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NORAD intercepts 2 aircraft in restricted airspace during G-8 meeting at Camp David

May 20, 2012 by legitgov

NORAD intercepts 2 aircraft in restricted airspace during G-8 meeting at Camp David 19 May 2012 Military aircraft have intercepted two small planes in restricted airspace around Camp David, where world leaders are gathering for an economic summit. The North American Aerospace Defense Command says the two Cessna 172 aircraft were out of radio communication on Friday evening inside a 30-mile restricted area around the presidential retreat. The restricted area was expanded temporarily for the Group of Eight talks.

Fukushima Reactor 4 poses massive global risk

May 20, 2012 by legitgov

Fukushima Reactor 4 poses massive global risk 19 May 2012 The troubled Reactor 4 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is at the centre of a potential catastrophe. Reactor 4 -- and to a lesser extent Reactor 3 -- still hold large quantities of cooling waters surrounding spent nuclear fuel, all bound by a fragile concrete pool located 30 metres above the ground, and exposed to the elements. A magnitude 7 or 7.5 earthquake would likely fracture that pool, and disaster would ensue, says Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer with Fairewinds Energy Education who has visited the site. The 1,535 spent fuel rods would become exposed to the air and would likely catch fire, with the most-recently added fuel rods igniting first.

Detained NATO protesters accused of Chicago terror plot

May 19, 2012 by legitgov

Detained NATO protesters accused of Chicago terror plot 19 May 2012 Three men arrested when police raided a Chicago apartment had been planning to attack President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home and other targets, including police stations and squad cars, prosecutors said Saturday. The trio was arrested Wednesday in a nighttime raid in the Bridgeport neighborhood on the South Side. They're accused of trying to make Molotov cocktails ahead of the two-day NATO summit that starts Sunday. The three were charged with providing material support for terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism and possession of explosives.

National Guard's $26 million Sponsoring NASCAR's Dale Earnhardt Jr. Results in ZERO Recruits

May 19, 2012 by legitgov

National Guard's $26 million Sponsoring NASCAR's Dale Earnhardt Jr. Results in ZERO Recruits --Wasting Taxpayer Money Subsidizing NASCAR Must Stop 18 May 2012 Today, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) expressed her outrage and disbelief at the level of waste in the National Guard's recruitment budget. In 2012, the National Guard is spending $26.5 million to sponsor Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s #88 car in NASCAR races for the purposes of recruitment. Over the past five years Earnhardt's racing team has received over $136 million in taxpayer funds from the National Guard - making him the highest paid military contractor in professional sports.

Congressmen Seek to Lift Propaganda Ban

May 19, 2012 by legitgov

Congressmen Seek to Lift Propaganda Ban --Propaganda that was supposed to target foreigners could now be aimed at Americans, reversing a longstanding policy. 18 May 2012 An amendment that would legalize the use of propaganda on American audiences is being inserted into the latest defense authorization bill, BuzzFeed has learned. The amendment would "strike the current ban on domestic dissemination" of propaganda material produced by the State Department and the Pentagon, according to the summary of the law at the House Rules Committee's official website. The tweak to the bill would essentially neutralize two previous acts—the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and Foreign Relations Authorization Act in 1987--that had been passed to protect U.S. audiences from our own government's misinformation campaigns.

3 men charged with terror conspiracy ahead of NATO summit

May 19, 2012 by legitgov

3 men charged with terror conspiracy ahead of NATO summit 19 May 2012 Three men arrested earlier this week when police raided a Chicago apartment were being held Saturday on terrorism conspiracy charges, accused of trying to make Molotov cocktails ahead of the NATO summit. Their attorney, Sarah Gelsomino, said the men are "absolutely in shock and have no idea where these charges are coming from." They were scheduled to be in court later Saturday for a bond hearing on charges of conspiracy to commit terrorism, possession of an explosive or incendiary device and providing material support for terrorism. Six others arrested Wednesday in the South Side raid were released Friday without being charged. [Anonymous, get busy.]

MBTA to spread bacteria on Red Line in bioterror test

May 19, 2012 by legitgov

MBTA to spread bacteria on Red Line in bioterror test --Homeland Security and the T plan to release 'dead' bacteria at three Red Line stops during off-hours. --Dates for the tests have not been made known. 18 May 2012 The MBTA [Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority] and Homeland Security plan to release dead [Yeah, right!] bacteria into three Red Line stations this summer to test bioterror sensors. The bacteria, bacillus subtilis, is not infectious even in its live form, according to government documents. The tests will be done in Cambridge and Somerville at the Davis, Harvard Square and Porter Stations. [So, the same sociopaths who carried out the 9/11 attacks are going to spray bacteria on us. What could possibly go wrong?]

US Special Forces in Yemen

May 19, 2012 by legitgov

US Special Forces in Yemen 17 May 2012 A group of about 20 U.S. special forces are on the ground in Yemen, helping the government fight insurgents in the south of the country, officials say. Their work includes using high-tech equipment to help the Yemeni military locate targets, the Los Angeles Times reported. The new president US-installed puppet, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadid, is reported to be more willing to work with the United States than his predecessor, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who stepped down after months of protests.

Designer Flu: How scientists made a killer virus airborne

May 19, 2012 by legitgov

US bioterrorists are dying to get the pandemic party started: Designer Flu: How scientists made a killer virus airborne 02 Jun 2012 Last summer, scientists performed an experiment that could have been ripped from the script of a Hollywood thriller. Sealed off in high-tech laboratories in the Netherlands and Wisconsin, researchers transformed one of the world's most deadly viruses, transmissible by direct contact, into versions capable of spreading through the air... Merely swapping hemagglutinins wasn't enough to make the composite virus into an airborne infectious flu in ferrets, though. [Wisconsin] Researchers helped the virus along by transferring it directly from one ferret to another. At least four changes to the molecule were needed to make the virus readily transmit via airborne droplets, the researchers found. [See: Flu 'Oddities'.]

CLG Newsletters Blocked - 18 May 2012

May 18, 2012 by legitgov

CLG Newsletters Blocked - 18 May 2012 Posted by Lori Price, http://www.legitgov.org/ 18 May 2012 CLG readers, especially AT&T clients: If you do not always receive your CLG Newsletter - or they arrive on an intermittent basis -- it's because the CLG's webhoster's mail server is getting 'greylisted' and blocked. If you did not receive the updates I sent at *5 a.m.* (because that's when I finished working on the myriad of technical problems and obstacles), please write lori at legitgov.org and put 'Friday's Newsletter' in the subject line. The subject line of the most recent newsletter was, 'Lawyers Guild claims NATO activists 'disappeared' without warrant or charges.' If you want to subscribe a different email address, you may send an email to signup at legitgov.org and write 'Subscribe' in the subject line. Or, you my subscribe here. Thank you!

Wisconsin Dems furious with DNC for refusing to invest big money in Walker recall

May 18, 2012 by legitgov

Wisconsin Dems furious with DNC for refusing to invest big money in Walker recall By Greg Sargent 14 May 2012 Top Wisconsin Democrats are furious with the national party - and the Democratic National Committee in particular - for refusing their request for a major investment in the battle to recall Scott Walker, I'm told. The failure to put up the money Wisconsin Dems need to execute their recall plan comes at a time when the national Republican Party is sinking big money into defending Walker, raising fears that the DNC's reluctance could help tip the race his way... Obama's political operation is providing volunteers with info on how to get involved in the recall battle and how to register to vote, but isn't investing any money in the race, according to officials. [That's because Obusha works 24/7 for the GOP and his Wall Street overlords.]

Protesters March to Obama Campaign HQ, NATO Member Consulates

May 18, 2012 by legitgov

Protesters March to Obama Campaign HQ, NATO Member Consulates 17 May 2012 Dozens of anti-NATO activists focused their attention Thursday on President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters and a handful of downtown consulates for NATO member nations. CBS 2 reports it has been a busy day around the Prudential Building, the site of Obama's re-election campaign headquarters. As has been the case all week, protesters touched on a variety of subjects, calling for an end to military drone strikes and oil pipelines in Alaska and Canada.

Lawyers Guild claims NATO activists 'disappeared' without warrant or charges

May 18, 2012 by legitgov

Lawyers Guild claims NATO activists 'disappeared' without warrant or charges --'Essentially these people were disappeared for more than 12 hours until we could finally locate them.' 18 May 2012 According to an interview with National Lawyers Guild (NLG) spokesman Kris Hermes, Chicago police officers raided a Bridgeport apartment complex on Wednesday evening without a valid warrant and detained up to nine people without cause. The NLG worked through the night to locate the arrested activists. They were unable to get any information from the Chicago Police Department (CPD) or even any acknowledgement that a raid had taken place.

Fighter Jets In Skies Over Chicago On Friday Morning Before NATO Summit

May 18, 2012 by legitgov

Fighter Jets In Skies Over Chicago On Friday Morning Before NATO Summit --Military jets have been authorized to shoot down any aircraft that violates secure airspace over Chicago. 17 May 2012 U.S. fighter jets will be actively flying over Chicago on Friday as part of a security drill in the days before the NATO Summit. The U.S. North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command Region fighters–including Air Force KC-135 tankers, Air Force F-16s, and a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopters–will be visible on Friday morning, beginning around 9 a.m. Residents in the Chicago area can expect flights to continue for approximately two hours.

United States Enrichment Corp., bailed out once, seeks more federal money for new project

May 18, 2012 by legitgov

United States Enrichment Corp., bailed out once, seeks more federal money for new project --USEC's supporters in Congress have inserted language in versions of three different spending bills that would provide as much as $150 million. 16 May 2012 The troubled [corpora-terrorists] United States Enrichment Corp., on the brink of closing a Kentucky enrichment plant, has been bailed out in a complex Energy Department accord designed to keep that facility open one more year. But USEC, a Bethesda-based firm that provides fuel for nuclear power reactors, is seeking more federal money to carry out research and development for the American Centrifuge Project, a more efficient enrichment plant in Ohio that the company calls vital to its future.

U.S. has 55 daily encounters with 'suspected terrorists'

May 17, 2012 by legitgov

U.S. has 55 daily encounters with 'suspected terrorists' --TSC operates a 24-hour command center, resembling something from a Hollywood thriller, complete with giant wall-screen projections and signs flashing 'SECRET.' 15 May 2012 Law enforcement and homeland security personnel face an average of 55 daily encounters with "known or suspected terrorists" named on government watchlists, officials told Reuters. U.S. officials said the encounters, which involve airport and border security personnel as well as federal and local law enforcement officers, are reported to the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC), an interagency unit led by an FBI official based in a tightly guarded building in northern Virginia. The watchlists include the best known "no fly list" as well as a "selectee list" of people who the government thinks should get extra screening or questioning before being allowed to board an airplane.

Nuclear power regulators call for fewer immediate evacuations in an accident

May 17, 2012 by legitgov

Nuclear power regulators call for fewer immediate evacuations in an accident 17 May 2012 The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the nation's nuclear power regulators quietly overhauled community emergency planning for nuclear accidents for the first time in more than three decades, requiring fewer exercises for major accidents and recommending that fewer people be evacuated right away. The revamp is the first since the program began as a result of the Three Mile Island accident, the worst commercial nuclear accident in U.S. history. The revisions also eliminate a requirement that local responders always practice for a release of radiation. Eric Epstein, head of the watchdog group Three Mile Island Alert, called the new rules "insane."

AP: Evacuations and drills pared near nuclear plants

May 17, 2012 by legitgov

AP: Evacuations and drills pared near nuclear plants 16 May 2012 Without fanfare, the nation's nuclear power regulators have overhauled community emergency planning for the first time in more than three decades, requiring fewer exercises for major accidents and recommending that fewer people be evacuated right away. Nuclear watchdogs voiced surprise and dismay over the quietly adopted revamp — the first since the program began after Three Mile Island in 1979. A mandate that local responders always run practice exercises for a radiation release has been eliminated — a move viewed as downright bizarre by some emergency planners.

Authorities: Nuclear engineer sought 'thrill' in DuPage hijacking

May 17, 2012 by legitgov

Authorities: Nuclear engineer sought 'thrill' in DuPage hijacking 11 May 2012 (IL) A man who operates reactors at a nuclear power plant was "thrill seeking" when he put on a mask and hijacked a woman's car at gunpoint, DuPage County authorities said Friday. Michael Buhrman, a senior reactor operator at Dresden Nuclear Power Plant in Morris, was charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking. Authorities said the 31-year-old Coal City man was armed with a loaded .45 caliber handgun and wearing a Halloween mask that resembled an elderly man when he approached a woman about 10 p.m. Wednesday in a Kohl's parking lot in Woodridge.

2 US Navy ships collide in Pacific

May 17, 2012 by legitgov

2 US Navy ships collide in Pacific 16 May 2012 An 844-foot-long U.S. Navy assault ship collided with a refueling tanker Wednesday in the Pacific Ocean, causing damage to both ships, but there were no injuries or fuel spills, military officials said. The midmorning accident between the amphibious assault vessel USS Essex and the oiler USNS Yukon occurred about 120 miles off the coast of Southern California as the Essex was approaching the Yukon to be refueled, said Cmdr. Charlie Brown, a spokesman for the 3rd Fleet. Brown said the steering apparently stopped working on the Essex, which was carrying 982 crew members on its way to San Diego for scheduled maintenance.

Federal judge: Terror law violates 1st Amendment

May 17, 2012 by legitgov

Federal judge: Terror law violates 1st Amendment 16 May 2012 A judge on Wednesday struck down a portion of a law giving the government wide powers to regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists, saying it left journalists, scholars and political activists facing the prospect of indefinite detention for exercising First Amendment rights. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan said in a written ruling that a single page of the law has a "chilling impact on First Amendment rights."

Trayvon Martin killed by single gunshot fired from 'intermediate range,' autopsy shows

May 17, 2012 by legitgov

Trayvon Martin killed by single gunshot fired from 'intermediate range,' autopsy shows 16 May 2012 Florida teenager Trayvon Martin died from a single gunshot wound to the chest fired from "intermediate range," according to an autopsy report reviewed Wednesday by NBC News. The official report, prepared by the medical examiner in Volusia County, Fla., also found that the 17-year-old Martin had one other fresh injury – a small abrasion, no more than a quarter-inch in size – on his left ring finger below the knuckle.

Charges Sought in Bomb Plot Leak

May 17, 2012 by legitgov

Charges Sought in Bomb Plot Leak 13 May 2012 Top U.S. lawmakers called for criminal charges against the person who leaked classified information about a recent foiled Yemeni [CIA] bomb plot, warning that the intelligence breach posed a danger to national security and ratcheting up scrutiny of its source. Rep. Mike Rogers, the Michigan Republican who chairs the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said his staff was conducting a "preliminary review" of the leak and could open "either a full-blown committee investigation or we will refer to criminal charges to the FBI."

FBI's Mueller confirms JPMorgan preliminary probe

May 17, 2012 by legitgov

FBI's Mueller confirms JPMorgan preliminary probe 16 May 2012 FBI Director Robert Mueller on Wednesday confirmed that the agency has opened a "preliminary investigation" into JPMorgan Chase & Co, the nation's largest bank. JPMorgan disclosed last week that it had suffered a multibillion-dollar trading loss due to a failed hedging strategy. A person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday that the FBI's New York office has opened a preliminary probe into the loss, which has been estimated at more than $2 billion.

San Onofre's future hinges on finding cause of abnormal tube wear

May 17, 2012 by legitgov

San Onofre's future hinges on finding cause of abnormal tube wear 17 May 2012 On Jan. 31, alarms alerted the control room at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station that a radiation leak was occurring in one of the nearly 39,000 tubes that carry radioactive water in the steam generators. That failure led to an unparalleled shutdown of one of California's two nuclear power plants and triggered more than three months of detective work by Southern California Edison officials and federal nuclear regulators that has yet to determine the problem's root cause or when San Onofre will reopen. Since then, the outlook for the plant has gotten worse. Now, about 1,300 tubes — more than 3% of all the plant's tubes — have been taken out of service because of unexpected wear.

Guantanamo lawyers want ex-CIA official to testify

May 17, 2012 by legitgov

Guantanamo lawyers want ex-CIA official to testify 16 May 2012 Defense lawyers want to force a former CIA official who supervised what they called torture of 'al Qaeda' captives to testify in the war crimes tribunal for five Guantanamo prisoners accused of plotting the September 11 attacks. They argue that Jose Rodriguez, former director of the CIA's National Clandestine Service, has information pertinent to the defense allegation that the government is using security classifications to hide evidence their clients were tortured. The lawyers want Rodriguez to testify during a hearing set for June 12-15 for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the confessed architect of the hijacked plane attacks, and four other captives accused of funding and training the hijackers.

Wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. found dead at NY home

May 17, 2012 by legitgov

Wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. found dead at NY home 16 May 2012 Mary Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr, was found dead on Wednesday at her home in a New York City suburb, an officer at the Westchester County Medical Examiner's Office said. She was 52. Mary Kennedy had four children with Kennedy, the son of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy. He is a prominent New York environmentalist.

National Guard Probes Another Extremist Allegation

May 17, 2012 by legitgov

National Guard Probes Another Extremist Allegation 15 May 2012 The Missouri National Guard is investigating whether it may have another extremist in its ranks. Earlier this month, authorities in Florida arrested several members of a white supremacist group who were alleged to be training for a race war in America. Those arrested on conspiracy and hate crime charges were members of the American Front, a militia-style neo-Nazi group with a long history of violence against black, gay and Jewish people. According to an arrest affidavit filed in the case, a member of American Front's Missouri chapter, who also is a National Guard member, was at the group's compound in north Florida in July 2011 to conduct training in hand-to-hand combat and weapons.

Judge Napolitano: Shoot down a drone, become an American hero

May 17, 2012 by legitgov

Judge Napolitano: Shoot down a drone, become an American hero --FAA: 30,000 small, remote-controlled drones could be above the homes of every American. 17 May 2012 Fox News commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano has found a novel approach to handling the whole drone surveillance dilemma that has Americans worried that the government will soon watch their every move from the sky. Speaking out against the future of aerial eavesdropping in America, Judge Napolitano said on Fox on Tuesday, "The first American patriot that shoots down one of these drones that comes too close to his children in his backyard will be an American hero." [Or, even if you don't have children! They're predator drones run amok by predators.] Congress is currently working alongside defense contractors mercenaries, the Federal Aviation Administration and local law enforcement agencies across the country, among others, to draft plans to put unmanned aerial aircraft into US sky in the near future.

Federal Judge Blocks Controversial NDAA

May 17, 2012 by legitgov

Federal Judge Blocks Controversial NDAA --Judge agreed statute failed to 'pass constitutional muster' 16 May 2012 A federal judge [Katherine Forrest] granted a preliminary injunction late Wednesday to block provisions of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that would allow the military to indefinitely detain anyone it accuses of knowingly or unknowingly supporting terrorism. Signed by President Barack Obama on New Year's Eve, the 565-page NDAA contains a short paragraph, in statute 1021, letting the military detain anyone it suspects "substantially supported" al-Qaida [al-CIAduh], the Taliban or "associated forces." The indefinite detention would supposedly last until "the end of hostilities."

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