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Top US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Allen, implicated in Petraeus scandal

November 13, 2012 by legitgov

Top US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Allen, implicated in Petraeus scandal --Pentagon: FBI found 20,000 to 30,000 pages of 'inappropriate' emails between General Allen and Jill Kelley 13 Nov 2012 The US head of NATO forces in Afghanistan is under investigation in connection with the sex scandal that saw CIA director David Petraeus resign. Gen. Allen exchanged "inappropriate" emails with a woman linked to Petraeus. The FBI has found 20,000 to 30,000 pages of allegedly inappropriate emails between General Allen and Jill Kelley, says the Pentagon. Mrs. Kelley was implicated in the Petraeus affair after telling the FBI she received threatening emails from the former CIA chief's mistress, Paula Broadwell.

Top U.S. commander in Afghanistan investigated for emails to Petraeus friend

November 13, 2012 by legitgov

Top U.S. commander in Afghanistan investigated for emails to Petraeus friend 13 Nov 2012 In a new twist to the Gen. David Petraeus sex scandal, the Pentagon said Tuesday that the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, is under investigation for alleged "inappropriate communications" with a woman who is said to have received threatening emails from Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom Petraeus had an extramarital affair. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in a written statement issued to reporters aboard his aircraft, en route from Honolulu to Perth, Australia, that the FBI referred the matter to the Pentagon on Sunday. Panetta said that he ordered a Pentagon investigation of Allen on Monday.

New scandal: FBI agent BANNED from investigation into Petraeus's affair after he sent shirtless photos

November 13, 2012 by legitgov

New scandal: FBI agent BANNED from investigation into Petraeus's affair after he 'grew obsessed' with a woman at the center of the probe and sent her shirtless photos 12 Nov 2012 A federal agent was pulled off the investigation into David Petraeus's illicit contact with Paula Broadwell when the agent reportedly became obsessed with another woman involved in the probe, The Wall Street Journal reports. The FBI found that the agent had sent shirtless photos of himself to Jill Kelley, the Tampa woman who reportedly received a half dozen emails from Broadwell that warned Kelley to stay away from Petraeus. The emails were sent from anonymous accounts. That same agent was a friend of Kelley's and he had started the FBI investigation into the emails -- which eventually led to Petraeus's downfall -- after Kelley came to him for help upon receiving the anonymous threats.

FBI Agent in Petraeus Case Under Scrutiny

November 13, 2012 by legitgov

FBI Agent in Petraeus Case Under Scrutiny 12 Nov 2012 A federal agent who launched the investigation that ultimately led to the resignation of Central Intelligence Agency chief David Petraeus was barred from taking part in the case over the summer due to superiors' concerns that he was personally involved in the case, according to officials familiar with the probe. After being blocked from the case, the agent continued to press the matter, relaying his concerns to a member of Congress, the officials said. New details about how the Federal Bureau of Investigation handled the case suggest that even as the bureau delved into Mr. Petraeus's personal life, the agency had to address conduct by its own agent-who allegedly sent shirtless photos of himself to a woman involved in the case prior to the investigation.

8m children on secret database

November 13, 2012 by legitgov

8m children on secret database --One database is already used by about 100 local authorities 11 Nov 2012 A database containing the personal details of 8m schoolchildren is being created without parents' knowledge by one of Britain's biggest contractors to government. Information gathered by teachers on pupils across the country is being uploaded up to six times a day into a database called "One" that has been created by Capita, a company that specialises in providing IT systems. Documents seen by The Sunday Times reveal that access to the data -- which includes age, sex, address, academic record, absenteeism, special needs and bad behaviour leading to exclusion -- can be provided to thousands of other officials including police, NHS staff and charities.

Police fatally shoot Marine in California desert

November 13, 2012 by legitgov

Police fatally shoot Marine in California desert 12 Nov 2012 Police fatally shot a Camp Pendleton Marine who struck an officer with a car in a parking garage in Palm Springs, authorities said Monday. The Marine repeatedly ignored orders to stop after being approached by officers on bike patrol around 2 a.m. Saturday, the Palm Springs Police Department said in a statement. One of the officers partially climbed into the passenger window to stop the car, but the Marine accelerated, striking the other officer, the department said.

FBI search Petraeus mistress Paula Broadwell's home

November 13, 2012 by legitgov

FBI search Petraeus mistress Paula Broadwell's home 12 Nov 2012 The Federal Bureau of Investigation is searching the home of the woman who had an extramarital affair with former CIA director David Petraeus. FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch confirmed to the BBC on Monday night that agents were at Paula Broadwell's house in Charlotte, North Carolina. The FBI spokeswoman told the BBC that agents arrived at the Broadwell home in the Dilworth neighbourhood of the city just before 21:00 local time (02:00 GMT).

FBI: Petraeus Affair Part of Criminal Probe

November 13, 2012 by legitgov

FBI: Petraeus Affair Part of Criminal Probe 12 Nov 2012 The FBI withheld its findings about Gen. David Petreaus's affair from the White House and congressional leaders because the agency considered them the result of a criminal investigation that never reached the threshold of an intelligence probe, law enforcement sources said today. The sources said agents followed department guidelines that generally bar sharing information about developing criminal investigations. The FBI is also aware of its history under former director J. Edgar Hoover of playing politics and digging into the lives of public figures. The FBI's focus was on whether laws were broken, in this case whether federal cyber-harassment statutes were violated.

Argentine Judge Freezes Chevron Assets to Pay $19 Billion Ecuador Fine

November 13, 2012 by legitgov

Argentine Judge Freezes Chevron Assets to Pay $19 Billion Ecuador Fine 12 Nov 2012 Adrian Elcuj Miranda, a judge in Buenos Aires, has ordered the seizure of Chevron's assets in Argentina, to force the company to pay a $19 billion penalty for polluting the Amazon in Ecuador. The plaintiffs are seeking similar legal action in Brazil, Canada, Colombia and other countries... In 2011 the Ecuadorean courts ruled against Chevron and ordered the company to pay $18.2 billion in damages, which was increased to $19 billion this past July. Chevron appealed the judgement but the Ecuadorean appellate court ruled against the company on January 3, 2012. Chevron is now trying a multitude of ways to defeat the ruling such as appealing the Ecuadorean fine in U.S. courts.

British medical journal slams Roche on Tamiflu

November 12, 2012 by legitgov

British medical journal slams Roche on Tamiflu 12 Nov 2012 A leading British medical journal is asking the drug maker Roche to release all its data on Tamiflu, claiming there is no evidence the drug can actually stop the flu. The drug has been stockpiled by dozens of governments worldwide in case of a global flu outbreak and was widely used during the 2009 swine flu pandemic. On Monday, one of the researchers linked to the BMJ journal called for European governments to sue Roche. "I suggest we boycott Roche's products until they publish missing Tamiflu data," wrote Peter Gotzsche, leader of the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen. He said governments should take legal action against Roche to get the money back that was "needlessly" spent on stockpiling Tamiflu. [See: US firms are stocking up on bird flu drug 14 Jul 2006 More than 100 companies of all sizes have contacted Roche AG, the manufacturer of the influenza drug Tamiflu, about getting supplies for their employees in case of a [DoD-engendered] bird-flu pandemic, the company says. See: Rumsfeld's growing stake in Tamiflu 31 Oct 2005 Defense Secretary, ex-chairman of flu treatment rights holder, sees portfolio value growing... Rumsfeld served as Gilead's chairman from 1997 until he joined the Bush administration in 2001, and he still holds a Gilead stake valued at between $5 million and $25 million, according to federal financial disclosures filed by Rumsfeld.]

Will MSNBC Continue to Shill for the Great Betrayal?

November 12, 2012 by legitgov

Will MSNBC Continue to Shill for the Great Betrayal? By William K. Black 12 Nov 2012 The austerity component of the Grand Bargain was economically illiterate. Within the administration, it was the product of refusing to listen to its economists and listening instead to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Geithner is not an economist. Geithner hated Obama's stimulus program and embraced austerity. He convinced Obama to embrace an austerity deal that would have inflicted a gratuitous second recession on America and doom Obama's chance of re-election. Geithner had a powerful ally in convincing Obama to adopt such a program. Obama had decided to signal his fidelity to Wall Street by appointing William Daley as his Chief of Staff. Daley was from JP Morgan Chase. He came from (and has returned to) The Third Way - a Wall Street front group dedicated to pushing austerity and trying to further enrich Wall Street by privatizing Social Security. Daley's Third Way bio emphasizes his roles: "As Special Counsel to President Clinton in 1993, Daley coordinated the successful campaign to pass the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He was co-chair of the US Chamber of Commerce Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness." "Capital markets competitiveness" is code for pushing the deregulation of finance... Obama had the great luck that House Tea Party fanatics ultimately caused Boehner not to consummate the Faustian bargain... Logic would compel MSNBC to oppose the deal. But MSNBC has a warring imperative -- its hosts worship Obama and are awash in endorphins as a result of his re-election... Every host, every journalist, and every guest on the programs who discussed the issue took it as a given that it was essential and urgent that Obama and Boehner agree to austerity and severe cuts in the safety net. There was no discussion of the merits. It was treated as obvious. The consistent message was that it was essential that we support our President unreservedly.

Sandy: 150,000 Homes Still Without Power

November 12, 2012 by legitgov

Sandy: 150,000 Homes Still Without Power 12 Nov 2012 More than 150,000 homes and businesses are still waiting for the lights to come back on two weeks after superstorm Sandy. The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) in New York has about 130,000 customers still without power. Most of the remaining homes without power are located in New Jersey. The totals do not include the tens of thousands of homes that are too damaged to have electricity restored.

Officials: 2 killed, 80 homes affected after massive explosion in Indianapolis

November 12, 2012 by legitgov

Officials: 2 killed, 80 homes affected after massive explosion in Indianapolis 11 Nov 2012 It must be a bomb. That was Debbie Wagner's first thought when she heard the boom as she lay in bed overnight Saturday in her home on Indianapolis's Southside... Only later did Wagner and her husband Andy learn that, among their neighbors, they were some of the lucky ones. A huge explosion had pierced the nighttime silence and ripped through the streets before characterized by solid two-story homes, garages and lawns.Two adults were killed, while seven others went to area hospitals, due to the explosion and related fires, said Deputy Chief Kenny Bacon of the Indianapolis Fire Department.

No aid tranche deal seen on Monday despite Greek austerity

November 12, 2012 by legitgov

No aid tranche deal seen on Monday despite Greek austerity 11 Nov 2012 The euro zone will not release a new loan tranche to Greece on Monday despite the country's tough 2013 budget as there is no agreement yet on how to make its debt sustainable, but Athens is set to get two more years to cut debt, officials said. Euro zone finance ministers, called the Eurogroup, meet on Monday in Brussels where the main topic of their discussions will be unfreezing lending to Greece, held up after Athens went way off track with promised reforms and fiscal consolidation. The Greek parliament passed an austerity budget for 2013 late on Sunday and a structural reform package on Wednesday to meet conditions for the release of the next tranche of 31.5 billion euros of emergency loans from the euro zone.

Greece passes 2013 austerity budget

November 12, 2012 by legitgov

Greece passes 2013 austerity budget 11 Nov 2012 Greek lawmakers approved the country's 2013 austerity budget early Monday, an essential step in Greece's efforts to persuade its international creditors to unblock a vital rescue loan installment. The budget passed by a 167-128 vote in the 300-member Parliament. It came days after a separate bill of deep spending cuts and tax hikes for the next two years squeaked through with a narrow majority following severe disagreements among the three parties in the governing coalition.

Iran warns of stronger reaction to US drones: Cmdr.

November 12, 2012 by legitgov

Iran warns of stronger reaction to US drones: Cmdr. 11 Nov 2012 A senior Iranian military commander says the Islamic Republic will respond with stronger action if the US drones repeat their intrusion into Iran's airspace. Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh, commander of the Aerospace Division of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), said on Sunday that the mission of the US drone repelled by the Iranian forces last week was to gather oil and economic intelligence around the Kharg Island in southern Iran. "According to the information we have, the mission of the drone was to gather intelligence and, in another sense, espionage,"

Israel will reenter the Gaza Strip if necessary, Barak warns as rocket tally rises over 100

November 11, 2012 by legitgov

Israel will reenter the Gaza Strip if necessary, Barak warns as rocket tally rises over 100 11 Nov 2012 The Israeli military will not hesitate to enter the Gaza Strip in order to strike Hamas and protect Israeli citizens, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Sunday evening, following more than a day of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. Israeli media sources reported Sunday night that Egyptian officials were mediating a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas that would take effect at midnight. The defense minister, however, made it clear that "if we are forced to go back into Gaza in order to deal Hamas a [serious] blow and restore security for all of Israel’s citizens, then we will not hesitate to do so."

Hotmail, MSN blocking CLG Newsletter

November 11, 2012 by legitgov

The block is back, 16 Nov 2012: Hotmail, MSN blocking CLG Newsletter 11 Nov 2012 Apparently, Microsoft does not like the CLG. Hotmail.com, Live.com, and MSN.com subscribers did not receive recent editions of the CLG Newsletter. CLG's webhoster, MayFirst, has submitted paperwork to remove the block of CLG's IP. If you use Hotmail, Live, or MSN, please feel free to let me know if you receive your CLG Newsletter again.

Official: Broadwell e-mails to Fla. woman sparked Petraeus probe

November 11, 2012 by legitgov

Official: Broadwell e-mails to Fla. woman sparked Petraeus probe 11 Nov 2012 A senior U.S. military official says the author who had an affair with David Petraeus sent harassing e-mails to a woman who was the State Department's liaison to the military's Joint Special Operations Command. The official told the Associated Press that 37-year-old Jill Kelley in Tampa received the e-mails from Petraeus biographer Paula Broadwell that triggered an FBI investigation. The official, who was not authorized to discuss the case publicly, spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity. Another person who knows Kelley and Petraeus confirmed their friendship and said she saw him often. [A war criminal taken down by a sex scandal - I love it!]

Aust troops may join US-Filipino exercises

November 11, 2012 by legitgov

Aust troops may join US-Filipino exercises 12 Nov 2012 Philippine defence officials says they have discussed the possibility of Australian forces joining large-scale combat exercises between Filipino and American troops in the country. The Australian forces' possible inclusion in the annual "Balikatan" exercises, which involve thousands of American and Filipino troops, would expand the US-Philippine drills that have infuriated China whenever they were held in the past near the South China Sea. China and five other Asian countries have been locked in territorial disputes in the potentially oil-rich region.

'Silly' to run Japanese nuclear plant on fault line

November 11, 2012 by legitgov

'Silly' to run Japanese nuclear plant on fault line 11 Nov 2012 Japan's only working nuclear power plant sits on what may be a seismic fault in the earth's crust, a geologist has warned. Mitsuhisa Watanabe says the earth's plates could move under the Oi nuclear plant in western Japan, causing a catastrophe to rival last year's atomic disaster at Fukushima -- although some of his colleagues on a nuclear advisory panel disagree. "It is an active fault. The plates shifted some 120,000 to 130,000 years ago for sure," Mr Watanabe, of Tokyo's Toyo University, said. "In research that I have conducted on active faults in Japan and overseas, structures built above them were all damaged" when they moved and caused an earthquake, he said.

Displaced Sandy residents: FEMA 'shelter' like prison camp with 'Blackhawk helicopters flying over day and night'

November 11, 2012 by legitgov

Displaced Sandy residents: FEMA 'shelter' like prison camp with 'Blackhawk helicopters flying over day and night' --No media allowed inside fenced complex --Officials turned off WiFi; cops unplugged iPhones after learning people were contacting press 10 Nov 2012 (Oceanport, NJ) As he lights up a Marlboro and takes a slow drag before exhaling, Brian Sotelo is a man who has finally reached his breaking point. Anger drips from every word as he peers out at the tops of the white tents rising over the trees in the distance... We stood and talked in the cool morning air a short distance up the road after security at the front gate threatened to have our cars removed outside the entrance to what Sotelo's identification tag calls "Camp Freedom," even though it more closely resembles a prison camp. "The elections are over and here we are. There were Blackhawk helicopters flying over all day and night. They have heavy equipment moving past the tents all night."

Sick, frail struggle most in storm's aftermath

November 11, 2012 by legitgov

Sick, frail struggle most in storm's aftermath 10 Nov 2012 Some of society's most vulnerable people -- the elderly, the disabled and the chronically ill -- have been pushed to the brink in the powerless, flood-ravaged neighborhoods struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy. The storm didn't just knock out electricity and destroy property when it came ashore in places like the Far Rockaway section of Queens. It disrupted the fragile support networks that allowed the neighborhood's frailest residents to get by. Here, the catastrophe has closed pharmacies, kept home care aids from getting to elderly clients and made getting around in a wheelchair impossible. The city has recorded at least two deaths of older men in darkened buildings. [Of course, the Red Cross sacks of sh*t are MIA in impoverished areas of the US, as usual. --LRP]

Report: Bushehr nuclear plant enters final testing phase

November 11, 2012 by legitgov

Report: Bushehr nuclear plant enters final testing phase 11 Nov 2012 Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant has reportedly entered its final testing phase ahead of its planned 2013 launch date, the Tehran Times reported Saturday. Fereydoun Abbasi, director of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, announced that Tehran's experts are "making the necessary preparations for the handover of the power plant by the Russian contractor to Iranian experts."

The truth about the Red Cross

November 10, 2012 by legitgov

The truth about the Red Cross --The right-wing, scandal-ridden 'charity' that isn't really a charity --'The whole history of the organization is one gigantic scandal--stretching from its racist policies toward African Americans to its corporate mentality toward human beings.' By Joe Allen 21 Oct 2005 Though it is technically a nonprofit, the Red Cross is run more like profit-hungry corporation than what most people think a "charity" would act like. The most deadly example of this was the Red Cross's criminally negligent response to the early stages of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. In 1982 and especially 1983... major blood banks, led by the Red Cross, opposed national testing of blood for HIV. The Red Cross's opposition was based on the financial cost. As investigative journalist Judith Reitman wrote in her book Bad Blood: "It appeared it would be cheaper to pay off infected blood recipients, should they pursue legal action, than to up the Red Cross blood supply." ...Enron-style bookkeeping, deceptive advertising and outright theft of funds have also been a big part of the Red Cross's recent history.

Court: Alleged torture victims can't sue Donald Rumsfeld

November 10, 2012 by legitgov

Court: Alleged torture victims can't sue Donald Rumsfeld 08 Nov 2012 A federal appeals court in Chicago has ruled that two American contractors allegedly tortured by U.S. forces in Iraq can't sue former Defense Secretary [war criminal] Donald Rumsfeld. The 8-3 decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a ruling by a three-judge panel of the same court. Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel claim in their lawsuit that U.S. forces detained them in 2006 after they alleged illegal activities by their Iraqi-owned employer.

Cracks found in South Korean nuclear reactor

November 10, 2012 by legitgov

Cracks found in South Korean nuclear reactor 09 Nov 2012 South Korean nuclear regulators have found microscopic cracks in tunnels that guide control rods at a nuclear plant under maintenance, government officials said, raising new concerns over the country's nuclear power sector. The discovery, revealed on Friday, of the cracks at the reactor comes just days after two reactors at the same plant in Yeonggwang county, in the southwest of the country, were shut down to replace parts that had been provided with forged certificates. South Korea is investigating how thousands of parts for its nuclear reactors were supplied using forged safety documents, with regulators set to inspect all 23 of the country's facilities.

Computer problem prompts Berwick nuclear reactor shutdown

November 10, 2012 by legitgov

Computer problem prompts Berwick nuclear reactor shutdown 10 Nov 2012 One of two reactors at a Northeast Pennsylvania nuclear plant was shut down Friday morning after a problem with the computer system that controls its level of water, power company officials said. The Unit 2 reactor at PPL's Susquehanna nuclear power plant was manually shut down by operators after operators began receiving "invalid data" on a screen, company spokesman Joe Scopelliti said. The source of the computer system problem is under investigation.

Superstorm Sandy: Long Lines, No Power Two Weeks Later

November 10, 2012 by legitgov

Superstorm Sandy: Long Lines, No Power Two Weeks Later 10 Nov 2012 After spending nearly two weeks in the dark, Long Island residents are directing  their anger toward their  local power company, which many say is out of touch, sending bills instead of  updates. Nearly two weeks after Superstorm Sandy pummeled the northeast, more than 200,000 in the region are still without power. The Long Island Power Authority did not show up for a last minute overnight press conference today, leaving the company that manages the grid to take the backlash.

Tempers fray as many in Northeast still without power

November 10, 2012 by legitgov

Tempers fray as many in Northeast still without power 10 Nov 2012 Frustration with continuing power outages, travel chaos, and long lines for gasoline grew on Saturday as residents of New York's Long Island, hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, protested outside the headquarters of the local utility company. Residents took to the streets for a second day, targeting the Long Island Power Authority in Hicksville. There were still over a quarter of a million customers without power nearly two weeks after the storm. As of Friday more than 170,000 of those were on Long Island. Thousands were in temporary shelters, and in New Jersey a tent city on the edge of Monmouth Park racetrack was home to hundreds.

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