snippy comment regarding Fort Detrick; 9/11 graffiti in Connecticut; indignities that await Edward Snowden; New Zealand military and US spy agencies collected data on McClatchy reporter; US drones slaughtering more Pakistanis, sub-linked, of course, as I'm not 'allowed' to include the direct link to Press TV or Columbia University will reject the CLG Newsletter outright; genetically engineered sugar beets [fortunately] destroyed in southern Oregon; more BP and Exxon Mobil environmental terrorism; and, of course, the Bradley Manning verdict. Hmm. I wonder what Yahoo found cringe-worthy?

Bradley Manning found not guilty of 'aiding the enemy,' guilty of five espionage charges

July 30, 2013 by legitgov

Bradley Manning found not guilty of 'aiding the enemy,' guilty of five espionage charges --Judge is the jury --Press barred from courtroom --Judge Col. Denise Lind says sentencing phase of trial begins tomorrow, Wed Jul 31, at 0930. Bradley Manning cleared of 'aiding the enemy' but guilty of most other charges --Manning convicted of multiple Espionage Act violations --Acquitted of most serious 'aiding the enemy' charge --Army private faces maximum jail sentence of 130 years 30 Jul 2013 Bradley Manning, the source of the massive WikiLeaks trove of secret disclosures, faces a possible maximum sentence of more than 130 years in military jail after he was convicted of most charges on which he stood trial. Colonel Denise Lind, the military judge presiding over the court martial of the US soldier, delivered her verdict in curt and pointed language. "Guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty," she repeated over and over, as the reality of a prolonged prison sentence for Manning on top of the three years he has already spent in detention dawned. The one ray of light in an otherwise bleak outcome for the Army private was that he was found not guilty of the single most serious charge against him - that he knowingly "aided the enemy", in practice al-Qaida [al-CIAduh], by disclosing information to the WikiLeaks website that in turn made it accessible to all users including enemy groups.

Obama to propose 'grand bargain' to slash corporate tax rate, infrastructure

July 30, 2013 by legitgov

Mega barf alert and gag me with a chainsaw: Obama to propose 'grand bargain' to slash corporate tax rate, infrastructure 30 Jul 2013 President Barack Obama will propose a "grand bargain for middle-class jobs" on Tuesday that would cut the U.S. corporate tax rate and use billions of dollars in revenues generated by a business tax overhaul to fund projects aimed at creating jobs helping Wall Street. Obama wants to cut the corporate tax rate of 35 percent down to 28 percent and give manufacturers a preferred rate of 25 percent. He also wants a minimum tax on foreign earnings as a tool against corporate tax evasion and increased use of tax havens. The new twist is that in exchange for his support for a corporate tax reduction, he wants money generated by the tax overhaul to be used on a mix of proposals such as funding infrastructure projects like repairing roads and bridges, improving education at community colleges, and promoting manufacturing, senior administration officials said. [See CLG spin-off Facebook group, I Really Hated Bush but Obama is Actually Worse and join us.]

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