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Guantanamo Bay guards withholding food, 9/11 defendant alleges

August 21, 2013 by legitgov

Guantánamo Bay guards withholding food, 9/11 defendant alleges 20 Aug 2013 A defendant in the September 11 terror attack case alleged Tuesday that guards at Guantánamo Bay have been withholding food when he is in court or meeting with his lawyers. Military officials denied that has happened. The charge by Ramzi bin al Shibh came as he angrily explained to the military judge in his case why he did not want to attend the afternoon session on the second day of a weeklong pretrial hearing at the US base in Cuba. "It is a form of psychological torture," he said.

NSA has ability to read 75% of all US internet traffic - report

August 21, 2013 by legitgov

NSA has ability to read 75% of all US internet traffic - report 21 Aug 2013 Newly unveiled National Security Agency programs detail how the US government has the ability to monitor approximately 75 percent of American internet traffic, and further discloses how telecommunications companies are compelled to provide such data. The programs - known as Blarney, Fairview, Oakstar, Lithium, and Stormbrew - are able to monitor the writing of emails, not just a message’s metadata, according to The Wall Street Journal. The programs also affect digital phone calls placed inside the US. Among other capabilities, the systems can "reach roughly 75 percent of all US internet traffic, including a wide array of communications by foreigners and Americans."

Bradley Manning case: Obama should commute sentence to time already served

August 21, 2013 by legitgov

Bradley Manning case: Obama should commute sentence to time already served 21 Aug 2013 President Obama should commute US Army Private Bradley Manning's sentence to time already served to allow his immediate release, Amnesty International said today after Manning was sentenced to 35 years in jail. Military judge Col Denise Lind today sentenced the WikiLeaks source to 35 years in military prison - out of a possible 90 - for leaking classified information. He has already served more than three years in pre-trial detention, including 11 months in conditions described by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture as cruel and inhumane. Some of the materials Manning leaked, published by WikiLeaks, pointed to potential human rights violations and breaches of international humanitarian law by US troops abroad, by Iraqi and Afghan forces operating alongside US forces, and by military contractors. Yet the judge had ruled before the trial that Private Manning would not be able to defend himself by presenting evidence that he was acting in the public interest. [On Obama commuting Manning's sentence: There's as much chance for that as a cat with a long tail in a room filled with rocking chairs. --LRP]

NSA spied on Salt Lake City before and during 2002 Olympics - report

August 21, 2013 by legitgov

NSA spied on Salt Lake City before and during 2002 Olympics - report 21 Aug 2013 Buried near the bottom of an explosive Wall Street Journal exposé about the spying capabilities of the NSA is a fascinating tidbit about the breadth of surveillance operations before and during the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. For the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, officials say, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and NSA arranged with Qwest Communications International Inc. to use intercept equipment for a period of less than six months around the time of the event. It monitored the content of all email and text communications in the Salt Lake City area.

WikiLeaks trial: Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

August 21, 2013 by legitgov

WikiLeaks trial: Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison 21 Aug 2013 A military judge on Wednesday sentenced Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison, ending a summer-long court-martial in which he was convicted of espionage for leaking a vast trove of classified U.S. military and diplomatic materials to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks in 2010. Army Col. Denise Lind, who delivered the sentence, found Manning guilty last month of six counts of violating the Espionage Act and mishandling classified material, but she acquitted him of a more serious charge of aiding the enemy. Supporters have hailed Manning as a whistle-blower for revealing government secrets and exposing alleged misdeeds in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They staged a vigil outside Ft. Meade, where the court-martial was held, and planned to organize an evening rally outside the White House.

Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

August 21, 2013 by legitgov

U.S. soldier Manning sentenced to 35 years in WikiLeaks case --Manning will be dishonorably discharged from U.S. military 21 Aug 2013 U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday for providing secret files to WikiLeaks in the biggest breach of classified data in U.S. history. Judge Colonel Denise Lind, who last month convicted him of 20 charges including espionage and theft, could have sentenced him to as many as 90 years in prison, though prosecutors had asked for 60 years.

Japan to issue gravest Fukushima nuclear warning in two years: agency

August 21, 2013 by legitgov

Japan to issue gravest Fukushima nuclear warning in two years: agency 20 Aug 2013 Japan will dramatically raise its warning about the severity of a toxic radioactive water leak at the Fukushima nuclear plant, its nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday, its most serious action since the plant was destroyed in 2011. The deepening crisis at the Fukushima plant will be upgraded from a level 1 "anomaly" to a level three "serious incident" on an international scale for radiological releases, a spokesman for Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) said. That will mark the first time Japan has issued a warning on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES) since the three reactor meltdowns.

Man alerts TV station, then opens fire on police at Atlanta-area school - investigators aren't saying why

August 21, 2013 by legitgov

Man alerts TV station, then opens fire on police at Atlanta-area school - investigators aren't saying why 20 Aug 2013 A man walked into an Atlanta-area elementary school, ordered a school employee to call a local TV station and fired multiple shots at police Tuesday -- but investigators aren't saying why. No one was injured in the shooting at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in unincorporated DeKalb County outside Atlanta, county Police Chief Cedric Alexander said Tuesday afternoon. The suspect, identified as Michael Brandon Hill, 20, was wearing black and was armed with an AK-47 assault-style rifle when he fired about six shots at police before surrendering peacefully when they returned fire, officials said. Investigators examined what they believed to be the man's car after police dogs indicated the presence of explosives, he said. Police later said no explosives were found. Court records show that a man of the same name and age was charged with making terroristic threats in Henry County, Ga., south of Atlanta, in March and was sentenced to three years' probation and anger counseling. The details of that case couldn't immediately be determined.

War court conducts secret hearing in 9/11 case

August 21, 2013 by legitgov

War court conducts secret hearing in 9/11 case 20 Aug 2013 An Army judge ordered alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his co-defendants removed from the war court Monday and held the first secret hearing of the 9/11 capital tribunal on a government motion that's so secret the public cannot know what it was. Army Col. James L. Pohl, the judge, ruled that an open hearing would present a risk to national security, without specifying how. He rejected a defense request to include the men who, if convicted, could be executed for conspiring in the worst foreign domestic attack on U.S. soil, including 2,976 counts of murder. At issue was a motion labeled AE52 and listed as "government consolidated notice regarding ex parte, in camera filing and motion for finding" - in short, a secret request from the government for a secret ruling from the judge.

Syrian army routs 'rebels' from Assad home province

August 21, 2013 by legitgov

Syrian army routs 'rebels' from Assad home province 20 Aug 2013 President Bashar Assad's troops drove rebel fighters [aka cannibals and terrorists] out of his Latakia home province Monday as U.N. inspectors began probing the alleged use of [US-supplied] chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict. As the U.N. team left their Damascus hotel for an undisclosed destination, Jordan said it was receiving U.S. technical assistance to prepare for any possible chemical warfare in neighbouring Syria. Syrian state news agency SANA, meanwhile, said the army recaptured territory in northern Latakia, including a remote mountainous region where rebels launched operations this month.

Iron Gate to be Installed at Sandy Hook Driveway

August 20, 2013 by legitgov

Iron Gate to be Installed at Sandy Hook Driveway 20 Aug 2013 Officials in Newtown say crews will soon install a black iron gate to block the driveway of the school where a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators in December. The gate will replace concrete barriers and orange traffic cones at the entrance to Sandy Hook Elementary School. First Selectman Pat Llodra tells The Newtown Bee that the gate will improve the property's image and be a better deterrent to the occasional visitor to the site.

Documents show multiple injuries to Boston bomb suspect

August 20, 2013 by legitgov

Documents show multiple injuries to Boston bomb suspect 20 Aug 2013 Boston bombing suspect patsy Dzhokhar Tsarnaev suffered multiple serious injuries before his capture, including a skull fracture and a gunshot to the face, according to newly unsealed court documents. The 19-year-old was caught in a shootout with by police four days after the April 15 bombings, yet managed to escape in a car. He was captured the next day while hiding in a boat in the backyard of a home in Watertown, Mass. His 27-year-old brother, Tamerlan, was killed during the earlier confrontation with by police.

Flu shot or mask for health care workers

August 20, 2013 by legitgov

Flu shot or mask for health care workers 19 Aug 2013 (NY) Almost four years after the state started and then abandoned a mandatory flu shot policy for health care workers, the Cuomo administration is trying a new approach: Health care workers who aren't vaccinated will have to wear surgical masks when they are near patients. The policy, quietly put in place through the regulatory process last month, will take effect once Health Commissioner Nirav Shah declares that flu is "prevalent," which is an annual occurrence. Flu season in New York generally runs between October and May.

CIA admits organising 1953 Iran coup

August 20, 2013 by legitgov

CIA admits organising 1953 Iran coup [LOL, and *so many others.* But, do we also have to wait sixty years to find out that 9/11 (and 7/7) was an inside job? Too bad WikiLeaks doesn't release those files.] The CIA has admitted to orchestrating the August 1953 coup that toppled Iran's prime minister after he tried to nationalise his country's oil wealth from Britain, according to a declassified document. George Washington University's National Security Archive, which obtained the documents under the Freedom of Information Act, a law that promotes government transparency, said that a secret internal history marked the most explicit CIA admission, on Sunday. "The military coup that overthrew Mosadeq and his National Front cabinet was carried out under CIA direction as an act of US foreign policy," the document said, using an alternative spelling of Mossadegh.

Egypt arrests Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie

August 20, 2013 by legitgov

Egypt arrests Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie 20 Aug 2013 Egyptian authorities early Tuesday arrested the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, another demoralizing blow to the Islamist organization amid a crackdown by the military to silence dissent and build support for its control of the nation. Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie was arrested in a Cairo apartment. Most of the Brotherhood's top leaders, including Khairat Shater, its chief strategist and financier, and former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, who was overthrown in a coup last month, are in detention or have gone underground.

Snowden reporter: Won't be silenced by detention

August 20, 2013 by legitgov

Snowden reporter: Won't be silenced by detention 20 Aug 2013 An American journalist who has written stories based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden said Monday he'll publish with more fervor after British authorities detained his partner. London police detained David Miranda under anti-terror legislation as he arrived at Heathrow Airport in London airport Sunday. Miranda, who is in a civil union with reporter Glenn Greenwald, arrived Monday in Rio de Janeiro, where he lives with the journalist. A defiant Greenwald, who reports for the Guardian newspaper in Britain, promised he was going "to write much more aggressively than before" about government snooping.

US military judge weighs sentence for Bradley Manning

August 20, 2013 by legitgov

US military judge weighs sentence for Bradley Manning 20 Aug 2013 A US military judge on Tuesday began deliberating on a sentence for Bradley Manning, the soldier convicted of espionage for giving classified government documents to WikiLeaks. The judge, Colonel Denise Lind, opened the proceedings at 9:30 am (1330 GMT) and adjourned within five minutes to begin her deliberations on Manning's punishment over the massive leak. "I will announce the sentence tomorrow morning at the earliest," Lind said.

Fukushima bay radiation levels highest since measurements began

August 20, 2013 by legitgov

Fukushima bay radiation levels highest since measurements began 20 Aug 2013 Reports from Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, say that measurements of radioactive tritium in seawater -- seeping out of the nuclear complex via groundwater into the sea -- show levels at 4700 becquerels per liter, the highest tritium level in the measurement history. The highest tritium levels have come in the past 15 days, the same reports show. TEPCO also revealed that the highest levels of radiation in seawater were detected near reactor 1. Previous measurements showed the levels at 3800 becquerels per liter near reactor 1, and 2600 becquerels per liter near reactor 2, but the measurements have been showing increased radiation levels in the past 2 weeks.

Tank leaks 300 tons of highly radioactive water at Fukushima plant

August 20, 2013 by legitgov

Tank leaks 300 tons of highly radioactive water at Fukushima plant 20 Aug 2013 An estimated 300 tons of highly radioactive water has leaked from a tank at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, with much of the polluted water apparently seeping into the ground. Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, said Aug. 20 it has been unable to specify the area of the tank from where the water leaked. A radiation level of 100 millisieverts per hour was detected near the surface of a puddle around the tank.

Fukushima operator says workers dusted with radioactive particles

August 20, 2013 by legitgov

Fukushima operator says workers dusted with radioactive particles 19 Aug 2013 The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said on Monday two workers were found to be contaminated with radioactive particles, the second such incident in a week involving staff outside the site's main operations center. Two dust monitors sounded alarms earlier on Monday outside the operations center, where radiation levels are usually low enough to avoid the need for full face masks, Tokyo Electric Power Co said in an emailed statement. Two workers waiting for a bus at the end of their shift were found to be have been contaminated with radioactive particles, which were wiped off their bodies before they left the site, Tokyo Electric, also known as Tepco, said.

Cruz will renounce Canadian citizenship

August 20, 2013 by legitgov

Cruz will renounce Canadian citizenship 19 Aug 2013 Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced Monday evening that he will renounce his Canadian citizenship, less than 24 hours after a newspaper pointed out that the Canadian-born senator likely maintains dual citizenship. The Dallas Morning News wrote in a story posted late Sunday night that Cruz likely remains a Canadian citizen, by virtue of being born there to an American mother. Having never renounced that citizenship, Cruz was technically a Canadian and an American citizen, according to legal experts.

Ted Cruz releases birth certificate

August 20, 2013 by legitgov

Ted Cruz releases birth certificate 19 Aug 2013 Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) released his birth certificate Sunday amid questions about whether he is eligible to run for president. Cruz was born in Canada in 1970, to an American mother and Cuban father. By virtue of his mother’s status, Cruz instantly became a U.S. citizen. He released his birth certificate to the Dallas Morning News, verifying what he has previously asserted.

David Miranda: 'They said I would be put in jail if I didn't co-operate'

August 20, 2013 by legitgov

David Miranda: 'They said I would be put in jail if I didn't co-operate' 19 Aug 2013 David Miranda, the partner of the Guardian journalist who broke stories of mass surveillance by the US National Security Agency, has accused Britain of a "total abuse of power" for interrogating him for almost nine hours at Heathrow under the Terrorism Act. In his first interview since returning to his home in Rio de Janeiro early on Monday, Miranda said the authorities in the UK had pandered to the US in trying to intimidate him and force him to reveal the passwords to his computer and mobile phone. "They were threatening me all the time and saying I would be put in jail if I didn't co-operate," said Miranda.

UK government destroyed Guardian hard drives over Snowden story

August 20, 2013 by legitgov

UK government destroyed Guardian hard drives over Snowden story 20 Aug 2013 British government officials ordered the destruction of hard drives at the Guardian offices in London that purportedly contained information relating to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger has revealed. They took the action even though Rusbridger explained it was pointless, he said. The Guardian's NSA reporting is written, stored and edited in New York, he told them, and journalist Glenn Greenwald, the lead reporter on the story, lives in Brazil. The officials from GCHQ, Britain's equivalent of the NSA, were apparently unaware of the concept of information in the cloud - and seemed satisfied that they had been able to destroy something tangible. [GCHQ barbarians are so stupid that the *light* from stupid is going to take ten billion years to reach the earth.]

Biden's Son in Texas Hospital After 'Disorientation'

August 20, 2013 by legitgov

Biden's Son in Texas Hospital After 'Disorientation' 19 Aug 2013 Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden and attorney general for the state of Delaware, was admitted to a Houston hospital after experiencing "disorientation and weakness," according to an e-mailed statement from the vice president's office. The elder Biden, 70, accompanied his son to the hospital and planned to remain in Houston with him tomorrow, according to the statement. Beau Biden, 44, is being evaluated to determine the cause of the episode that occurred while he was on vacation last week. The younger Biden was elected Delaware's attorney general in 2006.

Pakistan Court Charges Musharraf for Killing of Benazir Bhutto

August 20, 2013 by legitgov

Pakistan Court Charges Musharraf for Killing of Benazir Bhutto 19 Aug 2013 A Pakistani court indicted Pervez Musharraf in the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, escalating legal challenges to the ex-military dictator since he ended his self-exile in March. A judge read out charges that Musharraf was complicit in Bhutto's killing as he failed to provide adequate security at a political rally she was attending, state-run Pakistan Television reported, citing court proceedings. Six other people were also indicted and the hearing was adjourned till Aug. 27.

Obamas Welcome New Puppy to White House

August 20, 2013 by legitgov

Obamas Welcome New Puppy to White House 20 Aug 2013 President Barack Obama and his family have welcomed a playful new addition to the White House, a new dog called Sunny. The black Portuguese Water Dog joins the first family's other four-legged friend of the same breed, Bo. "Sunny is the perfect little sister for Bo - full of energy and very affectionate - and the First Family picked her name because it fit her cheerful personality," said a post on the White House blog.

10,000-gallon tank explodes at Pa. plant; 1 dead

August 20, 2013 by legitgov

10,000-gallon tank explodes at Pa. plant; 1 dead 19 Aug 2013 A 10,000-gallon fuel oil tank exploded at an industrial park on Monday and went flying across a road, killing a worker who was welding nearby. The tank spilled 7,500 gallons of fuel and flooded a dike encircling the area, but the spill was contained, firefighters said. The explosion happened Monday evening at Brownies Oil Co. in the Reynolds Industrial Park in Mercer County, in western Pennsylvania.

Howard Dean returning to Iowa

August 20, 2013 by legitgov

Howard Dean returning to Iowa 15 Aug 2013 Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, who says he's open to making another bid for president, will travel next week to Iowa, a move that will surely stoke further speculation that Dean may run in 2016. The former presidential candidate will speak Wednesday at the Iowa Federation of Labor convention. A spokesman for Dean's independent group, Democracy for America, said Dean will be talking next week about the organization's "Purple to Blue Project," a plan aimed to help Democrats win state House and Senate seats. [Hopefully, lying Wall Street troll Al Sharpton won't lie about Howard Dean again, calling him 'racist' so the Democrats get stuck with another bad candidate--on purpose. That's what Sharpton did it in 2004, at the behest of his Republican campaign managers. See: A GOP trickster rents Al Sharpton 03 Feb 2004.]

David Miranda detention legally sound, says Scotland Yard

August 20, 2013 by legitgov

David Miranda detention legally sound, says Scotland Yard 19 Aug 2013 Using the Terrorism Act to detain the partner of a Guardian reporter who wrote about US and UK security services was "legally and procedurally sound", Scotland Yard has said. It was responding to claims it misused its powers by holding David Miranda for nine hours at Heathrow on Sunday. Independent reviewer of terrorism legislation David Anderson QC has said the length of detention was "unusual".

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